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Faith Academy recovers to knock off St. Joseph

Nov. 18, 2011 at 5:18 a.m.


St. Joseph scored the first 10 points. Then the Lady Cougars awoke, overrunning the Lady Flyers with their quick backcourt and the intensity to again recover from an early deficit.

Junior guard Bianca Sanchez scored a career high 30 points for Faith Academy to lead the Lady Cougars to a 63-47 victory in the finale of Thursday's action in the Lady Cougar Classic.

Sanchez's 10-foot jumper with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter tied the game at 15. Two Courtney Grevey free throws with 16.3 seconds remaining in the quarter gave Faith Academy the lead, one which would only increase.

"It was a lot of adrenaline. Whenever we get together as a team it pushes us and we're not tired," Sanchez said. "Everything goes in for us and we push together as a team."

The game was the second of the day for both schools. St. Joseph defeated Pettus 44-42, while Faith Academy sprinted past the Victoria Cobras 44-35. Sanchez took a nap and iced her legs in the six hours between games.

Unfortunately for St. Joseph she awoke, just as their opening intensity started to wane.

"We were intense and we were ready to play. We got our lead and we relaxed," said St. Joseph coach Carrie Myers. "It's the same thing we did in the first game."

Elizabeth Gibbens had 15 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. Kensey Marshall and Chloe Shoemake both scored in double figures. However, Myers said, a collective loss of focus on both ends sunk the Flyers.

Faith Academy has trailed in all six games this season, but they have continued to find ways to win, even as a starting lineup featuring three juniors and two sophomores.

"We didn't expect for this to happen, especially since we haven't played together," Sanchez said. "We're all so fast and a lot of us know how to read passes and the game so it's easy for us to read each other."

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