Despite a slow start, No.1 Gonzaga Prep proved their ranking and came away with a statement win in the first round over No. 5 Skyview.
With their only loss coming to Oregons St. Marys at the beginning of the season, Gonzaga Prep (23-1) has rattled off 21 straight wins now behind a balanced inside-out game featuring Otiona Gildon, Hannah Caudill and Laura Stockton.
Gildon finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and her presence in the paint forced Skyview (24-3) to consistently double-team the 6-foot junior post.
On the outside Caudill and Stockton did the damage.
Accounting for 15 and 12 points respectively, the senior and junior guards played a big role in Preps 49 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc.
Outside of the big three, Gonzaga Prep head coach Mike Arte said it was others that played the big role.
Very proud of our role players, Arte said. Wendy Gregory, Kayla Leland, in the first half, all played exceptionally well off of the bench. I was very proud of that aspect. If your role players can come in a big game like this and do some nice things. That was the difference.
For Skyview, senior post Jocelyn Adams led all scorers with 17 points while battling against Gildon nearly all game. Adams also accounted for a game-high of 12 rebounds.