Skyline girls playoff run comes up short against Stanwood, 61-50
February 28, 2012
The Skyline High School girls basketball team looked like it was headed for an upset in the Feb. 21 KingCo/Wesco playoff at Stanwood.
Skyline had an 10-point halftime lead against host Stanwood and appeared headed for the state Class 4A regionals.
But third-ranked Stanwood, backed by its large crowd of vocal fans, rallied in the second half to post a 61-50 victory in the loser-out game.
Skyline, which won the KingCo Crest Division title this season, finished with a 17-8 record.
It was a game where the teams had the same mascots — both are Spartans.
The Skyline Spartans, sparked by Megan Wiedeman, jumped to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. Wiedeman scored seven of her game-high 13 points in the first quarter. Skyline pushed its lead to 31-21 at halftime.
Stanwood fought back to trail by just two points by the end of the third quarter. With 4:15 left in the game, Stanwood took its first lead since early in the first quarter. Samantha Kelleigh stole the ball from Skyline and passed it to teammate Jade Boreseth, who scored on a layin to put Stanwood ahead.
The teams traded baskets before Rachel Swartz hit a pair of free throws with just over two minutes to play to put Stanwood ahead for good.
Stanwood, which outscored Skyline 23-10 in the final quarter, made the most of its free-throw opportunities in the second half. Renee Lucero, who finished with 10 points, hit seven free throws in the final quarter for Stanwood.
Swartz led Stanwood with 12 points.
In addition to Wiedeman, Haley Smith scored 10 points and Morgan Farrar had seven points for Skyline.