The Skyline varsity girls basketball team started the postseason with a convincing victory.
The Class 1A No. 2-ranked and top-seeded Vikings built a 27-point lead after one quarter and cruised to a 79-24 Class 1A Area 14 Tournament semifinal win over fourth-seeded Gaylesville Monday afternoon at Skyline High School.
Skyline (28-3), which secured a sub-regional berth, advanced to play second-seeded Valley Head in the area title game Thursday at 6 p.m. Valley Head defeated third-seeded Woodville 65-34 in Monday’s other semifinal game.
The Area 14 champion will host the Area 15 runner-up in the Class 1A Northeast Sub-regionals while the Area 14 runner-up travels to play the Area 15 champion.
Skyline, which led 55-13 at halftime and 68-17 after three quarters, had four players score in double figures. Bailee Usrey scored 19 points for the Vikings, who also got 12 points from Blakely Stucky, 11 from Kenzi Manning, 10 from Gracie Stucky, nine from Morgan Sanders, seven from Alli McAllister, six from Aidan Bellomy and three from Brinlee Potts. Kambree Reed scored 10 points for Gaylesville (4-16).
Meanwhile, Woodville (5-23) saw its season end with its loss to Valley Head (13-9). The Panthers fell behind 17-3 after one quarter and trailed 39-18 at halftime and 52-23 after three quarters.
Tia Edwards scored 11 points for Woodville while Kayla Thompson netted nine, Lizzie Torres added six and Jessica Sirten and Jordyn Cosby had four each.
Jenna McKenzie and Emma Harrison scored 12 points each while Bailee Carter added 11 for Valley Head (13-9).