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High school basketball: Flowery Branch girls advance with 68-39 win at Lithia Springs
Ashley Woodroffe leads Lady Falcons with 27 points
Flowery Branch's Ashley Woodroffe defends a shot against Lithia Springs in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs Feb. 21 in Lithia Springs. Photo by Reggie Davis Douglas County Sentinel - photo by For The Times

The Flowery Branch girls basketball program Wednesday continued to reap the benefits of playing in an aggressive Region 8-5A.

The Lady Falcons jumped to an early 17-point lead in the opening quarter, behind 11 points by Taniyah Worth, and cruised to a 68-39 win against Lithia Springs in the second round of the Class 5A state tournament in Douglas County. With the win, Flowery Branch (24-6) is in the state quarterfinals for the third consecutive season and will face Dutchtown in the next round on Tuesday. Game location will be determined by a coin flip. 

“We’re just thrilled to come out of here with a win and see another day,” Flowery Branch coach Courtney Newton-Gonzalez said. “I thought our entire team was locked in tonight.”

Flowery Branch, arguably, was the most well-groomed No. 2 seed in the entire playoff bracket with its only three region losses against top-ranked Buford, which advanced through the second round with a 75-40 win against Maynard Jackson. 

The Lady Falcons lost to Buford, 49-41, in the Region 8-5A championship game on Feb. 10 in Oakwood. 

Once the playoffs started, Flowery Branch has been playing at its best. In the second round win, Ashley Woodroffe led the way with 27 points and four rebounds. Her contribution was especially handy after Worth drew two early fouls and sat the entire second quarter, before playing the second half. 

“This was one of the best games Ashley’s had for us all year,” said Newton-Gonzalez.

Worth finished the night with 20 points, five steals and four rebounds. 

Also performing big, Lady Falcons freshman Ashlee Locke finished with 15 rebounds. 

Dutchtown defeated Ware County, 44-42, in the second round. 

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