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Friday, February 17, 2012
Mansfield Summit girls knock out Trimble Tech

By Travis L. Brown

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- ESPN Dallas 4A No. 2 Mansfield Summit’s girls basketball team weathered a tough night shooting to knock Fort Worth Trimble Tech (23-11) out of the 4A playoffs, 49-33.

Ashley Eli
Ashley Eli overcame a slow start to finish with a team-high 12 points for Mansfield Summit.
The cold streak hit Summit (20-6) standout scorer Ashley Eli hard in the first half, as she put up just three points through two quarters.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well and we have to make better decisions with the basketball,” Summit coach Tammy Lusinger said.

At the half, Lusinger advised her team to ditch shooting from the outside and work on penetrating inside for high-percentage shots. The strategy paid off for Eli, who finished with a team-high 12 points, including four from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Sharing the scoring lead with Lusinger was guard Shayna Jackson, who sparked Summit’s offense and came up with key baskets.

Jackson, who was able to work the ball into the paint to draw fouls, hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer as time expired in the third that deflated Trimble Tech and ultimately ended any push toward a comeback.

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“She played extremely hard," Lusinger said. "We’re pretty beat up right now, so she was having to play a lot of extra minutes. She did a tremendous job with a lot of toughness.”

Lusinger was down three guards for the area-round game, hurting the chemistry on the floor and her depth on the bench. She was forced to bring up and play several JV players to fill the void. Lusinger said she hopes her players will be ready for the next round Tuesday, but it’s still up in the air.

Summit will face Arlington Seguin, fresh off an upset of ESPNDallas. No. 3 Aledo, in the regional quarterfinals Tuesday at Mansfield Legacy.