No. 7 Glenwood girls hold off Summit |

No. 7 Glenwood girls hold off Summit

Bryce Evans
Summit Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

FARMER’S KORNER, Colorado ” In a tight, defensive struggle, the Summit High girls basketball team dropped its season opener at home to No. 7 Glenwood Springs, 41-35.

Though the Tigers held the lead for the majority of the game, they couldn’t seem to find an answer for Glenwood sophomore Kenzie Kuhn in the fourth quarter. Kuhn scored eight of her team’s final 14 points, including two free throws in the last minute to put the game out of reach.

“We’ve put lot of weight on her shoulders,” Glenwood head coach Bryan Derby said of the underclassman. “We just look for someone to step up every night, and she did for us tonight.”

In the losing effort, Summit senior Alyssa Tallmadge scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting and hit three 3-point field goals.

Summit took the lead on its opening possession, when Tallmadge banked in a turnaround jumper from the lane.

Tallmadge continued to carry the Tigers early, scoring 10 of the team’s 12 first-quarter points.

“We wanted to start with a fire, and … we were on it,” Tallmadge said.

But Glenwood stayed close, pushing the Tigers to the perimeter with a strong zone defense, and cut the lead to 17-16 at halftime.

Tallmadge had all but four of her team’s points through two quarters.

“It definitely kept us in it early,” SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said of his senior’s hot shooting.

Glenwood came out strong to start the third quarter, as senior Katrina Selsor cashed in on a three-point play on her team’s first possession.

Summit junior Jeana Holman nailed a 3-pointer with under one minute in the quarter, before Kuhn hit a buzzer shot from the baseline to give Glenwood a 27-24 lead heading into the fourth.

The Tigers were able to briefly gain the lead at 31-30 with 4 minutes, 50 seconds to play on a pair of Holman free throws, but when Kuhn hit a 3-pointer a moment later, Glenwood was on its way to victory.

Despite the loss, Hollingsworth was relatively pleased with his team’s early-season play.

“(Glenwood is) the seventh-ranked team in the state, and we played well enough to stay with them,” he said.

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