Skyline's boys dropped Pretty Prairie 47-34; the Lady T-Birds dropped a heartbreaker 41-40.
The Skyline basketball teams split with Pretty Prairie Tuesday night in the Thunderdome. The boys continued to steamroll 47-34 while the girls were denied 41-40.
It was a heartbreaking defeat for the Lady Thunderbirds, as they were on the brink of a comeback win that would have been a bright note in what has been a frustrating season.
The T-Birds trailed 20-14 at the half, then both sides posted 14 points in Q3. Heading to the decisive stanza, SHS was down 34-28.
A spirited fourth-quarter rally by Skyline fell just short as Pretty Prairie escaped with the 41-40 victory.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the heart we left on the floor,” Skyline head girls coach Morgan Ballard said. “I wanted that win for the girls badly. They work so hard, they deserve to have that winning feeling after all of these close games we’ve been in.”
“We had several girls step up and really play some ball, that was very encouraging,” Ballard continued. “We still have some elements of the game to clean up so we can put away one of these close ones. We are learning about life: It’s a grind; win, lose or draw you gotta get back to work tomorrow and outwork your competition.”
Skyline 6 8 14 12 40
PrettyPr 9 11 14 7 41
SHS scoring: Kailey Hamm 11, Cook 14, Bricker 6, Burgardt 4, Wright 3, Smith 2
Skyline’s boys ran their winning streak to eight games, defeating Pretty Prairie rather comfortably 47-34. Tyler Tobin, the Thunderbirds leading scorer, was still sidelined with a concussion. Mark Schmidt was also unavailable. In their absence, other Thunderbirds picked up the slack.
Cade Swonger got the starting nod and responded by knocking down 11 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter, highlighted by three long-balls. Skyline led 17-10 after one.
The T-Birds had a big second quarter as well, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-8 to fashion a 35-16 halftime advantage.
Although the second half wasn’t nearly as spectacular for Skyline, they were able to hold on for the 47-34 triumph.
"Cade Swonger shot lights out and really gave us a dynamic mismatch on the court," explained SHS head coach Kenny Eddy. "The coolest part about his game is that he was coming off of his worst game of the year. He didn't dwell on it at all and played great on both ends for us."
"Our bench was huge again," Eddy added. "Whether it was 10 seconds or 10 minutes, they owned their roles. The second half was slow and very few points were scored, but a win is a win. Our guys have been stepping up to new roles with others out."
To Coach Eddy's point, eight different Thunderbirds contributed scoring on the night. Tobin and Schmidt are expected back for Friday's match-up at Fairfield.
Skyline 17 18 7 5 47
Pretty Pr 10 8 8 8 34
SHS scoring: Cade Swonger 17, Steve Fisher 13, Gates 4, Lee 4, Adams 3, Sam Fisher 2, Shriver 2, Montgomery 2