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Girls Athlete of the Week: Flowery Branch's Marissa Ivey
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Honor Roll

Camille Anderson, Buford: Scored 17 points against West Hall on Friday.

Maia Booker, West Hall: Tallied 16 points against North Hall on Tuesday.

Mackenzie Darrah, Buford: Had 14 points against Dawson County on Tuesday.

Kaela Davis, Buford: Put up a career-high 43 points against Dawson County on Tuesday.

Kaelyn Gattis, West Hall: Recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds against North Hall on Tuesday.

Jensen Hall, West Hall: Scored 13 points against North Hall on Tuesday.

Bridgette Kelly, Chestatee: Had 13 points against Lumpkin County on Tuesday.

Maegan Kenimer, Chestatee: Put up 23 points against Lumpkin County on Tuesday and 30 against Monroe on Friday.

Taylor Kennedy, Banks County: Tallied 21 points against Fannin County on Friday.

Jacy Ramey, Flowery Branch: Had 15 points against Salem on Friday. 

Sarah Rhodes, North Georgia Christian: Scored 13 points against Unity Christian last Monday.

Sheyenne Seabolt, Dawson County: Recorded 15 points against Buford on Tuesday.

Julianne Sutton, North Georgia Christian: Had 21 points against Colonial Hills Christian on Thursday.

Tavia Sykes, Flowery Branch: Tallied 18 points against Salem on Friday.

Sarah Wood, Jefferson: Put up 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Rabun County on Tuesday.

Flowery Branch senior guard Marissa Ivey is a player the team depends on to do it all. From knocking down 3-pointers, to making the crucial jump shot at the end of the game, to defending the pass, to sending out text reminders to her teammates about practices and other events, the Lady Falcons know they can turn to Ivey for anything.

“She understands what’s going on,” said Flowery Branch coach Hazel Hall. “She knows what everyone is supposed to be doing. We put her in charge of a lot of things.”

Both on and off the court, Ivey is a leader for Flowery Branch. During a game, Ivey leads the team by example and scores when her team needs it most.

“We rely on her to score,” Hall said, “So when she doesn’t, we struggle offensively a little bit, but when she has an outburst, she carries us.

“She may have games where she struggles a little bit, but in every game that’s a bit closer, she manages to knock down a big shot and its usually a 3.”

Ivey helped carry the Lady Falcons to a 68-43 win over Lanier on Saturday with 32 points, including six 3-pointers.

For her efforts, Ivey is The Times Girls Athlete of the Week.

“Right now she’s playing better than she’s ever played before all the way around,” Hall said. “I had no idea she had 32. I thought it was more like 20.”

Hall said Ivey’s points added up quickly in the game against Lanier, especially with Ivey making multiple 3-point shots after not making any the night before.

“Once she got started, she didn’t miss,” Hall said. “She missed her first couple shots, but after that everything she shot went in.”

“She really put on a show. She scored in almost every way possible to score.”

Ivey’s versatility shows how much her game has developed since she entered the Flowery Branch system four years ago, especially considering that she’s one of the smallest players on the team at just 5-feet, 3-inches tall.

“3-point shooting has always been her specialty, but this year she’s worked on being able to put it on the floor once or twice and shoot a nice little jump shot,” Hall said.

Hall and Ivey have also worked on bounce passes that cater to Ivey’s small stature and developing the defensive skills of the offensive catalyst.

“She’s developed into a pretty good passer,” Hall said, “She’s playing much better defense now.”

Even when she steps off the hardwood, however, she continues to be a team leader in the classroom.

“She’s a really good student,” Hall said. “She’s extremely smart. She’s a really, really hard worker.”

Ivey also ensures that every member of the Lady Falcons has the most updated information about the team and the schedule.

“She’s my texting coordinator,” Hall said. “If there’s ever a time where the team needs a reminder or anything, I tell her and she takes care of it. She’s in charge.”

Ivey is currently participating in the Youth Leadership Hall County program, which Hall says helps with Ivey’s leadership skills that, in turn, help the team have even better chemistry. Hall also notes that Ivey is one of the top students academically in the class of 2013.

“She’s one of the top 10 in the senior class,” Hall said. “She may be in the top five.”

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