Federal Hocking Freshman Makes Big Free Throws For Lady Lancers

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Saturday’s Tri-Valley Conference Girls Basketball Preview was meant to give teams a chance to test their squads before the regular season starts in a few weeks, however for the Federal Hocking Lady Lancers, it was much more than that.

Federal Hocking’s chances of winning looked bleak, but a Meigs technical foul with less than 10 seconds left allowed an opportunity for the Lancers. With Federal Hocking down 9-8, an unfamiliar face was put in the game with a chance to give the Lancers a lead late in the game.

Faith Bennett-Wolfe made her way to the free throw line. Bennett-Wolfe, a freshman with Down syndrome, sunk both free throws with the crowd giving her a standing ovation following.

“I was excited! I felt happy and really good,” Bennett-Wolfe said.

“For me, it’s overwhelming to have the support of all the parents and all of the students,” her father Todd Wolfe said. “Not just from Federal Hocking, but from all the schools.”

The Marauders would go on to win the game with a buzzer beater, but everyone on the court left a winner today.

“I would have liked to not have that buzzer beater go in because that would have been [Faith] winning the game at the end,” Federal Hocking Head Coach Jeremy Tolson said.

The Lancers look to open their season with a rematch against the Marauders on November 23rd. Meigs, however, will open its season on November 21st against Amanda.