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Toward the end of the third quarter, the game already well in hand for Charles H. Flowers High School girls basketball team, senior Kyah Proctor and sophomore De'Janae Boykin reduced the essence of 32 minutes of basketball into two plays.

On the first, Proctor, a 5-foot-6 senior point guard, grabbed a rebound and set up a streaking Boykin at the other end in the blink of an eye. On Wise's ensuing possession, all of Boykin's 6-foot-3 frame helped create a turnover, after which she ran the floor with Proctor before dishing to her teammate for the easy layup.

It was that dynamic pairing of Proctor and Boykin who shinned brightest for Flowers on a memorable night for all of the Jaguars as they dismantled rival Henry A. Wise, 78-29.

“We have good chemistry. We try to work on that in practice. I feel like everybody works together and knows each other's flaws,” Proctor said.

Proctor and Boykin both recorded double-doubles in a battle between a budding powerhouse and a rebuilding giant. Wise had beaten Flowers three consecutive times and seven out of eight before Friday night's humbling loss at the Springdale school.

Proctor's near triple-double (26 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists) and Boykin's fantasy basketball dream line of 20 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocks squelched any doubt as to which team was superior on this night.

“I didn't know about the rivalry, I was just coming to win,” said Boykin, who transferred this offseason from Riverdale Baptist. “It's fun, especially to get a double-double and come from not really playing as much.”

The rapidly-improving chemistry between Flowers coach Patrice Frazier-Watson's star guard and forward wasn't lost on her following Friday's remarkable performance that kept the team undefeated.

“They're getting to know [one another],” she said. “That's what's making it so special. To see that manifest so early, that's exciting.”

In her postgame chat with her victorious team, Frazier-Watson emphasized togetherness. And for a team only three games into the season, their awareness and execution were noticeable.

“We're still working,” Frazier-Watson said. “But I thought the camaraderie was there. I thought the kids played together. I just told them, 'together,' that's step one.”

The Jaguars notched assists on 15 their 30 field goals and they shot 41.1 percent from the floor. Their tempo was outstanding as Flowers attempted 73 shots to Wise's 48 and Proctor and Boykin alone outrebounded the Pumas as a team (24-21). Bianca Brown added 13 to become Flowers' third double-digit scorer.

“It's good because she can interchange post and guard,” Proctor said of Boykin's versatility. “She can run the floor and run with me. We're always kind of together.”

Through the first three games, Flowers has outscored its opponents by an average of 75-29 as the defense the Jaguars displayed Friday was equally as impressive as the offensive output. A full-court press, with Boykin's length at the top, made things incredibly difficult for the Pumas' guards. Flowers also stepped to the free throw line 28 times compared to just nine trips for the Pumas.

Wise's best quarter was the second, when Chynna Rollins scored all 10 of the Pumas' points.

ncammarota@gazette.net

Charles H. Flowers 78, Henry A. Wise 29

Henry A. Wise 5 10 9 5 — 29

Charles H. Flowers 20 20 16 22 — 78

Henry A. Wise (1-2): Chynna Rollins 13, Charnell Ferguson 11, Niani Hartwell 3, Jasmine Jackson 2

Charles H. Flowers (3-0): Kyah Proctor 26, De'Janae Boykin 20, Bianca Brown 13, Nicole Derrickson 7, Diamond Douglas 5, Jaida Jenkins 3, Brooke Waller 2, Brianna Brown 1, Chelsea Scarborough 1

De'Janae Boykin's name was corrected.