Patriots split District games
Traveling to Lewiston Saturday, Feb. 5 for their first ever game in the LCSC Activity Center, the Summit Patriot Ladies came away with a victory in their first round of the Division II action, easily routing the Timberline Spartans for the third time this season, 47-31.
Summit jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the game with all 5 starters scoring at least 2 points. They expanded the lead to 16-2 and led 20-5 by the end of the first quarter.
Summit scored the first 6 points of the second quarter and built their lead to 31-7 before going to the bench liberally as Timberline was able to end the half with a 2-8 run to make it 33-15 at the break.
Subs got a lot of playing time in the second half as the Patriots cruised to victory.
Savanah Prigge posted a double-double as she led the team in both scoring and rebounding with 15 and 13 respectively. 13 of her points came in the first half. Rachel Wemhoff added 12 points, 4 steals and 2 assists.
Jamie Chmelik was also in double figures with 10 points and had 2 steals and 3 assists. Nicole Frei and Brooke Schumacher scored 4 points each and Nicole Wemhoff scored 2.
Team rebounding wound up even for the game at 35-35. Summit forced 26 turnovers from the Spartans, 10 in the first quarter, while committing 19, with the bulk of those coming in the second half after the game had been well decided.
Summit was 20 for 47 from the field, 43%, and 7 for 18 at the line, 39%. Timberline was 10 for 41 from the field, 24%, and 9 for 18 at the line, 50%.
In second round action Monday, Feb. 7 at Nezperce, nothing went right for the local girls as Nezperce steadily pulled away during the game for a 54-43 win over the Patriots.
Shooting woes plagued the Patriots from the beginning as quarter scores indicate: 4-8 ending the first, very defensive period, then 13-18 going into the halftime break. The third period proved to be a disaster for Summit however as the Indians outscored them 9-18, giving the hosts a 22-36 lead at the three-quarter break, a lead built primarily on the hot hand of Michelle Seitz, who netted 29 points for the game with 9 coming from 3-pointers scored in the second half.
Summit rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Nezperce 21-18 as a suddenly hot Schumacher dropped in 12 points on consecutive shots after a scoreless first half. 6 of those points came on 3-pointers, which along with another dropped in by sub Rachael Frei in the fourth gave the Patriots a brief moment of hope, only to be dashed by Indian accuracy at the foul line where they hit 21 of 28 for the evening.
With no stats available other than scoring, the official record shows 12 for Jamie Chmelik in one of her best games of the year, 4 for Nicole Frei, 10 for Rachel Wemhoff, 2 for Nicole Wemhoff and 12 for Schumacher. Post Priggeís shots refused to fall all evening as she was shut out for the first time this season, Nezperce keying hard on her every possession.
The loss moves Summit into the loserís bracket, pairing them once again with the Spartans from Timberline Wednesday, Feb. 9, also at Nezperce at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will take on the host Indians again at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. A win Friday by the Wednesday sinner would force a final, winner-take-all championship on Saturday at 3 p.m, for the one spot to State delegated for District 2 this year.
Still convinced they can beat Nezperce, Summit must first take care of Timberline for the fourth time this Wednesday, a somewhat dangerous task for the local girls, as the Spartans have been playing better and more aggressively all along. (Late update-Summit beat Timberline Wednesday, Feb. 9 and will play Nezperce again Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Nezperce. If they win, they would play again Saturday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. Only the champion advances to State.)
Summit boys lose 3 games
Summit Academyís first full-time entry into the White Pine League continued to be a daunting task for the young and inexperienced Patriots as they dropped three more contest to league opponents, fixing their league record at 0-10, with one game remaining, this past Tuesday night against Deary at Highland.
Last Tuesday the Patriots traveled to CV where they put up a vigorous fight, but eventually fell 69-33 to the Rams. Quarter scores were 12-19, 24-46, and 30-59 with the final indicating fatigue playing as role as the game wore on.
Scoring and rebounding for the Patriots: Derek Nuxoll 7 and 6, Shane Stubbers 11 and 6, Dan Wemhoff 3 and 2, Austin Chmelik 2 and 3, David Waters, 5 and 6, Michael Waters 3 and 3 and Matthew Schwartz 2 and 3. The Patriots were only able to connect on 12 of 42 floor shots taken for a 29% average. Their free throws fell at a 55% rate, 6 of 11. Chmelik led in assists and steals with 3 each and had 1 block. The loss left Summit with an overall record of 2 and 15.
Two days later, hosting Nezperce at Highland, the local team suffered much the same results, falling 72-36 to their Division II opponents. The Patriots shot better in this game, 34% from the field and 83% from the line but still fell behind 8-20, 20-34 and 27-62 at the quarter breaks. 6 of the 7 members of the team scored with Nuxoll netting 4 points, Stubbers 6, Wemhoff 2, Chmelik 7, David Waters 8 and brother Michael Waters 9. Chmelik and Michael Waters gathered in 6 boards apiece with Nuxoll and Stubbers adding 5 each. Chmelik, David Waters and Michael Waters each contributed a 3-ball of 14 attempts taken.
Closing out a busy week, still at Highland Friday, the Patriots took on the host Huskies, still looking for their first division II league win. But it was not to be as the hosts pulled steadily ahead with quarter break scores of 10-17, 20-28 and 35-50 on their way to a 42-58 win. The loss leaves the Patriots in last place in Division II action meaning they will face league champion Nezperce in the first round of District which starts Feb. 21 at LCSC. Scoring and rebounding for the Patriots: Nuxoll 6 and 10, Stubbers 7 and 6, Wemhoff 0 and 1, Chmelik 10 and 3, David Waters 3 and 10, Michael Waters 12 and 1 and Schwartz 4 and 0. Stubbers led the theft stat with 5 with Chmelik adding 4 and Nuxoll had 3 assists to head up that department with Chmelik adding 2.
With the one Deary game remaining the young Patriots look forward to next year as they graduate no one, and their 3 juniors, two sophs and two frosh each move up a grade notch with incoming frosh destined to help the cause.
Boys District starts Feb. 21
Summit Academy will start their district action against #1 seeded Nezperce at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at the LCSC Activity Center. Highland and Timberline will play at 11 a.m.
The tournament moves to Nezperce High School the following night with a loser out game at 6 p.m. followed by a winnerís bracket game at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Feb. 24 the early game Tuesday survivor will play the late game loser at 7 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 25 the Thursday winner will play the late Tuesday winner at 7 p.m. If the unbeaten team wins the tournamentís over. If the loserís bracket survivor wins, a winner-take-all championship game will be played Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.
Only the championship team advances to State.
Summit Academy Basketball Schedule 2010-2011
Feb. 17-19-State 1-A Division II Tournament at Nampa High School
Feb. 21-Summit boys vs. Nezperce at District at LCSC, 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 22, 24, 25-Boys district continues