ball teams split games
Traveling to New Meadows Saturday, January 3rd, Summit Academy’s varsity girls and boys basketball teams took on the Mountaineers, and came away with a couple of losses for the afternoon.
In the preliminary, the Patriot ladies found the basket illusive, but used excellent defense to hold their opponents to a 4 to 4 tie at the end of the first quarter. Things started going bad after that however, as the Mountaineer girls gradually began to pull away, using their more experienced junior and senior girls to build a final 42 to 29 score. Individual statistics were unavailable at the time of this report.
In the boys contest that followed, five Patriots took the floor against the Mountaineers, planning to play a slow down game due to the absence of four of their teammates, including Stephen Spencer who was sick, and Dylan Greene whose plane connection out of Chicago was delayed, so he was unable to get back to town for the game.
The strategy worked well most of the time, but the full time full court press using several different players by New Meadows occasionally pushed Summit into a running game which took its toll on their stamina. Still the five hung in there and managed to hang on to a chance of winning right up to the final score of 45 to 37.
All five players scored for Summit, with Shane Wemhoff, back from an earlier season severe ankle sprain, leading the way with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Rehder added 11 shooting exactly 50% from the three point, two point and free throw line, with Chris Hattrup adding 5, Mark Uhlenkott-4 and Jacob Uhlenkott-2. Jacob also proved a factor on the boards, adding 10 rebounds to his effort.
In a prior contest just before Christmas, the Patriot boys traveled to Grangeville for a contest with that school’s “C” team, made up mostly of frosh with a couple of sophs and juniors. Jumping out to a big lead, Summit played all subs third quarter, saw their halftime score of 29 to 14 close to 33 to 26 at the end of the third, then held that lead to finish 47 to 40 with their second victory of the season. Scoring for the Patriots: Dylan Greene-19, Wemhoff-8, still recovering from an ankle turn, Ben Kuther-2, Stephen Spencer-6, and Brandon Rehder-10. Missing from the contest was Mark Uhlenkott, and missing both of the last two contests were Ben and Alex Kuther.
Next action for the Patriots is a girl’s game at Prairie Elementary Tuesday, Jan 7th, then both girls and boys squads travel to Riggins Wednesday for a double header, then on to Couer d’Alene Friday, and back to Moscow Saturday for an over night double header weekend for both, both teams staying in Couer d’Alene Friday night after their contest with North Idaho Christian School, then to Moscow where both will take on the Logos Knights in a Saturday evening double header.
Junior High Boys finish 6 and 5
Summit Academy’s Junior High Basketball program ended on a positive note just prior to Christmas, closing with a record of six wins and five losses, though dropping its final two games for the season, 34 to 36 against Culdesac’s eighth, then getting blitzed 62 to 24 by a running and gunning team of eighth graders from Lapwai.
In the Culdesac game, the Patriots fell behind 10 to 5 in the first quarter; still back five at 20 to 15 at halftime, then losing ground a bit more in the third, finishing that quarter 21 to 28. A 13 to 8 margin by Summit in the fourth however, narrowed the score but still lacked the final two points needed to stave off the loss. Seven of the eight suited up Summit players hit the scoring column as follows: Zach Frei-10. Michael Hattrup, David Spencer, and Chase Nuxoll each with 6, and Joseph Lustig, Dustin Lustig, and Josh Frei adding 2 each.
The final game at Lapwai proved a different story however, and was never in doubt, as the host Wildcats lived up to there name and literally ran the Patriots off the court. Only Zach Frei with 12 and Spencer and Nuxoll with 6 each were able to hit the scoring column as the Wildcats built their final 62 to 24 total.
Closing out the season and gaining valuable experience were the following Patriots: Zach Frei and David Spencer-eighth grade, Michael Hattrup, Dustin Lustig, Joseph Lustig, and Chase Nuxoll-seventh graders, and Josh Frei and Dylan Prigge-sixth graders.
With the season closed, the boys are looking forward to a couple of post-season tourneys they have been attending in the past.