Tigers end season on sour note, Fiedelman says goodbye
EVERGREEN – The season ended quicker than the Summit High School girls basketball team hoped when it lost 55-40 in the second round of the Class 4A, District 1 Tournament against Golden Wednesday in Evergreen.
Although Golden played a much better game than it did against Summit last week, when Summit won
40-38 in the final game of the regular season, SHS coach Julie Norman said it was still the same team the Tigers beat a week ago.
“They played a very well-executed game, but they were by no means a different team,” said Norman as she wrapped up her first year as the Tigers head coach. “They got off to a strong start, we came off slow. A big thing that affected us tonight was that we didn’t rebound very well. We weren’t knocking down our shots. On the defensive end, we weren’t coming up with it.”
It wasn’t until the third quarter that Summit began to match Golden, but by then, the deficit was too big. The halftime score was 32-16.
Both teams scored 10 points in the third, and Summit outscored the Demons 14-13 in the fourth.
Norman said her girls were emotional following the game, considering the contrast of the loss and Tuesday’s 64-30 loss to Evergreen against the glory of the 53-38 win that kicked off their district playoff run against Ralston Valley Monday.
While most of the Summit High team will return next season, team captain Dolly Fiedelman, the team’s only senior, will not.
“It would have been nice to win,” Fiedelman said after Wednesday’s game. “It’s too bad we had to end this way.”
Fiedelman fouled out with 30 seconds remaining in the game, but with 18 points, she was still Summit’s high scorer, as she has been for most of the games this season. It was obvious to any spectator that, throughout the season, Fiedelman was the player her teammates looked to when they were in trouble on the court, and she was always there to bail them out.
“This year, I think I had to step up my game offensively, not just all around,” she said. “I had to work on dishing and making plays. I never really had to take on the leadership roles as much before.
“I’m proud of the way we came together as a team this season. I’m really proud of our team, and I think the coaching staff did an awesome job. We showed people what we can do.”
Fiedelman said she is unsure of what her future will bring, but hopes college basketball will be a part of it. The Tigers ended their season with an 11-11 overall record.
Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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