Summit girls’ basketball stifles comeback, secures win in season finale
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FARMER’S KORNER – After playing what head coach Rachel Dunaway said was one of the team’s best quarters of the season, the Tigers had a 20-point cushion entering the fourth and final quarter of the season Thursday.
Dunaway started pulling out her seniors and starters to loud cheers from the home crowd.
Then, Alameda went off.
The visiting Lady Pirates hit shots on seven straight possessions, while forcing turnover after turnover from the Tigers.
Suddenly, what once was a commanding lead was down to five.
“I was a little worried there,” Dunaway said. “I couldn’t even get the seniors out of the game.”
With the starters back on the court, seniors Chloe Webber, Ali Rookey and Davia Carr each scored, helping Summit to finish off a 57-47 win, the team’s third straight victory to close out the season.
“It was amazing. Great way to end,” Webber said.
And it was a far cry from what the Tigers experienced a year ago, when the team went winless. The win over Alameda gave Summit nine victories on the season and the team went 3-1 in the season-ending Jeffco League tourney.
Webber scored a team-high 19 points, including 11 in the Tigers’ breakout third quarter.
Carr and junior Jessica Malknecht each chipped in nine.
“Chloe had a fabulous game, and Davia had a great game defensively,” Dunaway said.
Summit was strong from the start, as the teams jostled back-and-forth the entire first half.
The Tigers started to gain a little separation when Webber hit a jumper with less than two minutes left in the second quarter. Freshman Kayce Chaparas then knocked down a shot, and Carr hit a free throw to give the Tigers a 24-18 lead at the break.
Then Summit dominated. Webber scored the first seven points of the third, and the Tigers controlled play throughout, pushing the lead to 44-24 with just one quarter to play.
Aside from the little lapse at the end, the Tigers were happy to close out the year the way they did.
“It was a really good season,” Dunaway said. ” … Leaps and bounds compared to last year, and I think they had a little bit of fun doing it.”
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