Summit takes shot at share of district lead

01/20/2014 11:35 AM

01/20/2014 11:37 AM

The goal for Summit’s girls basketball team heading through the second round of district opponents is to go 7-0.

This Friday will be the biggest test in achieving that goal when they host Arlington Seguin, the undefeated district leader.

For the Lady Jaguars, 8-1 heading into their Tuesday game with Waxahachie, it was difficult to not know the game looms at the end of the week, in spite of head coach Tammy Lusinger keeping the focus on the next opponent.

As much as the proverbial “one game at a time” philosophy is preached in the Summit camp, Lusinger said a comment came up in a weekend workout about Seguin.

“I just redirected,” Lusinger said.

As of late, Lusinger and Summit don’t have a lot to apologize for.

“We’re playing a lot better and I’m satisfied with that,” Lusinger said. “We need to focus on playing better defense, but I’m hoping to get past Waxahachie and to play well on Friday.”

Granted, playing well the rest of the way is likely all the Lady Jaguars will need to guarantee a playoff appearance, but Summit would love nothing better than to achieve that 7-0 goal.

Moving forward, though, Lusinger said this time of the season normally means additional concentration on the offensive game, but this year’s squad is spending more time lately on defense.

“Mainly, our full-court defense and rebounding is our focus,” she said. “Early on, we weren’t playing very good position on defense. If we can strengthen our defense, it’s better for our transition game.”

Offensively, Stylz Sanders and Keanna Kelly are averaging double-digit performances which have helped build a foundation for Summit’s scoring.

But, with injuries, freshman Amber Dixon has helped take some of the scoring pressure off Sanders and Kelly and is making a name for herself along the way.

“Amber has been thrown into the fire and she played well on Friday,” Lusinger said. Dixon scored 12 points in a lopsided 63-37 win over Lancaster.

“We’re not so much focused on our opponents, but more on what we are doing,” Lusinger said. Lusinger said she knows that soon that focus will be on the playoffs and that defense is critical once the playoffs begin.

•  Timberview is another team that can soon begin to think about playoff preparations.

The Lady Wolves are 7-2 in District 7-5A after dropping the second loss to leader and undefeated Duncanville on Friday. Timberview stayed even with the Pantherettes through the first period before the strength and quickness of Duncanville slowly took over. Early in the opening period, the Lady Wolves held an 11-3 edge over Duncanville. The loss ruined an otherwise stellar performance by Timberview’s Terriell Bradley, who scored 30 points.

Timberview was to play host to Grand Prairie on Tuesday and then play Mansfield on Friday. Mansfield, 2-7, was at South Grand Prairie on Tuesday.

•  Back in District 15-4A, Lake Ridge took matters into its own hands last Friday by beating Legacy, 53-46 and boosting its mark to 4-5 and into a fourth-place tie with Lancaster. Legacy had won the first matchup earlier in the season.

The Lady Eagles can strengthen their playoff chances with a win as they played third place Red Oak on Tuesday after the press deadline. Results can be found at Friday, Lake Ridge travels to Ennis.

•  Legacy, now at 3-6, will battle Lancaster and Red Oak this week, hoping to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.

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