Lady Tigers victorious in ‘bloodbath’
EVERGREEN – In less than a week, the Summit High School girls basketball team went from a finesse group that had no chance against a physical opponent, to a team that can match up with even the most rugged of foes.Three days after Golden manhandled the Tigers to win by 17, Summit rebounded against equally physical Evergreen on Friday night, winning 55-44.The Tigers took 30 free throws (and made 22) to improve to 14-7 (4-3 in the 4A Jeffco League) in what SHS head coach Jeff Neal called a “bloodbath.”Summit strayed from its trademark outside shooters and bumped and bruised inside, winning a battle that involved two 6-footers for the Cougars.”It was definitely a different style for us,” Neal said, “but it showed we can win a tough, rugged game just like we can win the perimeter game when we’re shooting.”Junior Amanda Neal picked up the scoring slack from her sensational freshman sister, Samantha, the team’s scoring leader who tallied a season-low four points. Amanda led the way with 14, and shot 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, which has given her problems this year.Senior Shannon Buhler added 12 for the Tigers on a night when balance carried them as much as their toughness. Lynlee Holloway, Cissy Daniels and Allie Esparza each chipped in with seven points apiece.”I kind of called them out after the Golden game, told them I didn’t think they played tough enough,” said Jeff Neal, who was called for a technical foul as the physical game unfolded early on. “Tonight we did. I was really impressed with them.”Despite the respectable final score, the game wasn’t that close. Summit led by 17 after three quarters, before Evergreen (9-12, 2-5) hit some late shots to narrow the deficit.The Tigers wrap up their regular season with two home games next week, Tuesday against Conifer and Thursday against Englewood.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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