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On Senior Night, Tiger girls roll past 0-20 Pirates

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FARMER’S KORNER ” You say goodbye on Senior Night. Goodbye to your home court, to your home fans, to the customs that make playing in your own gym special.

But make no mistake, said Mallory Ives. It definitely counts to bid adieu with a victory.

“You always want to go off your last game with a win ” always,” she said.

It worked out for Ives and her Summit High School girls basketball teammates Tuesday night, as visiting Alameda couldn’t protect an early 2-0 lead and the Tigers vaulted ahead on their way to a 60-35 win over the 0-20 Pirates.

Twelve of Summit’s 13 players scored in the victory, including three in double figures. The win wasn’t just any win, either, as it improved the Tigers’ record to 7-11 overall and a surprising 4-2 in the 4A Jeffco League, leaving Summit hope for the postseason after all.

First-year SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth figures his team will have to win one more game to qualify for a state tournament bid. It’s a realistic prospect, but with Tuesday’s win a virtual given, the coach and his players set out to enjoy an emotional evening.

Hollingsworth played only seniors for the first quarter and in the game’s final minutes, though he emptied his bench between those two periods to get a glimpse of the future and to fine tune his starters’ cohesion heading into the final week of regular-season action.

“We talked about coming out and just having fun tonight,” Hollingsworth said. “I didn’t give them a pregame (speech) or anything. I just said go play basketball and have fun. Run the offenses and defenses we know, but I’m not going to strategize or anything like that. Just go. Play. It worked out well.”

Senior Lynlee Holloway and freshman Jeana Holman paced the Tigers with 11 points apiece, and sophomore Alyssa Tallmadge added 10. Summit did what it had to do on defense, too, bottling up the Pirates any time they picked up their dribble and making it difficult for them to hoist up a shot.

Alameda, which had lost by an average of 65-19 going into Tuesday’s game, committed 35 turnovers in the loss ” though the Pirates did enjoy one of their finer shooting performances of the season once they managed to get their shots in the air.

“It’s hard,” Hollingsworth said of seeing his seniors play their final game on this floor, “… but it’s exciting as well because we also got to see the younger girls play. I had four freshmen and a sophomore on the floor at one point.”

With Summit up just 12 points at halftime, the Tigers’ coach challenged his five regular starters, imploring them to play like they’ll have to in the team’s upcoming, playoff-hinging games. “Full-out, as hard as you can,” he told them.

“And they did. They played well,” he said later. Summit outscored Alameda 21-6 during the third quarter’s early stages, helping the Tigers coast from there.

All seven of Summit’s seniors scored in Tuesday’s win: Nadi DeJulio, Whitney Degerberg, Hannah Rea, Kim Bouchard, Morgan Foote, Ives and Holloway.

Ives, for one, thinks the team has a postseason future, and the Alameda win allowed a blueprint to get there.

“Everyone has to come together,” she said, “kind of like we did tonight.”

The Tigers next play Friday night at Elizabeth.

Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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