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Flowery Branch girls cruise past Winder-Barrow, 69-19
Winder Barrow’s Lakeisha Hall gets blocked by Flowery Branch’s Tavia Sykes while teammate Dani Lacko watches during the first half of the Lady Falcons win at the Flowery Branch High gymnasium Friday night. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Flowery Branch girls basketball team has ascended to a level of talent that doesn’t always require a full four quarters to secure a victory.

In some cases it takes less time, and such was the case in the Lady Falcons’ 69-19 win over Winder-Barrow on Friday in Flowery Branch. By outscoring the Lady Bulldoggs 30-5 through one quarter and leading 44-5 at halftime, Flowery Branch (17-1, 11-0 Region 8-AAAAA) had yet another win squared away through just two quarters of play.

The win continues the Lady Falcons’ recent tear through the region schedule and expands their winning streak to six games. They reached their single-game season-high in scoring for the second time in a row, and their 50-point margin of victory against Winder-Barrow (3-16, 0-11) is their largest of the season.

But big wins have become the norm this season for Flowery Branch, which has outscored its opponents 137-71 this week.

"We made some easy shots, and that kind of got us going,” Lady Falcons coach Hazel Hall said. “When everybody kind of gets in a rhythm and everybody is scoring, everybody kind of feeds off of everybody.”

Flowery Branch opened the game on a 24-0 run, and didn’t allow a single Winder-Barrow point until the 1:35 mark of the first quarter. The Lady Falcons closed out the quarter with two of their seven three-pointers on the night, kick-starting yet another big run that lasted the entire second quarter and first 10 points of the third. By the time Winder-Barrow scored again around the midway point of the third, Flowery Branch had scored 27 consecutive points and led 54-7.

The Lady Bulldoggs, playing with just one senior, two juniors and 10 sophomores, closed out the third with a quick 7-3 surge and wound up scoring 14 of their 19 points in the second half.

“These games are kind of hard,” Hall said. “They’re hard to stay focused in when you start off like that.”

The gaudy numbers Flowery Branch tallied were reflected on the score sheet. All but three players on the Lady Falcons’ roster scored points, and three reached double figures while another two scored nine. They were especially efficient at the free-throw line, making 14 of 19 shots.

Heather Moore led Flowery Branch with 19 points on the night, sinking three 3-pointers and adding five free-throws. Jacy Ramey tallied 14 points and was a perfect 5 for 5 from the free-throw line and Dani Lacko added 13. Tavia Sykes and Breanna Locke added nine points apiece.

Winder-Barrow was led by Shakari Smith, who scored eight points and the team’s only 3-pointer.

Flowery Branch is on the road to visit Apalachee at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

WINDER-BARROW BOYS 56, FLOWERY BRANCH 43: The Falcons trailed by just five entering the fourth quarter, but the Bulldoggs scored 19 points in the final period of play to hold on for the region win.

Flowery Branch (5-13, 3-8 Region 8-AAAAA), losers of four straight, trailed the entirety of the game despite holding the deficit to single digits until the fourth quarter. The Falcons trailed by five after one quarter and again at halftime.

Cody Dewing was Flowery Branch’s only scorer in double figures, scoring nine baskets at the post and finishing the night with 19 points. Jamaad Stephens and Nick Wayne each chipped in nine for the Falcons.

Winder-Barrow (11-8, 5-6) was led by Zay Hester, who scored six from the field and two from the 3-point line for 20 points. Travis Demeritte added 15 points and Chandon Sullivan supplied 12.

Flowery Branch looks to halt its recent skid when it visits Apalachee at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Winder.

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