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Skyview hoops weekend roundup

Posted: January 12, 2014 - 12:00am  |  Updated: January 12, 2014 - 12:30am
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Skyviews Sam Reynolds takes possession of the ball during their game against Houston Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Skyviews Sam Reynolds takes possession of the ball during their game against Houston Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska.

Twenty-four seconds of frenzied defense punctuated a 49-48 victory for the Skyview boys hoops team over Southcentral Conference opponent Houston on Saturday at Skyview High School.

In a close, back-and-forth game, senior Micah Hilbish led the Panthers with 16 points — including eight points in the fourth quarter. Teammate Jacob Carlson added 14.

“There was nothing planned about that,” Hilbish said about the final moments of the game. “We came back into our planned defense but (Houston) started passing the ball around and it got to the middle, and it was all we could do to keep the shots from going up and trying our best not to foul.”

The win pushes Skyview’s overall season record to 3-3 (1-2 conference). The Panthers will travel to Seward for a 7:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Skyview used a strong second quarter to take a 28-19 halftime lead, but Houston began to rally in the third frame. Jeff Baird sank a 3-pointer with under a minute to play in the third, then caught a steal to put in a layup that closed the deficit to one point. Heading into the fourth quarter, the two teams were tied at 36 apiece.

Four lead changes in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter left both squads and their fans sensing a photo finish, and when the pressure was high, Hilbish executed to near perfection.

“It was set up perfectly by my teammates,” Hilbish said. “Houston was pressing with a high defense, and my teammates did a great job with bringing the pressure up (to the top of the key) and that left me with great shots.”

Hilbish sank four straight jumpers for eight points in less than three minutes, but Baird answered with his own buckets that resulted in a 46-all draw with 1 minute, 52 seconds, left.

Chad Harley put Skyview back into the lead with a free throw with 1:36 left, but Lane Taylor’s layup 15 seconds later reversed the roles. Harley then answered with a shot that ultimately proved to be the game-winner with 56 seconds left.

“Defensively we were man-to-man, and I told them to make (Houston) make shots,” said Skyview coach Jesse Settlemyer. “Make them make shots, help each other, talk on screens. It was just a scramble, and we got lucky.”

Houston attempted to retake the lead in the final minute, but Tim Duke’s crucial steal with under 30 seconds to go prevented the Hawks from executing their plan.

“This was an important win for us, as a conference game,” Settlemyer said. “It’s great to pull one out at home, it gives us some momentum.”

Skyview girls 40, Houston 29

After dominating the first half en route to a 30-4 lead, the Skyview girls nearly let it slip away, holding off the Hawks in a Southcentral Conference matchup Saturday at Skyview High School.

The win kept Skyview with a clean sheet for the season, improving to a 5-0 overall record (3-0 conference).

“We did the same thing in Homer, we get comfortable with a lead and then we stop working as hard on defense,” said Skyview coach Kyle McFall. “They kept getting little drives, which we don’t usually allow, they kept getting offensive rebounds ... I mean they made all the hustle plays.”

The Panthers were led by senior Sam Reynolds with 14 points, while Houston’s Savannah Wells and Shana Barber each had eight points.

Skyview put up 15 points in each of the first two quarters to pad its lead to 26 points, but once the second half began, Houston showed why it’s never wise to leave a game early.

“In the first half, we were flying around, getting out on shooters, not allowing them to get inside,” McFall said. “But (Houston) totally outworked us in the second half. We have to work on that. Even if we’re up, we have to keep stopping them.”

Two Houston layups in the first 20 seconds of the third quarter still left Skyview with a large lead, but the momentum was quickly changing. Instead of the wide-open looks that Skyview was getting in the first half, the Panthers were faced with a much stingier defense. In addition, the Hawks forced Skyview into multiple turnovers.

A third quarter that saw Houston outscore Skyview 13-6 still left the home team with a 19-point lead, but it became increasingly obvious as the fourth quarter began that the visitors still had a shot. With 2:50 left in the game, Barber stole the ball and raced off for a Houston layup that left Skyview with a precarious 36-28 lead.

