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Chestatee girls roll over Flowery Branch
Samantha Brown, of Chestatee, drives to the basket past Bekki Benton of Flowery Branch. - photo by Tom Reed

The Chestatee Lady War Eagles have a very good memory.

They remember how it felt when they won their subregion last year only to be knocked out of the Region 7-AAA tournament by Flowery Branch which caused them to miss the state tournament.

On Friday, they got their revenge.

Peyton Robertson scored a game-high 17 points in just three quarters of play to lead Chestatee to a dominating 52-17 win over the Lady Falcons.

"They put us out of state last year, so we wanted a beatdown not just a win," said Robertson, who shot 7 of 10 from the floor. "We came out very confident and that's something we didn't have last year."

The Lady War Eagles (4-0) came out focused on both ends of the floor, forcing six turnovers in the first four minutes of the game and building a 17-5 lead after one quarter. Chestatee missed just two shots in the first and had assists on five of it's seven field goals.

"We've been working on offense and defense and being more efficient on both sides of the floor," Chestatee coach Web Daniel said. "I've been impressed with the games I've seen Flowery Branch play because they've played well."

Unfortunately for the Lady Falcons (1-4), They had no answer for No. 7 Chestatee.

Following the big first quarter, the Lady War Eagles started the second on a 9-2 run and the rout was on.

Erin Clifford scored five of her eight points, and Emily Crain scored four of her seven to lead Chestatee to an 18-point quarter and 35-11 halftime lead.

As dominant as the first half was for Chestatee, Daniel was most impressed with a third quarter that saw his team score 13 points with no turnovers.

"That's been our focus--not turning the ball over," said Daniel, whose team 11 turnovers and 14 assists on the night.  "We feel like we're very efficient on offense and not turning the ball over in a quarter is awesome for us."

Daniel was also impressed with the 26 created turnovers, 16 of which came via the steal. Melissa Bailey led Chestatee with four steals.

The convincing win was the fourth of the season for Chestatee, which looks to be an early season favorite to win the region.

"We knew coming into the season that we had a lot of seniors who were disappointed with the way last year ended," Daniel said. "I still don't think we get enough respect, but we have to earn it."

Chestatee plays Union County at 7:30 p.m Dec. 10. Flowery Branch, which was led by Jacy Ramey's seven points, visits North Hall at 6 p.m. tonight.

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