Following a tough loss to No. 1 Gonzaga Prep on Thursday, the No. 5 Skyview girls basketball team (25-3) rebounded Friday in impressive fashion with a 57-37 win over Sarah Toeaina and Kentwood (16-6).
Toeaina, known as one of the top players in the SPSL conference and state, was limited to 4 points on 0-for-4 shooting in the first half.
A signee to the University of Hawaii, Toeaina managed to finish her last high school game with a game-high 17 points, but was 5-for-12 from the field and accounted for eight turnovers as the swarming Skyview defense stymied the star for the most part.
“All year long, we’ve built our team around defense,” Skyview coach Jennifer Buscher said. “We knew Sarah (Toeaina) was quite a player and we just did our best to play team defense and take away her gaps, make sure we were boxing out and rebounding hard. This team is built around defense.
“I thought we did a good job against Gonzaga Prep yesterday as well. Our shots just didn’t fall. You can’t control that, but you can always control how hard you work and that’s defense.”
For Skyview, Aubrey Ward-El finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Star Skyview post player Jocelyn Adams turned in her second good performance of the tournament, finishing the contest with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting.