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Impregnable. Secure. Impenetrable, Unassailable.

That about sums up the defensive effort by the Charles H. Flowers girls basketball team during its 2012 IAABO Christmas tournament consolation game against Friendly Friday afternoon at Prince George’s Community College.

The Jaguars (7-1), paced by senior guard Kyah Proctor (18 points, 5 steals) and sophomore forward De’Janae Boykin (14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks), held the Patriots (6-2) to just six field goals for the game and under 10 points in each quarter to capture two of three games at the eight-team tournament through a 62-28 victory.

“We like to think that’s our defensive system so we’re glad we were in the right places,” Flowers coach Patrice Frazier-Watson said. “We wanted to see if we could turn the ball over to get ourselves going.”

The Jaguars, in fact, forced 36 Friendly turnovers that they turned into 26 points and a total of 36 points in the paint. Friendly finished the game shooting 6-for-43 from the field or 14 percent, including 0-7 from 3-point range.

“Our defense was good,” said Proctor, whose team produced 13 steals for the game. “We found the strength and played great defense. We got a lot of steals and things like that. Everybody’s playing well together.”

Friendly, which was paced by Janay Carter (7 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals), actually led 9-7 with 1 minute, 57 seconds left in the first quarter, but it was outscored 25-8 the rest of the half to fall behind, 32-17, by halftime. Sierra Eggleston gave Flowers the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter.

Chayla Lewis, Friendly’s talented forward, was saddled with early foul trouble and missed most of the second quarter. She finished with six points on 1-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds.

After a sluggish third quarter, which Flowers won, 7-6, the Jaguars put the game completely out of reach through a 23-5 fourth quarter through a virtual layup drill.

Charles H. Flowers 62, Friendly 28

Charles Flowers (7-1) 14 18 7 23 — 62

Friendly (6-2) 9 8 6 5 — 28

Charles Flowers — Kyah Proctor 5 8-10 18, Diamond Douglas 2 4, Nicole Derrickson 1(1) 2-2 5, Bianca Brown 3 1-1 7, De’Janae Boykin 5 4-9 14, Sierra Eggleston 2(1) 0-1 5, Jaida Jenkins 1 1-3 3, Kamani Brown 3 0-0 6.

Friendly — Marche’ Sisco 0 2-4 2, Danielle Pray 2 2-2 6, Janay Carter 0 7-10 7, Chayla Lewis 1 4-6 6, Alexis Fennell 1 0-0 2, Jenae’ Foreman 2 1-2 5.