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Shiloh dominates Class B girls basketball; ready for state

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    The Shiloh Skyhawks Girl's basketball team is heading back to state for the second time in three years.
    This year they've gotten it done with the help of two sisters-- and two bears... Jon Schaeffer has more.

Last season-- Gabby and Mia Wilkinson were playing basketball for New Town.
But once their new home in Bismarck was finished being built last summer-- they made the move to Shiloh Christian.

(Gabby Wilkinson) "It was a pretty tough move at first just because all of my friends were down there. It was my senior year, not graduating with them, I knew it was going to be kind of tough."

(Mia Wilkinson) "It was kind of hard at first. I was getting home sick when I first moved here. Then I started to adjust to it and I started to like it a lot here."

They were joined by sophomore Jaye Two-Bears..
The three are known for their abilites on the court.
But its what they were looking for outside of the gym that led them to Shiloh.

(Jaye Two Bears) "Coming here my faith's grown stronger. It's just realizing how much more a gift god can give us and how much he does for us and so my faith has just like grew."

(Gabby) "We pray before practice. We pray after practice and before every game. You can feel the presence of god being there with us and it takes a lot of pressure off of when we're playing in the game."

This season Gabby and Mia both average over 14 points per game... Jaye has over 11 per game.
They are the top three scorers for Shiloh.

Head Coach Jim Petrik says having Gabby, Mia and Jaye play for the Skyhawks has helped them at both ends of the court-- but it's how they act away from the floor that has him singing their praise.

(JIM PETRIK)"they're definitely talented basketball players but they're better people. They brought a lot to this school besides basketball being good people in the hallways being mentors to kids."

Back in February the Skyhawks suffered a major blow when Mia tore her patella tendon against Napoleon, ending her season, but not her committment to the team.

(JIM PETRIK) "It's been great she's been at every practice in the locker room before even at half time. She'll write things on the board for the girl's, she's in their ear talking to them and that's what we wanted from Mia."

(MIA)"I just know I'm still a part of the team no matter what. And my goal is to come back even stronger than I was before."

Coach Petrik says his team is playing for Mia.
In the skyhawks 5 playoff games they've won by an average of over 31 points per game and looking for that to continue as they go for their first state championship.
In Bismarck, Jon Schaeffer.

    The State B girls basketball tournament opens Thursday with the quarterfinals, Beach takes on Thompson at 1 pm.
    Shiloh is the 2nd game of the day, they will play Kidder County.
    Game 3 of the day is the defending champs and number 1 team in the state, Minot Ryan, they play Lakota Edmore at 6:30.
    The final game is at 8:15 between Central Cass and Watford City.
    the tournament is this weekend at the Fargo Dome. 

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