The Skyline High School varsity basketball teams sent Burrton home winless Friday night with both boys' and girls' teams defending their home court on homecoming.

In true Space Jam fashion, the Skyline High School basketball teams came away victorious in Friday’s homecoming games against the Burrton Chargers. The varsity girls started the evening with a 37-26 win, followed by another win by the boys’ team.

In the varsity girls’ game, the Lady Thunderbirds started a little sluggish the first half, but managed to turn things around. The Chargers only had one substitute on the bench, but still shot the ball well in the first, scoring seven points. Kamryn Stark pushed Skyline to a two-point lead in the first, going two-for-two from the line and finishing the period with a three. Betsy Giles and Jessica DeWeese had the other baskets for the Thunderbirds as they went into the second up 9-7.

Both teams shot the ball well in the second quarter. Giles had five points with a three ball and a break away layup. Payje Orler also got on the board with a floater from about the free throw line. DeWeese had another basket while Hallee Burgardt summed up the scoring with a nice put back. Four of Burrton’s six players score in the second as they took a one-point lead going into halftime.

Strong defense would turn the tide in the Thunderbirds favor in the third. They held the Chargers to just two baskets and a free throw as they had another 11 points quarter. Stark led the scoring with three points while Bailey DeClue, Burgardt, Giles and Orler all had two. The Lady Thunderbirds went into the final eight minutes up 31-26. Skyline would only score six points in the fourth, but managed to hold Burrton scoreless, winning their homecoming game 37-26.

“I thought we played much better the second half. We came out and really got with it defensively, holding them to only five points,” said head coach Morgan Ballard. “That was good to see. The rest of our schedule is very tough, and our defense is really going to be important to give us opportunities to win. It was good to see the girls work hard and win their homecoming game.”

Skyline 9-20-31-37

Burrton 7-21-26-26

Hallee Burgardt 4, Betsy Giles 11, Kamryn Stark 8, Payje Orler 6, Bailey DeClue 2, Jessica DeWeese 4, Hanna Baird 2

During the homecoming assemble before the game, Steve Little, head boys’ coach, said, “Every team wants to ruin some other schools homecoming, it is our job to make sure that doesn’t happen tonight.” Little backed up that statement Friday night, as the Thunderbirds never scored fewer than 13 points in a quarter. They started out strong offensively, scoring 15 points in the first eight minutes. Jared Shriver had a great quarter, scoring six of those points.

Skyline was able to carry that momentum into the second where they scored 13 more points. The Chargers had trouble handling the Thunderbirds bigs with Bryce McKennon, Justin Hampel and Brady McComb all finding the basket. They went into the break with at 28-22 lead. The Thunderbirds continued to expand the gap after halftime. Six Skyline players put up 14 points to extend their lead to 13. Tough defense held the Chargers to just seven points in the quarter and 14 points in the second half. Skyline shared the ball well all night with six players also scoring in the fourth. Shriver had six points, all coming from the free-throw line. The Thunderbirds won the game 59-37 to send the Burrton varsity home winless.

Skyline 15-28-42-59

Burrton 10-22-29-37

Cooper Gates 1, Kasey Gilpin 5, Matthew Giles 3, Alex Lutz 5, Justin Hampel 8, Bryce McKennon 5, Jared Shriver 16, Brady McComb 16.

The Skyline High School boys’ basketball team looks for redemption tonight as they travel to Attica to take on the Bulldogs. The Thunderbirds last faced the Bulldogs in the championship game of the 54 Classic earlier this season. Attica got the better of the matchup, winning the very physical game 42-33. Varsity girls take the floor at 6:30 p.m. with the varsity boys tipping off at 8 p.m.