ERIE — Ashayla Powers was willing to do whatever it took to get her Skyline girls basketball teammates a league win on the road over the Erie Tigers on Friday night.
That meant scoring a season-high 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field and 5 of 9 from the free throw line. Her efforts were just enough for the Falcons to leave with a 43-42 win.
"I wanted to keep the energy up for our team," Powers said. "If I start bringing the energy down, they're going to go down as well. I just wanted to keep the energy and for us to get the win."
Skyline never trailed in the win but also never pulled away easily. The largest lead of the night was nine points thanks to an 8-0 run to end the second quarter. Skyline led 23-14 at half, with Powers notching six of those eight points.
When Erie cut the lead down to one point again in the third quarter, it was Powers and Lindrey Schendel who scored consecutive shots to get the lead up to five. Every time the Tigers would get to within one point, the Falcons prevented them from taking the lead.
"I'm just glad we stayed ahead," Powers said. "We stayed up with our energy and stayed positive. We said we needed to get this win."
Powers scored 10 points in the final quarter and got additional help from Schendel and Maddie Pitts with free throws to keep the lead. Even with their scoring, the Tigers had a chance in the final seconds to try for a tying 3-pointer. Instead, Skyline forced a turnover and Pitts made a late free throw to go up by four with one second left. Grace Moyers hit a long, uncontested 3-pointer at the buzzer for Erie but that was as close as it would get.
"It feels pretty dang good," Powers said. "I'm happy and the team is happy. I heard (Erie) planned to beat us, but we won, so it's good."
Powers led all scorers with her 27 and the next high scorer for the Falcons was Schendel with six points. Erie's Moyers had 14 to lead the hosts.
Friday's win was Skyline's ninth of the season, matching the total from last year. It also continued a trend of success on the road, where the Tigers are now 5-0 in true road games. A junior class having to step up and lead like seniors and receive help from underclassmen playing big minutes with a first-year coach has been the formula to win this season.
"We got a new coach and he has helped us a lot," Powers said. "We've had problems with lots of other coaches, but (coach Kirk Blackard) is sticking with us and keeping us together. We're better than last year."
The Falcons will look to take momentum from Friday into their toughest league test of the season, next Tuesday at home against Holy Family.
"I think we definitely have a chance," Powers said. "We need to be ready, but we're coming."
Skyline 43, Erie 42
At Erie High School
SKYLINE (9-4, 4-2)
Ashayla Powers 11 5-9 27, Lindrey Schendel 2 2-4 6, Alyssa McKrola 1 1-4 4, Maddie Pitts 1 2-4 4, Charlee Neb 1 0-1 2. Totals 17 10-21 43
ERIE (7-6, 2-4)
Grace Moyers 5 0-0 14, Anna Hefner 3 2-2 8, Deb Altshuler 2 2-2 8, Kaitlyn Patterson 3 0-0 6, Sami Erbe 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Barnett 1 0-2 2, Lauren Kia 1 0-1 2. Totals 16 4-7 42.
Score by quarters:Skyline (9-4, 4-2) 8 15 6 14 — 43
3-point field goals — Skyline(1): McKrola; Erie(6): Moyers 4, Altshuler 2. Total fouls — Skyline 15, Erie 23.