boys win four of seven
Meeting much the same fate as the Summit girls, Summit's boys varsity found the Kendrick Tigers too hot to handle in the second half of their recent match with that team during the second day of Prairie Christmas Tourney action, falling 72 to 35 to the visitors.
Running up a quick nine to zero start against starting Tiger second stringers, the Patriots stayed close to the Kendrick starters for most of the first half, closing to only a three point deficit shortly before the break to close out first half activity down 20 to 29. Fatigue and turnovers took their toll on the local boys in the second half however, as the visitors ran up 23 points to Summit's nine to put the game away in the third quarter. Jacob Uhlenkott led the Summit effort with 14 points, David Spencer added 6, Dustin Lustig 5, Dylan Prigge 4, Chase Nuxoll 3, William Schlader 2, and Zach Frei 1.
But unlike the girls who overcame their Alaskan Sitka opponents during the first day's competition, the Patriot boys also found their first round opponents too much to handle, and dropped a 39 to 73 contest to the hot shooting visitors. Sitka shot 57% from the floor for the evening while Summit was struggling with only a 26% mark. Uhlenkott and Prigge led the Patriot scoring effort in this game with 10 and 9 respectively, Zach Frei adding 7, and five other teammates chipping in totals of 1 to 4.
The night before the tourney began, Summit traveled to Lapwai to take on the Wildcat jvs there, and came away with a relatively easy 55 to 41 win. Frei and Uhlenkott led the scoring in that game with 12 and 11, Spencer 9, Lustig and Schlader 7 each, and Chase Nuxoll 5, as all members of the nine member team saw lots of action.
Traveling back in time to the previous weekend, Summit took an ugly 36
to 21 win over New Meadows in their annual Kickoff tourney held there,
only to drop a hard fought 52 to 43 contest to an aggressive Wilder bunch
in the championship contest held the next night. Spencer with 21, Uhlenkott with 19, and Zach Frei with 14 led Patriot scorers during the two-day weekend, with all other members of the squad getting in the scoring act in at least one of the two games.
Back still further in games unreported because of unavailable stats, Summit also recorded an exciting 47 to 45 victory over the Salmon River Savages on their own floor, then prior to that won their first game of the year, and first in two years with an exciting come-from-behind victory over North Idaho Christian 44 to 41. Summit jvs also got into the winning mode that evening with an easy 60 to 37 win over their opponents.
The two weeks activity leaves the boys with a 4 - 4 mark going into the Culdesac tourney during the Christmas break, with a match the first evening also with the Timberline Spartans, game set on Dec. 29 at Culdesac. Winners of the first night's action will meet for the championship Saturday, Dec. 30.
Summit girls win 5 of 6
With individual games unavailable, Summit Academy's varsity girls basketball team saw their undefeated string stretched to five more games before being soundly brought back to earth last Saturday with a 56 to 28 loss to Kendrick during the second day of Prairie's annual Christmas tourney.
The Patriots simply could not get untracked against the Tigers, as they struggled throughout to neutralize Kendrick's full court defense. Poor shooting also added to the Summit woes, as only 10 of 42 Patriot attempts at goal fell through the net, while the free throw opportunities also ended a poor 5 for 13. Alexa Prigge was held to nine points by an aggressive and large Tiger backcourt, with Cori Wemhoff being able to add only 7, Emily Rehder 6, and two each from Alyssa and Kim Frei and Jacquie Lustig. The loss was the first of the season for the Patriots and left them 8 and 1 for the year.
In Friday night's tourney prelim, the Patriots took it hard to visiting Sitka of Alaska, as the locals turned up the pressure and closed out the game on the long end of a 46 to 28 score. Prigge and Wemhoff led scorers in this contest, Prigge netting 25 and Wemhoff 13, added by single goals and free throws from other teammates.
Earlier action for the lady Patriots included wins of 36 to 31 for the second time over the Kub ladies from Kamiah, with the local jvs losing this time to their opponents 45 to 25. Back still a ways, the varsity recorded victories over Salmon River 70 to 22, North Idaho Christian from Hayden, Idaho 59 to 19, and an easy 53 to 18 win over an outclassed Eagle team from Pullman Christian.
Next action for the Patriots after an away match at Nezperce Tuesday, will be during the Christmas break where both they and the boys team will take on the Timberline Spartans in the first round of Culdesac's Christmas break tourney. Dates for those games - Dec. 29 and 30.
Summit Jr. High ends season
Summit Academy's junior high basketball team closed out their season with a strange one point ball game traveling to Orofino last week for the final scheduled game of the season.
Strange, because clock problems during the fourth quarter, first it would not stop, then it would not start, finally it started the horn blowing in a non-stop blare, forced clock officials to pull the plug and end the game with no clock, 24 seconds on the official's watch, and Summit down by a scant one point, 25 to 26, with the Patriots having possession on the ensuing throw in. With action continuing, Orofino pressing hard, Summit's Derik Nuxoll drilled his only field goal of the evening with about 10 seconds to go, to give the Patriots a 27 to 26 lead. Game over 10 seconds later, with Summit cheering wildly the last second win! But the Orofino girl keeping stats then claimed a second field goal had been scored earlier in the quarter, but never had been put on the clock, thus claiming an Orofino win. Wow! What a way to end the season!
Earlier, the Patriots had their game with Highland canceled because of snow and wind conditions, but did make it to Lapwai for their second to last game of the season, where they battled the Wildcats there throughout the evening, but finally dropped a 37 to 32 struggle to the host team. David Johnson led all Patriot scorers over the two contest sessions, totaling 29 against Lapwai, and 17 against Orofino.
The final two weeks action left both the Summit "B" and "A" junior high teams with a 2 win and 6 loss season, remarkable in that both games each evening were played by 10 players only, with only Johnson and Patrick Gallaher being 8th graders, Derek Nuxoll, Josh Schlader, Michael Rehder, and Austin Chmelik being the only seventh graders, Shane Stubbers and Dan Wemhoff, 6th grade, and Matthew Schwartz and Stephen Gallaher, 5th grade, rounding out the 10-player team.
Highlighting the season for the young Patriot team was their opening win over Grangeville 8th by a score of 27 to 18, and their closing match with Orofino. In between, the Patriots played close games, though losses, with CV, Prairie, and Lapwai, while losing big to Kamiah and Timberline.
Summit's "B" squad recorded its two victories over Timberline and Orofino, by scores of 25 to 23 and 27 to 16.
Future action includes year end tourneys in the area, and the annual Hallisey tourney in Boise, sponsored each year by the Diocese.
SUMMIT BOYS BASKETBALL
9-at Salmon River, V only 7:30
12-at NICS JV at 6, V to follow
13-at Logos, JV at 6, V to follow
15-Lapwai here, JV-V
23-Pullman Christian, here, JV-V
31-at Highland, JV-V
SUMMIT GIRLS BASKETBALL
9-at Salmon River, V only, 6 p.m.
12-at NICS, JV 3, V to follow
13-at Logos, JV at 2, V to follow
16-at Timberline, JV at 6, V to follow
23-Pullman Christian here, V only