Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch helped Estill High’s girls to a victory over Model on Monday in Richmond.
It was the season-opener for both squads.
Led by a dozen points from Candace Gould, the Lady Engineers showed a lot of early season poise, coming back from trailing 8-5 after the first period and 22-17 at the half.
Coach Mark McKinley unleashed his team’s pressure defense against the Lady Patriots to start the second half.
The aggressive play paid off when Estill tied the game at 30, before leading 32-31 entering the final quarter.
The teams traded baskets throughout the final period before the Lady Engineers sealed the victory with three free throws in the closing seconds.
Model’s McNeely was a thorn in the side of Estill all night, knocking down 20 points to lead all scorers.
Model defeated Estill last season, 59-45.
The Lady Engineers will try and extend their victory string to two on Thursday will they travel down to Hyden to take on Leslie County.
That game gets underway at 4:30 p.m.
Two two teams didn’t meet on the hardwood last season, but in 2007-2008, Leslie rolled 78-46 on the Engineer’s home court.
Berea will be in Irvine next Monday at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Pirates won 62-50 last season.
Leslie and Berea have yet to play this year.