On Tuesday, January 8, Spartan girls' basketball started the new year on the right foot with a heart-pounding, two-point victory over the Breck Mustangs.
Both teams were a little sluggish out of the gate and the score remained even for the first 10 minutes of the game. At the end of the first half, the game began to shift when the Spartans instituted a full-court press which led to the Mustangs turning over the ball several times and SPA gaining a seven-point lead. The game remained status quo through the break and much of the second half. In the final minutes of the game, however, Breck found momentum and cut their deficit to three points with less than a minute to play. On the ensuing possession, Breck sophomore Melanie Oden drove the lane, made her layup, and was fouled, completing a 3 point play and resulting in a tie game with only 9 seconds remaining. With only one play remaining in the game, the youngest Spartan, eighth-grader Kennedy Herndon, raced the ball down the length of the court and was fouled attempting a 3 point shot with 2.3 seconds left. Herndon calmly sank two of her three free throws, giving SPA a two-point lead. Breck made one final half-court heave for a chance to win the game but the ball sailed wide as the buzzer sounded which gave the Spartans a victory in their first game of 2019.
Kennedy led the way in scoring for the Spartans with 28 points, her personal best this season. Sophomore Pilar Saaverda-Weis added 13 of her own and senior captain Annie Kristal also hauled in an impressive 10 rebounds.
Next up: The win brought SPA to an overall 6-3 record and prepared the team well for their next conference matchup against The Blake School. The team will travel to the Bears home court on Friday, January 11 for a game at 7 p.m. Go Spartans!