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Lady Flames are tourney champs; Burnet girls fall to Brownwood

Faith Academy of Marble Falls sophomore post Hannah Cozby was named the Bulverde Bracken tournament's Most Valuable Player. Courtesy photo

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BULVERDE — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls basketball team captured the Bulverde Bracken tournament championship for the third time in six years Nov. 15.

The Lady Flames (4-1) beat John Paul II 65-44 in the championship game after defeating Rosehill Christian 88-51 in the semifinals.

“We really came a long ways (last week),” Faith head coach Jerry English said. “We felt like we made strides.”

The implementation of a 2-3 zone was key to the Lady Flames’ success, he said, noting the team has many new faces who are still learning the playbook.

The coach said the victory over Rosehill Christian could have been by a higher margin. Faith led 69-30 after three quarters. So he decided to reward his reserves by letting them play the final eight minutes of the game.

“That was great,” he said.

In addition, English commended the play of senior guard Sierra Brinkley, who made her presence felt on both sides of the court.

“She’s becoming that very versatile guard, wing and high post girl we can count on,” he said. “She really had three solid games.”

Overall, English said he couldn’t be happier with his team’s performance, from the defense to the backdoor plays and the post play of Hannah Cozby and Sedona Prince on execution of the high-low offense.

Prince, a freshman post, had 19 rebounds in the championship game and a total of 11 blocked shots in the tournament.

“We just flat played well,” he said. “Our defense was stifling.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

PLAYER HONORS: Tournament Most Valuable Player – Hannah Cozby; all-tournament team – Taylor Denton, Sedona Prince

AGAINST JOHN PAUL II: Points – Jayla Reeves 10, Taylor Denton 13, Sierra Brinkley 8, Sarah Williams 7, Sedona Prince 10, Hannah Cozby 17; assists – Reeves 4, Denton 3, Brinkley 1, Metzger 2, Prince 2, A. Williams 1; rebounds – Reeves 1, Denton 2, Brinkley 5, Metzger 5, Prince 19, A. Williams 2, Cozby 3; steals – Reeves 4, Denton 5, Prince 3, A. Williams 1, Cozby 1; blocks – Prince 7, Cozby 2

AGAINST ROSEHILL CHRISTIAN: Points – Alisha Williams 4, Hannah Cozby 11, Jayla Reeves 10, Taylor Denton 11, Sierra Brinkley 8, Allison Metzger 14, Sarah Williams 6, Sedona Prince 19, Hanah Marks 5; assists – Cozby 4, Reeves 4, Denton 6, Brinkley 5, Metzger 2, S. Williams 1, Case 2; rebounds – A. Williams 3, Cozby 7, Reeves 1, Denton 1, Brinkley 5, Metzger 11, S. Williams 1, Prince 13, Marks 4; steals – Cozby 3, Reeves 4, Denton 2, Brinkley 4, Metzger 4, Prince 5; blocks – Cozby 1, Prince 1

RECORDS: Faith Academy is 4-1 overall.

UP NEXT: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Faith vs. Lampasas at The Fire Pit, located three miles east of Marble Falls off RR 1431

Brownwood girls 48, Burnet 43

BURNET — A change in schedule favored the Brownwood High School girls basketball team over the Burnet Lady Dawgs.

The Lady Lions beat Burnet 48-43 on Nov. 15. Originally, the game was scheduled for Nov. 14, but Lady Dawgs head coach Doug Messer asked Brownwood to change to the next day because of the football team’s bi-district championship game against Taylor.

The squads played to an 11-11 tie after the first period, but Brownwood outscored Burnet 11-10 in the second, 14-11 in the third and 12-11 in the fourth for the victory.

ON OFFENSE: Points – Katelyn Pool 12, Danielle Lindley 2, Riley Scott 10, Micayla Light 2, Rose Bailey 5, Sarah Poe 4, Afabiana Brooks 8.

KEY STAT: Burnet was 10 of 20 from the foul line; Brownwood was 14 of 16.

RECORDS: Burnet is 1-1; Brownwood is 2-0

UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Burnet at Wimberley, 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley