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Faith Academy making all the right moves

By By TAYLOR MITCHELL - TMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
Feb. 28, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

Faith Academy junior Maegan Wilkinson prepares for a shot during a game earlier this season. On Friday, the Lady Cougars will face Boerne Geneva in the TAPPS 2A state semifinal game.

Click here to see more from the Faith Academy team sendoff.

Faith Academy has lost just two games in 2013.

However, those two losses came against the same team the Lady Cougars will face in the TAPPS Class 2A state semifinal game Friday night at 6 p.m., Boerne Geneva.

"We're pretty excited," senior Tiffany Kremling said at the Lady Cougars' sendoff Thursday afternoon. "The first game we beat ourselves, and the second game we were kind of out of whack. But we're prepared this time."

Geneva defeated Hallettsville Sacred Heart on Tuesday night, 33-32, to earn its spot in the state tournament at Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield.

Faith defeated Austin Waldorf 42-34 in Moulton to advance to its second state tournament in three years.

The Lady Cougars (26-14) lost the District 6-2A title to Geneva after losing twice during the regular season.

Faith lost the first meeting in Victoria 39-36. Three weeks later, Faith lost to Geneva 49-30 in Boerne.

"As soon as we found out Tuesday night on the bus that it would be Geneva, the girls were like, 'All right, let's go get them,'" said Faith Academy coach Dusty Lemke. "They're ready for this."

Having played Geneva twice already has provided the Lady Cougars with plenty of insight into what Geneva does on the court. However, the same can be said about Faith Academy.

"We know their players, what they like to do. Both teams have each other scouted pretty well," Lemke said. "So, it's going to be battle of who executes the best and might even come down to who has the ball last."

Despite the familiarity between the two schools, Lemke said he's only made a couple tweaks to his offense and defense.

"We've made some tweaks with certain things we've noticed they have been able to capitalize on," Lemke said. "For the most part, though, we're going to stick with what's gotten us here."

The Lady Cougars are the only team playing the state tournament to not win its district. Geneva, Sherman Texoma Christian and Marble Falls Faith Academy all won their respective districts.

However, being the favorite or underdog won't have much of an effect on Faith. For the Lady Cougars, the key to victory is a simple one.

"We just need to make our shots and play as a team," senior Sarah Alex said. "We need to keep the intensity up because last time we started letting down as they (Geneva) were scoring."

The last two meetings haven't gone in Faith's favor, but all that does is provide more motivation for the Lady Cougars.

"It's big motivation because we played them twice and didn't do what we wanted," Kremling said. "But we will this time."

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