After disappointment, Buford star rallies U.S. to basketball bronze

Buford’s Andraya Carter had seven points and five rebounds to help the U.S. Women’s basketball team claim the bronze medal with a 34-16 win over Canada in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

The U.S. was upset by Australia in the semifinals.

“We let one slip away … obviously, (bronze) is not what we wanted, but to be able to refocus and get something out of it shows a lot of character,” said U.S. coach Kathy Richey-Walton of Southwest DeKalb. “They could have easily folded and let this slip away. But they didn’t, and I’m proud of them.”

Carter led Buford to the Class AA state championship as a sophomore. The point guard has committed to the Tennessee Volunteers.

Shelby Ashby (Special)

Shelby Ashby (Special)

ALSO: St. Pius senior Shelby Ashe finished eighth in the hammer throw at the Games. Ashe was a medal favorite after doing well in qualifying but had some tough luck in the championship round during rainy conditions. Ashe fouled on her first and third attempts and had a second throw of 49.16 meters. Her best throw (58.01) during qualifying would’ve won the silver medal. Ashe has been competing in the event for only one year.

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