Summit’s girls score oh-so-sweet victory |

Summit’s girls score oh-so-sweet victory

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkBattle Mountain senior Kim White pulls down a rebound against Summit's Amanda Neal during Tuesday game at the Tigers' gymnasium.

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit Tigers’ 55-40 win over Battle Mountain Tuesday night was so sweet, one fan dressed like a chocolate chip cookie.

But nobody said cookies were pretty.

“That was an ugly one,” Tigers girls basketball head coach Julie Norman said.

“You hear it a lot, but it’s really tough to come back after a two-week break with three practices and then play a game.”

Monday night, Norman and the team met for dinner, which resulted in a flashback to last year’s game against the Huskies – when Summit escaped despite shooting less than 50 percent from the free- throw line.

The team recalled many sprints at practice the next day.

But not much changed this season. The Tigers went just 16-for-37 from the charity stripe this year, but truthfully, it didn’t matter.

An 18-4 third-quarter run boosted Summit to a 22-point lead early in the fourth and a Battle Mountain rally came too late.

The Tigers walked away with the winner of the Shrine Pass rivalry.

Summit’s Cissy Daniels and Emilee Sandsmark led the team with 13 points each, while Allie Esparza chipped in 12.

“Our positive was … we were aggressive and had the tenacity to come out in the second half and pick it up,” Norman said. “That’s not always easy to do.”

Battle Mountain finished the game on a 13-6 run, thanks to added full-court pressure. Sandsmark’s free throw broke up the run and kept Summit at a safe distance.

The Huskies were led by Alexis Guinn with 13 points.

Mary Ramirez scored 10 points and Lauren Prewitt contributed five.

One part of the win was sour. Tigers’ starter Shannon Buhler suffered a separated shoulder in the fourth quarter.

“I’ll just wake up and try to go play,” Buhler said.

Summit travels to Bishop Machebeuf Friday at 7 p.m. The Tigers begin league play Jan. 16 at Golden.

Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at

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