Valley Sports Report
SAYRE - Sayre used a 10-0 second-quarter to run to rally from an early eight-point deficit er route to a 56-28 win over Williamson here Tuesday night in NTL Small School Division girls basketball action.
The game was just the third this season for the Lady Redskins, who improved to 6-4.
"Home, sweet home - sort of," said Sayre coach Eileen Sparduti. "This was only our third time playing home in 10 games, but the comfort of home did nothing to help us come out hard and fast like we did in our last two road games.
"I applaud Williamson for putting together their best 16 minutes of play yet (in the first half," she said, noting Williamson has just 12 players on its roster. "And not having to play a JV contest to tire them certainly worked to their advantage.
"I am proud of how we kept battling to find some flow and create defensive stops," added Sparduti. "It was a good tester as we head into the challenges of the rest of the week."
The Lady Warriors, who had scored just 25 points combined in their previous two games, jumped out to a quick 14-6 lead, and led 16-10 after the first eight minutes.
Senior Stephanie Klovekorn scored on a putback on the offensive boards, and senior Camry Lane went coast-to-coast on the break for a lay-up to trim the deficit to 16-14 with 6:53 remaining in the first half.
After a bucket by Ella Durst gave Williamson an 18-14 lead, sophomore Gabbi Randall made a nice catch-and-finish of a feed in transition from Lane to cut the lead back to two points, at 18-16, with 4:35 left in the half.
About two minutes later, Lane scored on the fast break to tie the game at 18-18, then junior Emily Sutryk - off a feed from Randall - drained a 3-pointer to give Sayre its first lead of the game, at 21-18, with 1:59 left in the first half.
Just 24 seconds later, Lane converted on an old-fashioned three-point play in transition to make it 24-18.
Williamson would trim the deficit to 24-19 at the half, but the Lady Redskins got six points apiece from Lane and Sutryk, who canned a pair of 3-pointers, in a 14-4 run that gave them a 38-23 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
Lane scored nine points in the fourth quarter, and five of her teammates found the scoring column in a game-sealing 18-5 blitz.
Lane led Sayre with 27 points, nine steals, seven assists, five rebonds, and one blocked shot, while Sutryk added 12 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, seven rebounds, and seven steals, Klovekorn had six points, seven rebounds, and six steals, and Randall added six points, four rebounds, and one block.
Emylee Yusko led Williamson with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Latish Peterson added 11 points.
Sayre returns to action Thursday at Athens.
IN PHOTO 1: Sayre's Camry Lane. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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