RICHFIELD — Summit Academy asserted its dominance over Enterprise for most of Thursday's 2A quarterfinal game. Though the Wolves were able to battle back in the fourth quarter to make it a serious game again, the Bears prevailed 52-47.
Throughout the first three quarters Summit Academy senior point guard Olivia Mooney led the Bears to a sizable lead that almost reached 20 points. Enterprise seemed to not have an answer for Mooney, who racked up 16 points in the game.
“She controls our team,” Summit Academy coach Gianni Elletser said. “I’ve said many times that she is the best point guard in the state. Her basketball IQ is through the roof.”
Mooney also had the help of fellow senior Baylee Leiter, who had a game-high 19 points in the win. The backcourt of Mooney and Leiter dominated the Wolves' defense. When Mooney was out Leiter would take over point guard duties.
The trouble for the Bears came in the fourth quarter. Enterprise’s sophomore Kaytlyn Miller racked up eight points in the second half and helped gain momentum for a comeback. Most of the Wolves comeback came from a full court press it was using, mainly to slow down Mooney.Comment on this story
“They did a great job pressuring me,” Mooney said. “They for sure did a great job. They’re not a bad team at all.”
Summit Academy had to play some of the final quarter without their two star players, Mooney and Leiter. Leiter had to sit out as she was victim to a couple hard fouls and in the dying minutes of the game while Mooney fouled out.
“For me I was scared it was going to be my last game,” Mooney said.
Enterprise battled the lead down to three but could not finish the job. Summit Academy knocked down its free throws towards the end of the game to seal the win.