The school record Sydney McDermott set five days earlier didn’t last long.

The 6-foot-2 senior broke her own single-game scoring mark, pouring in 35 as unranked Omaha Skutt defeated Class B No. 1 South Sioux City 68-59. McDermott, daughter of Creighton basketball coach Greg McDermott, scored 30 in a win last week against Omaha Duchesne.

“We had no answer for her,’’ Cardinals coach Molly Hornbeck said. “When we had 5-8 or 5-9 girls trying to cover her, it was a little like Davids vs. Goliath.’’

McDermott scored 16 in the first half and 19 in the second. She was 15 of 17 from the field — including 1 for 2 from 3-point range — and sank 4 of 5 free throws.

She also pulled down 10 rebounds.

“I was just trying to do my best out there,’’ McDermott said. “I didn’t know how many points I had until somebody told me later in the locker room.’’

McDermott added that the victory over the Cardinals, who have won a state-record 12 championships, was something special.

“The seniors have never beaten them in four years,’’ she said. “It was nice to get this one tonight.’’

It also was nice for Kip Colony, the longtime Millard West coach who took over the Skutt program this year. He was drenched with water by celebrating players after the game.

“That’s the first time I’ve been doused like that,’’ he said. “This was a big win over a really quality opponent.’’

Another key to victory was the SkyHawks’ ability to slow All-Nebraska guard McKenna Sims. She entered the game averaging 23 points but was held to eight.

“We ran some junk defenses at her and tried to keep getting fresh players on her,’’ Colony said. “I thought if we could hold her to 15 or below, I’d be happy.’’

Skutt led 12-9 after the first quarter, but the Cardinals rode a 25-point second period to a 34-28 halftime lead. South Sioux offset the SkyHawks’ inside game with the help of eight first-half 3-pointers.

But those shots from behind the arc didn’t fall as readily in the second half and the SkyHawks took advantage. They went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter, turning a 45-37 deficit into a 50-45 lead.

Skutt capped the third quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by 5-2 guard Jillian Rokes, the smallest player on the court. The basket gave the SkyHawks momentum heading into the final period as they continued to hold their lead.

The Cardinals closed the gap to three points following a three-point play by Sims, but they could get no closer. McDermott scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including a layup with 3:10 left that broke her own record.

“I knew we had a height advantage and my teammates did a good job of getting me the ball,’’ she said. “We just want to keep this roll going.’’

Skutt moved to 4-0 while South Sioux, last season’s Class B state runner-up, fell to 3-1.

“This was an eye-opening experience for our team,’’ Hornbeck said. “But sometimes it’s not a bad thing to lose early like this, so it’s something we’ll need to learn from.’’

Hannah Strom and Taryn Christensen each scored 19 to pace the Cardinals.

South Sioux City (3-1)...........9 25 11 14—59

At Omaha Skutt (4-0)..........12 16 22 18—68

SSC: Selene Guzman 3, McKenna Sims 8, Hannah Strom 19, Marybeth Rasmussen 10, Taryn Christensen 19.

OS: Hannah Weeder 6, Peyton Rohlfs 2, Lindsay Krause 2, Hayley Weeder 6, Kate Drueke 4, Sydney McDermott 35, Jillian Rokes 6, CeCe Behrens 7.

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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