Jr. High girls were 4-0 last week
Junior high girlís basketball provided some of the seasonís most tense moments at Summit Academy last week, as the local girls traveled first to Grangeville and then to Clearwater Valley for pairs of games at each location.
Tuesday, the Patriots traveled to Grangeville, where their squad of eight sixth and seventh graders took on the Bulldog 7th, and found themselves in a thriller, falling behind 7-8 at the end of a low scoring half, and dropping back three shortly before the gameís end. But a pair of clutch free throws, and a timely basket off of an out of bounds play in the last few seconds put the Patriots in front 22-21 as the final buzzer sounded, keeping their undefeated record intact.
In the final that evening, Summitís four eighth graders took the floor. And with the help of their 7th grade teammates, managed a hard-fought victory over the Bulldogs, prevailing at the end 19-12, the margin of victory coming in the second half, as the half time score in this event was tied at the time.
Thursday, at Clearwater Valley, much the same action took place, as the preliminary game resulted in win number four for the local Patriots. This game a nailbiter throughout, as no team gained more than a two-point margin during the four quarters, with a dead heat 20-29 score at the end of regulation. Overtime one proved to be the same, again ending tied at 24 to 24. But the Patriots managed a couple of key baskets in the second overtime to pull out the 28-26 win at the end, raising their season record to 4-0.
Thursdayís second matchup, again involving Summitís eight and some seventh graders, was a struggle throughout, with Summit down 5-6 during a very defensive and low scoring first half. But with a continued stingy defense, tough rebounding, and one short scoring burst in the fourth quarter, the Patriots pulled away to record their third victory for the season, 18-12, leaving them 3 and 1 for the year. Next action for the Patriots is at Kamiah, then a day off, with Orofino, Prairie, Asotin, and a return match with Lewis County on the upcoming schedule, the L-C rematch a repeat of the seasonís first game, Summitís only loss.