Summit girls hoops team climbs above .500 mark
FARMER’S KORNER – Lynlee Holloway is fast becoming one of the Summit High School girls basketball team’s go-to players – at least, when she she’s not in foul trouble. After fouling out of Summit’s two previous games – both losses – Holloway finished Wednesday’s game with four fouls and the Tigers beat the visiting Colorado Academy Mustangs 62-49. The junior center had a huge game for the Tigers, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists in limited playing time.”It’s starting to get us in more and more trouble,” Holloway said of her recent abundance of fouls. “It almost seems like they’re looking for our numbers and calling us for everything.”With senior center Amanda Neal still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Summit’s ability to win upcoming games may hinge on Holloway’s ability to stay in the game.Holloway was replaced by sophomore Whitney Degergerg after receiving her third foul midway through the second quarter. Degerberg also picked up her third foul during the second quarter, causing Jeff Neal to turn to reserves Nadi Dejulio and Morgan Foote, both of whom stepped in and played solidly for the Tigers.
Holloway and Degerberg both fouled out of Summit’s 62-59 loss at Rifle on Tuesday. Degerberg, who is normally Neal’s first player of the bench, contributed 10 points, three rebounds and one assist.”I’m a spark plug for this team,” she said. “I can come off the bench and pump everyone up.”The dynamic sophomore came off the bench to hit two 3’s against Rifle on Tuesday.”Last night we had a mental breakdown and couldn’t pull it together,” she said. “Tonight, we played the game all the way through.”Summit got the vast majority of its points from transition layups as it shot just 3-for-11 from behind the arc.”I’m proud of the girls for being able to win by playing a different style,” Jeff Neal said. “They kept tight pressure on our guards so we decided to attack the basket. But it also left Lynlee open for some 3’s.”
In nailing three 3-pointers, Holloway was the only Tiger to connect from downtown.”I normally shoot one 3 a game but tonight I was just on,” she said. “I don’t know what happened.”Sophomore Samantha Neal, normally a long-range shooter for the Tigers, took the ball to the hoop consistently throughout the game.Scoring almost exclusively on driving layups and free throws, she finished with 16 points.”Last year we got in trouble when we missed our 3’s,” Jeff Neal said. “We came in to this year with the condition that our guards would be more active and get to the basket and foul line more often. We are trying to become less one dimensional.”Samantha Neal’s back court mate, Cissy Daniels, had eight points and six assists for the 3-2 Tigers.
One night after losing by three points to 4A powerhouse Rifle, The Tigers handed the Mustangs (3-1) their first loss of the season.Colorado Academy is coached by former DU head coach Marty Fletcher. Fletcher, who is in his first year with the Mustangs, also coached at Virginia Military Institute and the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In total, he coached men’s Division 1 basketball for 19 years.”Summit was our toughest opponent to date,” said Fletcher, whose 3A Mustangs have faced two 2A and two 4A opponents thus far.”We knew coming in that they (Summit) were good offensively and tonight they were very good with their penetration,” he said. “We’ll learn a lot from this game, it was a good one.”Summit will host St. Mary’s Academy at 5 p.m. on Saturday before taking a three-week holiday break. Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at email@example.com.
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