Henry Clay's girls team, which led by 18 late in the third quarter, saw its lead shrink to three with 21 seconds left, but the Lady Blue Devils prevailed 45-39 over visiting Sayre in the 42nd District tournament opener.
Sayre trailed 42-29 with 4:48 to play when it went on a 10-0 run to close the gap to 42-39. Gabby Bowie got it started with two baskets and a pair of free throws and Molly Manella finished it off with a basket and two free throws.
T'Laya Lyvers, who had 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead Henry Clay, stopped the run with a layup with 15 seconds to go and Nakyira Joyce added a free throw to to account for the final margin.
Hannah Young added six points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Lady Blue Devils.
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Manella finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Spartans. Bowie struggled from the field (3-for-10), but she finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
East Jessamine 74, West Jessamine 43 (46th): Emma Young led the Jaguars with 17 points at Mercer County.
No. 9 Ballard 72, Kentucky Country Day 18 (28th): Javonna Layfield scored 18 points in the Bruins' win at over Country Day at Louisville Christian.
Montgomery County 77, Bourbon County 43: The Indians jumped out to a 19-point lead after one quarter en route to a big win at home. Sarah Arnett had 20 points.
Pikeville 67, East Ridge 60 (59th): Rachel Potter scored 32 points for the host Lady Panthers.
Mercer County 89, Burgin 52 (46th): The Titans hit 16 three-pointers in a win at home. Heidi Huffman scored 22 points.
No. 5 Scott County 69, Sayre 27 (42nd): The Cardinals, fifth in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, held the Spartans to 22.2 percent from the field and rolled to a win at Henry Clay.
The Cardinals wasted no time putting the Spartans away. A field goal by Trent Gilbert gave Scott County a 4-3 lead and started a 22-5 run. Gilbert finished with 18 points and Tony Martini had 10 rebounds.