Skyline crushes winless Garfield girls basketball team

January 15, 2013

By John Leggett

The Jan. 11 basketball game being hosted by the KingCo 4A Crown Division-leading 8-1 Skyline girl cagers, which featured winless Garfield as the guests, was like a train wreck. As a hoop humanitarian you wanted to look away, but morbid curiosity prevented you from doing so.

The lopsided result of the mismatch was a 67-17 onslaught in favor of the Skyline girls in the green-and-white uniforms, and the silver lining in the massacre was the fact that every single player on the Skyline bench got plenty of minutes on the hardwood.

Oddly enough, it was Garfield that broke the scoring ice in the opening moments of the one-sided affair, as the Bulldogs’ demure 5-foot, 2-inch freshman point guard, Aireonna Davis, dribbled down the baseline and fired up a shot to register the encounter’s first bucket, furnishing a 2-0 advantage for the visitors, three minutes into the tilt.

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Unfortunately for Bulldog girls, that early deuce was the only point production the Garfield contingent could muster in the entire initial frame, as by the end of the opening eight minutes, Skyline had dashed out to a 17-2 advantage and a 38-6 upper hand by intermission. The game’s leading scorer was Skyline’s stable 5-foot, 8-inch sophomore wing, Stella Mazzaferro, who lit up the scoreboard with 14 points for an evening’s work.

The huge lead at halftime equated to an early exit for most of Skyline’s front-liners in the second half, including Spartan stalwart Haley Smith, who scored 13 points before the break. To make matters worse for Garfield, Skyline was trying to bounce back from absorbing its single league setback of the season, a 47-38 drubbing at the hands of Eastlake High School on the Wolves’ hardwood two days prior.

“Hopefully, that loss to Eastlake was just a bump in the road,” said Skyline head girls basketball coach Greg Bruns, whose squad escalated its overall accounting to 12-3 with the ambushing of the unsuspecting Bulldog girls.

Bruns said, while knocking on wood, that so far there haven’t been any substantial injuries among his crew. He was also quick to add, that considering the fact that Skyline graduated Megan Wiedeman and Allie Wyszynski — a pair of KingCo 4A all-leaguers, both of whom have gone on to play on the parquets of St. Martin’s University and the University of Puget Sound, respectively — his Spartan bunch appears to be right on track for another successful campaign.

In closing, Bruns maintained that the existing talent has gelled quite nicely, as there almost always seems to be someone stepping up to provide a different top point-getter in every game.

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