Lady Tigers snare No. 6 seed
FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School’s girls basketball team might want to get accustomed to hearing the word “falcon.”The Tigers received a No. 6 seed for the 48-team 4A state tournement over the weekend, and on Friday they will play 11th-seeded Falcon – also known as the Falcons.As the higher seed would depict, Summit is the favorite in this first-round game, and would play No. 3 Sierra on Saturday if it won – another favorable matchup, as far as those go at this time of year.”Overall, I’m really happy with the draw that we got,” first-year SHS coach Jeff Neal said.Falcon enters Friday’s 6 p.m. game at Pueblo West High School with a 10-12 overall record, including a 5-10 mark that made it the ninth-place team in the Colorado Springs Metro League. Summit, on the other hand, opens the postseason at 16-7, and finished fourth in the Jeffco League with a 6-3 mark.The Tigers shouldn’t have any trouble matching the Falcons’ scoring output; Falcon broke 50 points just four times in its 22 games this season, compared to Summit’s 14 in 23 contests.”I’m actually excited to play a team that we haven’t played and that hasn’t seen us play,” Neal said, adding that this week in practice he’s worked on getting back to the run-n-gun frenzied pace that made the Tigers successful early in the season. “I feel really good about our chances, assuming we play to our style. The games that we’ve come out and played with a lot of energy, defensively and offensively, I still think we’re one of the top teams in the state.”Individually, leading scorer Samantha Neal headlines the Tigers’ consistently balanced team effort with 14.3 points and 3.7 steals per game. Neal has hit 62 treys on the year (on 35.6-percent shooting), nine more than any other 4A player, according to http://www.rockypreps.com. Senior Shannon Buhler has fought through a shoulder injury to average 12.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and four steals per game for Summit, and junior Cissy Daniels ranks third in the state with her 113 assists, to go along with 11.3 points per game.Junior Amanda Neal leads the team with 9.5 rebounds per game, and also averages 8.3 points.Tip-ins: Summit enters the postseason on a hot streak, having won six of its last seven games … Eight Jeffco teams made the 4A state tournament … The only common opponent for Summit and Falcon was Woodland Park. The Tigers won their only game, while Falcon lost both of its contests.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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