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Lady Tigers suffer first loss in heartbreaker

DEVON O'NEIL
Summit Daily/Reid WilliamsSummit Highs Cissy Daniels goes up for a shot in a game last week against Lake County. Summit lost 47-45 to Colorado Academy Tuesday, dropping its first game of the year.
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DENVER – Freshman Samantha Neal’s 15-footer at the buzzer rimmed out, and the Summit High School girls basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to Colorado Academy on the road Tuesday night, 47-45.The loss was the Tigers’ first of the year, bringing their record to 3-1. CA improved to 2-1 with the win.Summit had the ball with 20 seconds left and the game tied, but after a missed shot, a questionable over-the-back call put the Mustangs on the line with seven seconds to go. They made both shots to go up by two, then junior Cissy Daniels penetrated and dished the ball to Neal, whose shot didn’t go down.

Despite the result, first-year SHS coach Jeff Neal wasn’t a bit disappointed with the way his team played.”I told them after the Clear Creek game (which Summit won 63-27) that I thought their intensity wasn’t too good, even though we won,” Neal said. “Tonight was just the opposite. I’m happy with them and how they played. We played really well. Their intensity was huge the whole game.”Summit, fighting injuries and sickness, played with just a six-girl rotation throughout the game. Neal the coach said he thought that might have had something to do with the Tigers’ poor shooting down the stretch.

Summit also had to deal with a pair of star Mustangs. All-state guard Leah Weiss scored 19 points, and a 6-foot-3 post player led the hosts with 20 – giving CA 39 of its 47 points between the two players.Samantha Neal led the Tigers with 14 points, senior Shannon Buhler scored 13 and junior Amanda Neal – a first team all-Jeffco League selection a year ago who’s still nursing a bum shoulder – scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. Daniels scored five points.Summit fought back from a double-digit deficit in the first half to get it to 1 at the break, but couldn’t finish the job the way it did in its third win Saturday against Manitou Springs.

The Tigers next host Woodland Park on Thursday night at 7 p.m.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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