Summit High School: Oberriter helps lift Tigers to victory
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FARMER’S KORNER ” As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Summit’s lead was cut to four points. SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth called timeout with 2:01 left to play and his Tigers holding possession on the sideline.
Off the inbounds, the Tigers did exactly what they’d done all night: They responded.
Senior Alyssa Tallmadge hit junior Julie Oberriter on a cross-court pass, giving her a layup and Summit a six-point lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.
The Tigers received points from six different players and closed out Elizabeth High School 54-45 in a hard-fought game at SHS Tuesday night.
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“What a great job by the girls, they really came through,” Hollingsworth said after the win. “They made the shots at the end. What’s happened over the years, is we’d have those same shots and wouldn’t hit them. We finally hit some of those.”
Oberriter finished the game with 19 points, including nine in the second half.
“They were running a triangle and two (defense) and I just kept getting assists from people,” the junior said of her offensive performance. “It just kept coming to me; it was my team making good passes.”
Summit, fresh off a win Friday night, started the game on a tear. Junior Jeana Holman snagged an offensive rebound on the Tigers’ first possession of the game and hit Tallmadge for the layup.
Oberriter hit a 3-point shot moments later, and Summit led 6-0.
But Elizabeth fought back, closing the first quarter on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 12-12.
The second quarter belonged to the home team, though, as Holman put Summit back on top with a left handed hook shot from the lane on the first possession.
The Tigers took a 22-17 lead into halftime.
“We started off strong,” Hollingsworth said. “The first, second and fourth quarters, we played very strong.”
After a back-and-forth third quarter, Summit went back up by five points when Tallmadge knocked down a 3-pointer early in the fourth.
Then Oberriter capitalized on two straight fast breaks off passes from point guard Bri Barto.
Elizabeth cut the score to 38-36 moments later, before Barto drilled a baseline jumper.
All the Tigers seemed to contribute to the scoring in the final minutes, with sophomore Dustee Faxon, senior Catherine Scanlan, Holman, Tallmadge and Oberriter scoring buckets.
The Tigers finished with Barto and Holman knocking down free throws to seal the win.
“I think that we really needed this,” Oberriter said, “and we really worked hard together.”
Hollingsworth said the difference between the Tigers’ ability to close out Tuesday’s game and all of his team’s near misses was confidence.
“It’s just taken us this long to find it,” Hollingsworth said. “Hopefully, when you find it, you don’t let go of it.”
Now the Tigers head down the final stretch of their season with their eye on the playoffs.
“We’ve got four games left, and it would be nice to win two or three more games and see if we make playoffs,” the coach said. “We need to continue to get better.”
Summit is back in action on Friday when it travels to Centaurus for a 7 p.m. game.
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