Lady Tigers crush Jefferson by 55 points
February 13, 2008
FARMER’S KORNER ” If the game clock is ticking, Katie Sodergren is going all out.
There are no exceptions for the Lady Tigers’ basketball co-captain ” she always plays with fire, whether the game is close or a blowout.
Sodergren, who missed Summit’s last two contests with a concussion (sustained while sacrificing her body for a loose ball), was still collecting steals, rebounds and floor burns in the waning minutes of her team’s 72-17 victory over Jefferson on Tuesday.
“I try to give 100 percent every minute of every game,” Sodergren responded when asked why she didn’t just kick back and enjoy the walloping of the Saints.
“Especially after the concussion. I’m going to take (advantage) of what I’ve got left ” I don’t have much more time (as a high school basketball player).”
“She just brings a level of intensity we don’t necessarily have without her,” SHS coach Dylan Hollingsworth said of his only senior starter.
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“And we we’ll miss that tremendously next year.”
Sodergren finished with 19 points in a game that was all Summit (7-11) from the get-go.
The hosts, who made 17 steals on the night while committing just six turnovers, led 17-6 after the first quarter.
The Tigers’ full-court press was highly effective and their offensive execution was unstoppable.
“We just did everything right,” summed up Summit sophomore Jeana Holman, who contributed 11 points.
Holman was both the giver and receiver of several pretty passes within the paint.
“We’ve made a lot of different plays for the post,” Holman said.
“We’re connecting well and getting open, so it’s working.”
“Once (the Tigers) saw it was open a couple times, they started (working the ball inside),” Hollingsworth said.
“We played the triangle offense on each side and it worked really well.”
Alyssa Tallmadge (16 points) and Julie Oberriter, along with Chloe Webber and Catherine Scanlon off the bench, proved to be far too tall, aggressive and unselfish for the Saints (6-13) to contain.
The Tigers also welcomed back their two point guards, Jaclin Limone and Brie Barto, to the lineup (Limone was sick for the last game and Barto left it early with an injury).
Barto, who got the start and chipped in eight points, helped stabilize the Summit offense, which allowed the bigger players do what they do best (Tallmadge was forced to handle the ball in a 74-27 loss to Ralston Valley on Feb. 5).
Summit, which shot 8-for-15 from the foul line and 3-for-12 from 3-point land, seems revitalized for now, but the true testing period will begin Friday at Alameda ” the first of four games in eight days for SHS.
“We’re pretty much done practicing,” Hollingsworth said.
“Now it’s time to go out there and see how we play.”
If Summit plays aggressively, protects the ball and makes the extra pass in its remaining games like it did on Tuesday, it could find a way into the postseason.
“I think we have to win three out of our last four to make the playoffs,” Hollingsworth said.
“We’ll just cross our fingers and do the best we can ” that’s it.”
Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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