Skyline girls basketball tops Garfield
January 17, 2013
By John Leggett
The Jan. 11 basketball game being hosted by the KingCo 4A Crown Division leading 8-1 Skyline girls, 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 was a 67-17 victory in favor of the girls in the green and white uniforms. Every single baller on the Skyline bench got plenty of minutes on the hardwood.
It was Garfield that broke the scoring ice in the opening moments of the one-sided affair, as the Bulldogs’ 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.
Unfortunately for Bulldog girls, that early deuce was the only point production the Garfield contingent could muster in the entire first quarter, and by the end of the opening eight minutes, Skyline had dashed out to a 17-2 advantage. By halftime, they’d widened the lead to 38-6. The game’s leading scorer was Skyline’s 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, like 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 two days prior.
“Hopefully, that loss to Eastlake was just a bump in the road,” said Skyline’s head girls basketball coach Greg Bruns, whose squad escalated its overall record to 12-3 with the win.
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 Skyline graduated a pair of KingCo 4A All-leaguers, 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 scorer in every game.