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AOW: Schouten’s double-double does it for Devils

As Skylar Schouten goes, so go the Blue Devil girls.

In the first six games of the basketball season Schouten scored 11 total points and shot 21 percent for the field as Davis High hoops went 1-5.

Then something clicked.

In the Blue Crew’s next eight games, the junior forward bucketed 91 points, including four double-doubles and a 25-point, 12-rebound performance that kicked off the Devils’ eight-game win streak.

Last Tuesday, the 5-10 Schouten was at it again, tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds and six steals in a 53-41 win over Cosumnes Oaks to open Delta League play.

“Skylar’s overall game was huge for us in terms of rebounding and getting some steals and then hitting shots for us,” said head coach Heather Highshoe after the victory.

She also hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth period to seal the win.

365体育官网For her boards, buckets and all-around effort, Schouten is this week’s Greiner Heating & Air/Davis Enterprise prep Athlete of the Week.

365体育官网What makes Schouten extra dangerous is her ability to get to the charity stripe.

365体育官网On Tuesday, she hit 8 of 12 from the line, bumping her shooting percentage from the stripe to near 60. Her 32 free throws are second on the team after junior guard Emme Eisenman, and tied for third in the Delta.

The third-year starter’s 97 rebounds lead Davis, and she ranks third with 30 steals this season.

365体育官网One of only five returners from last year’s playoff team, Schouten’s experience is invaluable for the Devils. And even more exciting: she still has her senior season to look forward to. Could she average a double-double? At 6.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game this year, it is not out of the realm of possibility.

365体育官网Schouten’s minutes were limited in Friday’s 49-41 loss to Elk Grove, and the junior scored just 1 point. But Mara Bledsoe tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in her stead, yet another example of how depth has carried DHS in its recent run.

The junior also suits up for DHS water polo and swimming.

Schouten’s mom, Angelina, is a veterinarian and former high-school basketball player and her dad Peter, works at La Mesa RV and coached Skylar’s brothers, Gavin and Zane. Tessa, the youngest Schouten, also plays hoops and is already taller than her older sister.

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