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February 12, 2014

GIRLS H.S. HOOPS: Lady Patriots come up short, Lady Eagles win

RICHMOND — The Lady Patriots ran out of time Tuesday against Williamsburg.

Senior standout Darrian Botts hit a would-be, game-winning three-pointer just after the buzzer as Model (7-15) suffered a 43-41 loss.

Botts finished with 23 points, while Hayley Hunt and Abby Vicars had nine points each for the Lady Patriots.

“It was just one of those games,” Model coach Bobbie Storie said. “We just kept battling and battling.”

Model trailed by three points (42-39) with less than a minute left in the fourth. Botts cut the deficit to one point on a basket with 16.4 seconds left. Williamsburg hit just one-of-three free throws in the final seconds, setting up a final shot. Botts got the ball on the inbound with 5.8 seconds left, drove across mid-court and into the right corner. The three-pointer was good, but was waived off by the official immediately.

The game was tight throughout.

Model trailed 15-14 after the first quarter, but had a 27-24 lead at halftime.

Botts had 17 points in the first half.

“I told the girls after the game that this was the kind of game we needed late in the year,” Storie said. “You always want to try to win. You just want to emphasis everything, from the first two seconds to the last two seconds.”

The Lady Patriots are set to return to action Thursday at Pulaski County.

Lady Eagles 82, South Laurel 76

Madison Southern had five players reach double-figures in scoring and pulled away late for a hard-fought win over South Laurel Tuesday in London.

Kristen Hayes had 23 points and Briana Lanham had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 82-76 victory.

With their fifth-straight win, the Lady Eagles move to 17-5 on the season.

The game featured seven ties and seven lead changes. Southern had a 14-12 lead after the first quarter, a 32-31 lead at halftime and went into the fourth quarter leading by three points (54-51).

The Lady Eagles were able to build an 11-point lead in the final period.

Southern shot 54 percent from the field in the second half and 25-of-38 from the free throw line in the game.

Kelley Freeman had 17 points, Samantha Parms had 13 points and four rebounds and Rachel Ramey had 10 points and five rebounds. Marley Lawson added five points.

Southern is set to return to action Thursday at home against Western Hills.

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