The Summit boys basketball team is coming together at the perfect time.
The Spartans (11-5, 10-3) have won 10 of their last 11 and the last five straight, the latest a 49-42 victory on the road at Independence for the season's second "Border Battle."
Tre Carlton (12) and Keaten Wade (10) led the team in the game that saw Summit jockey back and forth with Indy during the first half and pull away in the second.
The Eagles (9-14, 3-9) made it interesting late but could never surmount the deficit.
"It's a tough game, it was a rivalry game," Spartans head coach Jim Fey said. "It's always tough playing Independence with Summit."
Fey is in his first year with the Spartans after an accomplished career at East Nashville.
"I'm the only one around that doesn't know anybody," Fey quipped about his freshness in a district full of familiar faces. "That's kind of the way it is. All of the kids know each other, the fans know each other. You know, I've got a kid, his brother played against him tonight. You know, it's just different; I'm still getting acclimated to it."
The Spartans are second in 11-AAA and have beaten top-ranked Brentwood as soon as a week ago. But Fey still feels the team is coming into its own.
"I know we're not where we need to be, but if they keep working hard and keep buying in to what I'm giving them, I think we have a chance to be pretty good in tournament time," Fey said of his Spartans.
"But, that being said, tournaments can end quickly because all you've got in the tournament is another really good team. There are so many good teams."
"The key is going to be to play hard every possession and believe in the process," Carlton said of what will help them succeed come tournament time. "That's all we can do."
Noah Crook and Trey St. Charles both had 9 for Indy in the loss.
Summit faces Franklin on the road Tuesday, while Indy hosts Page Saturday.