They've been playing together since junior high. Now, Sydnee Taylor and Mia Mortensen are the only seniors on the Skyline girls' basketball team and the pair worked together like clockwork as the Eagles won their Region 7 opener Friday night.
Skyline used a 12-0 run late in the first quarter and early in the second to clear some room from Mountain View en route to a 69-39 victory.
And it was Taylor, who finished with a game-high 17 points, and Mortensen, who tallied eight points and six assists, who led the way.
"They've been playing since they were in seventh grade and they just have that chemistry that you can't teach," said Skyline coach Lynette Schroeder after the game. "They just have that special bond. Mia can find Sydnee and Sydnee can find Mia. They just make that eye contact and the pass is made."
Mountain View (6-2, 0-1) took its only lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Ariana Kailipono with 2:08 left in the first. Skyline (9-3, 1-0) quickly retaliated on a putback bucket by Kyla Paulus.
Before the quarter was over, the Eagles were back up 14-9 after Mortensen and Hillary Weixler scored field goals. The lead grew to 11 points by the time the run ended.
Weixler finished with 10 points and eight rebounds while teammate Laurel Tomlinson also snagged seven boards. The game was the first one after the holiday break for both teams.
"I gave them a whole week off. They got from the 20th to the 30th off - almost ten days," Schroeder said. "I was hoping they'd come back fresh and excited and I think it did."
"We came out really strong and played with a lot of intensity," Mortensen said. "We tried to work out the kinks in practice."
After winning its first six games, Mountain View has now lost its last two. The Bruins, led by Stephanie Keele's nine points, dropped a game to Sky View going into the holidays.
"I liked our matchup. They play straight man-to-man and that's what we like generally," Mountain View coach Alan Groves said. "But credit to them. They worked their butts off in every area of the game tonight and it showed."