Lady Cougars fall to Boerne Geneva (video)
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MANSFIELD - The third time isn't always the charm.
After losing both regular season meetings with Boerne Geneva, the Lady Cougars of Faith Academy dropped the most important meeting between the district rivals, falling 55-33 in the TAPPS Class 2A state semifinal game at Lake Ridge High School.
"It's really up and down right now," senior Courtne Grevey said of the emotion inside the Lady Cougars' locker room. "We're supporting one another. It's our last game, so we're pretty devastated."
Senior Sarah Alex gave the Lady Cougars (26-14) a 2-0 lead to start the game, and the defense forced Geneva into three turnovers. However, it would be the only time Faith held the lead.
Despite the 22-point deficit, the Lady Cougars never lost faith, and it showed when they nearly came back in the fourth quarter.
Led by Grevey, Faith forced the Lady Eagles into five turnovers - two of which were steals by Grevey - in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. The Lady Cougars fought back to make it a 42-30 score with 3:21 left to play.
"I had fans in the stands, a coach yelling at me and I wasn't going to mess up in this game," Grevey said of her fourth-quarter performance. "If we're going to lose this game, I'm going to push back."
However, Emma Ingram drained her fourth 3-pointer of the night to make it a 47-30 game, and the Geneva defense held Faith to just three points - all of which were free throws made by Grevey - the rest of the game.
Grevey led Faith in scoring with 13 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.
"Courtne is definitely a gamer," head coach Dusty Lemke said. "She struggled early on, but when our season was on the line, she took over the game."
Geneva went on a 9-0 run to pull away from the Lady Cougars in the first quarter, leading 9-2 before Ingram ended the first quarter with a long buzzer beater to give her team an 11-4 lead.
"A little bit of everything went wrong for us tonight," Grevey said.
The Lady Eagles' full-court press forced Faith into nine first-half turnovers and held a 30-12 lead at halftime.
"They did things that put our girls in a position to make mistakes," Lemke said. "I give them all the credit. They put pressure on us, and we didn't handle it well."
Geneva's Caroline Lunsford scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the first half for Geneva. Ingram finished second with 15.
Grevey was the lone Faith player to score more than 10 points. Alex, Tiffany Kremling, Krischelle Alex and Bianca Sanchez had four points each.
Faith began its comeback late in the third quarter when they finished the quarter on a 6-4 run that saw Sanchez score all four of her points, and Grevey gave the Faith fans something to cheer about with a steal at half court and an easy layup.
"It's tough on them, especially right now," Lemke said after his post-game speech inside the Lady Cougars' locker room. "At the start of the year, nobody gave these girls a shot at making it here or challenge for a district title. But the entire year, every time they stepped on the court, they proved people wrong."
Boerne Geneva 55, Faith Academy 33
Halftime: 30-12, Geneva
Faith: Courtne Grevey - 13, Sarah Alex - 4, Krischelle Alex - 4, Tiffany Kremling - 4, Bianca Sanchez - 4, Brittney Church - 3, Maegan Wilkinson - 1
Geneva: Caroline Lunsford - 22, Emma Ingram - 15, Addison Lipe - 9, Mary Liz Winston - 4, Lauren Peterson - 2, Miranda Ward - 2
3 pointers: Faith Academy, Church 1; Boerne Geneva, Ingram 4