December 21, 2011 | 07:48 AMWALWORTH TOWNSHIP — Faith Christian's senior leader, Ben Sass, a punishing 6-foot-4 center who often fights his way through two or three defenders at a time, wasn't available for the undefeated Eagles basketball team Friday night at home.
But that didn't matter much against Menomonee Falls Calvary Baptist.
Junior Adam Montsma, the area's leading scorer, picked up the slack with 24 points including four triples, and Faith rolled to a 59-34 shellacking of the visiting Eagles.
It was Adam Montsma's fourth game with more than 20 points this season. He averages 21 points for the season.
While Faith's Eagles soared, Menomonee's wings were clipped early and often. Faith jumped out to a 25-8 lead after the first quarter, and the game was never in doubt.
Alex Montsma added 13 points, and Joe Ingersoll tallied seven points.
"The Montsmas really took over the game," Coach Brian Pollard said. "They combined for 37 points in just three quarters of play. We had a chance to clear the bench in the fourth quarter and give those guys some varsity experience. It was a nice way to end up before Christmas break."
Faith's next test may not come until Jan. 27, a home tilt with University Lake School. ULS only lost by three points at Kenosha Reuther, a team that lost to Faith by only 13. However, Faith doesn't play a dominant team the rest of the way and could easily end up 22-0 heading into the Division 5 playoffs.
Faith is 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Indian Trails Blue Division, where the Eagles hold a slight lead over ULS and Maranatha Baptist.
Now, the team will enjoy a well-deserved two-week break, with the next game coming Jan. 3 at Palmyra-Eagle (2-4), a school seven times bigger than Faith.
Faith Christian 61, Kenosha Christian Life 48
On paper, Kenosha Christian Life seemed like Faith's most accomplished opponent so far this season.
Kenosha plays in a bigger conference by far and has beaten Racine Prairie, Burlington Catholic Central and Williams Bay, three solid foes.
But in the end, Faith did to Christian Life what it has done to every team all season — simply beat them.
The host Eagles fended off its second team named Eagles in one week with the victory over Christian Life.
Faith jumped out to an 18-11 lead after one quarter thanks to six points from Sass.
Christian Life hung around until the third quarter, cutting the lead to five with 5 minutes to play. That's when the sharp free-throw shooting of Faith, like it has all year, took over late.
Faith Christian outscored Christian Life 15-9 in the fourth. Alex Montsma hit five of six foul shots in the final frame, and Adam Montsma hit two of two from the line late to seal the victory.
Faith benefited from balanced scoring, with double figures from Sass (19), Alex Montsma (16), Ingersoll (11) and Adam Montsma (11).
Christian Life's Matthew Pitt led all scorers with 31 points, but Faith held Pitt to only five in the fourth.