Jr. High girls are 3 and 1
Junior High girls basketball for Summit Academy started with a bang last week, as two teams of Patriots traveled to Nezperce on Tuesday, then Timberline on Thursday, and emerged from the contests with two seventh grade victories, and a one win, one loss record in the eighth grade division.
At Nezperce Tuesday, the preliminary resulted in an easy 35 to 4 victory for the Patriots with seven of the eight girls on the floor hitting for at least two points, while a very aggressive defense kept the host of Lewis County Eagles off balance the entire game. Sixth graders Megan Seubert and Kayla Schumacher joined their seventh grade teammates Kayla Schumacher joined their seventh grade teammates Kayla Duclos, Nicole Wemhoff, Sarah Chmelik, Megan Rehder, Abbie Chmelik, Rachael Frei and Sarah Kuther in recording their first victory of the new season.
The second game following, with Summit 8th graders Julia Osborne, Tanna Schlader, Brooke Schumacher and Cassidy Stubbers helped out by their seventh grade teammates, battled the Eagles to an 11 to 11 tie at halftime, only to go stone cold from the field and the charity line to drop their contest to their hosts 13-22. The Patriots converted only 1 of 17 free throws in the contest and despite launching shot after shot from the field, managed only one field goal by Schlader in the entire second half. Traveling to Timberline Thursday, the early game was a near repeat of their earlier session, as the local Summit girls roared out to a 25 to 8 lead at halftime and a 39-16 final score to record their second straight victory in the young season. Seven of the nine girls suited up scored during the contest, and all played very aggressively on defense. In the eight grade game following, Summit’s seventh and eight graders also moved out to a 16 to 8 halftime lead, then finished off their hosts by a final score of 33 to 18 to record their first win of the season. Both teams will tackle Grangeville’s Bulldogs on Tuesday, and CV on Thursday, both away.
Patriots now 1 and 3 in league play
Summit’s young Patriots, still playing with a reduced roster, dropped two more games this past week, with second round losses to Timberline and Nezperce, Timberline a home match and Nezperce on their home court. Hosting Timberline Thursday evening, Summit moved out to an early lead in game one, but gradually fell behind and found themselves at the end on the short side of a 21 to 25 score. Game two proved to be even more of a problem, as service errors, and strong net play by the Spartans resulted in a 12 to 25 loss hung on the patriots. Game three and the match also went Timberline’s way, as the visitors took a 25-18 victory sweep the match, and leave the local team with a 1 and 6 record for the season. At Nezperce Monday night, the Patriots fared no better, as all three games went Nezperce’s way, by scores of 14-25, 16-25, and the final 17-25. The loss was the third in Whitepine Division II play, and left their league record at 1 and 3 with two final league games on the schedule, Highland here on October 2nd, and Culdesac here on the 8th. Results in those two games will determine seeding for the three teams in the upcoming district tourney, as Nezperce has already secured the number one seed. JV action both nights resulted in much the same as Summit dropped both preliminary games in two, losing 10-25 and 19-25 against Timberline and 8-25 and 13-25 against Nezperce. Summit is still not at full strength, as starting setter Margaret Yalbuw, recovering from a foot injury, missed both the Timberline and Nezperce games, while frosh starter Savannah Prigge returned only in the Nezperce game, missing the three previous games in attendance at an out-of-state family function.