Redemption for a couple of Skyview players
Aubrey Ward-El’s shot was the signature moment of the Class 4A girls basketball tournament. Making it even greater was the fact that she struggled all night.
Hers will be the story of legend. And 0-for-10 night until she got the ball with the clock winding down. Swish, with 1 second remaining, and a 46-43 Skyview victory.
It was yet another example of this team’s ability to shake off rough stretches and respond. Often, if one player had a bad game one night, she rebounded with a solid effort the next game.
Ward-El got to bounce back within the game itself. She didn’t need to wait for the next one.
Same is true for Katie Swanson. Skyview’s starting center, Swanson missed five shots in the first half. Three or four of those, she usually makes in her sleep. She was frustrated. Then she got over it.
In the third quarter, she was the center of attention in a 10-2 spurt that gave the Storm a lead. She scored six points and assisted on another bucket.
Delaney Keser was scoreless in the first game, then scored 16 in the semifinals. Stephanie McDonagh was the hero in the first game. Larissa Hamilton came back from a head injury in the first game to have a positive impact in the second game. Brooke Bowen went down hard with a hip injury Friday but returned quickly. Saturday, she took a charge, and was playing hurt. Even Jocelyn Adams struggled in her first state tournament game. By Saturday, she was nearly perfect.