Prep girls' basketball: Skyline holds off Judge Memorial for win
Skyline's Sydnee Taylor swung a closed right fist into the palm of her left hand as she trudged to the bench, upset by a poor first-half performance and a 3-point try that never touched a thing.
Coach Lynette Schroeder was waiting with some advice.
"She said to keep shooting, they'll fall," the junior said.
Taylor heeded her coach's advice and in the fourth quarter, Taylor found her stride, dropping 14 fourth-quarter points on Judge Memorial, and ruining the Bulldogs' furious comeback attempt.
"She's a scorer, and I need her to be in the game," Schroeder said of Taylor, who finished the game with 21 points in a 59-45 road victory.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead over Judge Memorial, as Taylor and junior guard Mia Mortensen blanketed Judge Memorial's primary offensive threat, Kailie Quinn, holding her to two first-half points.
But after coming out of the locker room trailing 27-14, Quinn took over the third quarter. The 5-foot-9 junior, who played every minute of Thursday's game, scored 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the period to bring the Bulldogs back within three.
"A good scorer like her, I knew she would get hot," Schroeder said.
But Judge would never get any closer than that.
The Eagles got solid post play from Hillary and Sara Weixler, who worked tirelessly for offensive rebounds throughout the game, giving Skyline too many second chances for Judge to overcome.
Mortensen and Taylor combined for 20 points in the final quarter to put things out of reach for Judge Memorial.
After losing their first four games, the Eagles have now won six in a row.
"There are still a lot of things we need to be better at," Schroeder said. "Right now, the girls are just playing with a lot of heart, and a lot of dedication. It's their effort that's really helping us be successful."
Quinn finished with 19 points, as the Bulldogs fell to 8-3.
Storylines Skyline 59, Judge 45
R Sydnee Taylor finishes with 21 points for Skyline, helping extend the Eagles' win streak to six games.