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Faith School celebrates historic win

For most programs, it would have been just another night, beating a team with a 3-19 record.

But for Faith Christian School of Rochester, Tuesday night's 50-31 Section One, Class A East Sub-section girls basketball first-round win over Houston was downright historic.

"It was huge for us," said coach Larry Witthoeft. "It was our first game against a public school, at least in the eight years I've been coaching here. And it was our first game in the (Minnesota State High School League sanctioned) section tournament."

Faith has had a lot of success, losing just two games the past two seasons, while playing schools similar to itself. Faith has 28 students in grades K-12. The smallest Section 1A public school has 10 to 12 times that many.

"Just to field a basketball team is tough enough to start with," Witthoeft said. "We used the David and Goliath story (to prepare for Tuesday's game) except in this case, David doesn't even have a slingshot."

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Understandably, the team was jittery to start the game, which was at Faith's gym.

"We were intimidated the first half," Witthoeft said. "I did everything I could to calm them down. At halftime I said, 'We're here, we know we can play with them, now let's go out and show them what we can do.' We went out and held them to one point in the third quarter and went ahead 40-11."

Faith was seeded seventh in the 12-team field, which Witthoeft acknowledged was a guess on everyone's part. "At the seed meeting, no one had any idea where to put us," he said. "We hadn't played any of the other teams or played anyone who had played them."

Tuesday's first-round win earns the Lions a quarterfinal berth Saturday against a team whose rank in the sub-section is without doubt: No. 2 seed Rushford-Peterson, which has an 18-6 record.

"They'll be by far the toughest team we've played all year," Witthoeft said. "Their coaches were there (Tuesday night), and they'll be ready."

And -- more history -- the game will be at Mayo Civic Auditorium, by far the biggest building any Faith girls team has played in.

"So we'll have to get over that hump," Witthoeft said. "If it takes us too long to settle down against a team this good, it'll be all over.

"But this is tournament basketball. You never know what can happen."

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Section One

East Sub-section

Faith Christian 50, Houston 31

HOUSTON (31)

Kristin Beckman 6, Jessica Boldt 5, Janelle Cox 3, Melanie Cox 4, Laurie Kappauf 6, Tina Mensink 7.

FAITH CHRISTIAN (50)

Tiffany Hermann 14, Tasha Hermann 11, Shawna Hermann 2, Libby Hirssig 13, Julia Hirssig 5, Kayla Persons 5.

Quarter scores

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Houston 5 10 11 31

; Faith Christian 11 21 40 50

; Three-point goals -- FC 1 (Tiffany Hermann 1).

Free throws -- Houston 7-13, FC 8-14.

Fouled out -- None.

Spring Grove 90, LeRoy-Ostrander 27

LeRoy-Ostrander (27)

Nicholette Frazier 9, Ashley Lewison 6, Amanda Loven 5, Lacey Speer 3, Rachel Utz 3, Randi Smith 1.

Spring Grove (90)

Kelsey Anderson 2, Kayla Dehning 5, Jenna Ingvalson 14, Bethany Morken 11, Kelly Rosaaen 5, Jenny Schieber 14, Laura Storlie 8, Kelly Solum 2, Kati Tweeten 6, Erin Wiste 12, Becky Thompson 8, Mandy Landsom 3.

Quarter scores

LeRoy-Ostrander 5 11 18 27

; Spring Grove 28 53 71 90

; Three-point goals -- L-O 1 (Lewison 1), Spring Grove 2 (Ingvalson 2).

Free throws -- L-O 8-17, Spring Grove 16-23.

Fouled out -- L-O, Speer.

Wabasha-Kellogg 44, Lanesboro 39

WABASHA-KELLOGG (44)

Liz Burkhardt 14, Jen Dalen 3, Heather Danckwart 3, Megan Kreye 0, Jackie Lee 2, Mindy Peters 18, Lindsay Russell 4.

