Tigers win! Tigers win! | SummitDaily.com

Tigers win! Tigers win!

Bryce Evans

After a full winless season a year ago and a blowout loss to open the winter Friday, the Summit High girls’ basketball team has ended the drought.

Junior Jessica Malknecht scored 22 points, and the Tigers beat Eagle Valley 53-45 Tuesday for their first win in more than 19 months.

SHS head coach Rachel Dunaway, who took over the Summit squad at the start of the streak, summed up the win in one word: relieving.

“It’s so nice to finally get that first win,” the coach said. “Some of the kids after the game were saying they didn’t remember what it felt like to win a game.”

That’s likely because not many of them played two seasons ago when the Tigers last notched a “W.”

Although, the way they played Tuesday, it’s hard to believe the Tigers had to wait for so long to get it.

Summit had five players score more than five points, and the half-court press the Tigers imposed on the Devils led to turnovers and, ultimately, to points.

“They played really well tonight,” Dunaway said of her team. “(Eagle Valley) came out in a zone, and we were able to penetrate and dish and make some open shots.”

Freshman point guard Kayce Chaparas had nine points, sophomore Lauren Thomas scored six, and senior Taylor Greene had five.

Also, coming up big for the Tigers on the night was senior Ali Rookey. Stepping in for starter Chloe Webber (out with mononucleosis), Rookey scored six points and helped the Tigers on the glass picking up some key rebounds.

“She really stepped in and did a great job,” Dunaway said.

The Tigers (1-1) have a big week ahead of them, with the Mountain Madness Tournament at Woodland Park High School starting Thursday and a game at home against Jefferson on Monday.

Dunaway feels Tuesday’s win may be the start of a turnaround for her program.

“Absolutely,” she said. “They needed to get that first win just to get their confidence back. Hopefully they can now believe in themselves and know they’re capable of winning.”

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