Thanks to aggressive play on both ends of the court and shutting down South Park's key players, the Lady Tigers earned their first win of the season Thursday on their home court.
This time, the team reversed the score of the last three contests, winning over the Park County team, 49-16. Previously, Summit hasn't been able to rise above 42 points and currently sits at 1-3 on the season.
Head coach Dylan Hollingsworth credited senior Alex Benes and junior Lily Weldon in shutting down South Park players Jordan Wedow and Victoria Husher, the sources of the team's height and power.
It was an aggressive game on behalf of the Tigers, some of whose starters sat the bench for a bit to keep from fouling out - and one of whom left the court with a knee injury. Sophomore Kalee Hollingsworth crumpled to the paint with about 2 minutes left in the game, and was helped off by trainer Steve Sedlak and coach Colton St. Peter with an unknown injury.
Summit was ahead from the start, ending the first half 28-11 and holding South Park to 11 points in the third quarter.
With some outside shooting from Sam Salquist and heavy pressure on the basket resulting in some second- and third-try points for the Tigers, their points kept ticking up on the scoreboard - albeit slowly.
"South Park runs zone and tries to make you earn your points," Hollingsworth said. "They did a good job of that."
Hollingsworth was proud of his team, but showed nervousness for next week, when the team faces in-league Glenwood Springs and Palisade as well as private school powerhouse Machebeuf - all after just two practices sandwiching the weekend.
The Tigers were unable to use the backboard to sink close-in shots. Had they put those away, they'd have doubled their score. There's also the trouble of fouls, which sent South Park to its basket for free throws - and points on the board.
"The defense is getting better," Hollingsworth said. "We did a much better job - zone or man. But, we still had some silly fouls."
As for rebounds, he says it's fine that his players are there, but he'd rather see them put the ball away in their first attempts.
"We're not finishing. We're continuing to work on using the backboard," he said, adding "We did it better tonight. If we had shot this well (during the weekend) ... we would have won both games against Crested Butte and Platte Valley."
He's hopeful, though, that a win will help spur the girls into more action. They already have the attitude, he said, even in losses.
"They are really buying into what we're doing," he said.