The Skyline girls’ basketball team’s strong pressing defense was on display on Friday night in a back and forth game against Livonia Stevenson.
The lead changed hands numerous times in the first half and six players entered the scoring column for the visiting Eagles. The game was tied 17-17 at half, and it was clear that the second half was going to be a battle.
Stevenson got off to a fast start in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 11-6, but the game was balanced the rest of the way.
The lead went back and forth throughout the game and the Eagles were down 33-29 with 5 minutes left in the game, but with the Eagles went on the attack with their aggressive trapping defense. The Eagles cut the lead to three and the Eagles press seemed to force two back-to-back turnovers, but the refs didn’t see it that way, and instead sent Livonia Stevenson to the free-throw line.
Again, the Eagles forced a turnover and were on the move, only to be stripped of the ball on a couple questionable offensive foul calls.
In the end, Skyline wasn’t able to overcome the three-point Stevenson lead.
The Eagles had their chances at the free-hrow line where they haven’t been stellar this season, but Stevenson converted the majority of their attempts and hung on for a 48-38 win.
Skyline junior Alaina Heetderks led all scorers with 12 points, including two key triples. Captains Janee Faulkner (nine points) and Cammi Tirico (six points) and junior Arielle Melong (five points) all played well for the Eagles.
Freshman Maya Wooley played a strong game with two points and a couple key rebounds.
“It was a terrific hard fought basketball game,” said Skyline Coach Johnnie Horne. “And although there seemed to be some calls that didn’t go our way, the team never gave up and battled back from the adversity. It was a very impressive effort.”
The Eagles (1-3 overall) will play in the Northville Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28-29.