Valley Sports Report
TOWANDA — Western Wayne’s pressure defense smothered Sayre and allowed them to build a 34-point halftime lead en route to a 57-19 win here Saturday afternoon at the Towanda Tip-Off Tournament.
“Speed kills - on the highway and on the basketball court,” said Sayre coach Eileen Sparduti. “This was a young, but very athletic opponent who pressed us the entire first half.
“This may sound funny, but we needed this to happen because our numbers and personnel do not help us to work on this in practice,” noted Sparduti. “We did many of the right things, but could not adjust to their speed and reaction time.
“In the fourth quarter, with their subs on the floor, we had a chance to execute better and get some positive momentum,” added Sparduti. “So, we might have fallen on our face again, but we fell forward. We have lots of positives to work on this week as we start league play.”
The Lady Redskins, who committed 33 turnovers in the game — including 27 in the first half, did not make a field in the first three quarters, but were 4 of 6 from the free-throw line. They trailed 16-1 after the first quarter, 37-3 at the half, and 51-4 entering the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, senior Emily Sutryk knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points, and junior Gabbi Randall added seven points as the Lady Redskins closed the game with a 15-6 run.
Sutryk led Sayre with 10 points, nine steals, eight blocks, and one blocked shot, while Randall added eight points and nine points, and sophomore Jazz Dekay had four rebounds and one blocked shot.
Sayre, now 0-2, opens NTL play at Wellsboro Wednesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Sayre’s Emily Sutryk. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANIELLE HICKEY.
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