Skyline's boys beat Cunningham 60-17 while the Lady T-Birds fell to the Wildcats 42-24.
There were no upsets last Friday at Cunningham as the Skyline basketball teams split with their hosts, the Lady T-Birds falling 42-24 and the boys winning 60-17. Neither game's outcome was a particular surprise as the teams had met previously in the season with similar results.
Last month in the 54 Classic, Skyline's girls frustrated the Wildcats a little bit, despite losing the game that was closer than the final score indicated. This time around, Cunningham appeared not to want to experience a repeat of that annoyance, and took it to the Thunderbirds from the opening tip.
The Lady T-Birds were shut out in the opening frame as the Wildcat jumped out to a 16-0 advantage after Q1.
Cunningham put another 16 on the board in the second period. Gracie Bricker broke the ice for Skyline, scoring 7 of the Thunderbirds' 8 points in Q2, but Cunningham held a commanding 32-8 lead at the break.
SHS outscored the Wildcats 16-10 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to climb out of the hole they were in at intermission. Mackenzie Wright tallied all 7 of her points in the second half to pace the T-Bird effort.
SHS girls 0 8 6 10 24
Cunningh 16 16 8 2 42
SHS scoring Bricker 7, Wright 7, Tobin 4, Hamm 2, Nation 2, Gamble 1, Burgardt 1
The boys game was basically just chapter three of a familiar story. In two previous meetings, Skyline's boys had won huge over the rebuilding Wildcats 58-12 and 63-16. Friday night's count was a very similar 60-17 as the Thunderbirds scored early and often again while again holding the Wildcats offense to a minimum. It was just simply another not-unexpected mismatch.
With several T-Bird starters out with the flu, Skyline's reserves more than held their own against the Wildcats. "We got 13 different guys in the game, and everyone scored," SHS head coach Kenny Eddy summarized.
The Thunderbirds travel to Norwich Tuesday.