By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Lady Patriots fell to Nicholas County 60-57 in overtime Wednesday in a game they led 51-46 with 2:34 to go in regulation.
Model Laboratory had a chance to ice the game at the free throw line, but couldn’t convert on three attempts in the final minute and Nicholas County scored the final five points, the last two with only three seconds on the clock, to force overtime.
In the overtime, Model (3-10) once again jumped on top on a layup by Hayley Hunt off the opening tip, but Nicholas County (10-6) reeled off seven straight points to take a lead it never relinquished.
Mallie Cornett led the way for the Lady Patriots with a double-double, 20 points and 15 rebounds, and had seven blocks.
Sophomore guard Hayley Hunt also registered a double-double, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Darrian Botts tossed in 18 points and Kasi Schneid added four.
Even though they couldn’t hang on for the win, Model coach Ronald Preece said his team played well.
“I thought we played pretty well. This was one of the better all-around games we’ve played. We’ve played some pretty good halves, but I think for four quarters and overtime, we played pretty good,” Preece said. “I thought all five of our girls played well tonight. Mallie had an excellent game. She was getting banged and knocked around in there, but she hung in there and Hayley is just stepping up and playing really well.”
Model trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, but came out on fire to begin the second quarter, scoring the first eight points on baskets by Botts, Hunt and two baskets by Cornett, to take a 20-13 lead.
Nicholas County countered back, going on a 12-0 run of its own to take a 25-20 lead while holding Model scoreless for more than four minutes.
But the Lady Patriots didn’t quit and tied the score at 25 with 1:18 left in the half on a basket and two free throws by Cornett and a free throw by Hunt. After a Nicholas basket, Botts once again tied it at 27 with just three seconds left in the half.
In the third quarter, the two teams exchanged leads four times before Model scored six of the last eight points of the quarter to take a 40-37 lead.
Model built its lead to as much as six points in the fourth quarter before Nicholas County tied the game and forced it into overtime.
“We didn’t play really smart at times, but we played really hard and competed on the boards. We took some shots we probably shouldn’t have taken late in the game there and we missed some free throws at the end of the game and missed some blockouts late that killed us,” Preece said.
The Lady Patriots are back in action Friday at 6 p.m. in a district game against Berea Community in Berea.