In preparation for what hopes to be a long playoff stretch for the Faith Academy Bellville Lady Knights the team played two playoff bound Class 2A high schools in Weimar and Fayetteville. The outcome wasn’t quite what Head Coach Joshua McLain expected but he did see some good things. The Lady Knights dropped a 3-0 decision to Weimar at home and then nearly pulled out the win on the road against Fayetteville, failing 3-1. With the losses, Faith drops to 16-10-3 heading into a 6 p.m. playoff match on October 31st against San Antonio Legacy at Beth Keaton Gymnasium. “Nearly all of the girls have been under the weather the past week and against Weimar it showed,” McLain said. “We fought a good first game against them but the second and third games we lost lots of steam and we weren’t the team I know we are.”
Against Fayetteville the team battled a more aggressive attack and was right on the cusp of knocking off the Lady Lions. “We had the momentum to push it to five games and maybe leave with a win but things happened that were unfortunate,” McLain said. “It’s a learning experience. I hope we can learn from it and move on. We definitely can use the losses to build on moving forward into the postseason.”
McLain sees that his team has a short turnaround to make the needed adjustments in order for the team to make its deep push into the playoffs.
“Our consistency concerns me because we are really are a young team on the court and skill wise,” he said. “San Antonio is a very polished team and they can come in here and be the aggressive team or we can. The more consistent team with the pass-serve game will win.”
With a win against San Antonio Tuesday, the Lady Knights meet the winner of San Marcos Hill Country and Houston Southwest Christian Academy at time and place to be determined midweek for a berth in the state tournament.
“Right now it is truly just survive and advance to the next round,” McLain said. “If our team plays at its highest level of consistency and communication we will be fine. Otherwise, just like any other team, we can find our season cut short.”