Neither Temple nor Bryan had much of a shooting touch during stretches of Tuesday night’s District 18-5A finale, so momentum had to be cornered with hustle plays.
The Tem-Cats’ had their spurt, turning offensive rebounds of missed free throws into layups, creating turnovers with quick hands and diving for loose balls to keep possessions alive. The extra effort enabled Temple to grab a seven-point lead — its largest during a back-and-forth game — with less than 4 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Enter Bryan’s wave of grit, on which extra shots were earned with key rebounds and a 10-0 run lifted the visitor to a three-point advantage as time ticked below a minute.
The last 60 seconds — those were all about willing a way to win.
Temple’s Breyaunna Sigler scored four straight points, including a layup with about 12 seconds to play to put her team ahead by one. But Sigler’s drive was upstaged by the length-of-the-court dash of Bryan’s Kee Kee Nowlin, whose lay-in with 5 seconds left counted as the game-winner after Wilashia Burleson’s desperation, half-court heave was off the mark in a rousing 57-56 contest at Wildcat Gym.