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BREAKING: Faith boys crush Cougars, Lady Eagles fall short

February 11, 2011 | 09:24 PM
Williams Bay -- On Friday night at Faith Christian, the boys basketball squad had to deal with one of the deadliest shooters in the state, Mountaintop Christian Academy junior guard Chris Gough.

Gough scored 42 points including 12 three-pointers the night before, so Faith's top priority was shutting down the sharpshooter.

The Eagles were successful, holding Gough to 19 points, nine below his season average, in a 70-28 rout that wasn't close in the second half.

The Eagles soared to 10-7 overall and 8-3 in the Indian Trails with the victory.

Faith coach Brian Pollard said his team did a great job on Gough after he hit three triples to give his team an early 9-2 lead.

"I knew he could shoot it, but I didn't expect the onslaught at the beginning," Pollard said about Gough. "A box-and-one didn't work, so we played man-to-man with help defense. Noah Gray picked him up full court the whole game, and he did a great job denying him the ball. Once we took Gough out of it, that was the game. We broke them a little bit."

Faith finished the first quarter on a 16-9 run to tie the game at 18-18, then it was all Eagles the rest of the way. Faith dominated the second quarter, 20-4, thanks to good ball movement and the post presence of junior center Ben Sass, who finished with a game-high 25 points. Pollard said his offense was solid.

"Sass killed them inside," Pollard said. "When our offense is clicking, it's fun to watch."

Faith continued its fluid offense in the second half, with Sass and Alex and Adam Montsma constantly scoring easy layups. The Eagles outscored Mountaintop 32-6 in the final 16 minutes, including a 20-3 fourth quarter. Mountaintop suffered a 10-minute stretch without scoring a point.

Adam Montsma added 17 points for Faith, and Alex Montsma tallied 12.

Pollard was just happy to get another win.

"We had a rough stretch recently with three straight losses," he said. "We won by 18 points last night against Maranatha Baptist, which was a big win for us. It's nice to get back on a winning streak."

The boys will look to make it three straight wins Tuesday at Berean Baptist, Ill.

Cougars clip Lady Eagles' wings

Suzanne Knudtson had a big game for the Faith girls Friday night against Mountaintop Christian, and she almost came away the hero.

With 10 seconds remaining and her team down 35-34, Knudtson had an open look for three from the right elbow. However, the ball caromed off the rim, and the Cougars added a free throw for a 36-34 win.

Faith dropped to 4-9 and 4-5 in the Indians Trails with the loss.

Knudtson finished with a game-high 17 points on the night, and she nearly willed her team to victory in the second half. After Mountaintop opened the second half with a 6-2 run to take a 22-15 lead, Knudtson buried three straight shots including a triple to cut Faith's deficit to 23-22 late in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Faith guard Danielle Pettygrove canned a three from the top of the key with 6:40 remaining, giving Faith its first lead of the game at 26-25. Then, Suzanne's sister, freshman Alida Knudtson, got into the act, making two layups to give Faith a 30-27 lead with around three minutes left in the game.

But it was Mountaintop's Sam Santiago who had the last laugh. She led the Cougars with 14 points, including the decisive three-point play with 31.4 seconds remaining that gave Mountaintop a 35-32 lead and proved to be the game-winner. On the next possession, Suzanne Knudtson missed a three, but Alida was right there with the put-back to cut the lead to 35-34. Faith managed a desperation shot at the buzzer that only hit the backboard.

Alida Knudtson added eight points for Faith.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Berean Baptist in Rockford, Ill., for a game Tuesday night.

Other area scores

Boys basketball

Brodhead 53, Big Foot 44

Williams Bay 77, Johnson Creek 55

Waterford 51, Union Grove 45

East Troy 80, Evansville 36

Jefferson 45, Whitewater 44

Girls basketball

Wilmot 50, Badger 47

Waterford 50, Burlington 30

Union Grove 41, Westosha Central 39

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