STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
MARBLE FALLS — Regional semifinal basketball games are never supposed to be this easy, but that’s exactly how the Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls squad made it look as the Lady Flames beat Houston Northland Christian 75-13 on Feb. 20.
The Lady Flames (29-6) now face the Texas School for the Deaf at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at San Marcos Academy, 2801 RR 12 in San Marcos, in a regional final. The winner advances to the Class 3A state tournament of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
“Our girls definitely came out with a playoff mentality and intensity that’s necessary,” said Faith Academy’s interim girls head basketball coach Randy Denton. “We were relatively confident going into this game. I thought it was important we get into playoff mode.”
Faith Academy began the contest on a 19-0 run with buckets by junior guard Paris Brinkley, junior Launa Evans, junior forward Hattie Blair, senior post Hannah Marks, sophomore guard Bailey Freeman, and sophomore forward Christian Wilcox.
By the end of the period, Faith led 27-2.
Reserves played a heavy load of minutes, something Denton said was important as the Lady Flames now look to the regional final.
“A lot of young girls didn’t have that (playoff) experience,” he said. “We need a good performance. Every game is going to get tougher, and we need to perform.”
This game will be the third time this season that the Texas School for the Death and Faith have played each other as they are members of the same district. The Lady Flames won both District 5-3A matchups . The Lady Flames repeated as district champions for the 12th year in a row.
“The girls have grown a lot,” Denton said. “A lot of young girls have come in excited to see how far we can take this thing.”