Skyline too much for McKinney Boyd in playoff

February, 14, 2012
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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com Skyline advances to play Mesquite in the area round of the playoffs.
WYLIE, Texas -- From the opening tip, Skyline controlled its bi-district matchup against McKinney Boyd (15-20), claiming a 60-30 win.

Skyline (28-4) excelled at finding and hitting high-percentage shots in the paint, which made up the majority of the Lady Raiders' points.

The Lady Raiders opened up the game on a 6-0 run that consisted mostly of transition layups after turnovers forced by Skyline’s man press.

“We wanted to keep the pressure on from start to finish,” Skyline coach Cassandra McCurdy said. “We kind of eased up a little in the third quarter and they came back around, but I was proud of the defensive effort.”

The remainder of the game was flashes of transition buckets and dishes into the post for Skyline, whose game plan was to exploit the post with its height advantage.

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“We felt like if we got our posts some touches, we would come out on the victorious end,” McCurdy said. “We felt like we had the height advantage so that’s one of the things we emphasized was trying to get it inside.”

Skyline’s rebounding in the second half became slightly lethargic, allowing Boyd to tally a few more points in the final frame, but never enough to threaten the lead.

Skyline forward Stabresa McDaniel led both teams in scoring with 18 points. Four Skyline players finished in double-digits in scoring.

Skyline advances to the area round to play Mesquite who beat College Station's A&M Consolidated in the bi-district round.
Travis L. Brown covers high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He is a graduate of TCU, where he was sports editor of the student paper, The Daily Skiff.

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