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Wounded Tigers claw past Golddiggers

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit Daily/Reid WilliamsSummit High School sophomore Allie Esparza shoots a two-footer after snagging a rebound late in the third quarter of the Tigers' win over Clear Creek Saturday night in Farmer's Korner.

FARMER’S KORNER – Moments after separating her shoulder, Summit High School junior Shannon Buhler sparked a 12-3 fourth quarter run Saturday night that pushed the Tigers past Clear Creek, 46-38.

After sitting out a few minutes in the third quarter and early in the fourth, Buhler’s steal, basket and assist on consecutive possessions helped Summit climb out of a game-long offensive rut.

“This game is so mental,” Tigers head coach Julie Norman said. “I think the biggest thing is, we play to the level of our opponents. We saw it tonight, and we saw it last night against Golden.”

Summit (5-5, 0-1) came in Saturday as heavy favorites over the Class 3A Metro League Clear Creek (5-6, 1-2), a night after getting nipped by Golden, 61-55, in Class 4A Jeffco League action.

Saturday, Summit fell behind 35-34 with five minutes remaining in the game. A lay-in by Amanda Neal (17 points, nine rebounds) gave her team another one-point lead.

The next play, Buhler stole a pass and charged down the court. As she neared the basket, Clear Creek’s Kassie Hudson lost her right shoe, the ball bounced off that shoe, and Buhler found herself again with the ball and an open basket.

Ahead 37-34, Buhler found guard Cissy Daniels open on the baseline for an easy jumper, as the Tigers went ahead by three.

Neal, who had 22 points against Golden, added three more free throws down the stretch as Summit gained its biggest lead with only 30 seconds to go.

Tigers senior Kelly Kastberg’s free throw with 11 seconds remaining capped the scoring.

Buhler finished with six points and four rebounds.

Summit returns to Jeffco League action Friday as the Tigers play host to D’Evelyn at 7 p.m.

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