If you didn’t throw Faith Owen into the conversation as one of the best freshmen in the area last year, you didn’t get to see enough NECC basketball. She was an All-NECC selection and led Garrett in scoring (10.5 points per game) and steals (1.5 steals per game).

If she didn’t insert herself into other team’s focus on night one, she certainly did on night two of her career when she scored 17 points against NE8 frontrunner Bellmont by working hard to get to the basket and into contact to get to the free throw line. There, she shot 10-of-12 against Bellmont and ended up shooting 85 percent from the line for the course of the entire season (71-of-84). Her coach says it is their goal to try and double her free throw opportunities this coming season.

Owen is somewhat undersized but a gritty competitor who isn’t settling for jumpshots. She scored a season high 22 points against Churubusco, but her best performance may have been shooting 71 percent from the field against West Noble while scoring 15 points. As tough as she is getting to the basket, she is a solid shooter as well with nice form; she 35 three pointers including five in that game against Churubusco.

“Faith Owen lived up to expectations as a freshman,” Garrett coach Bob Lapadot said. “She developed her all around game and became much more than a stand still shooter.  We will put her in more situations to use her ball handling and driving abilities this season.”

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