It was the first quarter and too many turnovers that cost the SMS Lady Hilltoppers today as they fell to Warren in the home gym. Warren came out firing and went up 10-2 by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Summit fought hard the rest of the game, keeping pace for the most part. Coach Welsh made some adjustments to the offense and attacked the rim the rest of the game, aggressively challenging the Warren defenders in the paint. The strategy worked, as Warren ended up committing 28 personal fouls the game, sending Summit to the double bonus in both halves. Summit was able to capitalize at the free throw line, though it was not enough.
The Hilltoppers also had some success pressing as the game went on, causing several turnovers that were able to go for scores. Annie McGovern was assigned Warren’s most dynamic player in the 2nd half and slowed the Warren offense. Charlotte Yarnall made 2 pretty assists to Mackenna Welsh for finishes in the 3rd quarter that pulled within 9 points of the lead, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Ultimately it was turnovers that cost them. Outside of that, they defended well and competed hard.
Yarnall led the team with 18 points and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Welsh contributed 6 points and 3 boards. Sabrina Casima and Jaina Shah each had 2 points.