On homecoming night at Forest Lake Christian, the lone senior on the girls basketball team got things going early and the rest of the Lady Falcons followed.
Senior post player Emily Woodward scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half, grabbed eight rebounds and led the Lady Falcons to a 71-29 throttling of Delta.
“(Woodward) has been great for us this year,” FLC head coach Tom Ritchart said. “She’s won some games for us with her size and ability to catch the ball and score. She’s gotten a lot better this year and been able to finish a lot better.”
Woodward also had two blocks and three assists on the night.
“It was really fun and the crowd pumped us up,” Woodward said. “We were all on fire. It was super fun.”
The Lady Falcons (13-11, 5-5 Central Valley California League) went up early grabbing a 10-0 lead and never looked back.
After one quarter, Forest Lake Christian led 15-10.
It was the second quarter where the Lady Falcons really took off, outscoring Delta 20-6, to take a 35-16 halftime edge.
In the second half, the Lady Falcon guards took over. Junior point guard Emily Pearce scored 12 of her team-high 20 points in the second half and finished with five steals to lead the defense.
“She was really aggressive tonight and got away with a few things,” Ritchart said. “But when she plays like that, it really does make a difference. The rest of the players see that and step up and play defense the way they should. From that stand point she really is the leader.”
Sophomore Lauren Piner also had a stellar defensive night with five steals to go with her 12 points.
“She’s smooth,” said Ritchart “When she goes at full speed and goes up you know it’s going in. She’s real reliable, she knows when to go, she has a great sense of the floor, she is quick on defense and gets lots of steals. She’s just a sophomore, and she will keep getting better every year, and will be a real force the next couple of years.”
Forest Lake Christian led 53-18 after three quarters.
The Lady Falcons also got a big game from Josey Poppin who tallied a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Poppin grabbed eight of her 14 rebounds in the fourth quarter alone, and seven of those eight were offensive boards.
The standout stat of the night came from the FLC defense as it forced 28 turnovers and allowed just 29 points.
FLC has one league game left and will close the season Tuesday at Sacramento Waldorf.
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