Skyline boys defeated Stafford 56-28 Tuesday night at the Thunderdome; SHS girls fell 34-20

It had been over a week since the Skyline boys basketball team had played, which was a long time to wait to get back on the court after getting derailed by Attica in the finals of the 54 Classic.

But the T-Birds showed no signs of rust as they dominated from the outset against visiting Stafford Tuesday night in the Thunderdome. Skyline doubled up the visiting Trojans 56-28.

“It was great to be back and playing again,” Skyline head boys coach Kenny Eddy expressed. “Our guys were itching to get back onto the court and fight for each other.”

In the first quarter, Tyler Tobin scored 11 of his game-high 17 points to stake the Thunderbirds to a 17-10 lead.

In Q2, a barrage of long balls by Skyline buried the Trojans. Sam Fisher and Steve Fisher each drilled two and Colby Shriver added one as well. SHS led 39-18 at intermission.

A 15-6 performance by the T-Birds in the third period made the score 54-24 heading to the final period, which triggered the running clock. Eight minutes later, the T-Birds had another notch on their belt, defeating Stafford by the final score of 56-28.

“It was a great team win,” Coach Eddy said. “We got ten players in during the first half and they all contributed.” “Stafford throws a few different defenses at you throughout a game,” Eddy continued. “They apply pressure with all of them as well, so it was great experience for our guards to read and make decisions. Offensively, I felt like we were pretty efficient for the night. Best of all though, our defense was on point. The pressure was aggressive and consistent.”

SHS boys 17 22 15 2 56

Stafford 10 8 6 4 28

Skyline scoring: Tyler Tobin 17, Sam Fisher 14, St Fisher 9, Swonger 6, Tyler 4, Shriver 3, Gates 3

The girls game was knotted after the first half, but a sluggish second half offensively sent the Lady Thunderbirds to another defeat.

The Trojans and T-Birds traded 9-4 advantages in the first two periods, making the score 13 apiece at the break. But Skyline could only get 7 points through the hoop in the second half, allowing Stafford to pull away for the 34-20 victory.

"We had a rough night getting points on the board, especially after the first quarter," observed Morgan Ballard, head girls coach for Skyline. "I thought, for the first half, we held their offense in check with pretty good defense. In the second half, we simply allowed them too many easy looks at the basket."

"We are still young on the court a lot of times, and we are still learning how to play through dry spells on offense...how important it is to pick it up defensively and to be extra patient with our offensive sets and value the ball for a good shot instead of feeling pressure to shoot quick ones," Ballard added. "Nobody is happy to be in the situation we are in at this point in the season, but nobody has the opportunity to improve as much as we can in the next month either. We have to continue to work hard and believe in us."

Skyline hosts Burrton on Friday. 

SHS girls 9 4 6 1 20

Stafford 4 9 10 11 34

Skyline scoring: Bricker 8, Hamm 5, Cook 5, Burgardt 1, Keeling 1