Summit falls to Golden in regular-season finale
February 22, 2008
FARMER’S KORNER – If the Summit High School girls basketball team gets left out of the playoffs, the Lady Tigers can at least take solace from the fact that they went down swinging.SHS overcame a slow start, but then turned it on late against 4A Jeffco League powerhouse Golden in a 69-54 home loss on Friday.The hosts, who wrapped up their regular season at 9-13, stepped up the intensity on both sides of the ball and scored 30 points in the fourth quarter.Sixteen of those were poured in by sophomore guard Brie Barto.”Brie had the game of her life,” Tigers coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “It was phenomenal. … It was a lot of hustle and attacking the basket.”
Barto was given a new position in Summit’s press breaker midway through the game, which opened up the floor, according to Hollingsworth.”I decided to let some of our bigger players like Alyssa Tallmadge, Jeana Holman and Katie Sodergren bring the ball up and it worked,” Hollingsworth said. “I’m kind of kicking myself in the butt because I should have (made that switch) earlier in the season.”Summit applied an effective late-game press of its own, which yielded an array of turnovers to set up the scoring spree.Barto led SHS with 18 points; Tallmadge scored 13; and Holman chipped in 10.Friday’s well-attended contest brought former Tiger sharpshooter Sam Neal back to Farmer’s Korner.
The senior finished with 14 points (nine of which were tallied from the foul line) while helping her team improve to 19-4.”We didn’t want to give (Neal) open looks at the basket,” Hollingsworth said.The Demons’ all-state guard Cassie Lambrecht finished with 16 points, but was held to just six after the Tigers’ tumultuous opening quarter.Sodergren, who finished with seven steals, was largely responsible for checking Lambrecht. “Katie’s been kicking it for us on defense lately,” Hollingsworth said.
Summit will find out on Sunday whether or not its invited to the playoffs.”I think there’s a 70 percent chance we’ll make it,” said Hollingsworth, whose team advanced into last year’s 4A tournament with 10 wins. “And if we do and the girls play like they did (Friday), we have a chance to make some noise.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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