SPRING HILL – Summit High School senior Caleb Jolley nailed four straight free throws in the final 25 seconds to slam the door on a furious Page comeback and hand Jolley’s Spartan squad its second District 11-AAA victory in five outings this year with a 50-45 win Tuesday.
“I really didn’t feel any pressure,” Jolley said of the heroics that came with Summit holding on to a thin 46-43 lead. “I just have the mindset of no pressure for free throws and it makes it easier to knock them down.”
The additional cushion was a relief after the Spartans squandered a 12-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
Page got the ball to start the final frame and immediately went inside to big-man Jaime Hernandez, who scored off the glass while being fouled by Tre Hunter. Hunter apparently disagreed with the call and picked up two technical fouls within seconds, sending him to the locker room and Page to the free throw line. The Patriots dropped 3-of-4 before Hernandez picked up another two-pointer to cut the Summit lead to five with 7 1/2 minutes to play.
Ethan Overstreet’s 3-pointer from deep in the right corner cut the lead to 41-41 with 3 1/2 remaining only to see momentum swing back to Summit when Destin Wade drew a charge on Hernandez, then hit both ends of a one-and-one at the other end of the floor to stretch the lead to 46-41 at the 1:20 mark, leading to Jolley’s mastery at the charity stripe.
“That’s just been our M.O. all year,” said a disappointed Page coach Aaron Howard. “We get close, but we just can’t put it over the top. We need to be more consistent.
"For whatever reason, we play much better at home than on the road and we’ve got to learn to be more consistent no matter where we play.”
Summit coach Jim Fey, who was one of the biggest boosters of the school’s state championship football team, said part of the Spartans early struggles so far are just part of that success.
“It’s grid-iron blues,” Fey said with a wry smile. “The overwhelming majority of my guys are football players. And no matter how good a basketball player you are, there is still a transitional period to get your basketball legs under you. We just need more work.
“The encouraging part is that the longer the season goes we should be to a point where we are playing our best basketball.”
Destin Wade, a Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Finalist in Class 5A, led both teams in scoring with 20 points and Konata Werts added 12 for the Spartans. Hernandez ended with 13 for the Patriots, with Overstreet and Thomas Seaman chipping in 10 each.
Both teams had trouble finding the basket from the floor but not from the free throw line. Page hit 18-of-22 for an 82% clip, while Summit went 14-of-20 (70%). Combined, the two teams made 30 shots from the field while being whistled for 39 personal fouls.
Next up, Summit goes on the road to district foe Dickson County Friday night while Page will visit neighborhood rival Nolensville on Saturday night.
Summit boys 50, Page 45
PHS 9 5 10 21 – 45
SHS 16 6 14 14 – 50
PHS (45) – Jaime Hernandez 13, Thomas Seaman 10, Ethan Overstreet 10, Pierce Bruhel 7, Andres Casella 3, Jake Dozier 2.
SHS (50) – Destin Wade 20, Konata Werts 12, Caleb Jolley 8, Marcus White 4; Andrew Smith 2, Tre Hunter 2, Brady Pierce 2.
3-pointers – SHS 2 (Wade 2), PHS 1 (Overstreet). Free Throws – SHS 14-of-20, PHS 18-of-22. Total Fouls – SHS 19, PHS 20.