girls split, boys drop 2 at Orofino
Participating in last week's first Orofino invitational Christmas tournament, Summit girls bowed in the first game to host Orofino, but held on in a squeaker to take third place with a win over Asotin. The Patriot boys put up their best two games of the season so far, but fell behind both games in the second half to drop contests to Orofino and Prairie High.
In the opener for the girls, the lady Patriots moved out to a 7 to 6 first quarter lead, but then suffered throughout the remainder of the game from turnovers and missed field goal attempts to drop further and further behind in the last three quarters, suffering their worst but only second defeat of the season to host Orofino, by a score of 51 to 36. Scoring as usual was spread throughout as follows: Lauren Wemhoff - 4, Cori Wemhoff - 10, Alyssa Frei - 2, Alexa Prigge - 8, Amber Nuxoll- 5, Emily Rehder - 5, and Jacquie Lustig - 2. Kelli Shears and Jeanne Goeckner also saw action in the game, but were unable to connect for any points.
In the battle for third place, the local Patriots moved out to a ten point lead a few minutes into the third quarter, but then had to hang on desperately, as the Asotin gals stepped up their defensive pressure and started inching back into the game, trailing only 30 to 24 at the end of the third quarter, then actually pulling into a 37 to 37 tie towards the end of the game. The Patriots were unable to net a field goal during that last quarter, but 11 for 14 shooting at the free throw line was just sufficient to build the final winning score of 41 to 39. Scoring again were five of the Summit ladies, with Prigge having the hot hand with 23, starting post girl Emily Rehder unable to make the game because of sickness putting additional pressure on her. Lauren Wemhoff also contributed with 4 points, Cori Wemhoff with 7, Alyssa Frei with 2, and Amber Nuxoll with 5, while pulling down five boards along with Jeannie Wimer doing the same. Prigge led all players on the boards with 10.
On the boys side of the tourney, the local Patriots played the best game of their young season, hanging tough against host Orofino, undefeated at the time, but falling in the end to turnovers and fatigue, with a final score of 42 to 24. The Summit defense gave the Orofino squad fits all evening, but unforced turnovers by Summit's young starters provided sufficient easy baskets for the hosts to enable them to pull away slowly throughout the game. Summit's inability to net several fast break layups contributed to their low offensive output, as they were able to draw net on only 8 of 35 shots taken. Brandon Rehder led all Summit scorers with 8, with Chris Hattrup adding 7, David Spencer 6, Zach Frei -2, and Jacob Uhlenkott - 1.
In the battle for third the next night, the Patriots found themselves matched up with their friends from Prairie, and for one half stayed with the Pirates basket for basket, actually leading 15 ato 12 at the quarter break, and behind only 22 -23 at halftime. The second half again proved to be the downfall of the Patriots, as occasional turnovers, and defensive lapses allowed the Pirates from Prairie to take a 36 to 28 third quarter lead, then building 011 that with the same defensive pressure and Patriot miscues, pulling out to a 56 to 42 win at the end. Scoring for the Patiots: Jacob Uhlenkott - 6, David Spencer - 9, Zach Frei - 5, Stephen Spencer - 4, Chris Hattrup - 12, Brandon Rehder - 3, and Justin Stubbers – 3. On the Pirate side, Corey Schaeffer netted 21, Mat Forsmann – 14 including two critical threes in the fourth allowing the Pirates to move on ahead, Seth Crane – 13, and four each from Ryan Daly and JD Riener.
Summit Academy basketball schedule
7-Girls and Boys V & JV at Logos, 2 p.m.
13-Boys V/JV vs. Pullman Christian, 5 p.m., PMS gym
16-Girls Varsity at Nezperce, 7 p.m.
17-Girls and Boys Varsity at Salmon River, 6 & 7:30 p.m.
28-Boys V/JV and Girls Varsity vs. Nezperce at PMS
7-Boys V/JV at Pullman Christian, 5 p.m.
14-Boys V/JV at Nezperce
Games in red are home games