Girls basketball: Skyline in line for postseason despite latest defeat

LONGMONT — Ranked No. 8 in Class 4A by the latest CHSAANow.com poll, Berthoud’s girls entered Friday’s game against Skyline sitting sixth overall in the classification’s RPI standings.

For Skyline, losing 59-40 in a Tri-Valley League game at home to the Spartans for its fourth straight defeat wasn’t an ideal way to end the season. But since they were themselves 21st in the RPI before Thursday, the loss wasn’t exactly devastating either.

The Falcons are still playoff bound. While taking four straight losses to end the regular season while resting several injured players like double-digit scoring junior Alyssa McKrola, losing the last game of the regular season to a top-10 was never likely to have any effect on the Falcons’ postseason seeding anyway.

“Injuries have hurt us and one of our girls was out of town tonight at a volleyball tournament so we just wanted to get through tonight without any more injuries,” Skyline head coach Kirk Blackard said. “We have a winning record at 12-11 so I’m excited about that.”

Skyline (12-11, 8-9) trailed 40-12 behind Berthoud (19-4, 12-3) at halftime but played much better in the second half, outscoring the visiting team 28-19.

“That second half is how we normally play,” Blackard said. “It’s also been good for us in some ways to play all the other girls because we have some good young players and we get everybody back next year.”

Like the Skyline boys, the Skyline girls have played a lot of close games this season. Before Friday’s game, the Falcons had been in seven games decided by single digits — winning six of those. Their total point differential through the 22 games leading up to Friday’s season finale was a single point in the black.

So while the Falcons will enter the postseason with a negative scoring margin, they will still do so with a winning record. Postseason brackets will be released on Sunday.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

 

Berthoud 59, Skyline 40

At Skyline H.S.

BERTHOUD (19-4, 12-3)

A. Davidson 0 0-0 0, Fischer 1 0-0 2, Cavey 8 5-6 22, Leeper 6 0-0 15, J. Davidson 0 0-0 0, Spears 0 0-0 0, Padilla 0 0-0 0, E. Rennaker 3 0-0 9, M. Rennaker 0 0-0 0 , Carr 1 0-0 3, Selland 2 1-5 5, Kingston 0 0-0 0, Barcewski 1 1-1 3. Totals 22 7-12 59.

SKYLINE (12-11, 8-9)

Anson 1 0-0 2, Hennessey 2 0-0 5, Neb 1 0-0 2, Chirinos 0 1-2 1, Weathers 0 0-0 0, Powers 5 3-7 13, Schendel 5 2-3 12, Basha 0 0-0 0, Alvidez 2 0-0 5, Farmer 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-12 40.

Score by quarters:

Berthoud       15 25 12 7  — 59

Skyline             7 5 18 10  — 40

3-point field goals — Berthoud (8): Leeper 3, E. Rennaker 3, Carr, Cavey; Skyline (2): Hennessey, Alvidez. Total fouls — Berthoud 17, Skyline 14.