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Overtime win pushes Sycamore past Hume-Fogg



Sycamore hosted Hume-Fogg last week as the Lady War Eagles got off to a little bit of a slow start but pulled away for a 37-19 win. The boys were able to hold off Hume-Fogg in overtime for a 57-51 win.

The first four minutes of the game came and went without much action in the girls’ game as Sycamore led 4-2. Hume-Fogg couldn’t get a shot up and Sycamore couldn’t get one to fall. Luckily for the Lady War Eagles, Sycamore’s offense started rolling soon after.

20-4 would be the halftime score and the third quarter wasn’t much better for Hume-Fogg either. The Sycamore defense held Hume-Fogg scoreless through the first five minutes of the third quarter and allowed only five points throughout the entire period. Sycamore’s lead at the end of the third was 33-9. The Lady War Eagles would go on to get the 37-19 win.

Izzy McPherson, who recently just signed her letter of intent to play college basketball at Chattanooga, led the way with 12 points while Gaibri Allen and Persia Bishop added six points each.

“Hume-Fogg is pretty physical inside and that’s what we concentrated on this week in practice,” Sycamore Lady War Eagles coach Cody King said. “We didn’t really attack gaps tonight and even though we’ve been working on ball security, I feel like we were too conservative.”

Sycamore’s boys, who started out the season 4-0 after a rough season last year, took a strong Hume-Fogg team to overtime and held off the Blue Knights.

Hume-Fogg started strong out of the gate, going up 8-2 in the first three minutes but Sycamore’s Bradyen Bracey, who hit the layup to send the game to overtime, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Sycamore an 11-10 lead at the end of the first period.

At halftime, Sycamore’s lead was 27-22 and then the lead was 36-33 after three quarters. Daegan Allen’s 3-pointer with two minutes left tied the game up at 42 but Hume-Fogg was able to take the lead late. Bracey’s late-game heroics came with just a few seconds left.

Hicks Hunter threw the ball in on the baseline and found Bracey on the block. Bracey used a pump fake and then just went up and got the game-tying shot to fall.

The overtime period went well for Sycamore as the War Eagles outscored Hume-Fogg 10-4 to get the 57-51 win.

Lucas Morris led Sycamore with 22 points. Bracey was the only other scorer in double digits with 15.

“We have to get back to work tomorrow,” Sycamore War Eagles coach Fisher Bailey said with a smile. “It’s very different this year. I’m trying to soak it all in but at the same time, I’m trying to keep the kids humble because I know what it’s like to be 0-3 right now. Hard work and work ethic is non-negotiable with us. It’s an expectation for us. It’s a complement we’ve gotten over the past few years. We didn’t win but we always played hard. I guess we’re going a little further now.”

Sycamore’s week is set to begin on Tuesday with a trip to White House Heritage. The War Eagles’ week ends with a short trip to Kingston Springs to face Harpeth.