Down nine at the half, Summit Lady Spartans’ coach John Wild wasn’t very happy.
The Lady Raptors had dominated the first 16 minutes, cashing in on second chance baskets and forcing errors that led to a 23-14 halftime lead.
“Our kids performed in some late game situations, held our composure,” Wild said. “We could have buried our heads, but we didn’t.”
Summit opened the second half with some tough defense and went on to snag a 44-40 District 11-AAA victory against the visiting Lady Raptors.
The Lady Spartans had stops on five of Ravenwood’s first six possessions and captured their first lead, 35-34, when Ellie Colson dropped in a lay-up with 3:07 left in the game.
Ravenwood was up 39-38 with 1:24 left in the contest, leaving Summit needing to commit five fouls to get the Lady Raptors to the free-throw line. They finally accomplished the task, sending Elizabeth Flynn to the stripe where she hit the first but missed the second. Summit grabbed the rebound and retook the lead 41-40 when Marli Andersen drained a three seconds later. Taylor Penning added a pair of free throws after a Lady Raptor miss and Megan Easterday put the game out of reach when she hit the first of two free throws with 2.8 seconds left.
“Marli Andersen made a big three late in the game and that’s what seniors do, make big shots," Wild said. "And senior Taylor Penning made some big free throws.”
Colson led Summit with 14 points and Emma Kate Bratton, in her second game in nearly a month due to injury, cranked in three from behind the arc for nine points.
Reghan Grimes scored 13 to lead the Lady Raptors.
The win keeps Summit, which is 11-9 overall and 6-6 in district, and Ravenwood (12-10, 7-6) in a logjam for the third to sixth in the district race. That parity is greatly underappreciated, according to Wild.
“This league is highly underrated," he said. "There are great coaches, there are highly skilled kids who are very coachable that are great team players who play their hearts out for their schools and their communities. I think this county’s girls basketball league has grown so much over the last four or five years.
“That’s a credit to kids’ work ethics, feeder coaches, high school coaches who work these kids all year round, and it’s really a neat thing for this county because it used to not be that way. It used to be Brentwood. Brentwood and more Brentwood. Now there is more parity and it’s fun. It’s nerve-wracking at times, but it’s fun for the schools and the student bodies. And it has to be fun or we probably don’t need to be doing it anymore.”
Summit travels to rival and Independence Friday night while Ravenwood goes across town to archrival Brentwood to face the Lady Bruins, who are undefeated in league play after a 54-47 win over Page on Tuesday.
Summit girls 44, Ravenwood 40
RHS – 12 11 9 8 – 40
SHS – 12 2 12 18 – 44
RHS (40) – Reghan Grimes 13, Erickson 7, Flynn 5, Brown 4, Craig 4, Prestegaard 4, Lavigne 3.
SHS (44) – Ellie Colson 14, Bratton 9, Penning 7, Andersen 5, Easterday 5, Runk 2, Wright 2.
3-pointers – Ravenwood 3 (Erickson, Lavigne, Grimes); Summit 6 (Bratton 3, Andersen, Penning, Easterday). Free Throws – Ravenwood 1-2 (50 percent); Summit 6-11 (54.5 percent). Total Fouls – Ravenwood 10; Summit 7.
Summit boys 61 Ravenwood 39
Summit received 16 points from Destin Wade and twin Keaten Wade added 13 points and four blocked shots as the Spartans downed Ravenwood 61-39 Tuesday night in Spring Hill.
“It’s a good win. Our district is so tough any time we have a chance to win we have to take advantage,” said Summit coach Jim Fey.
Even with the victory coming on the heels of an upset of district leader Brentwood last Friday night, he wasn’t overly pleased.
“I’m not happy. I don’t feel like we played at a high level and we made a lot of mistakes," Fey said. "Sometimes you come off a big win like Friday night you get kind of complacent. We played just well enough to get the job done; Ravenwood continued to play and play hard.”
Ravenwood only got off 10 shots in the first half that did not lead to free throws. Six of their 10 first-half points came from the charity stripe.
“I thought we did a good job defensively in the first half, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a team score only ten points in the first half,” said a frustrated Patrick Whitlock, Ravenwood’s head coach. “Their pressure bothered us and we weren’t able to get into the teeth of their defense and get anything easy.”
Nick Dang tried to keep the Raptors in the game early and finished with seven points. Myles Pollard came off the bench and added a spark in the second half, tying Dang for team scoring honors with seven.
“This is a physical, big boy league in 11-AAA," Whitlock said. "We were able to pick up offensively in the third quarter, but then we didn’t guard. It’s frustrating – we’ve been playing relatively well, but this was a little bit of a step back. But there’s a lot of basketball to play.”
Summit (14-5, 9-3) moved into a tie for second in the district chase with Dickson County. The Spartans travel to Independence Friday night. Ravenwood 8-14, 5-8) has a chance to shake up the district as they go to district leader Brentwood in the second round of the Battle of the Woods.
The Bruins escaped Ravenwood with a 60-53 overtime win in the last meeting.
Summit boys 61, Ravenwood 39
RHS – 4 6 16 13 – 39
SHS – 10 14 23 14 – 61
RHS (39) – Dang 7, Pollard 7, Andrews 6, Williams 6, English 5, Mulder 4, Ready 2, Gainer 2.
SHS (61) – Destin Wade 16, Keaten Wade 13, Caleb Jolley 11, Carlton 6, Montana 6, Conger 3, Pierce 2, Werts 2, Bell 2.
3-pointers – Ravenwood 1 (English); Summit 7 (D. Wade 2, K. Wade 2, Jolley 2, Conger 1). Free Throws – Ravenwood 14-23 (60.9 percent); Summit 8-14 (57.1 percent). Total Fouls – Ravenwood 18, Summit 18.