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Buhler comes up big again as Tigers go 3-0

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Shannon Buhler drives to the hole for two against Manitou Springs Saturday at Summit High School.

FARMER’S KORNER – Life as a student-athlete can be taxing, but as Shannon Buhler proved on Saturday, she can handle it.The Summit High School senior took the SATs Saturday morning and had only five minutes to warm up before the girls basketball team’s 1 p.m. game with Manitou Springs. It didn’t bother her a bit. Buhler came through in brilliant fashion against the Mustangs, putting together the stat line of the year to lead the Tigers to their third straight win and an unofficial championship in their own Holiday Classic tournament, 45-39.Buhler was the star for the third straight day, scoring 14 points to go along with – ready for this? – nine steals, seven rebounds and three assists.

“I keep telling her she’s going to be our first one to get a triple double this year, because she does a little bit of everything,” said first-year coach Jeff Neal.Buhler brushed away the lack of warm-up time and the stress of taking the SATs as easily as she took over Saturday’s game.”It was definitely hard getting into it right away, but once I got into the game it was just like another game,” said Buhler, who scored 14 and 17 points in Summit’s first two wins, respectively.The game was still up in the air until midway through the fourth quarter, then the Tigers took over. Buhler fed freshman Samantha Neal (14 points) for a clean look beyond the arc, and Neal knocked it down to break a 35-all tie with a little more than four minutes to go.

Buhler added a 3-pointer of her own two possessions later to make it 41-37, and the Tigers held on from there.After winning in routs their first two games, Saturday’s test gave Neal the coach a glimpse of a capable group when it counts.”The thing I was most proud of was the way they handled themselves down the stretch,” Neal said, noting that Summit lost three games last year in which it led in the fourth quarter.Buhler and Samantha Neal were joined on the all-tournament team by SHS junior guard Cissy Daniels. Daniels scored six points and dished out four assists on Saturday.

Samantha’s older sister, Amanda, chipped in with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks to help beat Manitou, which finished the tournament at 2-1.The Tigers will try to stay unbeaten when they travel to Colorado Academy on Tuesday.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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