LANCASTER — Mansfield Summit completed a district sweep of Lancaster by taking down the Tigers for the second time this season, 63-37 on Friday night.
Summit succeeded in typical fashion, pushing the tempo on offense to create easy scoring chances in transition.
Coming out of halftime ahead 28-23, Summit (16-7, 7-1 in District 15-4A) picked up the pressure in its full-court press, forcing a series of turnovers that plagued Lancaster (11-9, 4-4 in District 15-4A) for the remainder of the game.
The key to the pressure was increased physical play by Summit, head coach Tammy Lusinger said.
“I think in the second half, our full-court pressure really got after them and we got a lot tougher,” she said. “We talked about being physical against them because they are really physical and that’s not always one of our strengths, but I thought we were extremely physical in the second half.”
Along those same lines, the referees called a much tighter game this time, which gave a slight advantage to Summit.
Freshman point guard Amber Dixon led Summit in scoring with 12 points.
Summit’s success in the transition game opened the floor for junior point guard Taylor Jones to hand out assists in the second half of the game.
“We haven’t been able to get out into open space like that and get some 2-on-1s. We’ve been working a lot in practice on 2-on-1s,” Lusinger said.
A hot shooting touch off the hand of Lancaster’s Aries Cook kept her team in the game in the first half. Cook hit two 3-pointers in the first half and one in the third quarter, leading to a team-high 11 points.
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