FLC girls get boost
The Union Staff
A 24-2 run through the third quarter eliminated any doubt there may have been about the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team’s game at home Friday night against Faith Christian.
And while the Falcons did go on to post a 68-27 Central Valley Christian League victory, the best news of the night was the way they put it away in the third quarter – with senior guard Brittany Allen leading the charge.
Allen, a fourth-year varsity veteran who has been plagued by injuries all season, dished out seven assists and scored four points in her brief stint on the court, most of which came during Forest Lake Christian’s big third quarter.
“Brittany looked real good,” coach Steve Kellar said. “We’ve had some flickers of that before, but tonight was real good progress. She has such great vision and, with her pinpoint passing, that makes a tremendous difference for us going into the playoffs.”
Four players scored in double figures for the Falcons, led by MacKenzie Deneen with 15 points. Taylor Kilgore also scored 13, Jessica Clough 11 and Kylie Miraldi 10. Tess Reed and Bethany Huusfeldt added six points each.
Forest Lake Christian led 19-9 after one quarter and 30-15 at halftime.
The Falcons (19-4 overall, 11-3 league) play again today with a 1 p.m. contest against Sacred Heart Prep at the Bentley Shootout in Lafayette.
Forest Lake Christian 75, Faith Christian 55
The Falcons scored 18 unanswered points over the last half of the first quarter to turn a 14-3 deficit into a 21-14 lead, and they never looked back en route to the league win at home.
Forest Lake Christian (16-9, 11-3) knocked down five 3-pointers in the first quarter – three by sophomore guard Ben Sparling – and finished with 10 treys for the game. Faith Christian (13-10, 6-8) also had nine 3-pointers.
“They’re a good 3-point shooting team and they came out and hit four early in the game,” Forest Lake Christian coach Dave Thomas said. “We finally switched to man defense and played pretty solid the rest of the way.”
The Falcons also featured a balanced offense as five players scored in double figures. Sparling led the way with 17 points, while Nate Holt added 15, Luke Ziegenmeyer 12, Andrew Ritchart 10 and Adam Reed 10. Austin Maynard also scored seven points and Kevin Smith three.
The Falcons had 24 assists as a team, led by Austin Maynard with eight and Reed seven. Holt contributed 11 rebounds and three assists.
Ziegenmeyer scored eight points in the second quarter to help the Falcons extend their lead to 34-25 at halftime.
Faith Christian was led by sophomore guard Hayden Keeley with a game-high 23 points and Carson Risenhoover with 14. They finished with three 3-pointers each.
Bear River 49, Mesa Verde 31
Defense set the tone as the Bruins won their final regular season home game and tuned up for a showdown at Pioneer Valley League rival Colfax next Friday.
Bear River led 7-3 at the end of one quarter and 16-6 at halftime.
“We played well defensively, especially in the first half,” Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore said.
The Bruins got their uptempo game on track after the intermission and extended the lead to 33-15 at the end of the third quarter.
“We started looking for more opportunities to run, whereas in the first half, we seemed to just let them go down and set up their defense,” Bickmore said.
Lauren Juric led Bear River’s balanced offense with 15 points, to go with her 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Kaitlyn Spence also scored eight for the Bruins, while Chandre Uno contributed four assists and Kristin Landre five steals.
Bear River (18-7, 10-1) has won six straight since dropping a 52-51 decision at home against Colfax on Jan. 25.
Mesa Verde dropped to 13-9 overall, 5-5 in league.
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