Summit surges past Lady Huskies
And the visiting Tigers got the better of the Dickensian proceedings, thanks to a 10-0 run to open the second half. Trailing 22-21 to the Huskies at the half, Summit used the run as a springboard to a 49-35 nonconference win over Battle Mountain.
“I just don’t think we came out that strong in the first half,” Summit coach Julie Norman said. “We made some big mental mistakes and we were just not getting the job done. In the second half we stepped up our play. It’s always tough coming off the break, but we got into a good rhythm out there.”
And it doesn’t hurt when senior Dolly Fiedelman goes off for 23 points for the Tigers. Not only were the points pleasing to Norman, but it was the style of play, given the Huskies’ foul trouble in the second half.
“She did a good job or reading the situation and knowing was was expected and needed,” Norman said. “With Battle Mountain picking up a lot of fouls early, she went hard to the hole. We struggled with our free throws, but our defense made up for it.”
The statistics bear that out. The Huskies turned the ball over just eight times in the first half and committed 22 miscues in the second.
“When Summit came out in the second half and got the first few baskets, you could see the same-old, expect-to-lose scenario,” Huskies coach David Hite said. “We are better than an 0-5 team. We just need to learn how to win.”
Fiedelman go things rolling for the Tigers ion the second half with a 15-footer, which gave Summit a 23-22 lead. Shannon Buhler then hit from just inside the arc. A little more than a minute later, Emilee Sandsmark gave Summit a 27-22 advantage.
Buhler kept things going with a nifty steal and a layup. Fiedelman finished the run with free throws.
Things looked much rosier for the Huskies in the first half, when the team played intense defense, worked its offensive system and successfully broke the Summit press. First-quarter highlights included a pair of treys from Erin Drumm and well as a 3-pointer from Mary Ramirez. Meagan Reigel also had a nice put-back.
Midway through the second period, though, Battle Mountain had a string of four possessions, where the Huskies went for the long shot, a sequence which took them out of their offense.
“The trend with this team is is that in the final, two minutes of the first half we have a letdown,” Hite said. “Basketball is very much a mental game. These girls have talent. It’s thinking. It’s getting them to react on the basketball court.”
Battle Mountain hosts Steamboat at 6 p.m. on Friday in the 4A Slope opener.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.