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Tigers up against Trojans in 1st round

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FARMER’S KORNER – Some post-game speeches are easier for coaches to formulate than others.After the Summit High School girls basketball team lost its regular-season finale to Golden 69-54 on Friday, Lady Tigers coach Dylan Hollingsworth wasn’t entirely sure what message he should convey to his players.”I really had no idea if we would make the playoffs or not,” said Hollingsworth, whose team found out Sunday it was bound for the 4A tournament. “When we left the locker room, we didn’t know if we were leaving it for the season or just for the weekend.”The Lady Tigers reconvened on Monday for to the first of two practices prior to tonight’s do-or-die contest.Summit (9-13) is the No. 10 seed and the Trojans are No. 7.

Forty-eight teams, divided into four brackets, made the 4A tournament. The top four squads in each bracket will receive a first-round bye.The Lady Tigers may be the underdog in tonight’s game (7 p.m. tip-off), but they do have some degree of momentum on their side, while the Trojans, who lost six out of their last eight, seemingly do not.SHS won four, out of its last eight and although Hollingsworth’s crew may have lost on Friday (to the top team in the 4A Jeffco League), the Lady Tigers came up with one of their best second-half performances of the season, playing for pride and scoring 30 points in the fourth quarter.”I think the way we played Golden on Friday will help us out,” junior co-captain Alyssa Tallmadge said following Tuesday’s practice at Farmer’s Korner. “We just need to bring that kind of intensity into (tonight’s) game.”Tallmadge, a post player who’s joined in the starting lineup by guards Brie Barto and Katie Sodergren (Jaclin Limone is the first one off the bench at guard), as well as frontcourt players Jeana Holman and Julie Oberriter, said her team is focusing a lot on its defense.

“They’re a guard-oriented team,” Tallmadge said. “So we’ve been working on a 3-2 zone.”Hollingsworth, a second-year head coach, explained his tactical decision.”We’re going to try to take advantage of what they want to do,” he said. “They want to penetrate and shoot quickly. We’re going to extend to our 3-2, as opposed to our 2-3, where we put girls out on the wings. It’s going to be more of an aggressive zone out toward the perimeter.”Longmont also brings size to the table, according to Hollingsworth, with three five-foot-10 players and one 6-foot-4 centerpiece in the starting lineup.”We need to box out for sure,” Tallmadge said in regards to the battle under the basket. And we have to make our shots in the paint – we’ve struggled with that lately.”

Hollingsworth has specific hopes for the Lady Tigers in tonight’s first-rounder – that they limit their turnovers and establish a strong rebounding presence, to name a few – but those points of emphasis seem secondary to what the man in the suit roaming the sidelines is really looking for.”The message is to be ready and to play hard,’ Hollingsworth said. “I’m going to keep it simple – let’s not make this too much of a thinking person’s game. Let’s just play.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.