Faith Christian girls rally for win

The Faith Christian School girls basketball team showed its ability to rally against Christian Life of Farmington last Friday night at Farmington. Even after a top player went down with an injury.

The Saints trailed 15-5 in the first half but managed to cut the margin to 21-15 at halftime.

Faith Christian School pulled to within 27-24 with 7:52 left in the game but then lost junior Faith Britton a rebounding machine, when Britton suffered a high ankle sprain.

“The girls were flustered and concerned about Faith, seeing the pain she was in,” said FCS Coach Mike Sohre. “I told the players not to look for excuses but to rise up to meet the challenge.

“Our only sub, eighth-grader Beth Childs, was called into action. We switched out of our normal defense and went to a 2-3 zone to help Beth and started focusing on running our offense through our post players, knowing that Christian Life defensive standout Lauren Hovey had three fouls. Hovey soon picked up her fourth foul. After that she was no match for center Ashley Johnson.”

The Saints took charge and rolled to a 48-41 victory, outscoring Christian Life 33-20 in the second half.

Britton will be sideline for at least two weeks, according to Sohre. Earlier this season Faith Christian lost starting guard junior Andi Vermeer for the season with an injury.

Johnson finished with 24 points, 20 in the second half.  She also had 15 rebounds.

Senior center/forward Jamie Nelson scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds while Britton had six points and nine rebounds before leaving the game.

“It was a sweet victory for Jamie and senior guard Madde Brown as it was the first time we’ve defeated Christian Life during their careers,” said Sohre. “It was a nice team victory.

Faith Christian, 12-6, is at Rochester Area Home School Friday at 6 p.m. FCS hosts Hope Christian Tuesday night, Feb. 19, at 5 o’clock. It will be parents night.