Tigers blow away Platte by 60 points to get to 4-1 | SummitDaily.com

Tigers blow away Platte by 60 points to get to 4-1

BAILEY – Freshman Samantha Neal scored a career-high 23 points and her older sister Amanda poured in 15 to lead the Summit High School girls basketball team to a dominating win over Platte Canyon on the road Saturday afternoon, 78-18.The Tigers led 22-0 after the first quarter and were up 36-7 at halftime. Summit coach Jeff Neal – father of the leading scorers – said it was a combination of an inferior opponent and inspired play on the part of the Tigers.

“We were motivated after losing to Colorado Academy (Tuesday). We came out inspired,” said Neal, who has led Summit to a 4-1 record in his first year as coach. “The press just demolished them. They had a hard time handling the basketball.”Neal had called off the press by the midpoint of the opening period, “But we just kept getting layup after layup anyway,” he said.

Ten players scored for Summit, including junior Cissy Daniels (11) and senior Shannon Buhler (nine). Amanda Neal added 11 rebounds for a double-double, and Buhler finished with a season-high 10 steals.Samantha Neal’s 23 points pushed her season average to 17 per game, which ranks her among the top five scorers in the state for 4A schools.The Tigers’ varsity victory followed an even more dominating performance by the JV team. Summit beat Platte Canyon’s JV squad 68-5, and freshman Mallory Clark – who played in the eighth-grade backcourt last year with Samantha Neal – scored 30 points.

Summit takes on Rifle in its next game Tuesday at home. Rifle was a preseason top-10 team, and should give the Tigers a good idea of where they stand, Jeff Neal said.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or atdoneil@summitdaily.com.

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