Faith girls win warmup match before first playoff game Feb. 19

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — A 15-4 run propelled the Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls basketball team to a 60-29 win against San Marcos Homeschool on Feb. 16 in the Lady Flames’ final warm-up game before starting the playoffs Feb. 19.

PHOTO 1: Faith Academy of Marble Falls junior post Juliette Fisher (right) scores on a two-foot jumper as senior guard Bailey Brinkley (left) blocks out to give her teammate a clean shot during the Lady Flames’ 60-29 victory against San Marcos Homeschool on Feb. 16. The game was a warm-up match before Faith begins the postseason. Courtesy photo

Faith Academy Lady FlamesPHOTO 2: Faith Academy of Marble Falls sophomore guard Taylor Denton (left) protects the ball as she decides whether to pass or shot. Courtesy photo

The Lady Flames led 15-7 after the first quarter. The Lady Panthers hit a 3-pointer from about 72 feet just before the horn sounded to end the opening period.

Faith head coach Jerry English was pleased with the way his athletes played both ends of the court, from how they defended to their rebounding to their ability to make layups in fast breaks.

He was equally pleased with the performance of senior guard Bailey Brinkley, who caused havoc defensively and made the Lady Panthers pay offensively.

“I think we did a lot of good things,” English said. “I thought Bailey definitely was outstanding.”

He wants to see more concentration on finishing plays, particularly making more layups, he said. And he wants his wings to make sure there’s an outlet pass before they leave to fill lanes on the fast break.

TOP PLAYERS: Bailey Brinkley 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks, 3 assists; Taylor Denton 16 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals, 3 assists

ON OFFENSE: Points – Juliette Fisher 7, Kristen Cherry 6, Joanna Piatek 4, Rebekah Graham 2, Sierra Brinkley 2, Hailey Shipley 2; rebounds – Joanna Piatek 3, Sierra Brinkley 2, Hannah Cozby 1, Hailey Shipley 1, Juliette Fisher 1; assists – S. Brinkley 2, Fisher 2, Graham 1

ON DEFENSE: Steals – Cherry 4, S. Brinkley 2, Graham 2, Piatek 1, Fisher 1; rebounds – Fisher 4, Graham 3, Piatek 2, S. Brinkley 2, Cherry 2, Cozby 2, Shipley 1, Susanna Case 1

RECORDS: Faith Academy is 33-2.

POSTSEASON: Faith vs. Tyler East Texas Christian, 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Faith campus, 3151 RR 1431 East in Marble Falls

jfierro@thepicayune.com