Summit girls hoops buries Middle Park in season opener |

Summit girls hoops buries Middle Park in season opener

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FARMER’S KORNER – As the Summit High School girls basketball team entered the post-Shannon Buhler era last night, senior point guard Cissy Daniels showed that the Tigers are now her team.Daniels finished just two steals shy of a triple-double as the Tigers beat Middle Park 69-39 in their season opener. She scored 18 points to go with 10 assists and eight steals. Summit began the game with a 7-0 run and took a 20-6 lead into the second quarter. Sophomore guard Samantha Neal scored 10 of her 20 points in the opening quarter and the Tigers got seven team steals as a result of their full court press.”We’re a pressing team,” Summit coach Jeff Neal said. “We’re a little short on numbers right now but as we get further into the season, we’d like to be pressing 50 percent of the game.”

Summit only needed its press in the opening minutes of the game as it put the Lady Panthers away early.Middle Park also began the game with a press but it didn’t pose a problem for Summit.”We’re used to it in practice,” coach Neal said. “We’re confident that we can turn corners and know where to get people the ball. We want teams to press us, we get easy layups out of it.”The Tigers not only played with intensity but they also took care of the ball, committing just 12 turnovers while making 18 steals.Daniels was a dominant presence throughout the game. Although she had several fast-break layups, her role was mostly that of a playmaker.

“Our offense is set up for me to get a lot of assists,” Daniels said. “We play an inside-out game.”With standout center Amanda Neal sidelined by an injury, Summit’s success will depend largely on the play of its starting backcourt of Daniels and Samantha Neal.”Sam and I worked well together,” Daniels said. “A lot of times it’s hard with guards butting heads over scoring, passing or whatever, but the chemistry was definitely there tonight and it showed.”Neal, who made four 3-pointers on the night, is optimistic after the Tigers’ first game.”We did what we needed to do,” Neal said. “We know we’re good, we just need to prove it.”Lynlee Holloway chipped in 11 points and six rebounds for the Tigers.

The Tigers will have another chance to prove themselves tonight as they play Clear Creek at 7 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Summit Holiday Classic.With three games in as many days and only seven available players on its roster, Summit’s endurance will certainly be tested.”Because they’re excited about playing tomorrow, I’m not that worried about it,” coach Neal said. “I am a little concerned about an early game on Saturday.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at