Lady Falcons tip off playoffs at home tonight
When Forest Lake Christian’s girls basketball team faces off with Valley Christian today, the Falcons won’t just rely on the gutsy play from Katie Fletcher and Kayla Campora to begin the Division V Sac-Joaquin section playoffs.
The duo have combined for an average of 27.3 points per game out of the team’s 49.4. They’ve been the strength of the No. 5 seeded Falcons offensive production and have shot the team in and out of victories throughout the 2007-08 season, going into the playoffs 16-9 overall and 9-1 in the Central Valley Christian League. But to be successful in this playoff run, they’ll need balanced contributions from their teammates, FLC coach Ken Holt said.
“The most important thing for this team is playing as a team,” the first-year coach said. “Obviously Katie and Kayla are gonna get a lot of attention. If teams double up on them … other people are going to have to step up.”
That’s the view the Falcons are looking to take into today’s contest as well as the playoffs if they continue past the No. 12 seeded Lions (13-12, 5-4 Sacramento Metro League). They’ll be depending on Lindsey Engbrecht, Kelsey Yates, and Kate Hoge to fill in scoring when needed.
One look at Valley Christian’s roster doesn’t show much for Holt and the Falcons, who are working with little to no information on their opponent. The one glaring tidbit is Valley Christian’s tallest players are only 5 feet, 8 inches.
The Falcons feature 5-11 wing Hoge and the 5-7 Campora crashes the boards harder than any of her teammates, grabbing 11 per game – which is also good for second in the Central Valley Christian League. But they also depend on their outside shooting for success.
“If they play zone against us we have a really good shooting team,” Holt said. “If they play man, we’re used to running man offense because that’s what our league runs … I think we’re ready for the playoffs. As ready as we’ll ever be.
To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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