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THE FAMILY SCHOOL'S Mary Schmieder tries to control the basketball after grabbing rebound between Tri-Valley teammates Gretchen Hartman (22) and Anneliese Hartman in Tuesday night’s non-league game. Among the players pictured in the background is The Family School’s Bianca Eldorado (42).

Family School Falcons Soar Past Tri-Valley Bears, 45-33

By Ted Waddell
GRAHAMSVILLE — December 22, 2006 — Depending on whose side you’re on, an 18-point scoring run can either make your day or break it.
On Tuesday afternoon, an unanswered 18-point run by the Lady Falcons of The Family Foundation School in the second period put them firmly in the catbird’s seat as they defeated the host Tri-Valley Lady Bears, 45-33, in a non-league game.
In the first quarter, the visitors outscored T-V, 11-9.
But in the second period, the Lady Falcons shut out the Lady Bears, 16-0, on to head into the locker room with a 27-9 advantage.
The game hinged on the second quarter, as in the third and fourth periods, T-V (1-3) outscored the opposition 12-10 and 12-8, respectively.
But it was too little, too late for the home team.
Double digit hoopsters for The Family School (6-0) included Jessica Fairweather, who had a game-high 16 points, and Kaitlyn Slicker, who netted 10 points.
Miranda Benevides was high scorer for T-V with eight points.
Stats from the free throw line: Family School was 1-of-8 (13 percent), T-V went 5-of-11 (45 percent).
“I thought Family played a good game, they have a strong team,” veteran T-V Coach Karen Andrews said.
“Number 45 [Fairweather] played a really good game… she’s a good ball handler for a tall girl,” Andrews added.
The Lady Bears’ leader singled out a couple of her hoopsters for accolades.
Andrews noted that Benevides “did a great job on defense” and Jakki Pugh “had a lot of steals for us.”
When it came time to grab a few comments from Family School Coach Carlton Williams, he proverbially passed the ball to Peggy McCarthy, who is his new assistant coach.
“It was a good game, [but] we got a little sloppy at the end,” McCarthy said.
“We have a lot of talent and they’re working hard,” she added. “Hopefully, this will continue.”

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