Clank! Tiger boys’ hoops team falls to Conifer |

Clank! Tiger boys’ hoops team falls to Conifer

A rough first half, 16 missed free throws, a slew of turnovers – it all added up to a loss for the Summit High boys’ basketball team Friday at home against Conifer High School.

The Tigers struggled from the get-go, failing to capitalize on opportunities and failing to match the intensity of their strong league foe. And even though they put together a strong run in the second half, they couldn’t overcome their own mistakes, losing 59-46.

“We talked before the game about duplicating the effort we had against D’Evelyn (in a narrow loss on Jan. 14) and coming out with some intensity, but it didn’t happen,” SHS head coach Phil Tronsrue said. ” … They gave us the opportunities, but we didn’t take advantage.”

Senior Keynan Roggasch and sophomore Markeith McDaniels both scored 14 points to lead the Tigers, and Roggasch also collected 10 boards. Sophomore Coy Coker scored eight points.

Slow starts have plagued Summit all season, and Friday was no different.

The Tigers trailed by 11 at halftime.

“We didn’t play well at all in the first half,” Tronsrue said.

Then, once Summit did get it going in the second, the Tigers were their own worst enemies.

They were able to cut the lead to five at one point but never got any closer.

“Every time we’d make a run, we couldn’t come back with shutdown defense,” Tronsrue said. “We’d give up a basket or commit a foul.”

And they missed their freebies from the line, going 13-25 in the second half alone, 17-33 for the game.

Still, it was another game the Tigers could’ve won and another valuable learning experience for a young team that plays four sophomores in its eight-man rotation.

Summit (3-9, 0-4) doesn’t have much time to dwell on the loss. The Tigers travel to Buena Vista tonight for a 5 p.m. tipoff in a non-league game.

Before the team gets on the bus, though, Tronsrue said the players will be in the gym, or more specifically, toeing the line.

“We’re not leaving until mid-morning, they’ll be working on free throws,” Tronsrue said. “We’ve got to make free throws, we’ve got to take better care of the ball, and we have to come out with some intensity.”

The Summit High girl’s basketball team struggled Friday on the road, losing 87-17 against Conifer.

With two starters out due to injuries, the Tigers continued to do what has hurt them all season: turn the ball over.

“It was absolutely awful,” SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway said of the loss.

Dunaway said seniors Emmy Anderson and Taylor Greene had strong finishes to the game, driving the lane and pressuring the Conifer defense, but in all, the game was out of reach for her team.

“They were very disciplined, very tenacious,” she said of Conifer. “They were after every loose ball and rebounded really well.”

The Tigers (5-8, 1-4) are right back in action tonight, as they host Buena Vista for a 5 p.m. game.

“We need to focus on what we do well,” Dunaway said. “We need to limit those turnovers. …. We have to let this game go and move on.”

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