Fellowship Baptist Academy wins state basketball title


By Daily News • Last Updated 1:00 pm on Monday, March 19, 2012

The Fellowship Baptist Academy the Falcons won its first Michigan Association of Christian Schools Division 1 state title since 2006. (Courtesy photo)

CARSON CITY — The Fellowship Baptist Falcons girls basketball team won its schools second state title with a 49-45 victory over Rochester Hills Christian school on March 3.
After losing in the state semifinals the past two years, the Falcons won its first Michigan Association of Christian Schools Division 1 state title since 2006.
“It feels great. This was a big hurdle for us because we lost in the semifinals two years in a row,” Falcons coach Marie McAlvey said. “Coming back and winning in the semis and then in the finals means the world to the girls. They were so excited right from the beginning.”
The Falcons (21-3) led 15-14 after the first quarter and 27-22 at halftime. They dominated on the offensive glass while building the halftime lead.
“Boxing out was huge in building our lead,” McAlvey said. “We like to use the bodies that God has given us, the ability and understanding to box out.”
After Rochester Hills pulled to within 27-24, the Falcons went on an 11-4 run to open a 38-28 advantage. They finished the third quarter with a 40-33 lead.
Rochester Hills pulled to within one point at 46-45, but was whistled for an intentional foul with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Senior Anna McAlvey made 1-of-2 free throws for a two-point lead. Two more free throws by freshman Sara McAlvey sealed the win for the Falcons.
Anna McAlvey finished the game with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals. Sara McAlvey added 10 points, junior Charlie McAlvey had 10 rebounds and sophomore Alysaa Rogers had nine rebounds.
“Each girl gives 100 percent and each girl contributes,” McAlvey said “Every girls plays and (the depth) is a big part for us.”

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