By Stephen Buus (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
Two of the realm’s most storied women basketball packages renewed their rivalry Saturday night time in Stockton with the Class 3 District 13 championship at stake. Skyline defeated Stockton 51-31 in a battle of the Woman Tigers.
Skyline dictated the tempo from tip to buzzer, by no means trailing and solely dealing with one tie at 14-14 early within the second quarter. Nevertheless, it wasn’t till senior Emma Crawford’s end-of-the-half three-pointer that Skyline felt totally in management, taking a 26-18 benefit into the locker room. Crawford added one other massive trey close to the top of the third quarter to place her staff up by a dozen counters.
Skyline coach Kevin Cheek mentioned his staff confirmed a balanced effort on each ends of the ground, naming the likes of Riley Conly, Miranda Quennoz, Grace Edge, Justine Barb, Taylor Hunt and Madison Ponder as key contributors.
“Total we did nice within the half-court set,” Cheek mentioned. “We hadn’t been nice at that every one 12 months. We had been capable of get some transition stuff.”
Skyline’s one-on-one protection compelled Stockton away from pictures they wished to take, as Stockton coach Mike Kenney acknowledged.
“The basket will get just a little bit smaller and will get to shifting once you get sped up,” Kenney mentioned. “They sped us up fairly a bit. They [Skyline] did a extremely good job of attacking the ball and rotating, and so we shot with stress all night time. You’ve bought to provide a variety of credit score to Skyline.”
“We talked at halftime about getting them pushed out on the ground, them enjoying above the volleyball line,” Cheek mentioned. “I assumed we rebounded higher within the second half, particularly on the defensive finish.”
Skyline was led by junior Alyee Gunter with 13 factors whereas classmate Quennoz added 11. Junior Summer time Kenney, Mike’s daughter, paced Stockton with 10 factors.
Stockton graduates one senior, Jenna Rickman. One other senior, Callee Henson, died in a single-vehicle accident in December and her loss continued to be felt by her teammates.
“It’s nonetheless fairly arduous for us,” Coach Kenney mentioned about Henson. “She was an enormous a part of what we did. She introduced coronary heart and soul each sport. You don’t say ‘as soon as a Tiger, all the time a Tiger’ simply to have one thing to say, as a result of it means one thing to them. For the ladies to return again and to have a shot on our dwelling court docket in opposition to a staff like Skyline, it says quite a bit to the credit score of the place they’ve come.”
Skyline hosts Barstow within the Class 3 state sectionals on Wednesday.
Stockton 10 8 7 6—31
Skyline 14 12 11 14—51
Stockton: Summer time Kenney 10, Jenna Rickman 6, Kara Hedrick 6, Ellie Flora 5, Kylie Hunter 4.
Skyline: Alyee Gunter 13, Miranda Quennoz 11, Justine Barb 9, Emma Crawford 8, Grace Edge 6, Taylor Hunt 2.
3-point objectives: Flora, Gunter 2, Crawford 2.