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Girls’ basketball: Skyline rolls late, tops Judge 56-40

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Judge's Kailie Quinn, left, can't get away from the grip of Skyline's Mia Mortensen during game at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

By Eric Butler

Special to The Tribune

First published Dec 18 2013 10:35PM
Updated Feb 14, 2014 11:47PM

The basketballs were flying in a girls’ high school game between host Skyline and Judge Memorial on Tuesday night, so much so that one might have thought a 15-second shot clock was in place.

But neither squad was particularly effective early, although the Eagles did build up a lead of 16 points late in the second quarter.

It wasn’t until the visiting Bulldogs made a run after intermission, eventually slicing the margin down to two points, that Skyline (7-3) sharpened its offensive attack and rolled late to a 56-40 victory.

"What I tell my girls is that if we play defense, the offense will come," Skyline coach Lynette Schroeder said. "When we took a stand and decided to play team defense, we were getting in the passing lanes to get steals and we were getting rebounds, then we were able to transition on offense."

Ahead 39-37 early in the fourth quarter, Eagles senior guard Sydnee Taylor swished a 12-foot jumper and then stroked a 3-pointer to push the margin back up to seven.

After a field goal by Vanessa Austin, Judge’s leader with 11 points, Taylor got another bucket which was followed by consecutive baskets by Skyline’s Mia Mortensen — the latter a layup off the senior’s own steal. That was part of a 14-2 run in the last four minutes that put the game away.

Judge (5-1) had a modicum of momentum heading into halftime after a pair of quick scores in the last 16 seconds of the second period cut the 16-point deficit down to a dozen.

In the second half, the momentum continued for the Bulldogs. After the 16-point spread was restored temporarily, at 33-17, Judge then went on a 20-6 run that extended into the first two minutes of the fourth.

"I thought our girls started rather sluggish and it was a steep climb to get back into it," said Judge Memorial coach Anthony Alford. "You have to expend so much energy, as much as we were down. We just didn’t have it in us tonight."

The ’Dogs were hindered by injuries, one of which was to starting point guard Sadie Sewell — who hurt a collarbone and will be out likely until mid-February.

"She’s the dot-the-I’s, cross-the-T’s girl. When were on defense, she’s the one who starts everyone talking," Alford said of Sewell. "When we’re in transition, she’s the one getting everyone where they need to be."

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