By Rob Potter
HANCOCK December 3, 2002 The Family School girls basketball team opened its 2002-2003 season on Friday night.
In addition to starting a new hoops campaign, the Lady Falcons were making their debut on the schools new gymnasium floor.
Both the Lady Falcons and their opponents, the Sacred Heart (Pa.) Lady Crusaders, committed a share of miscues in the first half as it was the inaugural game of the year for both squads.
Sacred Heart, located in Carbondale, Pa., is qualified as a Class A school by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). Unlike the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), which classifies schools from largest to smallest with AA to D designations, the PIAA classifies schools from largest to smallest using AAAA, AAA, AA and A designations.
Family School (0-1) took a 14-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. But Sacred Heart opened the third quarter with a 11-0 run to grab a 21-10 advantage midway through the stanza.
Sacred Heart (1-0) went on to record a 34-27 victory in the non-league contest.
Keying that scoring run for the Lady Crusaders was senior Sara Streitsky, who scored four of her game-high 10 points during that scoring spurt.
Shes the heart and soul of the team, Sacred Heart Coach Tom Connor said of Streitsky.
Bridget Brown added nine points for the Lady Crusaders.
I think we settled down in the second half, Connor explained.
Family Coach Carlton Williams noted that his team is still trying to jell as a unit.
We have 10 new girls and three returnees, Williams said. We could have ended up losing by more, but the girls played tough and hung in there.
Lauren Blythe led the Lady Falcons with five points. Teammates Marcy Sherrin, Joanna Heretick and Dee Gill each added four points.
I think we should have a good season, Williams said. For the first time in a while we have a bench. We have seven girls who can come in and play. Everybody played tonight, so that was good.