The Summit girls' basketball team hung with Battle Mountain until the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 49-30 home court loss, at which point the Huskies took control.
"They did a nice job putting points on the board in the fourth quarter," Summit head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. "They made six baskets and seven free throws and we made two baskets and two free throws in the fourth quarter. That was really the difference in the game."
The score was 30-26 at the end of the third quarter.
Hollingsworth wants to see the team grow its play in the first five games, and he's taking notes from each back to practice. Summit tallied 32 points in the Battle Mountain game, for example.
"It's not taking care of the ball and girls not knowing what they want to do when they get hold of it," he said.
Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers had 21 steals, a good number, but not good enough.
"Your steals have to outnumber your turnovers," Hollingsworth said.
In addition, he plans to work on shooting and positioning so the Summit girls can hit the board.
"The improvement between games one and five are where we have to do our most growth. That will be very telling of how our season goes," the coach said.
Junior Kayce Chaparas led the team in scoring and steals, totaling nine and seven, respectively. She put up seven points in the first half until Battle Mountain put on the press and shut her down in the second. Junior Brittany Berry tallied six rebounds on the night.
Junior Izzy Luna came off the bench to score six points, the team's second scoring leader.
"We need to find another girl to put the ball in the basket," Hollingsworth said.
Headed into the weekend tournament, the head coach isn't sure what to expect. The team faces Crested Butte on Friday, and based on the roster, the teams are similar insofar as being mostly comprised of juniors and underclassmen.
On Wednesday, the junior varsity and freshmen teams rallied to wins over Battle Mountain, a highlight being the freshman team's near shutout of the Huskies. With five seconds left in the game, the score was 44-0 until Battle Mountain put up two points just before the buzzer.