Lady Tigers lose on road to Jeffco power Golden |

Lady Tigers lose on road to Jeffco power Golden

Summit Daily/Reid Williams

GOLDEN – The Summit High School girls basketball team entered Tuesday night’s game at Golden on a scalding-hot two-week streak. It didn’t matter.The Demons haven’t lost a 4A Jeffco League game in two years, and the string continued against Summit with a decisive, defense-led 57-40 win.”We got waxed,” SHS coach Jeff Neal said. “Their defense is just fantastic. I think they’re one of the top teams (in the state).”Golden, which plays a 5A-heavy schedule, improved to 12-8 overall and 6-0 in league play with its fifth straight win. Summit dropped to 13-7 and 3-3 in its first loss since Jan. 25.Jeffco scoring leader Blakelee Midyett scored 25 points for the Demons, most on putbacks under the basket. The 5-foot-11 forward got Summit post leader Amanda Neal into foul trouble, then overpowered the rest of the Tigers down low.As a whole, in fact, it was Golden’s more physical nature of play that won the game over Summit’s finesse, outside-oriented style.”It’s something we have to get better at,” Jeff Neal said. “When teams try to muscle up on us, it sort of takes us out of our game.”The Tigers didn’t get a lot of looks from the outside, but freshman Samantha Neal found enough space to drain three 3-pointers and lead her team with 11 points. Junior guard Cissy Daniels added 10, and Shannon Buhler and Amanda Neal chipped in with nine and six, respectively.Summit plays two of its final three games at home, and would host a first-round state tournament game if it gets a top-24 seed. “I think winning two out of the three (remaining games) puts us in the top 24,” Jeff Neal said.The next test comes Friday night at league foe Evergreen.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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