TAYLORSVILLE Anyone who knows anything about girls high school basketball knows about Dani Peterson and Jenteal Jackson.
But what the Skyline Eagles proved in Thursday's quarterfinal win over Davis is that they are more than a two-player team.
"The younger players realize the pressure and attention Dani and I get from defenses and they've just played huge," said Jackson after the 49-39 victory sent Skyline to the semifinals on Friday where they will face top-ranked Riverton at 7:40 p.m.
Adds Peterson, "When they're working hard, it makes it easier for us. When we get that pressure, they know what to do ... Whitney (Jenkins), down the stretch, she led us. When we play as a team we're tough to beat."
Jenkins, a sophomore forward, came up with two huge rebounds in the game's final minutes that helped the Eagles secure their win. She finished with 12 points and four rebounds and two steals.
Peterson led the team with 22 points, 17 rebounds and five steals in the game in which the Eagles trailed the entire first quarter. Sophomore guard Katie Walker and senior forward Upuia Fui were also key in helping the team past the aggressive Darts. Skyline was better on the boards than Davis with 37 rebounds to 23 for Davis.
"We scored eight points off of put-backs in the second half, and that was huge," said Jackson.
The younger players said part of the reason they're playing so well is because of how Peterson and Jackson treat them.
"They know we're going to give it our all," said Walker. "They always help us and tell us how good we are."
Walker said her coaches and teammates know each player and what her strengths are.
"One of the best things is that nobody expects something we can't give them," she said.
Fui said she got a little frustrated playing in the paint against the Darts, but the encouragement from her teammates helped her get back on track. She finished with nine rebounds, four points, two steals and three assists.
"I trust my teammates," she said. "I got really frustrated, but I know my teammates are there to help me out."
Davis had trouble dealing with Peterson and Fui in the paint, while Skyline's defense held guard Dani Hosking to no points.
"Their defense on the press got us a little," said head coach Amy Wright. "We didn't match up well with them. I am proud of all of the kids. They did great. They won't quit."
Forward Allison Blake proved that with a heroic effort, especially in the fourth quarter, and the junior finished with 17 points and seven steals. Guard Kelsey Campbell also played well with 17 points and two steals. Hosking may not have scored, but she had five assists and also played well defensively.For the Eagles, the win means a berth into the semi-finals where they will meet Riverton.
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