The Royal Scots needed momentum, both on the court and off.
They may have gotten it Wednesday.
When faced with a challenge McKay High School’s girls basketball team reeled off runs of offense and took away a 47-29 win against Sprague in the fifth-place game of the Central Valley Conference tournament.
McKay (5-19) was led by 15 points from Kenya Williams and 14 from Braylee Stone.
“I feel great,” Stone said. “I’m excited for the play-in game that we get to play in now and I’m glad that our team played well against Sprague.”
Both teams move on to Saturday’s play-in round and both teams will be on the road as Sprague is 42nd in the OSAA’s RPI and McKay is 43rd.
Sprague (0-24) took a brief lead at 7-6 in the first quarter on a Meghan Daniels lay-in off a fast break.
“We got looks like we wanted to get, we just couldn’t get the ball to fall,” Sprague coach Phil Rodin said. “One of the things we talked about is offensive rebounding and we actually started out okay offensive rebounding.”
But the Royal Scots went on a 10-0 run to finish the period and was up 25-15 at halftime.
McKay went on an 11-0 run coming out of halftime and led by as much as 24 points.
“You would think going on runs was a good thing,” McKay coach Derick Handley said. “We’ve been a pretty inconsistent team this year. It’s kind of finding that balance, trying to keep those runs going. We start having some success it breeds more success with this group.”
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McKay 47, Sprague 29
SPR– Hayden Vlhandreas 8, Meghan Daniels 8, Murrell 5, Kerzman 4, Maciatis-Smith 4, Brown, Bowers, Crater, Schmelling, Neilsen. Totals 9 1-6 29.
McK– Kenya Williams 15, Stone 14, L. Williams 8, Wolf 4, Camacho 2, Fields 2, Torres 2, Trice, Pendergrass, Munoz 19 2-2 47.
3-point goals: Sprague 2 (Vlahandreas 2); McKay 1 (Stone).