By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Lady Patriots ran into a buzzsaw Friday in the form of a red-hot shooting Madison Southern team.
The Lady Eagles (4-1) hit 14 three pointers — eight in the second quarter — and used a smothering pressure defense to blitz Model Laboratory (2-4), 74-38.
“I thought we took the right shots tonight, none of them were forced. We shared the ball well tonight,” Southern coach Summer Simmons said. “I felt like we did the right things tonight. We were trying to rush their shots, get the rebound and speed the game up.”
Darrian Botts scored off the opening tip then Southern reeled off 10 straight — eight by Brianna Lanham — to take the lead for good.
Kristen Hayes and Kelley Freeman got the three-point parade started with back-to-back trey’s to end the first quarter and put the Lady Eagles up 18-8.
The second quarter it seemed like Southern couldn’t miss from the outside as five Lady Eagles nailed three pointers in the quarter.
Freeman’s second one put the Lady Eagles up 26-12, then Samantha Parms hit three consecutive threes within a 1:30 span to make it 35-13.
Eighth grader Ashlyn Clark — who had a team-best 15 points — also had a three in the quarter and freshman Meredith Gallion nailed two more from long range as the Lady Eagles were in complete control at the half, leading 48-19.
Model coach Bobby Storie, whose team was playing its fourth game in a week, said as the shots started falling for Southern, there was nothing his squad could do to stop it.
“You’ve just got to tip your hat to Southern. They had 10 in the first half and I told the girls that we have a whole lot more to worry about than somebody getting hot like that,” Storie said “I told them before the game they were going to try to speed us up and be physical with us. The few times we handled the pressure we made layups. But, you’ve got to give our girls credit. This was their fourth game in five days and they played hard to the end.”
Model continued to fight and came out strong in the second half, led by team leaders Haley Hunt and Botts, who scored the first four points. But, Southern picked up where it left off in the first half, quickly pushing the lead out to 35 points and instituting a running clock.
Southern led 62-25 at the end of the third quarter.
Botts led all scorers with 18 points for Model, while Hunt finished with 13. Abby Vickers had three points and Chloe Dyer and Nia Akande had two points each.
Four Lady Eagles scored in double figures in the game, led by Clark’s 15. Parms and Lanham had 12 points each and Freeman had 11. Hayes finished with nine points, Gallion had six points, Callie Cook had five points and Marley Lawson and Kelle Scott had two points each.
Simmons said she was pleased with the balance scoring by her team as well as the play of Clark.
“Ashlyn just has no fear when it comes to games. She has no preconceptions of other teams, she just goes out and plays her game,” Summers said. “She has been working on her shooting and her defense and she played really well tonight.”
The Lady Eagles are back in action on Monday when they play host to West Jessamine at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Patriots return to action on Dec. 20 when they take on Lewis County in the Lady Pirate Holiday Invitational in Berea.