Point-guard depleted Tigers fall to mighty Mustangs
ARVADA – Every varsity girls basketball team that’s competed at Ralston Valley this season has lost, and the Summit Tigers are no exception.Ralston Valley improved to 14-4 overall Tuesday with a 74-37 win over SHS.”A lot of teams have lost to them and a lot of teams will lose to them,” Summit coach Dylan Hollingsworth of the Mustangs. “I expect them to go far in the playoffs.”The visitors held their only lead of the game when the score was 3-0.
“From then on, it was all Ralston,” Hollingsworth said. “They’re a good team who pressed and did all the little things right.”There was one major highlight for the 6-11 Lady Tigers, who will begin their late-season push for a playoff bid Friday at D’Evelyn – they blocked 17 shots.Sophomore Jeana Holman led the team with seven of those to go along with 11 points. Alyssa Tallmadge netted 10.Tallmadge, who’s a presence in the post, but can score from all over, found herself responsible for handling and distributing the rock.
The reason for the junior co-captain’s unusual assignment was that the Tigers’ top three point guards were out of commission Jaclin Limone was sick and didn’t make the trip to the Front Range, Brie Barto left the game in the first quarter with an injury and Katie Sodergren is still out of the lineup with a concussion.”It’s hard when you have to put your leading scorer (in charge of the point),” Hollingsworth said. “And ask her to do things she’s not used to doing.”Tallmadge averages about 12 points per game followed by Holman at 11.Hollingsworth, in his second year as head coach of the Lady Tigers, hasn’t gotten down on his relatively inexperienced team.
“We got good play out of our younger girls,” Hollingsworth said. “The more opportunities they get to play against quality opponents, the better off they’ll be.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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