Summit girls hoops "know what it takes’ going into districts
FARMER’S KORNER – When Julie Norman decided to coach the Summit High School girl’s basketball team this season, she didn’t know what she’d be working with. All she knew was that her team was fairly young and that they would bump up this season to the more competitive 4A Jefferson County League.
“I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this season,” Norman said. “I was told a little bit about the team. I knew I had just one senior, and my goal was really to take this team to a 500 or better season. The fact that we did with such a young team shows this program has really come a long way. We have some very talented players.”
The Tigers go into their district tournament at 6 p.m. Monday at Summit High with a 4-5 conference and a 10-9 overall record and as the No. 8 seed in the league. They play No. 9 Ralston Valley High School, a team they beat 53-46 two weeks ago in a game that really proved their skills have really come to a head.
Score-wise, Summit didn’t take the lead until the second half of its game against Ralston, but the Tigers still managed to shut down their opponents every time they surged and take control of the ball, wait until they had clear shots, and make steals every time the ball was within reach.
This cool-headedness wasn’t enough for the Tigers to win their following game against No. 1 Evergreen High School (they lost 65-46), but it did land them a big 40-38 win last week against No. 2 Golden.
“It’s definitely where we want to be going into districts,” Norman said after the Golden win. “Knocking off the No. 2 team … there’s not much more you can ask for in a final (regular season) game. There’s nothing better than starting off the tournament in your home court.”
Although there were some tight moments in the Golden game, the Tigers walked away with a Zen-like feeling of control. The players believe they can even beat Evergreen. If they win Monday, they take will rematch the No. 1 team Tuesday in Evergreen.
“Right now we’re at our peak,” said Kelly Kastberg after the Golden game, in which she put away 12 points as Summit’s high scorer. “Hopefully we win all three games (this) week. I think we’ll play Evergreen again, which will be a really fun match up. We’re playing much better as a team. It feels really good.”
Monday’s game is sure to be tight, but the Tigers will go into it with two things many teams never achieve all season – composure and confidence.
“If we continue to play as well as we have been in the last couple weeks, we’ve done it before, we can do it again,” Norman said. “The girls are really fired up. They know what it takes.”
Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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