All winning streaks eventually end, and Summerville High’s girls basketball team’s impressive 37-game winning streak against region 8-AAAA competition ended on Tuesday night.
Rival Ashley Ridge used a strong second-half performance to upend Summerville, 54-37, forging a tie atop the Region 8 standings with one game left to play. Both teams are 6-1 in region play and if both win on Thursday, Ashley Ridge (16-6 overall) would secure the region’s number one spot by virtue of the tie-breaker. Summerville dropped to 14-6 overall on the season.
“When I got here, all of the history of Summerville and the streak was mentioned to me, but our focus from day one was winning as many region games as we could win and let each game dictate itself,” first-year coach Tron Grant said. “Coming in here tonight, we certainly understood the magnitude of this game. These girls wanted it more, not for the streak so much but for our chance to win a region game.”
Sophomore guard Shamaria Myers poured in 30 points to lead the Swamp Foxes. It was Myers who gave Ashley Ridge a 23-21 halftime lead by hitting a 70-foot shot at the buzzer.
“Big shot for sure and it gave us a lot of momentum,” Grant said. “She’s a special talent. I told her when I first met her that we would go as she goes and my job as her coach was to put her in the best possible situation to be a great player.”
The game turned in the third quarter when Ashley Ridge stepped up their pressure defense and Summerville got in major foul trouble. Several of Summerville’s starting lineup sat for large stretches of the game, including leading scorer Jordan Sprueill, who finished with 10 points. Ashley Ridge out-scored Summerville, 14-6, in the period.
“The third quarter pressure was key, no doubt,” Grant said. “We were able to dictate the tempo, got some steals and made a few shots. We were able to really get more aggressive in the third quarter and we played Ashley Ridge basketball.”
Summerville was whistled for eight fouls in the first 4:30 of the quarter and Ashley Ridge attempted 19 free throws in the period, making six. Ashley Ridge made 18 of 40 free throw attempts in the game.
Ashley Ridge led, 37-27, heading into the final quarter and the pressure continued to harass the Green Wave. The lead stretched to 12 midway through the fourth and Summerville would fail to get the margin into single digits the rest of the way.
Eighth-grade point guard Aniyah Oliver led Summerville in scoring with 12 points.