SHS girls basketball team tastes revenge |

SHS girls basketball team tastes revenge

ADAM BOFFEYsummit daily news

DENVER Summit High School girls basketball coach Jeff Neal thought of a new way to motivate his team prior to its game at DEvelyn on Friday: He asked them for a favor.This win was a real present for me, Neal said following his teams 56-50 victory over the Jaguars. I told the girls I really wanted this one and they came through.For the 12-5 Tigers (2-1 in the 4A Jeffco League), the revenge factor was high going in to Fridays matchup. Not only do the Tigers remember losing twice last season to the Jaguars, they also recall some unkind words that were spoken by DEvelyns coach.During a timeout last season he (DEvelyns coach) ripped his team for being down against lowly Summit, Neal said. After tonights game, we wondered how they felt about losing to lowly Summit, he added with a laugh.Fridays contest was neck-and-neck until the very end. After being up by four points at halftime, Summit found itself down by three after three quarters.The fourth quarter began to look dubious for Summit as the Jaguars extended their lead to five during the decisive home stretch. Just in the nick of time, however, the Tigers made three timely 3-pointers.Lynlee Holloway (14 points) hit two late 3s and Samantha Neal (14 points) added one, giving the Tigers a one-point lead with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the game.Coach Neal then called for a stall, forcing DEvelyn to foul in order to regain possession of the ball.With the game hanging in the balance at the foul line, the Tigers achieved perfection, hitting 10-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter and 12-of-12 overall.The Tigers victory marked their third road game in only four days.The girls were tired and they played with a lot of heart, Neal said. It was a big win for our program.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at

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