Written by Ryan Bartels
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (13-7, 5-5 SSAC) tried to take advantage of every available opportunity, routinely dug itself out of sizable deficits and even gained a two-point lead with just under four minutes to play in today’s Southern States Athletic Conference matchup against Martin Methodist (14-6, 8-2 SSAC), but the RedHawks were resilient down the stretch and clutch baskets and free throw shooting ultimately secured the 75-72 victory for the visitors here at Tine Davis Gymnasium.
The single-possession loss was an especially tough pill for the Lady Eagles to swallow given the brilliant career afternoon they got out of Faith LeGate. The senior posted an impressive 36 points, twice the amount of the next most productive player on the floor and half of the home total, and added four rebounds and a pair of steals to the statistical sheet.
Brandy Alley was equally dominant on the flip side of play. The junior registered 17 rebounds in the outing, seven more than the next closest athlete, and added six points, all of which came in the second half.
Olivia Adamson had 10 points and eight boards for the Lady Eagles and tallied a pair of takeaways.
The two teams shot virtually identical numbers from the floor with Martin Methodist landing 38 percent of its total shots to Faulkner’s 37 percent.
The RedHawks were almost twice as efficient from 3-point territory, however, shooting 29 percent versus just 16 percent for the Lady Eagles.
“You have to give all the credit to Martin Methodist,” said head coach Reed Sutton. “They made plays when they needed to. They hit big shots and they just won that game. I thought we gave 40 solid minutes of effort today and I really don’t think anyone thing stands out that caused the loss. They just did what it took and got the win.”
Faulkner will next host Middle Georgia State in SSAC action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. The Knights won the previous showdown in Cochran to kick off league play in early December.