SHS girls’ hoops goes out with a … thud
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FARMER’S KORNER – For a stretch in the fourth quarter, the Tiger girls’ basketball team found a rhythm. Lizzy Murphy drained back-to-back 3-point buckets, Sarah Matthews knocked down a shot from the line, and Lauren Thomas hit a jumper from the baseline – It was all part of a nifty 9-2 run Summit went on in a 2:21 span.
Saying, “Too little, too late,” might not be the best way to sum it up but it’s pretty close.
The Tigers trailed by 24 at halftime and never clawed their way back in the home finale against Wheat Ridge High School on Tuesday.
“Apparently, there’s something going on with this team they need to figure out,” SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway said afterward. “They need to know and play to their responsibilities.”
The score put a damper on a strong performance from a handful of the Tiger players. Matthews led the team with 11 points, many coming on strong moves to the basket, and senior Chloe Webber scored 10.
Dunaway also praised the play of senior Davia Carr, who was defensive force down low for Summit.
“Davia always gives a great effort,” the Summit coach said.
Effort didn’t seem to be a problem for the Tigers, though. Rather, it was the sharp shooting of Wheat Ridge or, more specifically, Farmers’ senior Chloe Gearhart. The Wheat Ridge guard scored 30 points on the Tigers, knocking down a number of long 3-pointers.
“They had some good shooters,” Dunaway said. “They played good defense, and the double teams hurt us. Turnovers were our nemesis once again.”
Some backcourt mistakes by Summit allowed Wheat Ridge to build that large halftime lead, and even though the Tigers settled it down after the break – they scored 14 points in the third – they were simply too far behind.
“I don’t think the team really realizes the talent that’s here,” Dunaway said of her team. “I wish they’d believe it.”
Although the Tigers (6-12, 2-8) ended their home slate of games with just one win, they have a chance to close out the season on a high note with a tournament in Elizabeth starting Thursday.
Dunaway has simple goals for her team in the last few games.
“For us to play together as a team,” she said.
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