Skyline girls picked up a win against Burrton 40-29, but the T-Bird boys fell 51-45.
The Skyline girls picked up a win Friday night in the Thunderdome, dropping Burrton 40-29. The boys found themselves on the losing end of a 51-45 count.
It had been the middle of December since the Lady Thunderbirds last savored victory, which had to have made this one taste all the sweeter.
Skyline didn't get off to a great start, trailing 10-5 after the first period. But they turned the tables in Q2, outscoring the Chargers 14-4 to take a 19-14 lead at the break. Kailey Hamm had 6 pts to pace the T-Bird offense in the second frame.
The Thunderbirds continued to play stellar defense in the second half, not allowing double digits in either period of the second half. Their pressure forced the Lady Chargers into numerous turnovers.
Mackenzie Wright hit 5 pts in Q3 and Kayley Cook knocked down 6 in the fourth quarter as the Lady T-Birds took turns having the hot hand.
Coming down the stretch the Thunderbirds were energized and active as they could sense this one was going to go their way after a spate of recent near-misses. At the final buzzer, Skyline was firmly in control and claimed the 40-29 victory.
In what has to be seen as a true team effort, Skyline had only one player (Kayley Cook, 10) in double figures. But there were nine Lady T-Birds that broke into the scoring column as they shared the ball well.
"I'm very happy for these girls," Skyline head coach Morgan Ballard said after the game. "They work incredibly hard and have been moments away from wins several times this year, only to go to the locker room empty-handed. It was such a great feeling to see them play with excitement for each other down the stretch and close out a game the way we know we can."
"I thought every player was a contributor in one way or another, which is what we will continue to need as we move into the last month of the season," Ballard added. "I love coaching these girls. We've had every reason, in the sports world of basketball, to hang our heads and cry, but we refuse to...They just keep working, learning, and believing in us."
A cold third quarter doomed the Skyline boys against Burrton (8-6). Based upon common opponents, one would have expected this to be a relatively tight match-up, and it was. With Burrton winning the first quarter 14-9 and Skyline winning the second 11-7, the score was 21-20 Chargers at the intermission.
Burrton had their biggest period of the night in Q3, and the T-Birds had one of their smallest. Heading to the decisive stanza, Skyline trailed 38-29.
The Thunderbirds made a run at the Chargers down the stretch as Tyler Tobin drilled a trio of trifectas and Sam Fisher added one in Q4. But Burrton made 8/14 FT in the stanza– not a great percentage, but enough to hold off the T-Birds' charge. Burrton snuck out of the 'Dome with a 51-45 victory.
“Burrton played a heck of a game. Hats off to them because they earned it,” opined SHS head coach Kenny Eddy afterwards.
“We just struggled to hit shots,” Eddy continued. “I think we got the shots we wanted for most of the game, though.”
“Sam (Fisher) was in foul trouble and that hurt us at points in the game,” Eddy concluded. “Our guys never gave up, though, and battled it out until the last second. We’ll learn and grow from this one.”
Skyline travels to Attica on Tuesday.