No. 1 Lady Flames dominate Cherokee

MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the small private schools poll by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, gave up a total of 20 points in 24 minutes of play en route to a 71-35 victory against Cherokee on Nov. 27.

That allowed Faith head coach Jerry English to freely substitute, which meant nine Lady Flames scored.

PHOTO 1: Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior guard Bailey Brinkley scores a layup after one of her nine steals in the Lady Flames’ 71-34 victory against Cherokee on Nov. 27. Courtesy photos

PHOTO 2: Faith Academy of Marble Falls sophomore guard Taylor Denton is fouled as she drives to the basket against Cherokee.

Senior post Rebekah Graham led the team in scoring with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.

"Rebekah will end up helping us if she continues to play hard," he said.

English was happy to see senior guard Bailey Brinkley, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament last year, regain some of her natural quickness.

TOP PLAYERS: Rebekah Graham 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Bailey Brinkley 14 points, 9 steals, 3 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal

ON OFFENSE: Points — Hailey Shipley 8, Taylor Denton, Juliette Fisher and Joanna Piatek 7 each, Kristen Cherry and Hannah Cozby 4 each, Susanna Case 2; rebounds — Shipley 3, Cherry, Fisher and Piatek 2 each, Sierra Brinkley, Denton and Cozby 1 each; assists — Denton 5, Piatek 3, S. Brinkley 2, Cherry and Cozby 1 each

ON DEFENSE: Steals — Fisher 3, Denton 2, Piatek and S. Brinkley 1 each; blocks — Fisher 2, S. Brinkley and Cozby 1 each; rebounds — Fisher 4, Cozby and S. Brinkley 3 each, Cherry, Shipley and Piatek 2 each, Denton 1

QUOTABLE: "We really did shoot the ball well. I would love to be able to consistently have four, five or six girls consistently get eight points a game," Faith head coach Jerry English said.

RECORDS: Faith is 9-1.

UP NEXT: Faith vs. Blanco at the Johnson City Tournament, 505 N. Nugent St. in Johnson City, 9 a.m. Nov. 30

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