Wren hosted A.C. Flora in round 1 of the Class AAA girls basketball playoffs Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
PIEDMONT – Working their game plan successfully, the Wren Hurricanes grabbed the early lead Wednesday night and rolled to a 77-29 victory over A.C. Flora in the first round of the Class AAA girls basketball playoffs.
Things couldn’t have gone much better for Wren (20-5), the No. 2 seed from the Western AAA Region. Playing at home where they shoot much better, the Hurricanes were able to rest key scorers Nakol Franks and Danielle Groves for the entire fourth quarter.
Also, getting their game in on Wednesday could mean an advantage for the Hurricanes if round two is played Friday night considering their next opponent – either Union County or Southside – was not able to play until Thursday.
“That means they’re going to have to turn around and play back-to-back, so that gives us a little bit of an advantage,” said Wren coach Lynn Hicks.
The game plan against the Falcons called for going inside the lane, and the Hurricanes worked it well. They jumped to an 11-1 lead and generated their first 17 points from inside the paint.
Wren led 36-15 at halftime, and 30 of those points came in the paint.
“We felt like we could get some backside rebounds. We felt like we could attack the board pretty hard because in scouting them, we saw a couple of weaknesses, so, yes, (going inside) was our intent,” Hicks said. “It worked pretty well for us.”
Franks led four Hurricanes in double figures by scoring 21 points. September Collins added 15, Groves 14 and Alex Lavore 11.
Wren didn’t forgo outside shooting, hitting six 3-point shots in the game.
Groves’ defense and rebounding continually disrupted the Falcons on offense.
“If I can keep her moving her feet, keeping her hands up at the same time, she’s deadly out there for us,” said Hicks.