It was senior night at Flowery Branch Friday, and when the spotlight was on them, the Lady Falcons fourth-year players delivered. Seniors Caroline Wysocki, Ashley Scott and Ashley Woodroffe combined for more than half of the team’s points as Flowery Branch steamrolled Marist 78-48 and locked up the top seed for the upcoming Region 7-4A tournament.
It was also the 100th career win for the players who have been with the team for the last four years. It was the second time they’d beaten the Lady War Eagles in the last six days.
“It was a fun night, especially knowing we played a good team in Marist,” Flowery Branch coach Courtney Newton-Gonzalez said. “I think there was a lot of excitement in the air, a lot of nerves for these seniors to come out here and play in front of their home crowd.”
Caroline Wysocki led the way for Flowery Branch (22-3, 12-0 Region 7-4A) with 25 points, adding five assists and four steals. Ashley Scott scored 18 — all of that coming from her six 3s — and Woodroffe chipped in 15 points and six assists. Newton-Gonzalez took three separate timeouts during the fourth quarter to sub each senior out as the home crowd roared its approval.
The result of the game was never really in question from the beginning. Marist hung around for the first half of the opening quarter, but a 9-0 run to close out the frame gave the Lady Falcons a 13-point advantage.
That lead would never fall below double digits for the rest of the game.
Flowery Branch carried its dominance over, scoring the first eight points of the second period, as well as the last seven. A transition layup from Woodroffe off of a Shaina Kriews steal that came with 10 seconds left to play before the break put the Lady Falcons up 38-17 going into halftime.
Marist prevented the home team from completely running away with things in the third quarter, but an 11-4 start to the final frame — kicked off be a 3-point play from Wysocki — quickly put things out of reach.
“I was proud of how they locked in defensively,” Newton-Gonzalez said. “We had to make some adjustments from our first time that we played them. I was really proud of how they executed.”