edged in tourney final
Summit boys used a relatively easy win over Highland of Craigmont last Friday to move into the championship round of the Culdesac Christmas tourney, but were edged out at the end in a very defensive battle by the undefeated Asotin Panthers 43-38. The Panthers, an earlier 104-27 victor over the same Highland team, and the Patriots from Summit found the offense tough going, as each team was able to score only four points in the first quarter, with Summit easing out to a low scoring lead of 13 to 12 at the half. Asotin moved out front in the third, with a 20-point burst built around two threes to take a 32 to 29 lead at the three-quarter break. Down as much as nine half way through the fourth, the Patriots rallied to tie the score at 38-38 with 8 seconds to go. Joseph Lustig calmly sinking two critical free throws at the time to knot the score. But Heitsuman of Asotin promptly netted a three from the corner, then added two free throws with a second left to down Summit, leaving the Cottonwood team with a 6-4 season record and the runnerup trophy for their effort. David Johnson with 11 and Josh Frei with ten led the Summit effort, with Chase Nuxoll and Dylan Prigge adding six each, Dustin Lustig two, and Joseph Lustig 3, including the two late which tied the game.
In earlier games the previous week, the Patriots handed Timberline its first loss of the year with a tense 57 to 55 win over the Spartans, Prigge leading the way in that one with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Johnson added 12, and the Lustigs, Dustin and Joseph netted 9 and 8 respectively.
On the girls side, Summit ladies suffered their first loss of the season, falling 61 to 43 in the first session of the Culdesac tourney. A rash of turnovers, and a poor 19 of 55 shots falling for the Patriots sealed their loss, many of the misses rolling off again and again from the rim. Rachel Wemhoff with 14 was the only Patriot in double figures, with Jamie Chmelik’s 9 and Tara Stubbers 6 the next best contributors in the contest with Asotin who went on the next day to capture the tourney title. The game was close through three quarters, but a hot Panther team netted three treys along with four two two’s to pull away with a 22 point to seal the victory.
The Patriots got back on the winning side in the game for 3rd and 4th the next day, taking a relatively easy 42 to 22 win over the host Culdesac wolves. Savannah Kuther off the bench led all scorers with 13, and was aided in double figures by Wemhoff’s 11. The win raised the Summit ladies record to 9 – 1 for the season, with the only action remaining for both Summit teams being the CV Christmas tourney Dec. 28 and 29.
Prior to the weekend games at Culdesac, Summit had posted a 42 to 17 win over Salmon River, and before that had earned a second hard-fought win over Timberline 45 to 41.
30-CV Tourney continues, TBA
8-at Pullman Christian, Girls/Boys, 5/6:30 p.m., V only
15-vs. Culdesac, @PES, Girls/Boys, 6/7:30 p.m., V only
16-at Nezperce, Boys, JV/V, 6/7:30 p.m.
17-vs Deary, @PHS, Girls, JV only, 6 p.m.
20-at Culdesac, Girls/Boys, 6/7:30 p.m., V Only
24-at Meadows Valley, Girls/Boys, GJV 1:30; BJV, 3; GV, 4:30; BV, 6 p.m.
27-vs. Salmon River, @PES, Girls/Boys, V only, 6/7:30 p.m.
30-at Nezperce vs. Lewis County, Girls, JV/V, 6/7:30 p.m.
Girls District Feb. 9-17
Girls State Feb. 19-21
Boys District Feb. 14-21
Boys State March 5-7