A purple bouquet of flowers was concealed behind the Forest Park bench before Saturday’s game against Gwynn Park, and the Bruins’ coaching staff secretly planned to give the gift away during the game to Breyana Mason, who needed 19 points to reach 1,500 for her career.
The awkward moment for Mason came early in the third quarter on a put-back layup, on which she was also fouled. After receiving the flowers and a standing ovation, she hurried to the free throw line and hit the shot to tie the score at 35. And Forest Park never looked back.
The Virginia-bound Mason scored 36 points and added eight rebounds as Forest Park held off No. 14 Gwynn Park, 70-63, in the Tina Thompson She Got Game Classic at Bishop McNamara High School.
“It was kind of awkward. But it was a really great feeling and I’m just thankful that my coaches thought of that,” Mason said of her milestone. “I always want to come out aggressive and attack.”