After trailing by eight points at halftime, the Sayre girls rallied for a 46-41 win at Bryan Station on Monday night.
Sydney Strup led the Spartans (12-1) with 13 points, but it was Lainey Tew who had the go-ahead basket off a timeout play with about 40 seconds remaining.
Hannah Brady, after suffering an apparent leg injury, hit three free throws down the stretch to seal the deal for Sayre, which picked up its second straight win over the Defenders.
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“I looked at her and said ‘Hannah, you're the one shooting (a pair of technicals in the waning seconds). Are you sure you don't want me to put someone else in?’ She said, ‘No I got it,’” Sayre Coach Scott Sutton said with a laugh. “ ... She stepped up. That’s what a senior leader will do”
Bryan Station took 31 more shots than did Sayre (63 to 32), but only made one more basket than the Spartans. Sayre turned the ball over 34 times to 21 for Station. But the Spartans found a way, using their zone to force Station to shoot 3-for-21 from beyond the arc.
“We win ugly a lot of time but that's okay,” Sutton said.
Zariah Kavanaugh and Ezzy Ighodaro led the Defenders (11-6) with 10 points apiece. They dropped their second straight after a blowout at Scott County on Friday.
“We've hit that wall right now,” Coach Shawn Ransom said. “ ... I always tell my players don't blame yourself for a loss, you blame your coach. I can't go out there and shoot the ball for them, but at the same time I don't put it on them.”
Sayre 46, Bryan Station 41
Sayre (12-1) — Strup 13, Pergande 6, Brady 5, Wheeler 9, Alford 11, Tew 2.
Bryan Station (11-6) — Hardin 5, Kavanaugh 10, Ighodaro 10, Martin 6, Burdette 4, Cozart 4, Williams 2.