Faith Christian girls suffer first loss

South Metro of Bloomington handed the Faith Christian School girls basketball team its first loss of the season Friday night at FCS.

But, the victory didn’t come easy as the Saints took the Huskies into overtime before falling 47-46. Faith Christian opened the season with four victories, including a season-opening win at South Metro Dec. 4.

“South Metro has added a couple of players since then,” said Faith Christian Coach Mike Sohre. “Sophomore guard Ashley Johnson was battling a bad cold and junior forward Faith Britton was playing with a hand she injured in our alumni game Dec. 28. Last Friday was the first day she was allowed to touch a basketball in a week. Her hand was still black and blue but Faith wanted to play.

“In spite of those factors  we played well enough to win. We had a rebounding edge but our season-long nemesis of missing free throws cost us the game. We were only 11 of 27 and, when you lose by one point, how important are those missed opportunities?”

FCS concentrated its defense on stopping Betsy Swanson and Mariah Eaton in the first half and the Saints, who led 22-17 at halftime, held Swanson to three points and Eaton to four.

“Faith picked up her fourth foul with nine minutes left in the second half and her fifth with three minutes to go,” said Sohre.

Eaton tied the game at 45-45 with four seconds left. FCS senior Jamie Nelson sank a three-pointer as the buzzer went off but it was ruled time had expired before she got the shot off.

Neither team mustered much offense in the overtime as the Huskies outscored the Saints 2-1.

Nelson led the Saints with 13 points while Britton had nine points and 12 rebounds. Johnson had 18 rebounds and 10 points and senior guard Madde Brown had six points, seven steals and seven assists.

Eaton led South Metro with 19 points but the FCS defense limited her to six baskets off 19 shots.

Faith Christian is at the North Metro Tournament in Roseville Friday and Saturday.