LANESBORO (39)

Amy Eide 8, Sarah Flattum 4, Tina Lukkason 8, Katie Lynch 2, Brenda Mensink 4, Jessica Overland 11, Alesha Sveen 0, Katherine Lukkason 2.

Quarter scores

Wabasha-Kellogg 8 22 34 44

; Lanesboro 13 25 30 39

; Three-point goals -- W-K 2 (Russell 1, Dalen 1), Lanesboro 3 (Overland 1, T.Lukkason 2).

Free throws -- W-K 8-14, Lanesboro 0-2.

Fouled out -- None.

SECTION ONE

West Sub-section

Bethany Academy 39, Glenville-Emmons 35

Bethany Academy (39)

Ashley Moline 6, Jenni Sidd 11, Nikki Shutters 4, Kaylee Nelson 12, Stella Palmer 0, Missy Harmond 2, Katie Frid 0, Christianna Nelson 2, Lora Alewine 2

GLENVILLE-EMMONS (35)

Megan Avery 4, Jenna Brackey 8, Katie Brackey 5, Lauren Bremer 5, Sarah Greibrok 0, Taryn Kaasa 5, Alisa Rayman 6, Rhonda Watson 0, Megan Bjorklund 0, Sam Stadheim 2.

Quarter scores

Bethany 4 15 25 39

; Glenville-Emmons 9 20 27 35

; Three-point goals -- BA 1 (Sidd 1), GE 2 (Brackey 1, Bremer 1).

Free throws -- BA 10-21, GE 5-12.

Fouled out -- BA, Avery.

Goodhue 59, Randolph 17

RANDOLPH (17)

Karin Nardling 2, Cassey May 2, Jenny Harris 7, Krystle Siebenaler 2, Trista Otto 1, Holly Zolkert 3.

goodhue (59)

Amanda Albers 2, Kamie Carlson 3, Briana Gadient 2, Britta Gadient 2, Jennifer Gadient 9, Marna Hadler 5, Katie Klindworth 4, Haley O'Connor 15, Katie Peters 2, Michelle Roschen 11, Amanda Ryan 4.

Quarter scores

Randolph 2 11 11 17

; Goodhue 18 33 45 59

; Three-point goals -- Randolph 1 (Harris 1), Goodhue 1 (J. Gadient 1).

Free throws -- Randolph 6-15, Goodhue 14-20.

Fouled out -- Randolph, Otto.

Fillmore Central 71, Grand Meadow 51

GRAND MEADOW (51)

Brynn Hanken 7, Sarah Holm 20, Kelli Petzel 18, Nickole Stier 6.

FILLMORE CENTRAL (71)

Karrie Davids 3, Nikki Denny 11, Heidi Harstad 15, Tricia Kingsley 2, Katie Marzolf 4, Hayley Merritt 14, Amy Rindels 14, Brittany Ristau 8.

Quarter scores

Grand Meadow 8 24 32 51

; Fillmore Central 18 33 54 71

; Three-point goals -- GM 1 (Petzel 1), FC 7 (Rindels 3, Merritt 1, Denny 1, Harstad 2).

Free throws -- GM 18-28, FC 10-16.

Fouled out -- None.

REGULAR SEASON

(Non-conference)

Pine Island 34, St. Charles 32

ST. CHARLES (32)

Trista Braun 3, Brenda Dabelstein 0, Audrey Decker 11, Amanda Ellson 8, Morgan Kraut 0, Kate Peterson 10.

Pine Island (34)

Laura Bergren 0, Marisa Brooks-Sorenson 4, Jenna Helder 5, Missy Larson 0, Audrey Lenoch 18, Beth Newman 7, Dee Nold 0, Brenda Olcott 0, Steph Schroeder 0.

Quarter scores

St. Charles 9 14 24 32

; Pine Island 14 21 27 34

; Three-point goals -- St. Charles 1 (Braun 1), Pine Island 6 (Lenoch 6).

Free throws -- St. Charles 3-6, Pine Island 5-11.

Fouled out -- None.

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