Summit falls to 5A Arapahoe in title game
December 3, 2005
FARMER’S KORNER – Losses are not supposed to be encouraging. But in the case of the Summit High School girls basketball team, losing in the finals of its Holiday Classic tournament may not have been all bad.Considering the fact that the Tigers faced a 5A opponent in Arapahoe, their 72-51 loss was far from an embarrassment.”Everything I was looking for was there,” SHS coach Jeff Neal said. “I don’t have a negative thing to say about how we played.”Summit (2-1) was severely oversized by the Warriors, who had three players as big or bigger than Summit’s tallest player, Lynlee Holloway.
It didn’t help matters that Holloway was plagued by foul trouble for the second straight game. “It was really frustrating,” she said. “When I get in foul trouble it makes our team like all guards.”When the junior center picked up her third foul just three minutes into the second quarter, Neal was forced to take her out.In Holloway’s absence, Arapahoe dominated the backboards and the Tigers offense fell out of sync. After watching his team fall gradually behind for three minutes, Neal made the risky decision to return Holloway to the game. “We talked as coaches and decided we were going to try to either win the game or keep it competitive and not play safe,” Neal said. “It was a conscious decision on our part.”With Arapahoe’s size and strength down under, Neal’s gamble seemed necessary.
Holloway’s return to the game sparked a 5-2 Summit run and forced Arapahoe to call a timeout as it clung to a 33-29 lead.But Holloway was whistled for her fourth foul following the timeout and Summit’s mini-rally came to an end.In limited time, Holloway scored nine points and had five rebounds.Most of Summit’s offense was supplied by Samantha Neal, who scored 21 points. Although she sank three 3-pointers, many of Neals long shots were far from the mark on a day in which Summit’s offense was largely stagnant.Neal and Cissy Daniels (nine points, six steals and five assists) were both named to the all-tournament team.Summit returns to action Tuesday as it hosts Colorado Academy at 6 p.m.
Coach Neal remains positive following the Tigers’ first loss.”If we play this way against our competition in 4A, we’re going to do just fine,” he said.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at email@example.com.
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