Prep girls' basketball: Skyline holds off Brighton
Skyline didn't seem to mind a break from Region 7 play Wednesday.
The Eagles, who started region play with a pair of victories, took time out to beat a Class 5A team on the road.
And while Brighton is struggling at the moment, the young and tall Bengals did present a welcome challenge before falling to Skyline 49-38.
"I was a little afraid because we have three games this week, and two are region," Eagles coach Lynette Schroeder said. "But it's always good to play such a top-ranked team. Win or lose, it can only better us to play a team of this caliber."
Skyline (11-3) was in charge from the get-go, starting the game with a 9-2 run behind seven points from senior Sydnee Taylor. The host Bengals, who struggled to score early, rebounded to cut the deficit to two points with 1 minute, 58 seconds left in the first period.
But Taylor drained a 3-pointer followed by a bucket by Mia Mortensen and a banked 3 from Shay Davis to end the quarter with a 20-10 lead.
The Eagles' advantage ranged between seven and 13 points over the next two quarters.
At the start of the fourth, a three-point play by Brighton junior Alyssa Hirschi made the score 39-31. But a one-handed floater by Skyline's Kyla Paulus kicked off seven straight points for the visitors to regain a healthy cushion.
Taylor, who finished with 20 points and six rebounds, often was the momentum killer when Brighton began to close the gap. Taylor also swatted away four Bengals' shots.
"I love that. It's fun to feel that feeling," Taylor said about her blocks.
Lindsey Johnson led Brighton with 13 points, while Hirschi, along with tallying six points, grabbed 12 rebounds to lead all players. The Bengals have dropped their last seven games after winning their first four. Three of those defeats came at a tournament in Phoenix, where Brighton played its last game before Wednesday 17 days before the clash with Skyline.
"I think my girls did a great job. Everything I asked them to do defensively, they went out and did it," said Schroeder, whose squad will resume region play Friday at rival Olympus.
Storylines Skyline 49, Brighton 38
• Sydnee Taylor scores 20 points, grabssix rebounds and blocks four shots to lead Eagles to the non-region win.
• Brighton drops its seventh consecutive game.