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SFC players rally around teammate under the weather

02/25/2014, 10:43pm PST
By John Maffei

Eagles junior guard comes to the rescue with 21 points, 18 in the second half

— With Megan Franke sick, the Santa Fe Christian girls basketball team needed someone to step up.

Lindsey Almquist was that person.

The junior guard scored 21 points — 18 in the second half — as the Eagles finally solved Sweetwater’s press and beat the Red Devils 51-35 Tuesday night in a first-round San Diego Section Division III playoff game.

With the win, the No. 8 Eagles (15-8) advance to play top-seeded Ramona on Friday.

Franke, who didn’t start the second half, left the game early and was helped off the floor at the end. Still, the 5-foot-11 junior finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.

“We had to deny big No. 24 (Franke) the ball,” said Sweetwater coach Heather Huckaby. “And that left someone open.”

That someone was Almquist, who hit a pair of 3-pointers to open the third quarter as SFC broke away from the Red Devils (15-12).

Almquist had nine points in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth.

“Franke was sick as a dog,” said SFC coach Laurie Byrd. “She had a 103-degree temperature Monday, but she insisted on playing.

“She just wasn’t herself, so we needed someone else to step up. Tonight that was Lindsey Almquist. She has been one of our top players, but she just now is starting to realize how good she is.”

Jessi Moore was a monster on the boards for the Eagles. She scored nine points, but had 22 rebounds.

“Jessi is a tenacious rebounder,” Byrd said. “She’s an outstanding leader for us — on and off the floor.

“At our school, you have to be a good student, and she gets it done on and off the court. That’s why she’s one of our captains.”

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