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Tigers dispatch Huskies, 56-39

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EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” It’s hard for any team to return to action after the holiday break. It’s even more difficult when you’re without the services of your starting point guard.

With Brieanna Barto filling in nicely for Jaclin Limone, who was out with an ankle injury, the Summit County girls basketball team started 2008 on the right note with a 56-39 win Saturday night at Battle Mountain.

“I think she did really well considering the circumstances,” said Summit’s Julie Oberriter, who led the Tigers with 14 points. “She stepped it up when we needed her the most.”

“That was great. Brie’s been the first girl off the bench all year in any situation,” said Summit coach Dylan Hollingsworth, who team upped its record to 3-4 with the win. “For her to have a good game was terrific. We had a lot of girls play a lot of minutes which is going to help us down the road.”

Summit jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first period behind lauyups by Jeana Holman and Alyssa Tallmadge. The Huskies responded with 3s from Emily LyBarger and Meagan Houghton.

Leading 18-10 after the first quarter, Summit struggled with its shooting touch for the rest of the half.

“It’s a little bit of everything. It’s a bit of being young,” Hollingsworth said. “We talked about it at half time ” go up hard, but shoot with touch. We’ll continue working on that.”

The Tigers righted things nicely in the second half. In addition to Oberriter, Tallmadge and Katie Sodergren each had nine points, while Holman had seven.

Battle Mountain regrouped a bit after a slow start in the second half with 15 points from LyBarger, 12 from Houghton and eight from Kyleigh Quintana.

“Last year, we came out flat in our first game after the break,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “It was the same this year. It took us a while to get in gear. We were finally playing our type of basketball in the third and fourth quarters. It definitely helps us get back in the swing of things.”

Summit has a busy week ahead with the Jeffco Tournament. The Tigers start with D’Evelyn Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Farmer’s Korner. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain (2-5) starts Slope play Friday at Palisade.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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