Skyline's boys beat Fairfield Friday 56-37; the Lady T-Birds lost 45-36.
If you'd have told Skyline head coach Kenny Eddy before the season that his boys were going to be 9-1 at this year's midpoint, he'd probably have taken it and liked it. Following Friday night's 56-37 victory over Fairfield on the road, that's exactly where the Thunderbirds are.
After dropping the season opener to powerful St. John, Skyline's boys have now reeled off nine consecutive wins.
The most recent triumph over Fairfield had the drama taken out of it early on. Steve Fisher scored all nine of his points in the first quarter as the T-Birds flew out to a 21- 4 lead. Playing with a big advantage on the scoreboard, Skyline took care of business the rest of the way- leading 30-17 at the half and 47-30 after three periods.
With the luxury of a sizable lead, Coach Eddy was able to experiment with some new tactics. "We instituted a new phase in our full court defense," Eddy explained. "It brought more pressure to the ball, but it also allowed for more openings on the backside. So, we tested and played with that a little bit."
"We gave up more points then we typically would have liked to," Eddy admitted.
"I'm sure that looking at the box score you wouldn't guess this, but I didn't feel like we were very focused going into the game," Eddy continued. "That's on me as a coach though, not on my players. We won't let that happen again."
Tyler Tobin connected four times from the arc on the way to his game-high 25 points. Mark Schmidt was also in double figures with 10 for the Thunderbirds. "Offensively, it was nice having Tyler and Mark back. They are both getting back into their groove."
"We weren't very patient against their zone," Eddy concluded. "There's still lots of room for improvement if we plan on being the team we are capable of being."
Fairfld 4 13 13 7 37
Skyline 21 9 17 9 56
SHS scoring: Tyler Tobin 25, Mark Schmidt 10, Steve Fisher 9, Sam Fisher 5, Eliazar Carrasco 2, Cade Swonger 2, Carson Lee 3
Alas, the Lady T-Birds continued to struggle to put a game in the win column, falling to the Falcons 45-36. Trailing 25-17 at the half, the Thunderbirds crept closer in Q3 until they entered the final period trailing just 31-25.
They were unable to complete the comeback however. In Q4, they put Fairfield on the line repeatedly attempting to get the ball back. The Falcons graciously sank only 7/14 free throws in the fourth quarter, but Skyline was still unable to close the gap and ended up losing 45-36.
"We played well in spurts on Friday," T-Bird head girls coach Morgan Ballard opined. "Again, we had several girls making some great plays throughout the ballgame, but we continue to have limited times where all five girls on the court are on the same page. I do think we are getting better and have definitely gotten out of the funk we were in coming out of Christmas break."
Skyline 10 7 8 11 36
Fairfld 13 12 6 14 45
SHS scoring: Gracie Bricker 12, Kayley Cook 11, Mackenzie Wright 7, Hallee Burgardt 3, T'Lane Tobin 2, Kayla Flora 1
The Skyline boys host the 54 Classic this week. They are the #1 seed and will face #8 seed Cunningham Tuesday night at 8 p.m.
The girls will play in the 54 Classic next week at Cunningham.