By Gary Larson
Mille Lacs County Times
The Faith Christian School girls basketball team ran into a couple of tough cookies last week.
Christian Life of Farmington stopped Faith Christian 67-40 Friday night at FCS. On Saturday afternoon, Rochester Area Home School handled Faith Christian 71-35, also at FCS.
“We got to see why Rochester and Christian Life are 1-2 in the conference,” said Faith Christian Coach Mike Sohre. “Christian Life is very deep with 10 solid players. It has players who are quick and fast.”
Christian Life took advantage of Faith Christian’s cold shooting (4-for-25) to take a 34-12 halftime lead.
“Madde Brown did a great job on Christian Life’s top scorer, Mackenzie Seidel, in the first half, holding her to three points,” said Sohre. “But, I could tell we didn’t have enough energy to keep up that pace in the second half.
“We just did not have enough muscle or depth to keep up with the.”
Seidel, the conference’s leading scorer, finished with 25 points as she made 10 of 17 shots from the field.
Senior guard Mariah Roelofs and junior forward/center Jamie Nelson led the Saints with 12 points each while senior forward Alison Bechtle and Brown, a junior guard, each scored 10 points. Roelofs and Nelson each had eight rebounds while Brown had three steals.
On Saturday, Faith Christian faced a Rochester team that posses height, a lot of height.
“Rochester is like a team of 6-foot gazelles,” said Sohre. “Their starting lineup featured just one girl shorter than our tallest starter.
“And, like Christian Life, Rochester has a very deep bench. We knew the game was not going to be about whether we could win but how we would represent ourselves in the face of a dominating opponent. Overall, I felt we did a pretty good job.”
Nelson scored 16 points and had five rebounds while Roelofs and senior guard Jadyn Grev each had seven points. Bechtle battled for five rebounds.
Junior guard Abby Rudlong led a balanced Rochester offense with 16 points.
Faith Christian, 9-11, is at Hope Christian Academy of St. Paul Park Friday at 6:30 p.m.