Lady Tigers cruise past Jefferson
FARMER’S KORNER – Sometimes boredom can be a good thing. As long as they’re on the winning end, the Summit High School girls basketball team doesn’t mind playing in games that cause fans to yawn. “To be a great team, you have to be able to make it boring by putting teams away early,” Summit coach Jeff Neal said.The Tigers not only put visiting Jefferson away early on Friday (Summit led 21-4 after the first quarter), they virtually dismantled the Saints, beating them 73-27 in their third Jeffco/Skyline Tournament game of the week.”We have had a tendency in the past to play down to our competition,” Neal said. “I’m happy that tonight we kept our intensity up through most of the game.”
Sophomore Samantha Neal led the Tigers in scoring, once again, finishing with 19 points to go along with five steals, four rebounds and three assists.”We needed a game like this,” she said. “It was important for us to come out, have fun and start playing more together as a team.”The Summit shooting guard said she was pleasantly surprised by the Tigers’ 46-point margin of victory.”I knew they weren’t as good (as us), but I didn’t think it was going to be quite like this,” she said. “We just came out and played awesome.”In Summit’s previous game, a 59-54 victory over Adams City, the Tigers almost botched what should have been an easy victory.
“We came out with absolutely no intensity,” Samantha Neal said.Following the Tigers’ game with Adams City, coach Neal addressed his team at length on the virtues of taking care of business early. The Tigers’ coach said the team’s killer instinct improved Friday at home.”I gave them a 30-minute post-game speech the other night after the Adams City game,” he said. “Tonight I talked to them for about 30 seconds.”Point guard Cissy Daniels helped propel Summit to victory by contributing 14 points and five assists. Center Amanda Neal had a strong game down low for Summit in her fourth game back after being on injured reserve. The senior chipped in eight points, five rebounds and four steals.
Amandad Neal said she feels better each game but that she’s not yet 100 percent.”I’m almost all the way there,” she said. “My timing is still a little off and I have had some foul trouble. But I feel good.”Neal and the rest of the Tigers wrap up the Jeffco/Skyline Tournament today with a road game against Englewood or Westminster.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at aboffey @summitdaily.com.
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