Summitt High School: Tallmadge leads Tigers to win
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Summit County, Co Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER ” Two Tiger starters were relegated to the bench with three fouls in the first five minutes, and the Summit High girls’ basketball team couldn’t get a clear advantage over the visiting team from Arvada, Thursday.
“We were in trouble,” SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said.
But senior Alyssa Tallmadge and junior Jeana Holman carried the load ” pretty much on their own.
The two talented Tigers accounted for 25 of Summit’s 26 first-half points ” including all 11 points during an 11-0 run at the end of the second quarter ” and helped their team to a 26-16 lead at the break.
“We had some key players sit out (with fouls) but … something just clicked,” Holman said of the outburst.
Then the Tigers got contributions from six different players in the fourth quarter to close out a 56-39 win in their last home game of the season.
Tallmadge tied the single-game school-record with 26 points, and Holman added 18.
“It was great to get a win in our last home game, especially for the seniors walking off this court for the last time,” Hollingsworth said of his team’s sixth victory. ” … It was a good night for the seniors.”
On senior night, Tallmadge filled up the basket with 3-point shots, and fellow senior Catherine Scanlan, after missing a good chunk of time in the first half with three fouls, snagged a number of key rebounds for her team.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead when Tallmadge drilled a 3-point shot on the team’s first possession.
However, Summit couldn’t quite pull ahead as players were constantly being whistled for fouls. The first quarter ended with Arvada leading 12-10.
“We came out fired up, which sometimes we have trouble with,” Holman said. “I guess some of us might have been too fired up.”
The game stayed back and forth for the first few minutes of the second, but with 2:57 remaining, the Tigers went on a run.
First Tallmadge knocked down four free throws on two possessions, and Holman hit back-to-back jumpers in the lane.
Then, as Summit had the ball with time expiring, Tallmadge drilled another 3-pointer.
For all of the third quarter, Summit traded baskets with Arvada.
With a nine-point lead midway through the fourth, Arvada let the game slip away. Holman was fouled breaking the Arvada press, and after the officials gave her two free throws, the Arvada head coach was whistled for a foul.
Holman hit one out of two from the stripe, then Tallmadge knocked down both technical shots. On the ensuing possession, Tallmadge found junior Bri Barto for an open jumper, and the Tigers were on their way to victory.
“That run in the third quarter was the backbreaker,” Hollingsworth said.
Both Barto and sophomore Chloe Webber added three points to the Summit total.
Coming into the game, the Tigers were straddling the line between making and missing the playoffs. As Hollingsworth said after the game, a win in his team’s season finale would go along way for Summit getting into the tournament.
The Tigers wrap up the regular season Tuesday at Golden. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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