SHS girls’ hoops team downs Arvada |

SHS girls’ hoops team downs Arvada

Bryce Evans
summit daily news

The Tigers hadn’t stepped on a court since Dec. 17, but if they were rusty Tuesday night at Arvada, they definitely didn’t show it.

The Summit High girls’ basketball team jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and held on for its first league win in two years, a decisive 52-33 thumping to start Jeffco League play 1-0.

“We got some quick baskets early on and we were just able to maintain,” SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway said. ” … The girls were definitely excited. It was a good win.”

Senior Chloe Webber led the Tigers with 17 points, knocking down a number of key free throws throughout the contest. Junior point guard Jessica Malknecht chipped in 10.

The Tigers, who climbed back to the .500 mark with the win, hadn’t played in more than two weeks while SHS was out on winter break. Their last game was a dominating win over Arrupe Jesuit, and against Arvada, they picked up right where they left off.

Summit had a commanding 22-11 at halftime, while holding Arvada’s leading scorer to just four points. Arvada would make a little push toward the end of the third quarter, but the Tigers recovered to close out the win.

“They were a really quick team and played really hard,” Dunaway said. “Any time the ball was on the floor, they were diving and scrapping.”

“We kept our cool and went back to taking care of the ball,” she added, “and we pulled out the win.”

The defensive effort of senior Davia Carr helped the Tigers preserve the lead and protect the paint late in the game, and Dunaway said senior Emmy Anderson played a strong game.

The Tigers (4-4, 1-0) don’t have too long to wait to try to keep the winning streak going, as they host Green Mountain High School Friday at SHS in a league matchup. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.

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