Tiger hoops teams lose at Elizabeth | SummitDaily.com

Tiger hoops teams lose at Elizabeth

The Summit High girls’ basketball team took the lead with just over 3 minutes remaining in Thursday’s matchup at Elizabeth. After a few bad-break losses in a row, the Tigers were poised to pull off the win in the first round of the Jeffco League tourney.

Then, things fell apart.

Elizabeth went on a 17-4 run to close out a 45-38 win over the slumping Summit squad.

“They got a lot of second-chance shots,” SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway said. “Rebounding really hurt us.”

Dunaway said Sarah Matthews played a strong game for the Tigers, scoring eight points. Also, senior Davia Carr played lockdown defense on Elizabeth’s best scorer, and Jessica Malknecht led the team with 12 points.

Summit’s guaranteed three more games in the tournament, likely to be played Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the SHS gym.

The Tigers host Englewood on Monday. The time of the game has yet to be determined.

Sometimes, an opponent is simply better. Unfortunately, that was the case for the Summit High boys’ basketball team Thursday night at Elizabeth.

The Cardinals had more seniors in their rotation than the Tigers had on their roster, and each member of the team’s starting front line towered over Summit.

All the mismatches added up to a 72-42 loss for the Tigers in the first round of the league tourney.

“We competed,” SHS head coach Phil Tronsrue said. “Personnel-wise, we just couldn’t match up with them.”

Sophomore Markeith McDonald led all Tiger scorers with 12 points, while grabbing five rebounds, and senior Michael Leopold had a team-high 10 boards.

Sophomore Nolan Rookey had eight points.

The Tigers had a strong stretch of play in the second quarter, holding Elizabeth to just 11 points, but the young Summit squad couldn’t maintain the pressure and struggled in the second half.

Sophomore guard Coy Coker had a strong game running the point, Tronsrue said.

The Tigers will play three road games next week, starting Monday. The opponents have yet to be determined.

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