Mia Morey set a goal her freshman year to beat Summit by the time she graduated.
In her final chance, the Mountain View senior did it, scoring a game-high 21 points to go with six rebounds as the Cougars went on the road to defeat the Storm 64-54 Tuesday night.
“We haven’t beat them in years so it was a very sweet victory,” Morey said. “My teammates definitely made it easy. They helped me get open shots and were passing the ball well.”
Mountain View sophomore Kailynn Bowles added a career-high 14 points and eight rebounds in the Mountain Valley Conference win.
Bowles wanted to win the game for Morey, the Cougars’ only senior.
“She hasn’t beat them her entire high school career so we stepped it up huge for her,” Bowles said. “She wanted so badly to have this so we stepped up as a team.”
The win over Summit was a first for assistant coach Steve Perryman, who has been with the girls basketball program for seven seasons.
“It’s been a long time,” said Mountain View coach Megan Dickerson. “We felt like as a program we’d never beaten Summit so it was a big win for us.”
Trailing 11-9 at the end of the first period, Mountain View outscored the Storm 17-5 in the second quarter to take a 26-16 lead into halftime. The Cougars then extended their lead to 15 points, 45-30, entering the fourth.
“Our focus was to stop them from getting easy baskets and be able to contain the dribble,” Mountain View coach Megan Dickerson said. “Offensively, we got on top early and put pressure on them.”
The Cougars, 3-6 in the MVC and 9-10 overall, had just lost to Summit by seven points on Jan. 11 at home.
“It just shows the growth in our season,” Dickerson said. “I told them to stay the course and we’ll see improvement. For the kids to step up so well offensively tonight … we had kids who had career nights. Tonight we just showed again that we’re still growing. We haven’t peaked yet.”
Summit, 4-5 in the MVC and 9-10 overall, came out on fire in the fourth period, going on a 7-0 run to get within 45-37, but Morey scored to bring the Cougar’s lead back to double digits.
Mountain View then went 13-for-17 from the free-throw line in the final 3:25 to hold off the Storm.
Bailey Dickerson finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Mountain View.
Olivia Treu scored 20 points to lead Summit. Hope Neibauer added 14 points.
“Tonight, Mountain View was the better team,” Summit coach Lynette Landis said. “Our girls played really hard. We had a lot of good looks on easy buckets that just did not fall. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce the way you want the ball to bounce, and they had some kids that came out hot.”
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