Depleted Tiger girls fall to D’Evelyn |

Depleted Tiger girls fall to D’Evelyn

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news

THORNTON – With its senior captain watching from the bench and two other star players fouled out, the eighth-ranked Summit High School girls basketball team lost a five-point lead in the final three minutes to drop its Jeffco-Skyline Challenge finale to No. 9 D’Evelyn on Saturday, 45-42.Shannon Buhler, the team’s leader and one of the scoring catalysts, sat out the game with a dislocated shoulder she suffered in Friday night’s home win over Englewood. Her absence hurt enough, but then star sisters Samantha and Amanda Neal fouled out within a couple minutes of each other early in the fourth.Summit turned the ball over on three straight possessions after the three-minute mark, and the Jaguars converted each time to take control of the game. Whitney Degerberg’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out, sealing Summit’s fate.The Tigers dropped to 10-4, while D’Evelyn improved to 12-2.According to SHS coach Jeff Neal, D’Evelyn took advantage of Buhler’s absence right from the tip, assigning a defender to follow freshman Samantha Neal everywhere she went. Neal scored just eight points, nine below her 17-per-game average, and failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in her high school career.”It just changed the nature of our game not being able to attack from the 3-point line,” Neal said.Amanda Neal scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Summit, and Cissy Daniels scored 12 of her own. Lynlee Holloway added six.Summit now gets a break after playing seven games in 10 days. The Tigers next play Ralston Valley at home on Jan. 21 in their league opener.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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