Though they were taking to the floor for the second straight night, Forest Lake Christian’s varsity girls showed no sign of fatigue in the fourth quarter of their basketball game Wednesday.
Of course, that might be due to the fact that the Falcon regulars were resting comfortably on the bench at that point of FLC’s 68-27 win over visiting Union Mine.
As was the case in Tuesday’s Central Valley Christian League opener with Sacramento Country, an 81-29 FLC victory, Division V’s defending section champion Falcons flexed their muscle early enough in Wednesday’s non-league contest to leave no doubt of the outcome by halftime.
FLC fans are to expect more of the same in CVCL play, at least until the Falcons (11-2) meet up with Woodland Christian (13-1) on Jan. 24. League foes such as Friday’s host, Sacramento Lutheran (2-9), would do well to keep the game competitive beyond the first half Ð something that hasn’t happened the past two nights.
“Union Mine is actually a good team,” said FLC first-year coach Steve Kellar. “They are a Division II team, who plays against Oak Ridge and Cordova in league and they also beat Rio Americano (6-6) this year. They’ve got some strong players. But our girls just came out and played well. All of them played solid.
“When we’re playing together and finding the open man like that, we’re really hard to beat.”
The Falcons were led Wednesday by Lauren Jackson’s 16 points and six rebounds, all of which came in the first three quarters of action. Brooke Hodges had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Caitlyn Kramer and Jill Witzke each added eight points.
Ten of the 13 players who saw action for FLC found the scoring column, something their coach felt good about accomplishing in what otherwise would have been just the second of back-to-back blowout victories.
“That’s the strength of this team,” Kellar said. “They move the ball so well and pass it so well, that it creates a lot of good looks.
“My goal is to give my girls the best basketball experience possible and if the opportunity avails itself, then that’s what it all about. The margin of victory is not as important as everybody having an opportunity to play.”
Aside from the league matchups with Woodland Christian and Victory Christian (11-2) still on their CVCL slate, the Falcons also have another upcoming matchup with highly regarded D-IV Piedmont in the Bay Area’s Acalanes Centrex Shootout on Jan. 24.
“Our toughest games come in late February before the playoffs,” Kellar said. “Along with playing the top teams in our league, Woodland Christian and Victory Christian, we also play in the Sacramento Shootout, where we’ll play either (D-I teams) McClatchy or Laguna Creek.
“The tough thing about that, though, is that we’re always at a disadvantage in those games, because we’re always playing in (the opponent’s) backyard. No one wants to come up here to play us. We have to be the traveling warriors, but we’re used to that.”
Union Mine (5-8) 4 4 13 6 – 27
FLC (11-2) 20 15 19 14 – 68
Union Mine: Verbitzky 0 0-2 0, Russell 3 2-2 8, Young 1 0-0 2, Limpoch 2 0-0 5, MacKenzie 2 0-0 4, Haas 1 0-0 2, Ambroff 1 0-0 2, Shoenner 2 0-0 4, Waldie 0 0-0 0, Skinner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 2-4 27.
FLC: Jackson 6 4-4 16, Kilgore 2 0-0 5, Hodges 6 0-0 14, Allen 2 1-2 5, Jacobs 1 2-2 4, Kramer 4 0-0 8, Hall 1 0-0 2, Clough 1 0-0 3, Courtney 0 0-0 0, Witzke 1 6-8 8, Pearce 1 1-1 3, J. Deneen 0 0-0 0, M. Deneen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 14-17 68.
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