FRANKLIN – Friday night, the Summit Spartans (9-11, 7-8) defeated District 11-AAA rival Page (10-16, 6-10) 53-40 to clinch the No. 4 seed in the upcoming district tournament.
The game started off slow as both teams struggled to finish possessions, only tallying 6 points each in the opening quarter.
Both teams began to find a rhythm in the second quarter as the Patriots started on a 6-0 run, but the Spartans responded with three 3-pointers in the quarter giving them a 21-18 lead at the half.
Coming out of the break, the Spartans were red-hot shooting the ball, going 5 of 5 from behind the arch in the third, propelling them to a 40-27 lead going into the final quarter.
“Making shoots obviously makes things a lot easier,” Summit coach Josh Goodwin said. “The thing I was most proud of was when they made the five 3s our bench was excited, but nothing on the floor changed. They did a great job of making plays, but also staying in the moment and understanding that doesn’t win you a game, it just won you those couple of minutes.”
In the final quarter, the Patriots began to fight their way back into the game, cutting the Spartans’ lead to six. The late-game push from the Patriots would not be enough as the Spartans closed out the game making 11 of 16 free throws giving them the 53-40 victory.
“We’ve been through a lot of battles with single digit losses where we missed double digit free throws,” Goodwin said. “We’re starting to see those baby steps that were taken over the past couple of months turn into something larger. It was good to see the confidence and see them finish and take care of a lead.”
Summit’s Tristian Conger led all scorers with 14. Teammate Konata Werts added 12 for the Spartans. Page’s Nate Hollman scored 13 for the Patriots.
Summit will play Dickson County Tuesday night to determine where the District 11-AAA tournament matchup between the two teams will be held.
“I love where we are mentally,” Goodwin added. “I like the way we’re playing, we’ve been through enough wars where we haven’t blown people out and people haven’t blown us out to where we know what it takes to battle every night so we won’t get emotionally drained if we get in close games on consecutive nights.”
Page 54, Summit 40 (girls)
Beginning the game on a 7-2 run, the Page Lady Patriots 26-3 (15-1) never trailed in the contest Friday night against the Summit Lady Spartans 13-9 (9-6).
Throughout the first quarter, the Lady Spartans were able to keep the game within reach only trailing 18-14 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Lady Patriots were able to extend their lead to 32-20 before the half as their defense only allowed six points in the quarter.
The Lady Spartans would not go quietly, starting the third quarter on 7-2 run and cut the Lady Patriots lead to 37-32 going into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Patriots began the quarter on a 10-0 run and never looked back outscoring Summit 17-8 in the quarter lifting them to the 54-40 win.
Page’s Delaney Noe led all scorers with 16 points and teammates Faith Wilken (15), Lili Wilken (11), were also in double figures.
Taylor Penning led Summit with 12 points in the contest and Claudette Runk added 10.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Page (54):Delaney Noe 16, Faith Wilken 15, Lili Wilken 11, Olivia Haymon 6, Olivia Wilson 4, McKenzie Cochran 2
Summit (40):Taylor Penning 12, Claudette Runk 10, Emma Bratton 6, Marli Andersen 5, Cydney Wright 5, Taylor Limprevil 2
BOYS BOX SCORE
Summit (53): Tristian Conger 14, Konata Werts 12, Keaton Wade 7, Destin Wade 7, James Werts 6, Jonathan Myers 3, Tre Hunter 3, Caleb Jolley 1
Page (40): Nate Hollmann 13, Jacob Oldham 8, Ben Cyphers 6, Blaine Borrow 5, Thomas Seaman 3, Mason Allen 3, Brady Andrews 2