|Sayre Basketball Team|
This year's record: 12-4 record
Affiliation: 11th Region, 42nd District
Last year's record: 19-7
Coach Charles Thomas (first year)
Sayre’s coach is a former Kentucky Mr. Basketball. He won the award in 1995 as a senior guard at Harlan. He played collegiately at Minnesota and was on the Golden Gopher 1997 team that lost 78-69 in overtime to the University of Kentucky in the NCAA semifinals. Thomas also played collegiately at Eastern Kentucky University.
ROAD TO FRANKFORT
Sayre beat 6-12 Lexington Christian 54-30 to open the All A Classic at Berea. The Lady Spartans then dispatched 6-13 Model Laboratory School of Richmond 52-33 before knocking off Berea in the championship game 60-55 at EKU Alumni Coliseum
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FRAZER AND MASSEY LAW FIRM
Sophomore Kaya Davis is a 6-foot-1 forward who joined the team just this year. She is a big presence in the post and is averaging 18 point and 12 rebounds a game. She shoots right at 50 percent from the floor and gets about a dozen points a game on the floor. The rest come at the foul line where Davis is 49-of-80 (61%).
Junior guard Dee Dee Wheeler was honorable mention on last year’s All-Lexington team. She averages 11 points and 3 rebounds per game. She has a high basketball IQ, according to reports. Wheeler is the team’s best 3-pointer shooter, making 30 percent of her long-range shots.
Senior guard Ellie Alford joins Wheeler in the backcourt, giving the Lady Spartans two very solid ball handlers. She’s fast and athletic. Alford averages 10 points and 3 rebounds a game.
Junior forward Isabelle Pergande is 5-foot-11 and averages 9 points and 4 rebounds. She is probably the team’s best outside shooter. She has made 32 percent of her three-pointers and has the squad’s highest field goal shooting percentage.
Junior center Lainie Tew is also 5-foot-11, giving the Lady Spartans a formidable frontline. She averages 5.2 points and 4 rebounds and is one of the team’s best free throw shooters at 65%.
Emma Bilberry and Mia Pulliam are seniors who come off the bench. Neither provides much offense.