By Ted Waddell
MONTICELLO December 8, 2006 The Lady Falcons of The Family Foundation School defeated the Monticello Lady Panthers, 38-35, on Monday night in the home team’s opening game of the season.
At the half, The Family School (3-0) was up 21-16.
But at the halfway mark in the third quarter, Monticello (0-1) tied it up 21-21 on a bucket by Ty’nessa Washington.
In the final period, the Lady Panthers almost proverbially pulled a rabbit out of the hat as they momentarily took a 30-29 lead.
Going into the final seconds of the game, Monticello trailed by three (38-35), but could not draw any closer before the buzzer sounded.
Both squads are young, and in the number’s game, the Lady Falcons fielded 15 players, while the Lady Panthers took to the floor with only seven hoopsters.
Leading the Lady Falcons to the win were Jessica Fairweather and Kaitlyn Slicker.
Fairweather came within one point of picking up a triple-double, as she scored nine points, made 11 steals and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Slicker recorded 10 points.
Double-digit scorers for Monticello included Satanya Snowden (11) and Pollyanna Palhano (10).
“It was a good game, and they gave us a good, hard run,” Family School Coach Carlton Williams said.
“It was a hard-fought victory,” he added.
Monticello Coach Karen Atack summed up the game in just a few words.
“We need to work on the fundamentals and the basics,”she said.