When the Skyline Spartans faced off against the Mt. Si Wildcats at home on Jan. 19, they began with pinpoint precision as Caden Culver and Atticus Boba found the net multiple times for an early Spartan lead. But the Wildcats soon found a groove and closed the gap to take back the advantage, 20-19, to end the first quarter.
Frustrated, the Spartans opened the second quarter with a foul that sent Marcus Heide to the line for another two points for the Wildcats. The Wildcats continued to ratchet up the score with a series of 2-point shots, slowly chipping away at the Spartans’ confidence.
However, the Spartans refused to give up the fight. An arcing 3-pointer from Leo Gorman reignited the Spartan momentum, and the Spartans worked to close the gap. Several 2-point shots from the Spartans, including two consecutive buckets from Boba, narrowed the chasm by halftime, 35-31 Wildcats.
Following the halftime break, both teams returned with new strategies and determination. Jack Taylor and Trevor Hennig found the net for the Wildcats in quick succession. For the Spartans, Culver and Boba responded to each shot with one of their own.
However, as time ticked toward the end of the third quarter, the Spartans appeared depleted. Culver managed to drop one more Spartan 3-pointer, but the home team simply could not hold the Wildcats. Mt. Si ended the quarter with a comfortable 53-44 lead.
Attempting to rally in the final quarter, Culver responded to a Hennig 3-pointer with one of his own but, overall, the point disparity proved insurmountable for the Spartans. Despite valiant efforts, Skyline simply could not come back, posting a 65-57 loss to their most skilled rival, the Mt. Si Wildcats.
The Skyline Spartans play the Juanita Ravens on Tuesday, January 23 at 7:15pm.