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Girls basketball: Faith falls to Jenkintown

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After its loss to undefeated Jenkintown Tuesday, Faith Christian’s girls basketball team was reminded how their regular season left little doubt about the outcome.

The Lions have secured their spot in the upcoming Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) tournament, and they have locked down the second spot in the Class A district bracket.

So, the focus has shifted toward the BAL and district playoffs, the latter that saw the Lions make a first-round exit last year.

“We have some girls who are peaking in their own games, and we look like we can peak as a team at the right time,” said Faith head coach Dave Forker, who has guided his team to an overall 17-4 mark with one regular season game remaining.

“We know we have to tweak some things after the Jenkintown game. Before that, we had a rough fourth quarter against New Hope. The girls know what they have to do to keep going, and it won’t be a new situation for them.”

Freshman point guard Izabella Forker, the coach’s daughter, has been among the team leaders in several categories, and has been a centerpiece for the offense and defense.

“She is a stabilizing force for us,” said Forker. “She can play the point and usually plays the middle to help with rebounding.

“Izabella has a good floor presence and knows how to find the best shot.”

Junior Sydney Heller recently reached the 1,000-point career scoring plateau, and lone senior Karleigh Garber has been a leader on and off the court.

“Sydney Heller has been doing very well for us lately, and she is really starting to peak,” added Forker. “Karleigh Garber works very hard and is a glue type of girl who holds everybody together. She’s 5-6, but she is always playing the other team’s center.

“We’re small, but we are very tenacious.”

The Lions downed Dock Mennonite, 49-18, Monday, but they dropped a 46-35 decision to undefeated Jenkintown Tuesday. Heller had a team-high 20 points and Garber added eight against Jenkintown.

Faith Christian finishes the regular season at Lincoln Leadership Academy Thursday. Jenkintown is 13-0 in the BAL, while Faith Christian is 11-2.

“If we could have pulled out a win against Jenkintown, we each would have one loss,” said Forker. “We had the lead at halftime, but we couldn’t get the lid off the rim in the second half.

“We’re sure to see Jenkintown again, and we feel pretty confident against them. We know we have to tweak some things with leagues and districts coming up.

“We are doing a lot of good things out there. If we can all come together, we can go pretty far.”


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