Koch Arena’s vastness can throw off the best high school shooters initially. Not Andover Central senior Skyler Snodgrass, though.
In her first game back since Dec. 10 after suffering a foot injury, Snodgrass coolly knocked down a three-pointer less than two minutes into Friday night’s game against Heights.
Snodgrass finished with a game-high 18 points, hitting 7 of 11 shots, including two three-pointers as Andover Central handled Heights 56-39 at Koch Arena in the City League vs. Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League basketball challenge.
“It was awesome,” Snodgrass said of playing again. “It was great to come back for this game, specifically. It’s a lot of fun. Playing at Koch is a great experience. I’ve never done it before.”
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Snodgrass missed the 2013 game at Koch Arena with another foot injury.
She was hurt against Salina Central in the second game of the season and forced to sit out through the holiday break, she said she’s fully recovered.
In Snodgrass’ absence, the Jaguars lost to Salina Central and Andover but developed some depth, especially with sophomore Amanda Kakoulias, who averages nearly eight points a game.
But with Snodgrass back, the Jags add another player with outstanding ballhandling skills and a sweet shot. She has signed with Wyoming.
“It definitely helps our confidence,” said Andover Central guard Masen Stamp about Snodgrass’ return. “We just all mesh together. And I know that when I get the ball, she’s going to be right up the court from me for a fast break.”
The Jaguars had a strong showing overall offensively, shooting 24 of 43 from the field and also getting 12 points from Stamp.
“I think anyone who’s able to hit (shots) out here at the very beginning, it brings a lot of confidence to the rest of the team. Gets us flowing,” Snodgrass said. “I think our hitting shots really set the mood for the rest of the game.”
The Jaguars’ defense caused problems for Heights, which committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter as Andover Central raced to a 19-6 lead.
Heights finished with 25 turnovers and shot 12 of 36 from the field. Stamp had four steals, while Becca Schulte had three.
Andover Central had some problems of its own with turnovers, commmitting 20 of its 21 in the final three periods.
But Heights failed to take advantage.
The Falcons were led by Kiersten Parks’ 15 points and Analyss Benally’s 12.
Heights: Allen 3, Alvarado 2, K. Parks 15, J. Parks 1, Benally 12, Lowe 5, Watson 1.
Andover Central: Snodgrass 18, Kretchmar 7, Schulte 6, Pedersen 8, Stamp 12, Kakoulias 5.