FREDERICK — Tuesday’s Tri-Valley girls basketball game between Skyline and Frederick had no influence on playoff seeding. What it did do, however, was cap each team’s season and the prep careers of each team’s top scorers.
Capping the Falcons’ season with a 64-46 win, Skyline junior Carissa Curtis finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Since Curtis will graduate a year early in May, it was one final full stat line for the versatile guard who averaged 10.8 points per game.
After the victory ended the Falcons’ 12-11 season on a high note, Curtis said it was an encouraging finale to an up-and-down year.
“It was good to go out with a win. It was just finally good to play how we know how to play,” said Curtis, who also had three steals. “It stunk that we went down in the middle of the season because we could have gotten a lot further if we hadn’t have had that slump.”
After starting the season 6-2, the Falcons (12-11, 6-8) hit a rough 2-8 patch in the middle of the season. They finished the season by winning their final three games but still ended up sixth in the Tri-Valley, one game back of the Mead Mavericks (12-11, 7-7).
The top five teams in the Tri-Valley League get bids to the state tournament. The Frederick Warriors (8-15, 2-12) finished the season in seventh.
The Falcons pulled away from the Warriors on a 10-0 run that ended the first half. Sophomore center Naomi Barron, who scored eight points off the bench, gave the Falcons six points in the second quarter. Warriors sophomore guard Jordan Sleeth countered Barron’s effort with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors.
The Warriors made a run in the third quarter, pulling within five points. But the Falcons outscored the Warriors 23-10 in the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Kaylee Spencer led the Falcons with 16 points. Senior guard Allison Curtis said the Falcons’ young players all played well in support of the senior’s final nights on the court.
“I just kind of went out there and played hard,” Allison Curtis said. “I’m glad we ended on this game. Winning our last three games felt really good.”
For the Warriors, it was the final game for just one senior. But guard Makenzie Urban has been more than just a 12th-grader to the Warriors this season.
Averaging 11.7 points per game in her final Warriors campaign, Urban scored 17 points in her final game.
“I knew I would regret it if I didn’t put everything out on the court,” Urban said. “My team kept saying they wanted to win for me so I knew I had to give it 100 percent.”
Warriors junior Shyanna Neu finished with five points and 12 rebounds.
Though they ending the season on a five-game skid, Urban said the Warriors have much to look forward to in 2013-14 since she is the only player graduating.
“It was definitely a learning experience for our team,” Urban said. “I was the only senior so there are a lot of younger girls on the team and the program is still building up. It will only get (better) from here.”
The Falcons defeated the Warriors 52-31 in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 25.
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Skyline 64, Frederick 46
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SKYLINE (12-11, 6-8)
Zamora 1 3-5 5, Spencer 7 1-2 16, A. Curtis 1 1-2 3, Emanuel 1 4-7 6, Steed 2 2-4 4, Elcock 2 1-4 6, N. Barron 4 0-0 8, Robison 0 0-0 0, Quintana 1 0-0 2, C. Curtis 2 5-9 10, J. Barron 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 19-35 64.
FREDERICK (8-15, 2-12)
McCarty 0 0-0 0, Worley 1 0-2 3, Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Dufour 2 1-4 5, Neu 2 3-4 7, Urban 6 5-9 17, Sleeth 3 4-6 10, Reid 1 0-2 2, DiGesualdo 0 0-0 0, Garland 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 13-23 46.
Score by quarters:
Skyline 15 16 10 23 — 64
Frederick 12 8 16 10 — 46
3-point field goals — Skyline (3): Spencer, Elcock, C. Curtis; Frederick (1): Worley. Total fouls — Skylien 18, Frederick 28. Fouled out — Sleeth, Reid. Technical fouls — Frederick coach.