Olivia Loberg kept Summit alive with her 3-point shooting.
But with the game tied with 1:15 remaining, she drove into the paint to score the go-ahead basket over a South Eugene defender, leading the Storm to a 55-51 victory Saturday night and 3-0 finish in the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest.
“She’s a phenomenal shooter and teams know that, so that’s a weapon,” Summit coach Lynnette Landis said. “When she’s hitting the 3s, they’re going to come out hard and then she’s going to drive, and she’s going to find her teammates and her teammates are waiting and ready. She’s just too hard to scout.”
Loberg made four 3-pointers in the first half on her way to a 26-point night.
“It was an all-around team effort,” said Loberg, who also knocked down two game-clinching free throws with 48 seconds left in the fourth quarter. “Our defense today really stepped up.”
The Storm trailed for most of the contest, including by 15 points, 42-27, with 5:03 remaining in the third period.
But Summit went on a 12-1 run to cut the deficit to four, 43-39, to start the fourth.
The Axe scored the first four points of the final period, but the Storm outscored South Eugene 16-4 in the final six minutes.
“We have some kids that are young but they’re maturing and they’re starting to listen and execute what we tell them to do,” Landis said. “And they’re fighters. They believe this is our house and they’re protecting it. They fight until the end.”
Spencer Hurley added 18 points in the victory.
“She’s been a little quiet this season,” Landis said of Hurley. “She needed this tournament. She’s come out and shown her true colors. She is an impact player.”
Riding a three-game losing streak entering the tournament, the entire Summit team needed the Hoopfest to get back on track.
The Storm opened the tournament Thursday by defeating Eatonville of Washington 45-44 on an Olivia Treu shot at the buzzer.
Summit then topped Pendleton 56-34 Friday.
“The whole weekend was a total team effort,” Landis said. “We had some kids come off the bench and do a great job. It means a lot to our team to go 3-0. Momentum is obviously key and we’re going into league soon. It’s a confidence booster. It says a lot to the kids that they can compete in 6A. South Eugene is a good team.”
Summit (5-4) opens Mountain Valley Conference play Jan. 8 at home against McNary.
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