By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Model Laboratory Lady Patriots simply had no answer for Sayre’s 6-foot-3 center, Gabby Bowie Saturday in a 58-24 loss to the Spartans.
With Bowie controlling the middle of the Sayre zone, the Lady Patriots found it almost impossible to get any looks inside for leading scorer Darrien Botts.
Forced to put it up from the outside, the Lady Patriots came out cold and couldn’t find their shooting touch and Sayre quickly took advantage.
“Anytime you’ve got 6-foot-3 in there, we’re not used to going against that, so they are going to take away all layups and short shots,” Model Coach Bobby Storie said. “Then you have to rely on your jumpshots and things like that and when they’re not falling you’re in trouble.”
The Spartans scored the first seven points of the game on their way to a 12-1 start. Sayre built their lead to 14-4 after one quarter, then continued to stretch the lead and took a 29-8 cushion into the half.
Trailing 33-9 early in the third quarter, the Lady Patriots tried to battle back into it.
Senior Darrien Botts picked off a Sayre pass and scored, then Abby Vickers nailed her second three pointer of the game to cut the advantage to 33-12.
Another Botts layup and free throw cut it to 36-15, but Sayre got the final three points of the quarter to take a 39-15 lead into the fourth.
Haley Hunt got a steal and a layup to begin the fourth quarter to make 39-17, but Sayre once again began to find easy buckets inside and pulled away.
“When our shots didn’t fall early, it forced us to do some things we are not comfortable doing —pressing, trapping, running a zone — then you are out of your comfort zone and things begin to fall apart,” Storie said. “But one good thing about this group is they don’t quit, they’re always going to play hard. It’s just one of those games.”
Botts once again led the way for the Lady Patriots with 11 points. Hunt added 11 points and Vickers finished with six.
Model is back in action on Dec. 9 when they travel to Danville to take on KSD.