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|Tyler Scaife matched her jersey number with 23 points to lead Cy-Fair to the Nike Junior Nationals championship in North Augusta, S.C.|
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --Tyler Scaife might have a sore back after carrying Cy-Fair to a Nike Junior Nationals championship, but she luckily had some help along the way. North Tartan and Cy-Fair battled down to the wire and it took every minute and then some to crown this years' champion. The three-minute overtime period started with two consecutive layups by Cy-Fair's Ashley Dearly and they never looked back as they defeated North Tartan 67-64.Tyler Scaife made every jump shot, assist, and layup look effortless as she showed her dominance in the junior division. She was there to make a play every time Cy-Fair was in need of points and she made it happen on both ends of the floor. Her mid-range game and drives to the basket were silky smooth and she ended the first half with a step-back jumper that connected at the buzzer. That shot gave Sciafe her 10th point and put Cy-Fair up 29-27 at the half. The 5-foot-7 guard from Little Rock, Ark., continued her high-level of play in the second half and, with North Tartan also playing well, she would have to put together another solid overtime period. The extended play proved to be exactly what Cy-Fair needed in order to pull off the victory. They scored a layup off the tip and put together a few possessions of solid rebounding, and that helped slow down North Tartan's 6-foot-8 center, Savannah Trapp. With only 42 seconds left in the overtime, Scaife put the game away with a baseline fadeaway that hit nothing but the bottom of the net. Trapp led North Tartan with 12 points and had some key rebounds and baskets to keep her team close. But Cy-Fair proved to be the better team and, with Scaife dropping 23 and Jada Butts finishing with 22, they made just enough plays to finish the summer as champions. It was obvious that Scaife had a skill set and mentality that would be suitable to play in the upper division, but she knows her time will come. "I wanted to play up," she said, "but we have an older team with older players and I will get to play up soon enough. I just wanted to win a championship."
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Discuss this on our Message BoardRebecca Gray is an intern for ESPN HoopGurlz. She previously wrote a column for the website about her experiences as a freshman on basketball scholarship at the University of North Carolina. She transferred to and played at Kentucky and now plays basketball and golf at Union College. A 5-foot-10, sharp-shooting guard out of Georgetown, Ky., Gray was named Miss Basketball in the state of Kentucky after averaging 25.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.8 assists during her senior season at Scott County High School. She can be contacted at email@example.com.