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Faith Academy girls basketball coach Jerry English gets 1,100th win in 80-4 rout

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy girls basketball fans knew 30 seconds into the contest against San Juan Diego on Nov. 12 that head coach Jerry English would get his 1,100th career win.

The only question that remained was by how many points?

The Lady Flames won their first game of the season 80-4 in front of almost two dozen former English players from his 40 years of coaching and a packed gymnasium.[tabs style=”default”] [tab title=”PHOTO 1″]

Melanie McMullin (left), Faith Academy head coach Jerry English, Brooke Stacey, English’s wife, Barbara, and Brandice Davey embrace after the Lady Flames girls basketball team earned English’s 1,100th career victory by beating San Juan Diego 80-4 on Nov. 12. McMullin, Stacey and Davey all played for English when he was a coach at Dripping Springs. Former players and fans congratulated the coach after the game. Staff photo by Jared Fields

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Former Pflugerville High School Pantherettes Sherry Towery (left); Suzette Smith; Becky Herber, a member of Faith Academy head coach Jerry English’s first team in 1969 who later served as his freshman coach at Sweeny; Janie Morehead; and Rosemary Allen, another member of English’s first team, hold copies of The Picayune Extra announcing English’s new career win total of 1,100 after the Lady Flames girls basketball team defeated San Juan Diego 80-4 on Nov. 12. Staff photo by Jared Fields

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Faith Academy girls basketball players Kristen Cherry (left), Susanna Case, Sierra Brinkley, Laura Benac and Marissa Perea hold balloons in honor of coach Jerry English’s 1,100th career after the Lady Flames beat San Juan Diego 80-4 on Nov. 12. Staff photo by Jared Fields

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Faith Academy junior point guard Taylor Denton scores two of her 22 points during the 80-4 win against San Juan Diego on Nov. 12. Courtesy photo

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“Everybody talks about the 1,100th,” English said. “There have been hundreds of girls who’ve been a part of it. I feel like it’s one of those things that’s so much bigger than the number. I’d like to think it’s the longevity.”

Faith sophomore Hannah Cozby scored the game’s first basket, and the Lady Flames rolled to a 21-0 lead midway through the opening period that went to 35-2 by the end of the first.

“There definitely was a lot of pressure,” senior post JoAnna Piatek said. “I knew a lot of people were coming to watch. We definitely wanted to honor Coach and to honor his ex-players and to keep his tradition alive. I think we did a good job. We did what we were taught.”

Junior point guard Taylor Denton led Faith with 22 points followed by Cozby with 16, Piatek with 12 and senior post Juliette Fisher with 10.

jfierro@thepicayune.com