The Summit High School girls put together a 22-point fourth-quarter in Friday’s 6-AAA quarterfinal game at Cane Ridge High School and coasted to a 52-27 triumph over Antioch to capture the first region tournament win in the young program’s history.
“It means a lot,” Summit junior Zacharyia Esmon said. “We’ve been talking about that a lot at practice, and it has kind of helped motivate us throughout the whole year, making history and setting records for our school.”
“It’s a great thing, and it’s an even better thing to have it over with,” said Summit coach Josh Goodwin, who wasn’t exactly blown away by his squad’s performance on Friday.
“We have to understand that if we want to be a top team — a championship-caliber team — we can’t play quarters at a time, we have to play 32 minutes. We got away with it again tonight.”
Juniors Olivia Colson (12) and Ashton Arnold (11) also finished in double-figures for Summit, which will take on top-seeded Dickson County in Monday’s 6 p.m. semifinal at Cane Ridge. The Lady Cougars rolled past Glencliff 87-24 in the first of the four games played at Cane Ridge on Friday.
“If we decide to take a quarter off or a couple minutes off, (Dickson County) will make us pay and make us pay quickly,” Goodwin said.
The third-seeded Lady Spartans (16-13), led by Esmon’s game-high 14-points, held an 11-point halftime advantage, but midway through a quiet third quarter, No. 2 Antioch had clawed its way back, pulling to within 28-21 on Destiny Johnson’s free throw.
“We played a little man to man just to try to speed it up and get some steals,” said District 12-AAA Coach of the Year Antoine Buchanan. “It worked, we just couldn’t put the ball in the bucket and we gave up too many run-outs.
“Ultimately they just didn’t fall and the clock ran out on us.”
Senior Zykirria Washington finished with a team-high seven points for the Lady Bears (18-11), who failed to sink a 3-pointer in the defeat, while Areyanna Majors and Dominique Lee each contributed six.
“They actually got out of the zone, which helped us a lot,” Esmon said. “We got up the court and were able to get into transition really fast. We got a lot of buckets out of that.”
Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.