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Girls basketball: Freshman Barron leads young Skyline past Lincoln

LEWIS GEYER
Skyline’s Carissa Curtis steals the ball from Lincoln’s Irma Sanchez in the first quarter on Saturday at Mead High School. Skyline won 51-41. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)

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MEAD — The Skyline girls basketball team has a bright future. One of many promising underclassmen, freshman Naomi Barron showed glimpses of just how bright it is against Lincoln on Saturday.

Barron had 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks starting in place of senior Dominique Torres, who was limited by the flu, and the Falcons won 51-41.

“I usually don’t shoot the ball that much, but I finally took the ball up and I guess it worked for me,” said the 5-foot-11 Barron, who averaged 3.8 points per game before Saturday.

Playing a home game at Mead High School because of water damage to the Skyline floor, the Falcons (6-5, 2-2 4A Tri-Valley) jumped out to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter. Sophomore Carissa Curtis paced the Falcons’ hot start by scoring 11 of her 13 points in the first quarter. She also had six rebounds and six steals.

But the Falcons’ fire flamed out in the second quarter, during which the visiting Lancers (4-7) outscored them 24-11 to take a 31-29 halftime lead.

“One thing we’re not used to is they had a bunch of little girls that shot 3s and we couldn’t stop it,” Curtis said.

After a halftime talk, the Falcons turned to their defense and a 1-3-1 zone to retake control of the game. They allowed just 10 points in the second half and just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

Falcons head coach Tina Skidmore said the game was far closer than it should have been.

“We played down to their level,” Skidmore said. “I think we came into it thinking we had it made in that one. We played a really hard game last night against a really hard team and I think we just came back a little flat today.”

The Falcons played all out in a 66-52 loss to No. 10-ranked Windsor the night before, which left them drained for Saturday’s game.

The Falcons and Lancers split 56 turnovers almost down the middle. Some of the Falcons’ miscues were youthful mistakes, but Skidmore will tolerate some of that as long as her young players continue to show promise.

“We’re young, we’re very young,” Skidmore said. “Naomi in the post, her potential is unlimited. She’s just barely scratching the surface of what she can do. She started against Windsor and set the tone for the game and helped keep us in it. Today, she just carried that with her.”

The Falcons have a conference matchup against Frederick on Tuesday. Skidmore is hoping for more of the type of play she saw out her team against Windsor and not what she saw in the second quarter on Saturday.

“Frederick’s a good team so I guess it depends on which group of mine shows up,” Skidmore said.

Brad Cochi can be reached at bcochi@times-call.com.

Skyline 51, Lincoln 41

At Mead HS

LINCOLN (4-7, 0-0)

Trujillo 5 1-2 11, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Yanez 0 0-0 0, Solis 0 0-0 0, Atencio 3 5-5 13, Saenz 0 0-0 0, B. Gonzalez 1 3-6 5, Sanchez 4 0-2 10, J. Gonzalez 0 2-5 2. Totals 13 11-20 41.

SKYLINE (6-5, 2-2)

Spencer 1 2-2 4, Emanuel 1 3-6 5, David 0 0-0 0, Mastriona 1 0-0 3, Elcock 0 1-2 1, A. Curtis 0 0-0 0, Barron 9 2-8 20, C. Curtis 5 3-3 13, Torres 1 0-0 2, Quintana 1 1-2 3, Steed 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 12-23 51.

Score by quarters:

Lincoln 7 24 5 5 — 41

Skyline 18 11 13 9 — 51

3-point field goals — Lincoln (4): Atencio 2, Sanchez 2; Skyline (1): Mastriona. Total fouls — Lincoln 16, Skyline 21. Fouled out — Trujillo. Technical fouls — Lincoln bench.