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Sandsmark’s 24 leads Tigers to big win over Middle Park

Ryan Slabaugh

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School senior Emilee Sandsmark scored a season-high 24 points Saturday, leading the Tigers to a 60-43 win over Middle Park in the Summit Holiday Classic Tournament.

It took a big second quarter by Sandsmark to help shrug off the pesky Panthers, who trailed only 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. But behind Sandsmark’s nine second-quarter points and a strong defensive showing by sophomore Allie Esparza, the Tigers built a 35-23 halftime lead.

Esparza led Summit with six steals and eight rebounds.

Sandsmark finished with two steals, two rebounds and two assists as well.

“Emily Sandsmark had a great game,” Tigers head coach Julie Norman said. “She’s a gifted athlete. She was able to knock down the shots she had.”

Sandsmark added six more points in the third quarter, during a Tigers 8-2 run that put the game away for good.

“I really like playing on the outside,” Sandsmark said. “I was never comfortable at my old position (on the post). I worked a lot on my shooting this summer. Today, I was just making them.”

With starting point guard Cissy Daniels in foul trouble, junior Kelsey Todd stepped in played most of the second half.

Todd’s three pointer at the end of regulation ended the scoring and was her first field goal as a varsity player.

Junior Amy Secor also scored her first varsity points.

Daniels finished with 10 points and five steals.

Sophomore Amanda Neal, who is developing into a post threat for the Tigers, added six points and four rebounds.

Melissa Skaner led Middle Park with nine points and 13 rebounds.

Summit finished the tournament 2-1, tied with Skyview (2-1) and St. Mary’s (2-1).

Kent Denver finished off an undefeated weekend with a 31-26 win over St. Mary’s.

Middle Park finished 0-3.

Summit plays St. Mary’s Academy Friday at 7 p.m. at Summit High School.

Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at

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