The Pirates limited Konawa to just two field goals in the third period and capped a 15-5 surge with Reid Wall’s drive to the basket with just under a minute left.
Snow tried to get on the board offensively with a drive down the middle of the lane, but Byng’s Dinah Bohan helped continue the Konawa playmaker’s frustrating second half by drawing a charge with 22 seconds left in the third quarter. The frustration spilled over to Konawa head coach Gordon Garner, who spent an entire time out talking to officials about the charging call.
Byng was able to counter Snow’s big first half — he hit 7-of-8 field goals and 5-of-7 free throws during the first 16 minutes — by bombing away from the 3-point stripe. Byng hit five first-half triples and buried Konawa, thanks in part to six second-half treys. The Pirates would finish 11-of-25 from long range in the contest, with seven different players hitting at least one 3-pointer.
“I told them I felt like everybody that played came in and was ready to go. Offensively, they were all stepping in and ready to make shots,” Miller said. “It always looks good when the ball is going in. But I think their effort paid dividends for them.”
Snow hit a 3-pointer and scored on a fast break late in a fast-paced first quarter to give Konawa a 20-17 lead. His jumper to start the second quarter gave Konawa its biggest lead at 22-17.
The Tigers still led 23-20 after a Snow free throw at the 6:45 mark of the second quarter, but reserve Ryan Smith buried a 3-pointer from the corner and Reid Wall followed with back-to-back baskets — his first points of the game. Wall’s last basket, a nifty one-hander in the lane, put the Pirates on top 27-23, and they wouldn’t trail again.