Tiger girls’ basketball takes two … in a row
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FARMER’S KORNER – The Tigers were left waiting Wednesday, as the Arvada Bulldogs had some travel issues. The game started 45 minutes late, and once play got going, well, it looked like the Bulldogs wanted to get back on the bus.
Summit senior Taylor Greene finished off a pretty give-and-go with teammate Sarah Matthews giving the Tigers an 8-0 lead barely two-and-a-half minutes into the first quarter. The Tigers stretched it to 11-0 before Arvada got its first point, and the SHS girls’ hoops team cruised to its second straight win in dominating fashion, 45-32 at home.
“It’s very nice to be ending on a positive note, a very high note,” SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway said.
The Tigers beat up on Englewood on Monday, winning by 40, and the victory over Arvada put Summit at 2-1 in the season-ending Jeffco League tourney with just one game remaining.
Greene finished the night with nine points, while junior guard Jessica Malknecht had a team-high 11. Senior Ali Rookey had nine, and Matthews finished with six.
“We’re shooting the ball the best we have all year long,” Dunaway said.
And that started early on. Well, once things got under way.
With the delay, the teams were given a shortened warmup. Although, the Tigers had been in the gym for nearly an hour already.
Summit jumped out to a commanding 15-6 lead after the first quarter, as the Bulldogs failed to find their legs early on.
The dominance continued in the second. Rookey drilled two jumpers to start the quarter, and Chloe Webber and Greene both converted before Arvada scored a point.
As the half wound down, the Tiger defense swarmed the Bulldog backcourt, forcing a turnover that led to a breakaway layup for Malknecht, finishing the first two quarters with a 30-11 lead for Summit.
The Tigers emptied the bench after the break, getting every active player into the game for substantial playing time.
“We’ve played a ton of games these last three weeks,” Dunaway said. “It’s been tough, there’ve been a lot of injuries. … We were making sure to get everyone into the game tonight.”
The Tigers will take their winning streak into today’s matchup with Alameda, another Jeffco opponent.
“It was a great win for them,” Dunaway said. “Hopefully we continue that.”
The game is slated for 4:30 p.m.
The Summit High boys’ basketball team played its final game Wednesday much the way it played for the majority of the season.
“We played well at times, and at other times, we didn’t,” head coach Phil Tronsrue said.
The Tigers lost 65-42 at Wheat Ridge, and although they were competitive throughout, they never really made a significant run at the sharp-shooting Farmers.
Senior Michael Leopold led the team with 11 points, and sophomore Nolan Rookey scored five while snagging a team-high eight rebounds.
With four sophomores in the regular rotation, Summit started the year 3-4, but never won after winter break, eventually finishing 3-20.
“We said goodbye to our seniors, and now we have to start looking toward next year right away,” Tronsrue said.
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