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4A girls’ basketball: Skyline shuts down region rival for title trip
Girls’ basketball » Strong defense early sets tone for win over Mountain View.
First Published Feb 28 2014 10:16 pm • Last Updated Mar 01 2014 04:58 pm

Taylorsville • There were no surprises in Friday night’s Class 4A state semifinal game between Skyline and Mountain View.

The Region 7 foes had played twice before and knew exactly what to expect — points would be at a premium and defense would dictate the result.

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O Skyline jumps out to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and never trails in the semifinal victory.

» Hillary Weixler has 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles, who reach the state title game for the first time since 2008.

» Mountain View shoots just 29 percent from the field and 2 of 19 from 3-point range.

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Skyline built an early lead that held up the rest of the way, advancing with a 47-39 victory that left the Eagles equal parts elated and simply glad it was over.

"Our defense kept us in the game the whole time," Skyline senior forward Hillary Weixler said. "I was really proud of how well we played on D, and how we contained them."

Skyline (17-7) advanced to play Springville in Saturday’s 4 p.m. state championship game after it limited the Bruins (18-4) to just 29.4 percent shooting.

The Eagles jumped ahead 12-2 advantage in the first quarter and led 17-8 at halftime, thanks largely to a defense that held Mountain View to just 3 of 22 (13.6 percent) from the floor in the first half.

"It’s definitely easier to play from ahead," Weixler said. "Always better to start better and contain ourselves. I like that style a lot more, and we’re used to that."

Weixler was the only player in the game to score in double figures; she finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The junior also scored five points in the final 2:12 as Skyline knocked down free throws and battled through Mountain View’s full-court pressure defense.

Schroeder said the familiarity between the teams meant

"It was more motivational preparing, and less X’s and O’s," said Schroeder, who has the Eagles in the state title game for the first time since 2008. "It was just a matter of who was going to step up. I think my girls did a good job of that today."


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Now it’s one game for a state title, against the defending champs.

"All I know is they are championship material," Schroeder said. "They are a great team and they are comfortable in this position, so they’ll have that to their advantage."



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