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Eagles soaring above foes

by Mike Ramczyk

January 20, 2011

Abby Keizer (24) drives to the hoop against Southwestern HomeSchool last Thursday.
Menomonee Falls — In high school basketball, teams hope to play their best in late January and February to gain momentum heading into the March playoffs.

In the case of the Faith Christian boys basketball squad, the Eagles are peaking at the right time.

With two convincing victories last week, the Eagles are winners of four straight games and are now 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Indian Trails Conference. Coach Brian Pollard is pleased with his team's recent hot streak.

"We are in a good rhythm," he said. "We're rolling and playing really well."

On Saturday, the Eagles traveled to Menomonee Falls Calvary Baptist, a team they beat 55-18 earlier in the season. Faith continued its dominance over Calvary Baptist, jumping out to a 31-5 halftime lead on its way to a 45-12 thrashing. The Eagles held such a commanding lead that the starters played sparingly in the second half.

"We jumped into the lead and cleared the bench," Pollard said. "It was nice to get the bench guys in. We used it to work on different things. We were really able to run our offense and play tough defense. We have really been stressing the importance of defense lately."

Adam Montsma, who has been on a scoring spree of late, again led the Eagles with 15 points. Ben Sass finished with 11 points, including nine in the first quarter. Faith was able to work the ball inside to Sass early to gain an advantage. Also, freshman Joe Ingersoll added seven points for Faith.

Faith returns to action Thursday at Eastbrook Academy. Pollard said his team should come away with a victory.

Faith Christian 45, University Lake School 29

At home last Tuesday, Faith held a six-point lead at halftime before opening the game up in the second half thanks to the inside play of Sass and some long-range shooting from Adam Montsma.

University Lake tried to slow the game down, often taking 45 seconds to a minute to work the ball around for an open shot. They also packed their defense in the lane, playing a 1-3-1 zone. But Faith was able to knock down some triples in the second quarter, which opened up the University Lake defense.

"In the second half, we pounded the ball inside and really wore them out," Pollard said.

Faith used an 11-6 advantage in the third quarter and a 13-8 nod in the fourth to run away with the win. For the game, Faith sank five three-pointers.

Adam Montsma paced the Eagles with 18 points. Pollard has been impressed with the sophomore's recent play.

"Adam has led us in scoring the last four or five games," he said. "He has really been coming on. He is in a rhythm now and has done a great job offensively."

Sass added 13 points for the Eagles.