BILLINGS — Nevaeh Alden has certainly come to play when Billings Skyview has seen Billings Central this year.
In the first meeting between the teams on Dec. 18, Alden, a freshman, scored 26 points to help lead the Falcons to a three-point victory over the Rams.
On Tuesday, Alden scored 20, and Skyview went on to earn a more comfortable 53-26 victory.
Alden knocked down three 3-pointers and nine of her points came in the third quarter as the Falcons grabbed a big lead early in the game and never looked back.
"I think it's going to be really good for us to play against West on Thursday and know this is how we want to play," Alden said after the game. "We have to bring the same intensity."
Though Alden has been thrown into the fire for Skyview, the freshman guard said she was ready for it thanks to summer basketball and AAU tournaments.
"I've been working for this since sixth grade,"Alden said. "This is one of my goals. It means a lot to contribute to a big win."
Eight of Skyview's 10 players scored in the game. The Falcons (5-5) led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter but stretched that into 26-11 and 40-21 leads by the end of the second and third quarters, respectively. Abbee Richards and Kenzie Ketchum each scored seven, while Sophie Stott added six.
"We worked hard defensively and we were together as one and it was back to where we could put any group of five out there at anytime," Skyview coach Robbyn Hergenrider said. "It was one of those things where going into it you see who's on and hitting shots and honing in on defense and right now all 10 of them really came together. So it was able to work out that way and that's my goal."
Olivia Moten-Schell scored 13 points for the Rams (6-5) and Melissa Hanser added six. It's a week full of crosstown games as Skyview will take on West on Thursday while the Rams will see the Golden Bears on Saturday.
"We have to be able to knock outside shots down and unfortunately we couldn't find the bottom of the net tonight," Central coach Jetton Ailes said. "But it's something that's fixable, so that's encouraging."