LONGMONT -- The Faith Baptist girls basketball team relies on guard Mandy McCormick to put points up on the scoreboard, and she didn't disappoint her teammates on Tuesday night.
A junior captain, McCormick scored 30 points to lead the Pioneers to a 61-43 win over the visiting Front Range Baptist Falcons from Fort Collins.
"I had a lot of assists from my teammates and this team (the Eagles) isn't that quick so I was able to get layups," McCormick said. "The bench coming in and giving us a break really helped because we could play with more energy. And when we play really good defense and get the ball down the court, it makes it easier to score."
McCormick scored all of her points either driving to the basket or shooting mid-range jump shots. She also took many of her six steals the other way for layups and scored off of give-and-go and outlet passes from her teammates.
In the first quarter, McCormick led her team by scoring 12 of the Pioneers' first 18 points. By the time her Pioneers hit the locker room with a 32-18 halftime lead, McCormick alone had as many points as the visiting Falcons (6-6, 2-3).
McCormick hit a layup to put her team up 25 before getting a well-deserved break midway through the third quarter. She returned to start the fourth and scored nine straight points for the Pioneers before taking a seat for the closing minutes.
A rivalry between two closely-related schools, the win also brought the Pioneers (7-3, 2-2) to .500 in Front Range Christian League play. Senior guard Hailey Schulman, who scored 10 points of her own, said the game's added weight made it more satisfying.
"Front Range doesn't like us very much. I think our pastoral staff is siblings with some of their pastoral staff," Schulman said. "It's a fun rivalry and it's always nice to get a win in our conference."
Head coach Jim Stadler said that while McCormick's intensity was the driving force behind the Pioneers' success on Tuesday, the rest of the Pioneers had to trouble matching her focus.
"The focus for the girls was to run the plays and play good defense," Stadler said. "The girls were ready for this team since that's really a friendly rivalry for us."
The Pioneers will travel to Pueblo to take on Parkhill Christian Academy on Friday.
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Faith Baptist 61, Front Range Baptist 43
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FRONT RANGE BAPTIST (6-6, 2-3)
Ford 3 4-8 10, Kendall 5 0-0 11, Radlin 1 0-6 2, Homolka 4 0-0 8, Kruse 4 0-0 8, Bell 1 0-0 2, Schultz 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 4-14 43.
FAITH BAPTIST (7-3, 2-2)
Schulman 5 0-0 10, McCormick 11 8-12 30, Caluag 3 0-0 6, King 1 0-0 2, Biesanz 4 1-1 9, Willis 2 0-0 4, Wisenborn 0 0-0 0, Malik 1 0-0 2, Saucedo 0 0-0 0, Betancourt 0 0-0 0, Miao 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 9-13 61.
Score by quarters:
Front Range Baptist 7 11 13 12 -- 43
Faith Baptist 18 14 16 13 -- 61
3-point field goals -- Front Range Baptist (1): Kendall; Faith Baptist (0): None. Total fouls -- Front Range Baptist 9, Faith Baptist 15. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.