FRANKFORT — Sayre's second straight trip to the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic ended in a hurry Wednesday afternoon.
Clinton County rocked the Spartans 47-28 in an opening-round game in the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Bulldogs (21-3) will face Covington Holy Cross in Friday's quarterfinals.
"Early in the first half it just came down to offensive rebounding," Sayre Coach Scotty Sutton said. "They just kept getting board after board and they either put it back in or we fouled them. And because of that we got in deep foul trouble.
"I thought our defense played well. I mean, they missed enough shots early on. But when we're giving them second and third and sometimes even fourth shots, you're not going to beat anybody. And then in the second half, I thought we did a lot better. We just could not make a shot. We were getting open looks and balls rimming in and out. When the ball doesn't go in the basket, you're not going to win too many games."
Clinton County outrebounded the Spartans 31-21, including 13-3 on the offensive end. Sayre shot 9-for-27 (33.3 percent), while the Bulldogs went 12-for-38 (31.6 percent).
Ansley Stalcup led the winners with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Kayla Dicken added 15 points and five rebounds.
Sayre (15-3) was led by Ellie Alford with nine points. Gabby Bowie had seven points and seven rebounds before fouling out.
Bowie hit a pair of free throws with 1:53 left in the first quarter to give the Spartans an 8-6 lead.
However, Clinton County scored the next 10 points on a run that carried into the second quarter and was never headed.
"We knew that they had prepared for the press all week and we knew this was a college floor," Bulldogs Coach Darrell Thompson said. "We haven't played on a college floor this season thus far. So we thought let's just try it in the half-court press to start the game. And then the second quarter, when we went on our run, that's when we decided to go with our full-court press. We've been pretty successful with it all year."
Sayre mustered only one basket and a pair of free throws in the second quarter and trailed 24-12 at halftime.
"Part of it was they're down on their end constantly, they're getting offensive rebounds, we're fouling so they're getting free throws," Sutton said. "And because of that, then we're not able to get into any kind of rhythm offensively. But you've got to give them credit. They took Gabby away. They were putting a few people around her and when that happens, you've got to be able to make some jump shots, and we didn't do that."
Bowie, 6-foot-3, had her hands full with the shorter but thicker Dicken.
"Forty-five (Dicken), I thought, played well," Sutton said. "She's very physical. Took it strong to the basket and made it very difficult on us. And it seemed like we were trying so hard to body her up that if she did miss a shot we really weren't in position to rebound and she'd get it right back and put it in, or someone on the off side would. I thought she was the difference."
Danville knocked out
Covington Holy Cross led wire-to-wire in a 70-35 rout of Danville.
Deja Turner led the Indians with 19 points. Dajah McClendon and Abby Hassert scored 10 points each. McClendon added four assists and three steals, while Hassert had seven rebounds.
Alyvia Walker had 14 points for Danville, while Cameron McPherson had 13. Ne Ne Chenault grabbed 10 rebounds for the Admirals.
Holy Cross clobbered Danville in the paint, 44-27. The Admirals also had a woeful day from the field, going 8-for-46 (17.4 percent). Holy Cross shot 28-for-54 (51.9 percent).
■ Caverna got double-doubles from Ciara Waggoner (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Madison Faulkner (16 points, 14 rebounds) to dispatch Bath County 50-39. Sarah Price had 15 points and 11 boards for Bath.
■ Mikayla Berry scored 24 points to lead Owensboro Catholic over Harlan 63-47. Brooklyn Massingill had 14 points for Harlan.