STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY
DICKSON – Konata Werts and Destin Wade led Summit to a third-place finish in the District 11-AAA Tournament.
Werts led the Spartans with 20 points and Wade added 19 in a 57-54 overtime win over Ravenwood in the consolation game at Dickson County on Tuesday night.
“Those are the two guys we have that can really put pressure on the defense by attacking,” Spartans coach Josh Goodwin said. “They’ve been learning how to attack and be under control without drawing charges and I thought they did a great job of that.”
The two guards went a combined 17 of 18 from the foul line as Wade hit 9 of 10 free throws and Werts made all eight of his shots. Wade made 10 steals.
“We had to start attacking the basket to get better shots out of it,” Werts said.
Summit faces (12-12) Overton in a Region 6-AAA quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Brentwood. Ravenwood (12-15) plays Hillsboro at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Spartans scored first early in OT and led most of the extra period.
Chase Siebert’s 3-pointer narrowed the deficit to 53-52 with 21.1 seconds left, but Summit held on.
“(Summit) was 21 of 25 from the free-throw line and we were 12 of 13, so anytime you’re down nine in that category, it makes it difficult,” Raptors coach Patrick Whitlock said. “I think we just threw the ball to the team wearing white jerseys. A lot of those turnovers were unforced.”
Wade’s layup tied the game at 47 with 2:03 left in regulation. Summit’s Tristan Conger missed a layup with three seconds remaining and Keaten Wade missed a putback just before the buzzer.
Summit outscored Ravenwood 23-4 in points off turnovers. The Raptors made 16 turnovers, including six by sophomore guard Nick Dang.
“I think once we got them to cough the ball up an caused a few turnovers it made it easier for us to get some confidence, just seeing the ball go through the basket,” Goodwin said.
Sterling Craig, a 6-foot-7 senior, led the Raptors with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Siebert added 13 points.
Summit, which won for the fourth time in five games, starts three freshmen and two sophomores.
The teams split two games during the regular season.