How do you beat a team that smothers you in defense? You smother them right back!
Skyview High School girls basketball team of Vancouver, Washington shocked second-ranked Southridge High School of Beaverton, Oregon by defeating the Skyhawks on their own court 55-52 in OT during a non-conference game for both schools. Southridge has been known for their tumultuous full-court pressure defense that has melted opponents and has been a critical aspect to winning their recent two straight OSAA State Championship titles. When Skyview came out with a similar pressure defense, it neutralized the Skyhawk offense enough for Skyview to stay within a few points of the Hawks the entire game. A last second layup at the buzzer by Skyview's Catherine Cloakey after a missed desperation shot by Dayle Powell sent the contest into overtime, where Skyview capitalized on a couple breaks and got a five point lead nearing the end of OT. Southridge was forced to foul in an attempt to try and catch up, but solid freethrow shooting allowed Skyview to claim the upset. This was a game where defense outshined the offense and was the key to bringing one of Oregon's top-ranked teams down for a rough landing.