“It was the same thing I told them before the game,” said Houston coach Pat Egelus. “I don’t know why it took them so long to get ready, but we’ve been playing a lot of games lately where we put ourselves in a hole and try to climb back.”

Ultimately, the Hawks began to foul Skyview, resulting in Reynolds hitting 4 of 6 free throws that clinched the win for the Panthers in the final 31 seconds.

Skyview will go on the road to take on Seward at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Skyview girls 38, Cordova 16

The Panthers notched a Southcentral Conference victory Friday.

Skyview had a 12-2 lead after the first quarter and 18-9 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Panthers held the Wolverines to seven points.

Cordova boys 45, Skyview 29

The Wolverines notched a Southcentral Conference victory Friday.

Carlson had 11 points to lead the Panthers.

 

Saturday boys

Panthers 49, Hawks 48

Skyview 11 17 8 13 —49

Houston 10 9 17 12 —48

SKYVIEW (49) — Hilbish 8 0-1 16, Carlson 6 2-5 14, Rice 0 0-0 0, Hill 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-1 0, Duke 2 0-1 4, Harley 4 3-7 11. Totals 21 5-15 49.

HOUSTON (48) — Baird 8 1-4 17, Kleewein 2 0-0 4, Griffith 1 0-2 2, K. Taylor 0 0-1 0, L. Taylor 3 5-6 11, Elson 0 0-0 0, Barron 3 2-3 8, Saechao 0 0-1 0, Ruta 1 0-1 2. Totals 18 8-18 48.

3-point field goals — none.

Team fouls — Skyview 15; Houston 15.

 

Saturday girls

Panthers 40, Hawks 29

Skyview 15 15 6 4 —40

Houston 2 2 13 12 —29

SKYVIEW (40) — Reynolds 3 8-10 14, Powers 0 1-5 1, Ramsell 3 1-1 7, Mahan 2 0-2 4, Lawson 0 0-0 0, Rouse 3 0-0 6, Glaves 1 0-1 2. Totals 12 10-19 40.

HOUSTON (29) — Malidore 0 0-0 0, Ruth 1 1-2 3, Wilkerson 0 0-0 0, Nida 2 2-4 6, Wells 4 0-7 8, Apangaloor 0 0-0 0, Barber 3 2-2 8, Quincy 1 0-0 2, May-Thomas 0 0-0 0, Holmgren 0 0-0 0, Bohl 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-15 29.

3-point field goals — none.

Team fouls — Skyview 13; Houston 13.

 

Friday boys

Wolverines 45, Panthers 29

Cordova 12 12 10 11 —45

Skyview 9 11 6 5 —29

CORDOVA (45) — Brandt 0 0-0 0, Ridao 0 0-2 0, Perry 3 2-3 8, Muma 2 1-3 5, Jewell 2 1-4 5, Cheshier 4 5-18 13, Sorenson 1 0-0 2, Plant 0 0-0 0, Beedle 7 0-2 14. Totals — 19 9-32 45.

SKYVIEW (29) — Rice 0 0-2 0, Hill 2 2-2 6, Jones 0 2-3 2, Duke 2 1-4 5, Carlson 4 3-7 11, Cook 0 0-0 0, Harley 1 0-2 2, Hilbish 0 3-6 3. Totals — 9 11-26 29.

3-point goals — none. Team fouls — Cordova 16, Skyview 18. Fouled out — none.

 

Friday girls

Panthers 38, Wolverines 16

Cordova 2 7 4 3 —16

Skyview 12 6 13 7 —38

CORDOVA (16) — Hoepfner 2 0-1 4, Songer 1 0-0 2, Platt 0 0-0 0, Felix 1 2-7 4, Phillips 1 0-0 3, Hamberger 1 0-0 3. Totals — 6 2-8 16.

SKYVIEW (38) — Powers 2 1-2 6, Ramsell 2 3-4 7, Mahan 2 0-3 4, Lawson 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 5 2-6 12, Rouse 1 0-2 2, Glaves 2 1-2 5, Pyhala 1 0-0 2. Totals — 15 7-19 38.

3-point goals — Cordova 2 (Phillips, Hamberger); Skyview 3 (Reynolds 2, Powers 1). Team fouls — Cordova 10, Fouled out — none.

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