By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Berea Community didn’t get much offensive production from its starting backcourt in the first half Friday against district rival Model (3-9) in Richmond.
Jordan Sandefur and Chase Fain had just four points as the Lady Pirates (7-6) took a nine-point lead into halftime (25-16).
But, that duo came up big late.
Sandefur and Fain combined to score 14 points in the fourth quarter as Berea held on for a 57-50 win. Sandefur finished with 13 points, Fain had 11 points and Victoria Sexton added 10 points for the Lady Pirates.
“Our goals tonight were to box out and hit the open gaps,” Berea coach Jennifer Cornett said. “It didn’t seem like we did a very good job of either of those until late in the fourth quarter. I think once we got the ball in the open floor and Model went to its 2-2-1 zone press, that really opened up the floor for our guards to find those gaps.”
Model trailed by as much as eight points in the third quarter, but got back in the game behind the stellar play of senior guard Darrian Botts. She scored nine points in the period, including a three-pointer that got the Lady Patriots within four points (36-32) heading into the fourth quarter.
“Every time we play Model, we know from top to bottom they are going to give 100 percent,” Cornett said. “We just didn’t match their intensity.”
The Lady Pirates never surrendered the lead, but Model got within two points (46-44) with 2:47 left, then cut the lead back to three (50-47) with about 1:30 left.
Fain delivered two key baskets in the closing minutes that sealed the victory. With 1:11 left, she got in the lane, had a shot blocked, then got the ball back and scored while being fouled.
With 44.1 left, Fain converted a three-point play to put Berea up 55-49.
“Fain was kind of quiet and in and out tonight,” Cornett said. “We put her in some positions and changed he to a post spot so she could more looks and use her body to finish around basket.”
Alex Horn had seven points for Berea, while Conner Coyle and Christina Morgan had six points each and Miranda Montgomery added four points.
Berea was just eight-of-17 at the free throw line.
Botts had a game-high 23 points for Model, while Hayley Hunt added 17 points. Abby Vicars had six points and Chloe Dyer had four points.
Berea is set to return to action today at home against Oneida Baptist at 1:30 p.m.
Model is set to return to action today at Whitefield Academy.