SISTERS — With every shot Sarah Heinly takes, as Summit coach Ryan Cruz will tell you, she knows it is going in.
Tuesday night was no different for the Storm sophomore.
Heinly not only racked up eight 3-pointers but she totaled 35 points to go along with five steals to lead Summit to a 72-47 nonconference girls basketball win over Sisters.
“I was not expecting that from myself,” Heinly said. “I just knew what I needed to do to get the win for my team. We knew Sisters was going to come out fighting and I was really happy with how I played.”
Heinly’s long-range precision on Tuesday put the sophomore’s name in the Summit (3-2) record books for most 3-pointers made in a game, topping the previous high of seven — set by Heinly last season.
“Overall it was just a fun night to watch her compete,” Cruz said. “And it wasn’t only on the offensive end. What I liked was that she got it done on both ends. She was out in the passing lanes (defensively), got deflections and she’s done a good job being a complete player.”
According to Sisters coach Julianne Horner, the Outlaws (0-3) challenged Heinly’s reputable shooting record to defend against Summit’s point guard, Emma Huntsman.
“(Sarah) is an amazing shooter,” Horner said. “We gambled. We wanted to see if one player could beat us from the outside. We took that gamble and we tried to spread the court.”
Claire Henson led the Outlaws with 13 points, followed by Savannah Spear’s 12 points and a pair of 3-pointers. Boston Moore chipped in nine points.
“Every game we’re playing better,” Horner said. “We’re making corrections that we need to correct. My team is playing team basketball. We just have to make some adjustments.”
Heinly was helped out by Sarah Reeves, who racked up 17 points, and Emily Hasenoehrl contributed with seven points.
“We knew we needed to come out with high intensity and fight for (the win),” Heinly said. “And we did. Our intensity was good on the defensive end and we pushed the ball and ran them.”
Cruz said the Storm started the game slow after they finished the first half up just 29-26.
“In that first half we had some turnovers that were a little uncharacteristic of us,” Cruz said. “When we take care of the ball, that puts us in a better position and that wasn’t happening the first half.”
The Storm followed a slow first half with a 29-point third quarter, during which Heinly poured in 15 points to help Summit gain a healthy 58-38 lead.
“My team completely contributed to my threes,” Heinly said. “All the assists they got and their ball movement got me open. I could not have done it without them.”
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