STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY
Taylor Limprevil found a crease and that’s all she needed.
The senior point guard scored the go-ahead basket on a layup through traffic late in overtime, giving Summit a 54-52 win over visiting Brentwood on Friday night.
“Well, the court was open, I saw the drive and I just took the shot,” said Limprevil, an East Tennessee State soccer signee.
Her layup gave Summit (12-6, 8-3 District 11-AAA) a 53-52 lead during the final minute and forward Ellie Colson added a foul shot with 5.2 seconds left.
“What’s interesting about this team more so than any other team that we’ve had here at Summit is there is a fight to the very last second,” Lady Spartans coach Kara Goodwin said. “There’s this internal motor that all of them have – they are not giving up. Whatever the score says, they are constantly thinking they are in the game no matter what.”
Brentwood’s Delaney Trushel missed a 3-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer that could have won the game for the Lady Bruins (15-7, 8-4).
“She had a great look. We had a great design for her,” Brentwood coach Myles Thrash said. “Normally, if she’s going to shoot that out of 10 times, she’s probably going to make eight of them. It just didn’t go in.”
Summit avenged a December loss to Brentwood with its fourth straight win.
The Lady Spartans are third in the district, a half-game ahead of the Lady Bruins.
“The preseason poll had us at sixth, so that is just fueling us a little bit on this back side,” Goodwin said. “Taylor has grown so much. The high energy that she gives us defensively – it translates for everybody’s energy on the floor. That shot was unreal.”
Summit’s Marli Andersen hit two foul shots with 54.3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 47.
Both teams missed shots during the final three seconds of regulation that could have won it.
Summit rallied from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter.
“See, I never think we can’t come back,” Colson said. “When we got down by eight, I said it’s our time to go. We’ve got to step down on them and push through.”
Colson led four Lady Spartans in double figures with 13 points. Limprevil added 12, Emma Bratton scored 11 and Andersen had 10.
Amelia Osgood led three Lady Bruins in double figures with 13 points. Chloe Wampler scored 12 and Trushel had 11.
Brentwood visits first-place Page (22-3, 11-1) on Tuesday.
Summit visits Ravenwood (11-8, 7-5) on Tuesday.