MARBLE FALLS —Faith Academy boys head basketball coach John Berkman was looking for a win Jan. 31 against Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills, but it wasn’t in the cards.
OLH won 44-31. "We weren’t ready to play when we stepped on the floor," Berkman said.
OLH took a 7-2 lead in the first period that went to 23-13 by the half.
The Flames (7-14, 3-8) scored four points in the third but outscored OLH 14-8 in the final period.
Shooting challenged Faith. Berkman said the shooters weren’t in rhythm, especially in the first and third periods when good starts are keys to a game’s outcome.
"We missed some easy shots, shots that we could have made," he said. "That’s always hard. That discourages a team. It makes it hard to mentally get back to playing."
He credited his players for their efforts in the final quarter.
"We were finally aggressive," the coach said. "We were doing exactly what the defense wanted at the beginning. We started attacking the zone. It helped."
Junior guard Brian Freeman led Faith with eight points, while junior guard Lucas Wright added six and junior post Jason Byrd finished with five.
The good news is that since Bulverde Bracken lost to Temple Holy Trinity Jan. 27, the Flames are still sitting in fourth place in district, which is the final playoff spot.
Faith will play Holy Trinity and Cedar Park Summit in the last two games of the regular season.
Faith will take a bye Feb. 3, though Berkman would rather not.
"When you lose, you want to get back on the floor," he said. "Now you have to wait a whole week. But it gives us an opportunity to work on some things."