Girls’ hoops team falls in opener |

Girls’ hoops team falls in opener

Bryce Evans
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FARMER’S KORNER – The Tigers started the game just how they wanted. They were the aggressors, they were attacking, and more importantly, they were forcing the Clear Creek Golddiggers into turnovers that led to points.

The Summit High girls’ basketball team built a 10-4 lead after senior Taylor Greene banked in a layup with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter.

Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there.

The Tiger offense went cold in the second quarter – and stayed frozen the rest of the night, as the Golddiggers cruised to a dominating 47-24 win in Summit’s season opener at the SHS gym.

“It seemed like we fizzled out. I don’t know if they got tired. That’s what it looked like, but that shocks me,” SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway said.

The Tigers had six players register points on the night, with Greene leading the team with six. Seniors Davia Carr and Chloe Webber both had four points, as did junior Jessica Malknecht and freshman Kayce Chaparas. Senior Ali Rookey had the team’s other two points.

Early on, it looked like the Tigers may snap a losing streak that dates back to the end of the 2008-09 season.

Chaparas, making the start at point guard in her first-career game, tied the game at 2-2 with a nice driving layup. Webber had back-to-back buckets down low, Greene hit a pair of shots, and suddenly, the Tigers had that early six-point cushion.

Then the Golddiggers slowly fought back, taking a 21-14 lead at the break and rolling through the second half while the Summit offense sputtered.

Dunaway said she was pleased with Malknecht’s play at point guard in the game and the hustle of senior Allison Maginity.

“Alison plays with a huge heart and gives you everything she has,” the coach said.

Dunaway summed up the Tigers’ troubles in one word: confidence.

“I think the girls are lacking confidence, and when they go down against teams they can’t come back,” she said.

Summit (0-1) plays Tuesday at Eagle Valley with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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