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Team camaraderie gave Lady Ranger Brittany Skyles the chance to shed a tear and to realize her achievement. Photo by Rob Dill/ Forest Hills High School Teacher. Johnstown, PA

BY BRANDON GDULA

FOREST HILLS JUNIOR

Records, apparently, are meant to be broken.

However, Forest Hills senior Brittany Skyles shatters them.

Skyles surpassed the mark of high-scorer in Forest Hills girls’ basketball history last season and did not slow down.

The 5-foot-8-inch guard scaled the 1,500-point plateau as she hit from the corner as the Lady Rangers knocked off Somerset 68-40 on Jan. 28 in Sidman.

“My teammates kept feeding me the ball, even though I wasn’t always open,” Skyles said as she reinforced how her team helped her meet her milestone.

Head coach Carol Cecere started Skyles at the varsity level since her freshman year, giving Skyles a thrust toward her successful career filled with astonishing numbers.

Reaching the 1,500 mark is not even the most impressive part about Skyles’ game.

She shot 67 percent and 58 percent as a senior and junior, respectively.

As a senior during the regular season, she averaged 19.2 points-per-game, 5.5 boards, 2.7 steals, and 2.2 assists.

Skyles shot the lights out from beyond the three-point arc as she hit 71 percent, 54-of-76, from three.

With her team-first mentality, Skyles, attributes one of her greatest basketball moments to “beating the big, red dog.”

Coach Cecere dubbed rival Westmont Hilltop “big, red dogs” and this Lady Ranger roundballer will never forget when she and her team beat the Hilltoppers 55-44 this season.

“I’d like to thank (my) teammates, coach, fans, and my mom and dad,” said Skyles, who plans to attend Bloomsburg or Slippery Rock for elementary education.

She also plans to continue her basketball career during college.

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