Summit turned the ball over to start the third quarter. The Storm then failed to get a shot off on their final possession of the period.
It was that kind of night for Summit girls basketball as the Storm lost to McNary 49-41 Tuesday at home to open Mountain Valley Conference play.
“Our kids didn’t come out ready to play and McNary did,” Summit coach Lynnette Landis said. “McNary prepared really well for the game and they came out ready to play and our kids didn’t. It’s as simple as that. You can’t start playing with two minutes to go in the game.”
The Storm never led in the contest, getting outscored 14-6 in the first quarter.
“I think they (Summit) may have taken them too lightly,” Landis said of McNary, who entered the game with a 2-8 record. “I don’t show kids the record but they know how to get there.”
The Celtics expanded their lead to 28-13 at halftime and were up by double digits until a Healy Bledsoe bucket in the paint got Summit within 47-39 with 32 seconds remaining in the game.
The Storm finished the game on a 9-2 run but still came up short in their league opener.
“We just came out too flat,” Landis said. “Our girls are good ballplayers. They just didn’t show it tonight. We had some young kids come out and play hard. If our starters aren’t getting it done, then our young kids are going to come in and play.”
Bledsoe led Summit with 15 points, and Olivia Treu added 12 points. No other Storm player had more than three points.
Landis did like what she saw defensively from her bench, particularly from sophomores Gabbi Jansen, Delaney Tol and Whitney West.
“Collectively they all did something positive when they got in,” she said.
Abbie Hawley scored a game-high 20 points to lead McNary.
Summit (5-6, 0-1) plays at Mountain View (6-5, 0-1) Friday.
“I think they’ll respond really well,” Landis said. “They don’t like to lose and they definitely don’t like to lose to cross-town rivals. I think you’ll see a different team on Friday.”
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