BROADALBIN — Up four points with 90 seconds to play, South Glens Falls guard Sydney Hart was intentionally fouled by a Broadalbin-Perth defender, forcing her to shoot two free throws.
She sank both like it was nothing. Bulldogs coach Bill Hart said the poise Sydney Hart displayed in South High's 45-35 Foothills Council victory Thursday over Broadalbin-Perth is rare for any player, especially someone as young as Hart.
"She's only an eighth grader, who we called up halfway through last year's season," Bill Hart said. "She hit two big ones down the stretch that put the game out of reach."
Not only did Sydney Hart hit the game's two most important free throws but she led all scorers with 26 points.
South High is 2-1, and Sydney Hart is playing a key role in the Bulldogs' early-season victories. The 5-foot-8 point guard also pulled down nine rebounds the game prior to Thursday.
A key part of Hart's game is her ability to play both inside and out, which was on full display against the Patriots.
South High only held a one-point lead at halftime, but ended up out scoring B-P by 9 points in the final eight minutes.
Hannah Breen complemented Hart's game-high performance with 15 points of her own.
"They work so hard day in and day out," Bill Hart said of his team as a whole. "We have a lot of three-sport athletes and they bond together and always challenge each other in practice."