The Northview Lady Titans (5-2, 3-0 Region 7AAAAAA) had a non-conference showdown on Saturday, December 2, against the Flowery Branch Falcons (5-1, 1-0 Region 8AAAAA) in the Wesleyan Classic. The Titans lost to the Falcons 56-41, the score not being a good representation of how competitive the game actually was.
The Falcons jumped out early, using a combination of wing threes and fast-break points to tire out the Titans early. The Titans responded, with Ashlee Austin leading the charge in second chance points, and Asjah Inniss scoring in transition. Despite this, the Falcons ultimately controlled the pace and had balanced scoring.
Flowery Branch was led by junior guard Caroline Wysocki, senior point guard Lexie Sengkhammee, and senior guard Taniyah Worth, who combined for more than 75% of the Falcons points. These performances brought their squad into halftime with a lead of 31-21. The Falcons jumped on the Titans early in the second half too, stretching the lead to as much as 16. The Titans fought back though, cutting the lead to 7 midway through the fourth quarter. The Falcons were too much in the end, finishing the game on an 18-8 run to put the game out of reach and secure the victory. The Titans leading scorer was freshman point guard Asjah Inniss with 15.
“I don’t think we played well. They denied Ashlee really well, and used the Alabama commit, Taniyah Worth, to faceguard her. We only scored 41 points, and that isn’t enough to win games. We missed free throws and couldn’t sustain our third quarter run. It isn’t a recipe to win,” Head Coach Chris Yarbrough said.
Yarbrough knows that these two early losses are nothing to fret about, as they have had a difficult schedule so far.
“This is why we schedule this tough schedule. We wanna be ready for February. Scheduling cupcakes won’t help us. We could be easily undefeated right now, but we live and learn and get ready for February,” Yarbrough said.
Titan players recognize that they faced off against high quality teams.
“They were a really well rounded team with size, athleticism, and IQ. They are the team we want to become this season. They should be really successful and I admire their teamwork. They worked together as one unit. It was very impressive,” senior guard Megan Cistulli said.
Northview has done a great job using these early struggles to learn and improve and find motivation.
“We are really looking to use this game as a learning process. We lose and we learn and hopefully come February we will be at the peak of our game” junior power forward Maya Richards said.
This was a one game break for the Titans and look to rebound and learn off the tough loss to the Falcons. The Titans remain undefeated in region play and in great shape for the rest of the season.