Skyview completes its first unbeaten season in 4A SIC

The Hawks stumble a bit, but still defeat Nampa.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Skyview’s Leah Bonner blocks a shot from Nampa’s Danielle Jardine on Tuesday night at Nampa High.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

— Skyview High girls basketball coach Cindy Pasta wasn’t exactly pleased with her team’s performance in the final game of the regular season.

The Hawks shot 28.6 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers in a 49-42 victory at Nampa on Tuesday.

But even when they haven’t been at their best, the Hawks have still been pretty darn good.

With Tuesday’s victory, Skyview (19-1, 16-0) recorded its first unbeaten 4A Southern Idaho Conference regular season in team history, earning the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.

Skyview’s seven-point victory over Nampa was just the second single-digit win for the Hawks this season. They’ve won 19 consecutive games since a season-opening loss to 5A unbeaten and top-ranked Rocky Mountain.

“That was the most physical game we’ve probably had all season. Seriously, (Nampa) came out and they wanted it worse than anything,” said Skyview senior point guard Bailey Pasta, who is Cindy’s daughter and a four-year starter. “We’ve always said we have to do whatever it takes, and (Cindy) put the five out there that would push back, fight back and fight hard. That’s what we did.”

Skyview has won 17 of its 20 games by double digits, averaging 58.1 points while limiting opponents to 37.5 — a margin of more than 20 points.

Tight-knit seniors Pasta, Marlee Markus, Maryssa Santi, Leah Bonner and Ashlynn Smith credit team chemistry — and a loaded roster — with being the secret to their success.

Coach Pasta said she has used a different starting lineup nearly every game, and 10 players got on the court against Nampa.

“We all work together. We’re not about ourselves, we’re about the team and working together,” Smith said. “I think that is what’s gotten us through.”

Despite their dominance of 4A teams during the regular season, the Hawks are taking a guarded approach to the district tournament. They host eighth-seeded Caldwell in the first round at 6 p.m. Saturday.

They’ll need three straight wins to advance to state, which is Feb. 20-22 at Mountain View High in Meridian. Skyview has never won a state title in girls basketball.

“Everybody is going to start over now. It’s zero-zero in the district tournament. We are the conference champions, but it means nothing because our goal is to make it to state,” Cindy said. “We have to start back from square one and we didn’t play our best basketball game tonight. Nampa really brought it to us.”

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