Tigers trounce Warriors in Neal’s return
THORNTON – The waiting is over for Amanda Neal. After sitting out of her team’s first seven games to recover from shoulder surgery, the senior center returned to the Lady Tigers lineup on Saturday.Neal proved she was worth waiting for by contributing eight points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in the Tigers’ 43-27 victory over Skyview.”It was great to have Amanda back,” said Summit coach Jeff Neal of his daughter. “She provides us with an inside presence, both offensively and defensively, that we have been missing.”
At 5 feet, 11 inches, Amanda Neal is one of Summit’s two tallest players. Neal’s return is welcome news for her teammates Allie Esparza and Lynlee Holloway (also 5′ 11″), both of whom have carried the team’s rebounding load in the center’s absence.Holloway (10 points against Skyview) and Amanda Neal are both crafty inside scorers and their on-court reunion should bode well for the Tigers.Point guard Cissy Daniels led Summit (5-3) with 14 points and shooting guard Samantha Neal added 10 points.
The Tigers not only had balanced scoring but they played tough team defense, holding the Wolverines to just two points in the first quarter and 12 points in the first half. In addition, Summit’s defense held all of Skyview’s players below double figures.”We pretty much controlled the game from start to finish,” Jeff Neal said. “I was very pleased with our effort.”Whitney Degerberg was ill for the second straight game but is projected to return to Summit’s lineup on Monday when the Tigers play at Centaurus.
“We should be full-strength by Monday,” coach Neal said. “Centaurus beat Skyview by nine on Friday night, so it should be a pretty competitive game.”Summit will face the Warriors in the first round of the Jeffco/Skyline tournament, which will be played at various 4A venues throughout the week.
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