SALT LAKE CITY — The Skyline Eagles blew past the Hillcrest Huskies 58-41 in exciting fashion Tuesday night. With two games remaining, the home victory puts the Eagles in position to earn their second consecutive Region 7 title.
“We came out with more energy tonight and were focused on getting the job done,” Eagles head coach Lynette Schroeder said.
The Eagles (7-1, 13-6) opened it up early and often in the fourth quarter as they used a 19-9 edge to put the Huskies (5-3, 12-6) away for good.
What was a seven-point game entering the fourth got away quickly from the Huskies as the Eagles used an 11-3 run to start out the first three minutes to go up 50-35.
Junior Sydnee Taylor carried the way for the Eagles with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
“Our intensity and energy were up tonight from the start,” said Taylor, whose overall game included four rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. “We need to continue to work hard, and stay focused on the fundamentals.”
Whitney Nemelka kept the Huskies close through three quarters as she finished with 15 points. Madison Shaw and Karyana Fue were big contributors in the second when Hillcrest ran off a 10-4 run to close out the half. Shaw finished with nine points while Fue had six points on the night.
Skyline led 31-23 at half.
The Eagles seemed to be jelling together all night and everyone was getting involved, including Carly Gilliland, who had a huge game for the Eagles as she posted 13 points with four rebounds and two blocks.
Sophomore guard Mia Mortensen seemed to feed off the attention the Huskies put on Taylor as she torched them from outside with 10 points and six rebounds.
Mortensen particularly caught fire in the second as she used six of her points to help the Eagles during a 15-point quarter. The quarter started with a Taylor 3-pointer followed by a runner from Mortensen, and a Gilliland sideline jumper to span a 7-2 run, giving Skyline a 23-11 lead.
The Eagles' effective low-post play helped their shooters on the outside get good looks all night. One of those low-post players that helped space the floor for her team was sophomore forward Hillary Weixler, who posted 8 points and grabbed four rebounds.
“Everybody contributed tonight, and Mortensen’s great defense on their guard (Nemelka) was a huge boost to our defense,” said Schroeder.