Skyline boys beat Warren De La Salle at holiday tournament, Chelsea girls cruise to win
One year ago, in its first complete varsity season, the Skyline High School boys basketball team started 1-5.
After Tuesday night, the Eagles are off to a lot better start this season.
Skyline never trailed in a 67-57 win over Warren De La Salle at the Battle Creek Central Holiday Tournament. De La Salle came into the game 3-0 and ranked third in Class A.
"Everybody on our team contributed, made big plays," Skyline coach Mike Lovelace said. "Everybody played well."
Skyline (3-1) had five players score at least nine points. Theron Wilson had 14 points and five assists and 6-foot-4 Jarrius Mann, playing his first game of the season because of "grade issues," had seven points and nine rebounds.
"He gives us a lot of size inside," Lovelace said.
The Eagles led by five with about 90 seconds to go in the second quarter, but a late De La Salle spurt tied the game at halftime. Skyline opened the second half on an 8-0 run and the Pilots never got closer than six.
"The first four minutes of the third quarter we just executed great," Lovelace said.
Connor Tava led De La Salle with 21 points. Lovelace credited Jordan Woods' defense for holding De La Salle star sophomore A.J. Turner to three points.
Skyline committed seven turnovers against De La Salle's press, a statistics Lovelace called "unbelievable." But he said the win wasn't.
"We knew we could do it," Lovelace said. "We have a little bit of everything."
Skyline plays Albion on Wednesday in Battle Creek.
CHELSEA 66, PINCKNEY 36
Riley Singleton scored 16 points to lead four Chelsea players in double figures.
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Megan Hall had 13 points, five steals and three assists; Grace Sauers scored 11 and Mackenzie Cole added 10 for Chelsea (7-0). Katelyn Kingsley had seven points and eight assists.
"We came out strong offensively," Chelsea coach Todd Blomquist said. "But I was a little disappointed in how we came out defensively."
Chelsea outscored Pinckney 32-10 in the second half to cruise to victory.
"To the kids' credit, they came out and responded," Blomquist said of his team's second-half defense.