The first real showdown of 2013 will be tonight when Buford travels to Dawson County in game that has statewide implications on the girls and boys side. The game is a rare instance when all four teams are in the state rankings.
The two Region 7-AAA powers meet in Dawsonville and will determine the early favorites in the league. The girls game starts at 6 p.m. and features No. 7 Dawson and No. 1 Buford, while the ensuing boys game features No. 1 Dawson and No. 6 Buford.
The Buford girls, led by Georgia Tech commitment Kaela Davis and Notre Dame commitment Kristina Nelson, are 9-3 overall and 5-0 in the region. The Wolves are a stout defensive team, having allowed no more than 29 points to their five previous region opponents.
The Dawson County girls are led by Sheyenne Seabolt and Carly Gilreath, who recently scored her 1,000th career point. Ashley Parker has given the Tigers a strong insider presence, too.
The Buford boys are 8-5 against a killer schedule, but are 5-0 in the region. The Wolves have been beaten by four Class AAAAAA schools (Westlake, Eagle’s Landing, Tift County and North Cobb), but have been tested only once in the region, that a two-point win over East Hall. Tennessee commitment A.J. Davis and Isaiah Williams lead the Wolves.
The Dawson County boys have rolled to an 14-0 start and are 4-0 in the region. The Tigers are led by sharp-shooting guard Tyler Dominy, who recently picked up his 500th career rebound, and Will Anglin. The Tigers have also gotten good play from Gunnar Armstrong and Lucas Pain.