Girls Varsity Basketball
|Falls Church High School||49|
Falls Church was unable to extend its winning streak to six games, falling at home to the Lady Statesmen of Marshall HS in an exciting home-court game that witnessed several lead changes and tied scores throughout. Marshall boasts last year's conference MVP and has romped through the early season by knocking out perennial kingpins: South Lakes, Fairfax, Langley and Edison. The fact that the Lady Jags led this team with four minutes to go illustrates how competitive Coach Pritchett's team can be.
Falls Church fought Marshal throughout the first quarter and came away with a 12-11 lead. The second quarter bore scene to frequent ties: 13-13, 15-15, and 17-17, but Marshall pulled ahead with six unanswered points and maintained that lead all the way to the halftime buzzer: 28-22.
The Jaguars battled back quickly in the third quarter, tying the score at 38-38. Junior guard Sierra Kennard landed two baskets; sophomore point guard Amari Faust tallies a "3" and two "2s"; senior guard Mia Pendleton knocked down a basket-and-one conversion; and seniors Rasha Benhamida and Nyeisha Thompson applied the other three points to help Falls Church knot the score. The momentum belonged to the home team as Mia Pendleton swished two more points from the penalty stripe and Amari Faust drove home two more baskets from the left side to gain the home team a 42-40 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Faust and sophomore guard Gabby Clay lit up the scoreboard again early in the fourth quarter to keep the Lady Jags in the lead to about the halfway point of the quarter. But Coach Pritchett's team started to run out of steam. Shut out for nearly four minutes, Falls Church helplessly lost their lead and then helplessly fouled Marshall shooters in order to gain a necessary possession change. The Lady Statesman compiled 13 unanswered points before Sierra Kennard ended the scoring with the longest "3" heaved by a Lady Jaguar in at least six years to end the contest with an eight-point deficit by the home squad.
The defeat puts the Jaguars behind in the Conference with an 0-1 record, although they enter the Holiday break with a 5 win, 2 loss record overall. Amari Faust enjoyed her best game of her two-year career. Mia Pendleton was strong defensively and offensively including five for five from the free-throw line, and Nyeisha Thompson was the leading rebounder again with 10 boards, already eclipsing 50 for the young season. Sierra Kennard's game ending "3" carried her total game points into double digits for the fourth straight game and for the 34th game in her 2 1/3 season career.
Scoring Summary: Amari Faust, 18 points; Sierra Kennard, 11 points; Mia Pendleton, 9 points; Rasha Benhamida, 4 points; Gabriele Clay, 4 points; Nyeisha Thompson, 3 points.