Skyline girls battle injuries, stiff opponents

Hannah Brown
T'Lane Tobin (#22) is locked in on defense for the Skyline Lady Thunderbirds at a game earlier in the season.

The Skyline High School girls basketball team of Pratt traveled to Burrton High School for a contest with the Lady Chargers last week on Tuesday, and though the Lady Thunderbirds fought hard throughout the game, they eventually lost 50-35.

When Fairfield came to Pratt on Thursday, February 20, the Lady Thunderbirds were hoping for a better outcome, but once it was a tough game with a losing outcome, Fairfield 52, Skyline 43.

“We are still trying to get everybody back from injuries,”?coach Morgan Ballard said. “We did get one of the three injured girls back on Tuesday and got off to a fast start in Burrton before losing her to a concussion. That left us a little short handed; I was proud of our girls for fighting the way they did and the JV girls who stepped in. It was great to see Kayla Urban and Harley Tucker start on senior night. Kayla played a very short time as she has a pretty bad ankle sprain. We told her to foul quickly so we could sub her out, but funny enough we couldn't get that whistle when we wanted it and got plenty of other whistles we didn't want. Harley was also able to hit a three and also check in to finish the game. Being down three girls again, we saw similar results as the Burrton game. We came out and played hard, but ultimately, just didn't have enough gas in the tank to finish the game as strong as we wanted. Sophie, Kady, and Presli have really stepped up and gone to a new level of toughness with the extra duties they've filled on both ends of the floor; Kyrian and T'Lane, as well as the JV crew, have also been very important to us by helping us stay in these past several games. We will, hopefully, be 100 percent healthy with a full roster when we travel to Elkhart for the first round of substate next Monday.

The Lady Thunderbirds start postseason play in Elkhart on Monday, February 24. Those results were not available at press time.