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Falcons soar to victory

Forest Lake Christian’s boys basketball team started and ended Tuesday’s home game against Sacramento Country Day dominantly to win 68-47.

The Falcons scored 20 points in the first quarter and 21 in the fourth to capture their second straight victory of the season over the Cavaliers.

Even without junior forward Adam Reed, the team’s second-leading scorer, the Falcons (12-3, 17-9) extended their win streak to seven games heading into Friday’s regular season-ending contest at Sacramento Waldorf, Central Valley Christian League’s top team.

“This was a big win for us because we played without Adam Reed,” Forest Lake coach Dave Thomas said.

Reed injured his wrist in Friday’s 75-55 home win against Faith Christian. Although Thomas said the injury is not serious, Reed will not be playing against the league-leading Waves.

“He fell on his wrist last game,” Thomas said. “He says it doesn’t hurt anymore … we’re hoping he can be back for the playoffs. But we will not have him for the big game against Waldorf.”

Sophomore guard Ben Sparling filled the gap with 21 points, while Nate Holt – the team’s leading scorer – contributed 11. Holt led the team in rebounds with eight.

Andrew Ritchart and Austin Maynard each scored 10 points. Ritchart also had seven steals.

The last time Forest Lake and Country Day met, on Jan. 17, the Falcons barely won 60-58.

Mike Martz led the Cavaliers with 23 points in that game and Michael Ingram scored 18. Tuesday the Falcons held Martz to 10 and Ingram to 12.

“(Country Day) is the fifth-ranked team in the league, so they’re not without talent,” Thomas said. “But we didn’t play as well (in the loss) as we did this game.”

Forest Lake didn’t allow more than 12 points in any quarter until the fourth, when with a 47-31 lead they gave up 16.

“We started off strong and we maintained control over the game,” Thomas said.

Friday’s contest in Sacramento begins at 8 p.m., with the Falcons still battling Woodland Christian for a shot at second place.


Forest Lake Christian 58,

Sacramento Country Day 32

Forest Lake Christian’s girls basketball team won 58-32 at Sacramento Country Day on Tuesday.

Mackenzie Deneen and Tess Reed each scored 11 points to lead the Falcons. Kylie Miraldi added 10 and Taylor Kilgore had nine.

“We had pretty good balance there, but it was a flat game,” coach Steve Kellar said.

Compared to the first game of the season between the same teams, the 26-point win seemed like a barnburner. On Jan. 17 the Falcons won 78-23.

The Falcons (12-3, 20-5) will need a stronger effort Friday when they play at Sacramento Waldorf (14-0, 22-3).

“We’ll have to have better effort than we had tonight,” Kellar said. “I know we will.”

Kellar said the key to winning the game, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be to stop Jake Kelly. The senior guard is averaging 26.8 points a game this season.

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