Faith Christian School’s basketball teams opened their seasons last week.
It was a great week for the Saints’ girls team as it topped South Metro 40-34 Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Bloomington, then handled Fourth Baptist 37-21 Thursday, Dec. 6, in Plymouth.
The FCS boys team struggled against those same teams, losing at South Metro 70-29 Dec. 4 and falling at Fourth Baptist 78-35 Dec. 6.
“South Metro had a nucleus of good returning players,” said FCS girls coach Mike Sohre. “Overall, I was happy with our game. I really had no idea how we would fare in this first game.”
The Saints led 23-12 at halftime.
Junior forward/center Andi Vermeer led FCS with 12 points while senior guard Madde Brown had eight and senior center Jamie Nelson scored seven. Brown and junior forward Faith Britton each had 10 rebounds and Brown notched 11 steals.
Sophomore guard Ashley Johnson scored 14 points and Nelson totaled 13 against Fourth Baptist. Britton led in rebounds with 14.
Faith Christian held a 21-10 halftime margin.
“I entered this game with some trepidation,” said Sohre. “We were playing the exact same squad that beat us last year by nine points.
“Once we were able to break their full-court press and half-court trapping they had no answer to stop our inside game.”
The Saints held a 42-22 edge in rebounds.
“So far through two games it has been our defense and rebounding which has covered for our low shooting percentages and poor free-throw shooting,” said Sohre. “One thing we have is no shortage of spirit.”
FCS hosts North Metro Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5:15 p.m.
It was a different story for the FCS boys, who are heading into the season with several inexperienced players.
The Saints fell behind a seasoned South Metro team 42-16 at halftime.
“We weren’t able to handle their pressure defense,” said FCS coach Don Andrews. “We had 42 turnovers and that’s hard to overcome.”
Senior forward Paul Selin led the Saints with 17 points.
Faith Christian had another rough first half at Fourth Baptist as it fell behind 52-19.
“Once again, full-court pressure hurt us,” said Andrews. “Overall, the team did a better job than against South Metro. It is clear that our handling of pressure will be our challenge.”
Selin paced the Saints with 12 points while senior forward Micah Andrews had nine points and eighth-grade guard Chris Johnson scored eight points.
FCS heads to Poplar, Wis., for the Poplar Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, then hosts North Metro Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.