Model(31-0) is going into this game Saturday after losing one of, if not their best player Janaye Jasper who was averaging double figures. This is a SEVERE blow to this team.
It is not all doom and gloom as Model is still has a pair of 6ft seniors in Maci Siniard and Shelby Farrer that can shoulder the load left by Jasper absence.
I have seen Model play three times in person and they are not flashy. They are a team that wins in spurts. They take a 14-14 game and before you know it, it is 28-14. They are a picture perfect team of playing together. Very unselfish players that you can tell take pride on the defensive end.
Where do you start with Buford(31-1)? Many people are saying they are the best girls team on any level in Georgia. This team is full of college prospects but it starts with 6'3" Auburn signee Blance Alverson and freshman phenom Andraya Carter.
Coach, what are your thoughts on the eve of this game?
Coach Gene Durden-" I just hope we keep being consisent and I think our team is really focused right now.We are playing a real good team in Model. I am very familiar with Model while being at Dade county for 14 years. They are a top notch team and program. I have known Sally ( Model Coach) since she was player. She has done a wonderful job with her team. I just hope we continue to play well."
Do you tell your team anything different tomorrow before you go on the court or is it business as usual?
Coach Durden-" We hope it is going to be business as usual. Our kids have been playing really well and we hope that continues."
Rusty's Final Word- Model already faced a big challenge against Buford at full strength. The injury to Jasper will make it even more difficult. Championship teams find a way to overcome things of this nature. Buford vs Model it does not get any better than this.