Summit Charter School took the Tri-State Conference Tournament Championship for the third year in a row on Saturday in Highlands against Tallualah Falls with a final of 34-19. The undefeated Lady Bears came out determined to maintain the title and Head Coach Kaylee O’Dwyer said they worked hard for the victory.
“They showed a lot of heart out there,” said O’Dwyer. “I knew it was going to be a hard game, but they came out and got the job done. This was hands down the toughest game all season.”
Assistant Coach Jeremy Robinson said Summit has maintained their intensity throughout the season.
“They set the standard, and now they’re going to work hard to match that,” said Robinson.
He added that Summit defeated Highlands in the semifinal, but it was no easy feat.
“Highlands has definitely improved,” said Robinson. “The first quarter was close, and the girls had to play tough to get through.”
Summit Adisyn Westendorf said Tallulah played a good game and Summit had to step it up.
“I think we did very well,” said Westendorf. “We started off slow and then gained momentum. But I think our offense should have picked up quicker.”
Summit Ezra Branham said taking the championship for a third year is a great accomplishment but said they had too many fouls, needed to move their feet more, and run the press better.
“It feels really good,” said Branham. “We didn’t do the best in the first half, but in the second we settled down and ran our plays right. Then it started getting good.”
Highlands School hosted the tournament because Summit’s new gym is still undergoing construction and is expected to open within a couple of weeks.
“We thank Highlands for hosting this because of our construction on the new gym,” said Robinson. “We were looking for a place to host it and Highlands was nice enough to let us play here.”
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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