Flames hoops to return to tournament action

MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy boys and girls basketball teams will play in the Hill Country Tournament beginning today that is sponsored by Hill Country School and Cedar Park Summit.

The boys will play at 1:30 p.m. against Not Your Ordinary School at Hill Country School, while the girls will take to the court at 3 p.m. against Stacey at Cedar Park Summit.

Lady Flames coach Jerry English said he was looking forward to the contest for several reasons.

The biggest is because of a 5-foot 3-inch sophomore, who averages 27 points a game. She dropped in 50 during a playoff match a year ago. 

Stacey also has a 6-0 and a 5-11 post.

“We may get more than what we want,” he said. 

Both teams are coming off losses against St. Stephens Episcopal Monday. The Lady Flames lost, 44-42, in overtime on a buzzer shot, while the Flames were beaten, 52-32.

Both squads had practices Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for the tournament. 

Flames head coach Larry Berkman said he looked forward to breaking down plays with his squad as well as emphasizing some key points. 

“There’s always something more to learn,” he said. “We’ll keep stepping up the learning curve.” 

The posts and guards performed drills, Berkman said.

“Goals for this tournament are to keep getting to know each other,” he said. “I expect for them to know what to do and where they have to be, to be coachable and they need to be patient.”

English said he noticed his players were not moving as quickly as they should.

“We’re one step slower,” he said. “We’re slow on defense, presses, press breakers and offense. That’s critical. We want to get that step back. If we get it back, we’ll start playing with great energy and effectiveness.”

If the Lady Flames win, they will play the winner of the Flatonia-St. Andrew’s contest at 4:30 p.m. Friday. If they don’t win, they will meet the loser of Flatonia-St. Andrew’s at 1:30 p.m. Friday.