FRANKLIN — As good as Franklin senior Kate O’Neil was on the inside Tuesday night, the Summit girls were even better from outside.
Knocking down a season-high 13 shots from 3-point range, including five in the final 3:30 of the third quarter, the Lady Spartans sailed to a 58-41 road victory over the Lady Admirals in District 11-AAA action.
Franklin’s O’Neil, one of the most prolific post players in the area, poured in a game-high 31 points, including scoring 18 of Franklin’s 20 points in the second half. But her monster effort wasn’t enough to offset Summit’s relentless outside attack, which got rolling early and never really slowed down.
The Lady Spartans, who improved to 7-3 and 2-0 in district, hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, and by night’s end, a total of six different Summit players had connected from behind the arc. Delaney Noe led the way with five 3-pointers while scoring a team-high 15 points. Three of her teammates — Claudette Runk, Nicole Rizane and Bergen Allee — added two bombs each. Jaidyn Ramzy and Lily Driscoll made one 3-pointer apiece.
Runk finished with 11 points, and Ellie Colson added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Summit head coach John Wild said it was the type of performance he’d been hoping to see from his perimeter players.
“The big thing about outside shooting is you have to want to shoot it — and you have to shoot it with confidence,” said Wild. “It’s something we’ve struggled with in our first nine games, and we will have to continue to work on it. But tonight was certainly something that we can build on, or at least I hope it was. I was proud of the girls, and the way they shot the ball confidently tonight.”
Noe, the senior point guard who transferred to Summit this year after three seasons at Page, said Tuesday’s performance was simply a matter of good shooting being contagious.
“We hit some shots early, and I think that spread confidence throughout the team,” Noe said. “After one person makes one, it really brings energy to everyone else. And that happened tonight.”
While Summit was bombing 3s, the Lady Admirals stayed within striking distance by consistently feeding the ball to O’Neil — and she made the most of her chances. She accounted for 12 of Franklin’s 16 field goals in the game.
“We had no answer for her tonight,” said Wild, who formerly coached at Franklin before coming to Summit. “She’s a good player, and we didn’t do a very good job of shutting her down.”
O’Neal scored nine points in the opening eight minutes, including a 3-pointer, to account for all of Franklin’s scoring in the quarter. Her effectiveness helped keep Franklin afloat — they trailed 17-9 at the end of the quarter — despite Summit’s five 3-pointers, which included two deep 3s from Noe.
Summit maintained the lead throughout the second quarter, and eventually carried a 32-21 edge into halftime after Ramzy connected on — what else — a 3-pointer just before the horn.
Franklin trimmed the deficit to 36-30 after a bucket by O’Neal near the midway mark of the third quarter, but Summit closed the quarter on a 15-0 run — with all the points coming from long range — to break the game open and build a 50-30 lead. The Lady Spartans’ lead never dipped below 20 the rest of the way.
“We can enjoy this win for about two hours and then start getting ready for the next one,” said Wild. “There’s no time to relax in this district. It is as tough and as competitive as I’ve ever seen it.”
Summit faces Independence Wednesday and then heads to Independence on Friday. The Lady Admirals next face Dickson County.
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Summit girls 58, Franklin 41
Summit 17 15 18 8 — 58
Franklin 9 12 9 11 — 41
SUMMIT (58) – Lily Driscoll 3, Delaney Noe 15, Bergen Allee 6, Claudette Runk 11, Ellie Colson 9, Jaidyn Ramzy 6, Nicole Rizane 8.
FRANKLIN (41) – Brenna Swiger 6, Kate O’Neil 31, Dylanna Garner 4.
3-pointers — Summit 13 (Noe 5, Rizane 2, Allee 2, Runk 2, Ramzy 1, Driscoll 1). Franklin 1 (O’Neil). Free throws — Summit 5-9, Franklin 8-14.