Printed on: December 06, 2012

Rams rattle Grizz

By Marlowe Hereford
mhereford@postregister.com

The Skyline High School girls basketball team hung with the third-ranked High-land Rams for three quarters, but the potential upset fell short as the Rams rallied for a 57-43 road win in a clash of unbeatens Wednesday at Skyline High School.

Foul trouble in the opening minutes and turnovers down the stretch ultimately took victory out of reach for Skyline (7-1, 0-1) in the 5A District 5-6 opener. However, Skyline coach Gretchen Moser said this was the best game the Grizzlies have played against the Rams (5-0, 1-0) in the three years she has been coach.

"We can play with Highland," Moser said. "We played three solid quarters. We can play with anyone. They know that now. They battled. They competed. I can't ask anything more."

The first two quarters swung in Skyline's direction. The Grizz took a four-point lead over the Rams four minutes into the game thanks to rebounding and capitalizing on missed shots by Highland.

The Rams didn't get their first lead until they went on a 9-0 run in the second quarter with baskets by Makenzie Van Sickle, Katie Denny and Dakota Gonzalez. Skyline climbed out of that deficit, however, and punctuated the rally with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by senior Brooklyn Anderson to go into halftime trailing 26-25.

"They're always well prepared for us," Highland coach Tony Green said of the Grizz. "They compete so hard. I thought we got outworked in the first half. That was a gut check for us."

That gut check led to big defensive adjustments for Highland in the second half as the Rams turned a one-point game into a nine-point game with points off steals and four 3-pointers in the third quarter by Dylan Gonzalez, Van Sickle and Maren Herrud.

The fourth quarter went to Highland as the Rams went on a 15-6 run and built a double-digit lead the Grizz could not recover from.

Anderson scored a game-high 22 points to lead Skyline, and had five rebounds while Clark finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

Dakota Gonzalez led the Rams with 15 points and four steals while twin sister, Dylan, had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Grizz organized a fundraiser for Wednesday's contest to benefit Highland point guard Timmie Bowie, who is hospitalized with aplastic anemia.

Coaches and athletes from both teams wore "Team Timmie" T-shirts during warm ups and $990 was collected in donations. The officials also donated their checks from the game.

"It's been so humbling for our girls to see how many people care about Timmie," Green said. "For Skyline to do that was a class act. It says a lot about the community here."