Mansfield Sports

Summit offense already in high gear

In just the first three games of the season, Summit’s girls basketball team has seemingly figured out its offensive rhythm.

Off to a 3-0 start through last weekend, the Lady Jaguars have already averaged 65 points per game and have hit 79 in their highest scoring game.

And for head coach Tammy Lusinger, they are doing it with the help of four returning starters, although that number has now dipped to three.

Point guard Nia Jackson was injured the day before the first game and is now out for the season.

“We were anticipating to have a good start,” Lusinger said. Summit was hosting Colleyville Heritage on Tuesday after the press deadline, but results can be found at

Summit returns a total of nine players and will need the experience as it ratchets up the competition level this weekend. The Lady Jags will enter the McDonald’s Invitational in Houston and will be joined by some of the better teams in the state.

First up at the tourney is The Woodlands and then Manville, which boasts one of the best players in the state. At last year’s tournament, Summit went 1-4.

“Although we didn’t return any starters, we expect to better than last year’s 25-14,” Lusinger said. “That was the most games we ever lost (in a season). Our goal is to do much better.”

With the initial success, Lusinger said the team is hoping to build on it.

The offensive success, said Lusinger, is “mainly because of what the defenses afford us. We’re still a work in progress. We need to figure out things that will benefit our players.”

Summit’s defense is doing well enough to please Lusinger thus far and she’s encouraged and pleased with the effort. “But we still are looking to shore up some things.

“We have experience now and the kids have really stepped up,” Lusinger added. “We keep trying to improve every day.”

Summit will play in the Cowtown Classic after Thanksgiving and then open district play on Dec. 10. The Lady Jaguars will play in a total of three tournaments and, due to new UIL standards, will drop two regular-season games on the schedule.

•  Lake Ridge has also played three games so far but is 1-2. The win came in the opener as the Lady Eagles whipped Mansfield, 63-37. They were at Aledo on Tuesday and will host Trimble Tech on Tuesday Nov. 26 following tournament play over the weekend.

•  Legacy has two tournaments under its belt and has registered a 7-3 mark. The Lady Broncos went 4-1 at the Lady Spartan Classic at Burleson Centennial. They were at Burleson on Tuesday and will be back at home next Tuesday to host Paschal.

•  Timberview is also off to a strong 8-3 start. The Lady Wolves took second place at the Frisco Tip Off Classic. They dropped the final game to Flower Mound Marcus, 49-41. Terriell Bradley, JaLea Bennett and Dayo Olabode have been solid point-scorers for the Lady Wolves. They’ll host Dallas Skyline on Nov. 25 before playing at Summit on Dec. 3.

•  Mansfield is slow to start also, at 0-4. The Lady Tigers will be in action at home on Nov. 25 against Arlington Lamar after having played at Granbury on Tuesday.