Learning lesson for Falcons
Not very often does a coach say after a win that he’s more discouraged than encouraged by the victory.
That, however, was exactly the case after Forest Lake Christian’s 74-44 win against Biggs in the first round of the Northern California Division V State Basketball Championships.
“We goofed off on post defense at practice Monday and we paid the price tonight,” FLC head coach Steve Kellar said. “We didn’t have any rotation and did nothing we were suppose to do with our post defense.
“This was a good learning lesson for us that we have work to do and can’t play like this if we want to win the state championship.”
The post trouble Kellar referred to was the difficulty the Falcons, the defending Division V state champs, had guarding Biggs’ 6-foot, 2-inch post player Katianne Reid, who finished the night with 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting.
Post defense being the bad news, the good news for FLC was that the Falcons handled another playoff opponent with apparent ease, steamrolling their way to a 30-point victory.
The Wolverines (25-6), the Mid-Valley South League champions from the Northern Section, kept the game close in the first half, tying the contest at 11-11 with 1:45 to go in the first quarter. But three-pointers from FLC senior forward Brooke Hodges and sophomore guard Jessie Clough put the Falcons up 17-11 after one period of play.
“They can all shoot three-pointers,” Biggs coach Tim Sheridan said. “We slowed them a bit in the first half because they were a little cold, but they live and die by the three and they have been living for a long time. They didn’t stop living tonight either.”
Junior guard Taylor Kilgore, normally one of the team’s deadliest three-point shooters, opened the first quarter going 0-for-5 from the field and missed her first four shots in the second quarter. She buried a baseline jumper with 30 seconds left in the first half and then went on to hit her next six shots from the field, en route to keying the Falcons’ third quarter knockout punch.
“I felt like I was letting the team down since I was open and missing those shots,” Kilgore said. “But our team really encourages each other to keeping shooting and if you hit one sometimes you can get back some momentum for the team.”
Kilgore finished the night with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field, including 5-of-13 from behind the arc.
With 4:17 left in the third quarter, Kilgore hit a three to kick off a 9-0 Falcon run that essentially wrapped up the win. During that run, the junior guard also tallied two straight steals, an assist and a breakaway basket of her own.
Hodges finished with 14 points while Brittany Allen and Olympia Jacobs scored 13 and 12 points, respectively in the win.
Forest Lake Christian (27-5) hosts round two of the NorCal Championships at 7 p.m. Thursday, against either Hayfork or Sacred Heart Prep.
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