Tigers persevere in narrow victory
FARMER’S KORNER – Four promising sophomores saw lots of time and made solid contributions in the Summit High School girls basketball team’s home opener on Tuesday, but it was the Lady Tigers’ veterans who ultimately secured a victory over Eagle Valley.”Alyssa (Tallmadge) was big down the stretch,” SHS coach Dylan Hollingsworth said following his team’s 52-48 victory. “Katie (Sodergren) was too and Marie Oberriter (both seniors) stepped in and made a free throw that was huge for us.” Tallmadge, who fouled out late in the game with 19 points, made one of the game’s most decisive plays while her team was up by six with 3 minutes remaining: The junior post player dove out of bounds in front of the scorer’s table to save a ball with a one-handed bounce pass between her legs.Summit retained the possession, but Tallmadge’s collision with a sideline chair was so loud it caused the referee to call a timeout because of concern for injury.
Tallmadge proved to be fine, however, and so did the Tigers, thanks in part to Oberriter’s coolness at the line and Sodergren’s offensive rebound on a free throw in the waning seconds that secured SHS’ first win of the season.”I had a feeling we would win,” said Tallmadge, who finished with 19 points. “We just needed to keep the turnovers down at the end.”The Lady Tigers committed 23 first-half turnovers, yet somehow clung to a 27-26 lead at intermission. The hosts were more protective of the rock in the second half, however, throwing it away just seven times.
“The emphasis for the second half was taking care of the ball and setting up the offense,” SHS coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “We were trying to force things too much in the first half.”Summit came out of the locker room and built a lead as big as 10 points, but the Devils played tough throughout and ultimately made the contest into a barn burner.The host’s dismal 3-point-shooting performance (1-for-11) kept the door open until the very end, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop firing in the future.”We need to hit a couple of those to bring teams out on us and make them respect us,” Hollingsworth said. “We’ll just keep shooting away and see what happens there.”
Summit sophomore Jeana Holman scored 13 points and Oberriter chipped in six.The Lady Tigers will host Skyview on Thursday as their quest for a hot start continues.”It’s a big thing to get a win early in the season because (it shows) we can do it,” Hollingsworth said. “Now we’re tying to build from there – we have a goal of winning four games before Christmas break and we’ve got four more (chances) to win three.” Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634.
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