Tigers still alive despite district loss
EVERGREEN – The Summit High School girls basketball team found out why Evergreen is No. 1 Tuesday night when it lost 64-31 in the first round of the Class 4A, District 1 Tournament. The Tigers are still alive in the double-elimination format and play Golden today at 5 p.m. with a spot in the regional round on the line.
Summit beat Golden last week in the finale of the regular season.
“We’re excited to play a team we know we can beat,” said Summit coach Julie Norman. “And it’s do-or-die, so either we show up, or our season’s over.”
Norman called Summit’s showing on Tuesday “probably one of our poorer performances, definitely in the last couple of weeks.”
Summit scored only one basket in the first quarter, as the Cougars, who have yet to lose to a Jefferson County League opponent this season, built a 17-2 lead. A rash of Summit turnovers contributed to the lopsided start. The Tigers trailed 36-12 at the half.
“We didn’t come out very strong,” Norman said. “They are a very solid team, and they came out ready to play. They got out to a pretty good lead, which kind of got the girls’ heads down.”
Despite feeling slighted by some calls that didn’t go their way, the Tigers put together a solid third quarter on the strength of baskets by freshman Cissy Daniels and senior Dolly Feidelman. Defensively, Summit’s Emily Cardamon stepped up with some blocks and forced double dribbles. Both teams scored 13 points in the third, but Evergreen was still up 49-25 going into the fourth.
Summit (11-10 overall) managed six points in the fourth as Evergreen pulled away with many of its starting players on the bench.
Fifth-seeded Golden beat Alameda to get into the tournament Monday then lost to Conifer Tuesday to set up an all-or-nothing showdown with Summit.
Tonight’s game will air live on Crystal 93 FM.
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