By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Madison Southern Lady Eagles rebounded from a disappointing loss on Tuesday to post a 74-39 district win over Model Friday in Richmond.
Southern used a 17-2 run the final two minutes of the third quarter and the first two minutes of the fourth to break open a close contest and grab a commanding 55-33 lead and won going away.
The Lady Eagles had a balanced scoring attack with four players notching double figures in the game. Kelley Freeman led the way with 17 points, Samantha Parms finished with 16, Briana Lanham had 13 and Callie Cook came off the bench to pour in 14 points.
Marley Lawson finished the night with four points, Rachel Ramey had three points and Hayden Westfall and Adriannah Willis had two each.
Darrian Botts once again led the Lady Patriots with a game-high 20 points, while Hayley Hunt added 11, Casi Schneid had six and Emily Jackson had two points,
Southern coach Summer Simmons said she was pleased with how her team responded to Tuesday’s loss at home to Tates Creek.
“It was a much better effort tonight. I’m very proud of them and I’m always happy to get a win in a district game. This was a huge win,” Simmons said. “I think we all played well tonight. We got some good play out of our bench and we got to work on our defense tonight.”
Botts single-handedly kept the Lady Patriots in the game early, scoring all six of her team’s first quarter points as they trailed 11-6 at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter her teammates began to give her a little help.
Baskets by Schneid and Botts pulled the Lady Patriots to within 13-10 two minutes into the second quarter, but each time Southern had an answer extending its lead 27-19 at the half.
Botts finished the half with 14 of Model’s 19 points.
In the third quarter, Southern came out and began to put a chaser on Botts all over the floor in an effort to slow her down.
“We had to do something in the second half,” Simmons said. “She is a great player. If she gets to the right side and she pulls up, it’s money. She scares me more than any other player we play. If she pulls up, she’s making it.”
The defense worked, holding Botts to only two points in the quarter on a basket within the first two minutes.
A Schneid three pointer and a basket by Hunt pulled the Lady Patriots to within five at 32-27, but Southern answered quickly and pushed the lead back to 38-27 on back-to-back threes by Parms and Freeman.
After two Hunt free throws and a basket cut the lead to 38-31, the Lady Eagles had an 8-0 spurt that began the 17-2 run that put the game out of reach.
Model coach Ronald Preece said he thought his team played well in the first half, but began to tire a little in the third, which contributed to the Southern run.
“I thought that after Hayley got her third foul in the first half, the rest of our girls really played well,” Preece said. “But the third quarter we just got too fast. It was just a lot of mental stuff in the third quarter. We tend to do that when we get tired a little, we tend to come down, make a pass and throw it up.”
Southern is back in action Monday at Western Hills, while Model will be on the road Monday at Williamsburg.