December 02, 2011 | 08:51 PMWILLIAMS BAY -- Beating Burlington Catholic Central is quite an accomplishment.
But to do it handily then have a repeat performance against your rivals on the road only three days later proves the Faith Christian boys basketball team is for real.
Just three nights after defeating Central for the first time in school history, the Eagles kept it rolling Friday night with a 59-47 triumph over their Highway 67 neighbors, Williams Bay.
With the win, Faith improved to 3-0. The Bay fell to 0-3. The win marked the second straight year Faith has downed the Bay.
"We've had a pretty good week," he said. "It was a fun win. We haven't totally hit our stride yet, which is encouraging."
The Bay stuck around early, but Faith grabbed an 18-11 lead after one quarter. Sharpshooting from Adam and Alex Montsma helped extend Faith's lead to 35-23 at the half.
In the second half, Faith led by as many as 19 points. Center Ben Sass fouled out with five minutes remaining, and a late Bay surge resulted in a deceiving final score.
The Eagles controlled the game with physical defense and methodical offense predicated on set plays and an effective perimeter weave.
Faith canned six three-pointers in the game and swished home 13 free throws. Conversely, the Bulldogs made four of 14 free-throw attempts.
Adam Montsma continued his offensive dominance, leading all scorers with 24 points. In three games, the 6-foot-3 junior forward is averaging 22.3 points per game. Adam's twin brother, Alex, added 18 points Friday night.
The Bay, which looked out of sync offensively, was led by senior Lawrence Crement's 21 points. The Bulldogs were able to hang with Faith in the first half, but several missed foul shots proved costly in the long run.
The stands were jam-packed for the contest, which was the second annual "One Game, One Cause, One Community" tilt. T-shirts were sold with proceeds going toward brain cancer research. Last year, two children in the Faith Christian community died of D.I.P.G., a rare form of brain cancer. Also, Faith senior Brandon Valadez's grandfather recently passed away from brain cancer.
At halftime, Valadez, Faith graduate Cayla Learman (who originated the event a year ago), Faith Christian Administrator Craig Skrede and Williams Bay Principal Barry Butters thanked the crowd for its support. The event was a joint effort between both schools' student councils.
Faith hosts defending Indian Trails champion Kenosha Reuther Tuesday night. The Bay opens Trailways South play Tuesday at Fall River.
Check Wednesday's Regional News for photos from the game.
Waterford 64, Badger 50
In Badger's Southern Lakes opener Friday night in Lake Geneva, the local boys jumped out to a 14-10 lead after the first quarter.
But the Wolverines fired off a 27-15 second quarter and fended off the pesky Badgers the rest of the way in a close tilt.
Badger dropped to 0-3 overall.
Badger cut Waterford's lead to 51-46 in the fourth quarter, but solid free-throw shooting from Waterford led to Badger's eventual demise. Waterford connected on nine of 14 from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes.
The Badgers were led by a trio of underclassmen. Sophomore Jake Kozlowski paced the club with 16 points, including nine in the second half. 'Koz' hit three of Badger's seven triples. Sophomore Jacob Growel and freshman Lincoln Wieseman each added 11 points for Badger.
The Wolverines hit seven threes as well, with five coming from Zach Fisher, who led all scorers with 20 points.
Badger hit 15 of 18 from the foul line.
Badger travels to Wilmot Thursday.
Other area scores
Burlington 56, Westosha Central 48 (OT)
Wilmot 77, Elkhorn 64
Union Grove 57, Delavan-Darien 48
Williams Bay 33, Faith Christian 28
The Lady Bulldogs held off a late Faith rally to win their season opener Friday night at Williams Bay.
The Bay led, 25-13, after three quarters, but the Eagles stormed back with a 15-8 fourth-quarter run to get within five points with 48 seconds remaining. However, Faith missed three-pointers on its next two possessions, and the Bulldogs escaped with a win.
Josie Bauscher led the Bay with 13 points. Claire Canda added 11 before leaving late in the fourth with a knee injury.
Suzanne Knudtson, Alida Knudtson, Abby Keizer and Maisy Alldredge scored seven points apiece for Faith.
Other area scores
Wilmot 48, Kenosha Bradford 25
Franklin 78, Burlington 34
Mukwonago 55, Waterford 42