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Lady Flames get district win No. 74

MARBLE FALLS — Earning win No. 74 in district play isn’t supposed to be this simple. But the Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls basketball team made it look easy as pie in its 62-29 victory against Temple Holy Trinity on Jan. 29.

“We really did some good things,” Lady Flames head coach Jerry English said. “Our quick break was as strong as I’ve seen it.”

Junior forward Kristen Cherry started a 9-0 run in the first quarter to give the Lady Flames a 19-7 lead.

In the second quarter, Faith outscored Holy Trinity 17-0 to build a 36-11 advantage.

“We came out and played considerably better,” English said.

Once the Lady Flames built a 40-point lead midway through the third quarter, it started the new mercy rule the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools passed last year.

Basically, the only time the clock stops when the rule is in place is for timeouts and at the end of quarters. And once the running clock starts, it doesn’t stop, not even if the losing team cuts the deficit to fewer than 40 points.

One negative of the Lady Flames’ performance was them not hitting high-percentage shots with one attempt, according to the coach. The Lady Flames took multiple offensive rebounds on single possessions to score buckets.

English said coaches will intensify their efforts in incorporating more aggressive drills to help the players get used to the contact and keep their concentration to score quickly.

“We are missing way too many layups and putbacks,” he said.

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TOP PLAYERS: Bailey Brinkley 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists, 1 block; Taylor Denton 15 points, 8 steals, 3 assists

ON OFFENSE: Points – Juliette Fisher 9, Joanna Piatek 6, Sierra Brinkley 4, Kristen Cherry 4, Rebekah Graham 4; assists – Piatek 3, Fisher 2, Graham 2, Hannah Cozby 1; rebounds – Fisher 5, Piatek 3, Graham 3, S. Brinkley 1, Cherry 1

ON DEFENSE: Steals – S. Brinkley 3, Graham 2, Cherry 1, Fisher 1, Sarah Burrage 1; rebounds – Fisher 5, Piatek 3, Graham 3, Cherry 2, Cozby 1

RECORDS: Faith is 29-2 overall and 6-0 in District 4-2A of TAPPS.

UP NEXT: Faith vs. Austin Hill Country, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at The Fire Pit on the Faith campus, three miles east of Marble Falls off RR 1431

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Faith Academy Lady FlamesFaith Academy of Marble Falls senior Bailey Brinkley races to the basket for a layup during the Lady Flames’ 62-29 win against Temple Holy Trinity on Jan. 29. Courtesy photo

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Faith Academy Lady FlamesFaith Academy of Marble Falls freshman guard Sarah Burrage (center) drives to the basket. Courtesy photo

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Faith Academy Lady FlamesFaith Academy of Marble Falls junior post Juliette Fisher (center) is fouled as she attempts a shot in the paint. Courtesy photo

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