boys lose twice
Fouls and fatigue proved to be the Achilles heal in Summit boys' varsity basketball the past two games, as the local team moved out early in both only to fall behind at the very last to drop each by very close scores.
Playing at Lapwai Monday evening against a very talented Lapwai jv squad, the Patriots took early leads of 16 to 11 at the quarter, 28 to 26 at the half, and were still ahead 40 to 38 at the end of the third. The final quarter saw the host Wildcats outscore the locals 18 to 12 however, as foul trouble which saw Dylan Greene foul out at the end, and the hot shooting of McCormick of Lapwai, who canned three of four long-range threes in the fatal quarter proved too much for the Patriots.
Greene led Summit scoring with 20, all on 2-point field goals, while Shane Wemhoff added 18. Brandon Rehder's 10 and two each by the Spencer boys, Stephen and fresh David closed out the scoring. McCormick led all Lapwai scorers, hitting on two additional threes in the third quarter and one two to finish with 17. Ben Kuther and fresh Zach Frei also saw plenty of action, and played very well defensively, but neither could add to the Summit score. Starter Mark Uhlenkott and brother Jacob were unable to attend the game because of an earlier commitment, and their absence also contributed to Summit's problems in the later stages of the game.
The loss brought the Summit boys' record to 4 and 2, with two games next week Tuesday and Wednesday at the Culdesac invitational tourney closing out the 2004 year.
Earlier, last Saturday, Summit boys traveled to Colfax, where they filled in on an emergency basis in the last round of Colfax's Christmas invitational. Fitted against much larger St. Mary's varsity, Summit played one of their best games of the season, jumping out to a big lead in the earlier stages of the game, only to lose ground slowly during the last stages, fouls and fatigue again playing a factor in the final outcome.
With leads of 18 to 8, 37 to 28, and 42 to 39 at the quarter breaks, the Patriots entered the final quarter again in foul trouble and worn down by the nine opponents who subbed in intermittently, and hampered by Ben Kuther eventually fouling out midway through the quarter, and Greene dealing with three half time fouls, and one in the third, say their lead last until the final three second mark, when Tucker Baker drove the lane and put in a shot, moving the Lumberjacks to the final 56 to 55 lead, their first of the game. Baker finished with 13 points, seconded to St. Mary's Zech Szalasi who had 19.
Leading the Summit cause was Shane Wemhoff with 24, and Greene with 17, all but four of which were scored in the first half, as his foul trouble kept him a bit under wraps the second half. Rehder added 7, Stephen Spencer 4, Mark Uhlenkott 2, and Ben Kuther added 1, these six playing the entire game.
Earlier, in a wild jv game, with Summit limited to five players available only, St. Mary's jv's moved out to an early lead, but continually had to beat back spirited Summit rallies, as Summit closed within 7 points at the end, despite playing the last four minutes with four players, and the final two minutes with only three. David Spencer led the Summit attack with 20, Zach Frei added 13, and Jacob Uhlenkott and William Spencer each were credited with 4. Fifth player Alex Kuther played very well defensively before fouling out, but was unable to connect on any of his shots.
In earlier action last week, the Summit jv boys earned two wins against Grangeville High School's fresh, winning their first game 30 to 24, and their second 23 to 19. Both games saw Summit play the entire time with five players, and in each game, were forced to finish with four because of a one player foul out.
The same two teams play again twice more, one time this week and later after the new year.
These games close out the 2004 season for both the girls and the boys except for the two game stint of the boys' varsity at Culdesac's Christmas tourney next week, Tuesday and Wednesday!
Summit girls defeat Lapwai JV
In a wild and furious game at Lapwai's gym, Summit Academy's varsity girls' team moved out to an early lead, then survived a torrid bombardment of three point goals to hang on to a win over the Wildcat JV girls' team there!
Ahead 12 to 3 at the first quarter mark, and 35 to 31 at the third, the Patriots watched as the host girls slowly edged up on them, to take the lead with a minute to go. Four consecutive free throws by Summit and a goal in the last few seconds by Cori Wemhoff tied the game at the end 42 to 42, and sent it into overtime. During the overtime minutes, the Patriots methodically and calmly put in 10 points while holding their hosts to 4 to post a final 52 to 46 victory for their fifth win of the year against one defeat.
Scoring for the Patriots was well spread as follows: Elaine Rehder -9, Lauren Wemhoff- 8, Amber Nuxoll - 4, Cori Wemhoff- 8, Jacquie Lustig - 2, Alexa Prigge - 12, Emily Rehder - 6, and Jeannie Goeckner - 3. Alyssa Frei and Mary Wimer also played well, but were unable to find the hoop. High scorer for the Wildcats was Tauriga Andrews with 13, while several others added anywhere from 2 to 8. Elaine Rehder managed the only three point goal for the Patriots, while Lapwai was netting seven of the long-range bombs.
This concludes action for the Summit girls until the end of the Christmas break when their first action will be North Idaho Christian at Hayden the first weekend in January, both jv and varsity girls, as well as the boys two teams participating!
Summit home basketball schedule
Thursday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m., PHS Gym
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., PHS Gym
Monday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m., PMS Gym