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Lady Flames stream roll Hill Country; coach describes game as ‘strange’ win

AUSTIN — Faith Academy girls head basketball coach Jerry English called the win Tuesday against Austin Hill Country "a strange game."

The Lady Flames (19-2, 1-0) captured their 47th straight district contest with a 52-17 victory.

"It is big," he said of the continuing winning streak. "I really was nervous about the game. We had a question mark about when (senior forward) Shiloh (Reaves) was going to be ready."

Reaves didn’t play in the loss to Brady last week because of an injured shoulder, but she made this game.

English said there were two reasons why he classified the win as "strange."

First, both teams had a 45-minute warmup as they waited for officials. And second, Hill Country decided to triple team junior post Brooke Field, daring other Lady Flames to beat them.

After a 10-7 deficit, Hill Country thought the strategy was working.

But then the Lady Flames clamped down defensively, allowing only one point in the second stanza. English instructed the ball be passed to Reaves at the high post, who then shot or passed to a teammate.

The teammate drove to the basket for layups.

"I think there’s a lot of potential there," English said. "Shiloh carried us for three or four minutes in the first quarter."

Reaves dropped in 14 points, while sophomore guard Bailey Brinkley led the way with 23.

Faith gave up only five and four points in the third and fourth periods.

"I thought we did a really nice job defensively," English said. "I think I was pleased with our resiliency again. In the second half, we got them pretty good on defense and quick break runs of three-on-one and two-on-one."

Faith Senior guard Tori Diamond didn’t allow Hill Country’s senior guard Ashley Mora to hit three-pointers. She finished with five.

During the warmups, she made 25 straight three-pointers, the coach said.

The Lady Flames will have their home opener 6 p.m. Friday against Bulverde Bracken in The Fire Pit on the Faith campus, about three miles east of Marble Falls off RR 1431.