Summit County surges past Lady Huskies, 64-49
EAGLE-VAIL – There had to be some feeling of deja vu for the Summit girls basketball team Thursday night against Battle Mountain.The Tigers came out hot in the first quarter against the Huskies and then got icier than Shrine Pass in the second before righting the ship for a 64-49 win.”We did it last night, too,” said Summit coach Jeff Neal, referring his team’s 60-50 victory over Woodland Park Wednesday. “We had a 27-point-quarter and then we came back with a (10)-point quarter. Tonight we had a 21, a four and a 25. We sort of let up. When we’re running and attacking, we’re a pretty good team.”That aggressive play led by guards Cissy Daniels (19 points) and Samantha Neal (17) combined with Battle Mountain foul trouble turned the game.The Huskies led, 47-42, with 4:40 left in the third quarter, but minutes before Battle Mountain’s Lauren Prewitt picked up her fourth foul. The Huskies’ Meagan Reigel also picked up her fourth on a three-point play by Daniels with 3:48 left in the period, and suddenly the Huskies were without their two post players.
With Prewitt and Reigel on the bench, the Tigers went on a 19-6 run to finish the third and effectively end the game.”They’re very good players and we are a fairly small team and we had one of our bigger girls (Lynlee Holloway) hurt,” Jeff Neal said. “They were really hurting us down low. I think it made a big difference in the game that they got in foul trouble.””Lauren and Meagan are responsible for staying in the game,” Huskies coach David Hite said. “We talked to them about it. ‘You can’t stop everything. You can’t block everything. Use your head. Stay in the game,’ Their getting in foul trouble definitely took us out our offense, out of our rebounding.”Samantha Neal had nine points on that run, while fellow guards Daniels and Shannon Buehler also dropped in big buckets.
“We’re really a guard dominant team and when our guards attack, we’re good when we attack the basket like that,” Jeff Neal said. “I think the girls handled the pressure and went to the basket very hard.”That’s what Battle Mountain was doing very well during the first half, especially in the second quarter. Down 21-16 after one, the Huskies outscored the Tigers, 14-4, in the next eight minutes.Battle Mountain’s Alexis Guinn had a nifty put back to start the run. After a Kelsey Sanders jumper, Emily LyBarger got a running shot, the foul and the free throw for three to tie it at 23.Field goals from Max Van Dyke and Reigel gave Battle Mountain a 30-25 halftime lead. Guinn and Kaeli Hosler led the Huskies with nine points each.”We played team defense, where they were penetrating and we were getting help,” Hite said. “We were on our toes, playing good defense. Offensively, we were moving the ball. We were passing the ball quickly. We had some stupid turnovers, but we took good shots in the first half.”
With the win, Summit moved to 7-2. The Tigers host Skyview Saturday at 7 p.m. The Huskies (3-5) are also in action, hosting archrival, Eagle Valley, at 6 p.m.”The girls were visibly upset,” Hite said. “I said, ‘You should be upset, but we’ve got to start focusing on Eagle Valley. We’ve got to come (to practice Friday) ready to go. It’s time for the Western Slope League.'”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado