CHINA SPRINGS — When Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls head basketball coach Jerry English reflects on the 2015-16 season, he won’t dwell on the Lady Flames’ 42-40 loss to McKinney Christian Academy in a regional final Feb. 27.
Instead, he’ll remember that this season’s team looked different in March 2015 when Faith played in the Class 3A state tournament. He’ll recall that the Lady Flames won extended their district winning streak to 111 and won their 10th consecutive district title. He’ll think of senior post Hannah Cozby agreed to play volleyball in exchange for a volleyball athlete playing basketball. And he’ll be reminded of how far this squad came to keep the tradition of the program intact.
“I’m very, very proud of the my team,” English said. “When we started school in August, there was a legitimate chance we were not going to have enough kids for a varsity this year. We had 10 players, and they were a delight to coach. They were as close as any unit.
As for the game against McKinney Christian, English said the Lady Flames kept the deficit to single digits and gave themselves a chance to win it late.
In the final four minutes, Faith trailed by a bucket.
The Lady Flames had two chances to tie the contest. On a full-court man defense, Faith forced a turnover and had a 2-on-1 break but failed to convert.
“We had really struggled the whole time as far as scoring,” English said. “We finally made a run and got to within four. We missed the shot. That was heartbreaking.”
Then Faith missed the front end of a one-and-one from the foul line with about 70 seconds remaining in the game.
MCA then went to a stall offense to run out the clock.
English praised the efforts of his players and appreciated their commitment to improving throughout the season.
“I can’t explain how far this group has come,” he said. “It was a special season, and we’re going to remember this as a fond memory and special feeling of accomplishment. It’s one of my all-time favorite teams.”
ON OFFENSE:Points – Brinkley 11, Cozby 15, A. Floyd 9, Metzer 5; rebounds – Cozby 2, A. Floyd 1, Metzger 2, L. Floyd 2, Marks 1; assists – Brinkley 1, A. Floyd 7, Metzger 3
ON DEFENSE: Rebounds – Brinkley 1, Cozby 9, Metzger 3, L. Floyd 4, Marks 5; blocks – Cozby 1; steals – Brinkley 1, A. Floyd 6, Metzger 2, Marks 1
RECORDS: Faith finishes the season at 32-6 overall.