Summit girls hoops on a Roll |

Summit girls hoops on a Roll

FARMER’S KORNER – Perhaps the Summit High School girls basketball team should schedule all its games with no time to rest in between.

Playing only fourteen hours after a satisfying first win Friday night, Summit came out firing against Lake County and led throughout in a 43-36 victory. The win pushed their record to 2-1 and completed a strong showing in the eight annual Holiday Classic Tournament at SHS.

St. Mary’s Academy was the tournament champions with a 29-19 win over Kent Denver Saturday in the title game. Golden placed third.

After losing big on Wednesday and winning big on Friday, Saturday’s game offered Norman her first look at the way the Tigers handle a tight situation. And to say Norman was pleased with the outcome would be an understatement.

“I’m so happy with the way (the girls) played,” she said. “They looked like an experienced team when it came down to the wire. I’m really proud of them.”

By starting the game with just as much intensity as they ended with the previous night, Summit was able to open up a comfortable lead, which they held for the entire first half. Among the contributors was senior Dolly Fiedelman, who, although slowed by an ankle injury, still managed to tally 11 points and play her usual stingy defense.

At the half, despite holding a commanding lead, Norman urged her girls to treat the game as if it were still 0-0 and to come out with just as much fire as they had at the opening tip. The girls did, but so did their opponents from Lake County. A barrage of big shots by the Panthers slowly cut into Summit’s lead and gradually started to wear on the Tigers. Yet just when it seemed as if the tiny window between games may have been getting the better of the hosts, they responded. Junior forward Kelly Kastberg drained a critical 3-pointer with the score 35-30 to put her team back up by eight.

“That (shot) was huge,” said Norman.

Summit played smart basketball the rest of the way, making nary a mistake. As a result, Lake County was forced to foul the Tigers and hope for missed free throws. Thanks to freshman guard Cici Daniels (6-of 7 from the free-throw line) and her teammates, though, those hopes were dashed, and Summit emerged with the win.

The victory also proved to be a coming out party of sorts for sophomore forward, Shannon Buhler. As Summit’s catalyst-of-the-day, Buhler repeatedly made big shots and led her team’s defensive charge. She totaled 10 points on 50-percent shooting and managed to stay out of foul trouble, a problem that had hindered her the night before.

Although Norman is pleased with her team’s performance thus far, she recognizes there are still minor kinks to be worked out.

“We have a full week of practice to get better before our next game (Friday, at St. Mary’s Academy), but I’m happy with where we are. I think we’re starting to get in our groove.”

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