North Summit boys’ basketball wins final game of season
On Thursday, both the South Summit and North Summit boys’ basketball teams lost in overtime in the quarterfinals of the 2A playoffs. That set up a game between the rival schools with a trip to the fifth-place game on the line.
Not surprisingly, both teams came out slow the day after disappointing losses. By halftime, the Wildcats had only scored seven points (including just a single point in the second quarter) and trailed the Braves 15-7.
Fortunately for the fans in attendance, the second half featured much better basketball. The Wildcats drew closer, but ultimately couldn’t overcome the first-half deficit, falling to North Summit 39-32.
Junior Calvin Hunsaker led North Summit with 10 points while senior Eric Wayment added eight points and nine rebounds. Senior Mason Richins had seven points and 12 rebounds and Curtis Calderwood (five points), Braden Richins (four), Braxten Northrup (three) and Tyler Coleman (two) also contributed offensively.
South Summit’s Tanner Anderson led all scorers with 13 points.
After ending South Summit’s season, the Braves returned to the court on Saturday against Waterford in the 2A fifth-place game. North Summit hung tough in the first half and then used a big third quarter in which it outscored Waterford 17-11 to claim a 54-50 win.
Seniors Wayment and Mason Richins had big days in their last game for North Summit, each recording a double-double. Wayment led the Braves with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Richins added 17 points and 12 boards. Coleman (six points), Calderwood (five) and Hunsaker (two) also contributed in the victory.
North Summit finished the season with an overall record of 17-10.
North Summit girls take fourth
Tied at 33 at halftime against Delta in the 2A semifinals on Friday, the North Summit girls’ basketball team felt like it was in a good place heading into the second half. However, the girls weren’t taking Delta lightly.
"Delta’s a very good team," North Summit Coach Jerre Holmes said in a previous interview with The Park Record. "They’re the defending state champs and they know how to win."
Delta proved it knew how to win, outscoring North Summit 12-6 in a critical fourth quarter to scrape by with a 52-46 victory. With the loss, the Braves fell to the third-place game and Delta went on to win its second-straight title.
Brena Richins scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals to lead North Summit. Ashlin Blonquist scored nine points and had six boards and Madi Birk also scored nine in the loss.
In Saturday’s third-place matchup against Summit Academy, the Braves jumped out to a 21-15 halftime lead. Again, though, they couldn’t hold up in the second half.
The Bears outscored the Braves 16-8 in the final quarter to earn a 45-40 victory.
Richins again paced the Braves, this time with 21 points. Blonquist added nine points and seven rebounds, Elise Richins scored seven points and Birk added three.
North Summit finished the 2015-16 season with an overall record of 16-10.
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The Wildcats trailed at halftime, but 30 unanswered points gave South Summit a 42-27 win over Emery.