Sophomore Ellie Colson scored five of her team-leading 13 points in overtime, including a pressure-packed free throw with 4.1 seconds on the clock, to give Summit (12-6, 8-3 District 11-AAA) a 54-52 victory over Brentwood (14-6, 8-4 District 11-AAA), securing third place in the district for the Lady Spartans.
“The thought that I have to make these free throws, we have to seal the deal, that was the pressure I felt,” Colson said after the contest. “But this what Coach (Kari Goodwin) has consistently put on us and prepared us for in practice – the last second free throws, last second shots.”
After trailing early, Brentwood took a 26-25 lead into halftime and controlled the first four minutes of the second half, stretching the lead to as many as eight. That’s when Goodwin called for a time out.
“I just told them this is exactly what we discussed at halftime, that the first three minutes of that third quarter was pivotal to this ballgame and you just let them take it away,” she said.
Brentwood did not look like a district championship contender in the first half Friday night…
The intense chat led to not just a pair of scores, but a series of defense stops that left the Lady Bruin lead at only three points headed into the final stanza.
“What makes this a special team at Summit is there is a fight to the final second,” said Goodwin. “I knew if we could cut the lead to two or three going into the fourth, it was our game.
“There is an internal motor that all of them have that will not give up. No matter what the score says, they constantly believe they are in the game and can win.”
Part of that belief could be based on balance, as Colson was just one of four who chipped in double figures. Taylor Limprevil (12 points), Emma Kate Bratton (11 points), and Marli Andersen (10 points) all added to the total.
Brentwood was equally balanced, with Amelia Osgood scoring 13 points, Chloe Wampler 12 and Delaney Trushel 11.
“We’re disappointed; it’s a tough loss,” said Brentwood coach Myles Thrash. “We knew this was going to be a tough game. This was a playoff type atmosphere and a playoff type game. Both teams really wanted to win.”
Brentwood must rebound quickly to prepare for a date at district leader Page Tuesday night, while Summit will travel to Ravenwood. The Lady Patriots added to their lead in the district with a 65-61 win over No. 2 Dickson County on Friday.
Summit girls 54, Brentwood 52, OT
BHS – 11 15 10 11 5 – 52
SHS – 10 15 8 14 7 – 54
SHS (54) – Ellie Colson 13; Taylor Limprevil 12; Emma Kate Bratton 11; Marli Andersen 10; Penning 5; Runk 5.
BHS (52) – Amelia Osgood 13; Chloe Wampler 12; Delaney Trushel 11; E. Trushel 9; Hunt 5; Lorenzi 2.
3-point goals – Brentwood 5 (Wampler 3, Hunt, D.Trushel); Summit 7 (Bratton 3, Limprevil 2, Penning, Runk ).
Free throws – Brentwood 3-of-6 (50.0%); Summit 13-of-18 (72.2%).