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Tigers tripped up by Arvada at home

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FARMER’S KORNER – It only took one word for senior Jeana Holman to sum up how she felt about her team’s play.

“Frustration,” she said.

And really, that could help to describe the Tigers’ entire season thus far.

After playing on the road nine straight times to start the year, the Summit High girls’ basketball team finally played a game in the SHS gym Friday night against Arvada.

Unfortunately, they’re going to have to wait a bit longer to get their first win.

Arvada used a late surge in the second quarter to build a substantial lead in what had been a close game early on and cruised to a 61-27 win.

“They played a great first half,” SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway said of her team. “The second half, about three minutes into it, the tide definitely changed.”

“The key to this team is they need to win, and they need to feel what it’s like to win,” Dunaway added.

Holman led the Tigers in scoring with 12 points. Sophomore Lauren Thomas was next for Summit with four.

“I guess we underestimated them, because every year, it’s been an evenly matched game,” Holman said of Arvada. “They just played harder than we did.”

Although, it wasn’t all bad for the young Tiger squad, which has only one senior and three underclassmen.

After starting the game with a little bit of nerves – Summit had eight turnovers in the first four minutes of play – the Tigers started to click.

Junior Chloe Webber hit a short-range jumper at the end of the first to cut the Arvada lead to 14-8, which started a Summit run.

Holman hit a pair of shots early in the second, and after Thomas hit her first shot of the game, the Tigers had clawed back to a 16-14 deficit.

From then on, though, it was all Arvada. The Bulldogs closed the half on a 13-3 run, and the Tigers couldn’t respond.

In the second half, Summit failed to make a field goal, receiving all 10 of its points from the free throw line.

“In the first half, we came out hard,” Holman said. “In the second half, we just knew we were going to lose. We need to think we’re going to win and try harder.”

For Dunaway, she feels her team simply needs the confidence to pull out close games.

“Even though the win hasn’t come, we need to keep doing the positive things and do the little things that it takes to get a win,” she said.

The Tigers (0-10) have a week off before traveling to take on Conifer next Friday at 7 p.m.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.

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