Faith Academy hits tournament season

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Faith Academy of Bellville's basketball teams are full swing into tournament season, with the Lady Knights emerging victorious from their tournament-opener and the Knights traveling to Weimar for a doubleheader.

The Faith Academy Lady Knights had a very busy week that saw five games played. They started the week off playing Fort Bend Christian Homeschool Athletics on Tuesday. They played hard, but got off to a slow start, finding themselves down 22-6 at the half.

Even though Faith Academy played better in the second half, they came up short, losing 36-17. Adelaide Kuespert led the team in scoring with seven points, followed by Gabriella Yates and Ella Polston who each scored four points.

Next was the Conroe Lifestyle tournament where the hosting team was first on the schedule. The Lady Knights started better than they had all season.

Trailing by one after the first quarter, the Lady Knights outscored the Victors, 7-2, to take 15-11 lead at the half. Faith Academy extended its lead to 22-17 at the end of the third quarter and held off the Victors who had a late scoring run to try and win their first game of the season.

Even though the Lady Knights suffered two first-half injuries, losing starter Maddie Odom and Chesney Johnston, that did not dampen the Lady Knights' spirit en route to a 26-25 win. Faith Academy's leading scorers were Adelaide Kuespert with 12 and Joselyn Bretado with eight points.

Later in the day, they tipped off against Providence, a 2A team from Spring. Again, the Lady Knights got off to a slow start and found themselves trailing at the half, 27-5. Faith Academy played better in the second half but ultimately lost by a 39-14 score.

The Lady Knights finished in the silver bracket where they would play Conroe Covenant on Saturday. Still down the two starters, Faith Academy never quit but the Lady Cougars would dominate the game from the start, defeating Faith Academy, 37-5.

Mixed in between Thursday and Saturday‘s tournament games, the Lady Knights found time to play another game on Friday. They traveled to St. John XXIII in Katy to play the 6A JV Lady Lions.

They played well in the first half, matching the Lady Lions point for point, entering the halftime break tied at 14. It seemed the Lady Knights ran out of gas late in the third quarter where they gave up 10 unanswered points. St. John XXIII went on to defeat Faith Academy, 34-18. Leading the Lady Knights in scoring was Gabriella Yates with nine points.

“We have a very young team who works hard each day and gives their all,” says Coach T. Tomlinson. “I look forward to working with these girls this year.”

On the boys' side of things, the Knights met with Fort Bend Christian Academy at home to begin their season last Tuesday evening. Despite a 21-point effort from Pierce Newcomb, as well as nine- and eight-point efforts from Kaleb Shepherd and Jonah Taake respectively, Faith Academy fell by a 47-41 margin to kick things off.

From there, the Knights participated in the Weimar Tournament over the weekend, squaring off with the hosts twice.

In the first game, Kaleb Shepherd led Faith Academy scorers with 12 and Pierce Newcomb was next with 10 and Nathan Taake added five but it was just not enough to beat the Wildcats who took a 33-32 decision.

Shepherd once again led Knight scorers in the second meeting, providing a seven-point game with Taake pouring in five points to help the Faith Academy offense although it eventually fell to Weimar by a 34-13 score to start on an 0-3 clip.

The Knights had Robert Beren Academy next on the schedule with a hopeful bounce-back game to begin this week before going on holiday break.

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