Summit looking at top-seed game

02/03/2014 3:57 PM

02/03/2014 3:58 PM

As the Summit girls basketball team picked up two wins last week, it gave the Lady Jaguars a 12-1 record a share of the district lead heading into the final regular season game in District 15-4A.

The 50-33 win over Seguin a week ago pushed Summit into a share of the top spot, redeeming their earlier loss to Sequin. Seguin ended the regular season with Legacy.

Tuesday’s finale results with Ennis were unavailable at the press deadline but can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

If the favorites hold serve in their final games, Summit head coach Tammy Lusinger said there would be a seeding game between the co-champions on Friday at neutral site to be determined on Wednesday.

“The game wouldn’t make us an outright champion, but we’d have the bragging rights,” Lusinger said.

Bragging rights are nice, but the top seed heading into next week’s first round of the playoffs may be more appreciated in the long run.

“Having the first place seed will give us a more favorable draw,” Lusinger said, stating that they would match up with either Jacksonville or Linville in the first round.

Many see the surge of Summit to the top as a surprise, given Seguin’s strong start. But, the improvement in Summit’s play down the stretch – including the 50-33 win over Seguin – signaled the return to the top.

“We weren’t surprised,” Lusinger said of the first-place finish. “We just played poor in the fourth quarter (of the first Seguin game). In the second round of our district games, we extended the point spread and they (Seguin) didn’t.”

Summit registered wins over Lake Ridge, 57-42 and Red Oak, 64-43 last week to set up the final win needed to complete the district slate.

Lake Ridge picked off Lancaster after the Summit loss. In the 39-31 win, the Lady Eagles’ Kristian DeWitt scored 14 points while Kylie Collins had 10.

The Lady Eagles are clinging to fourth place and the final playoff spot at 6-7, with Legacy just a game back at 5-8. Lake Ridge was finishing Tuesday by hosting Waxahachie. The first meeting between the two teams was a narrow 33-30 Lake Ridge win.

Legacy would need an upset over Seguin and a Lake Ridge loss to force a play-in game.

Timberview has locked up a playoff spot in District 7-5A, finishing in second place behind unbeaten Duncanville. The Lady Wolves’ 11-2 record was two games ahead of DeSoto with the final Tuesday game to be with Cedar Hill.

The Lady Wolves picked up a win over DeSoto last week in a decisive 51-34 game and then beat South Grand Prairie on Friday, 45-37.

Dayo Olabode, Terriell Bradley and JaLea Bennett continue to be the offensive leaders for Timberview heading into the final regular season week.

Mansfield, 3-10 in the district, was to play its final game of the season Tuesday against Grand Prairie. The Lady Tigers did pick up a win over Midlothian last Tuesday in a 53-44 game. Chennedy Carter led all scorers with 22 points for Mansfield. Ki’Asha Harris added 12 points for the Lady Tigers.

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