Are Buford boys and girls the best?

Are the Buford boys and girls now the favorites in Class AAA? They might get a few votes after dismantling Dawson County on the road earlier this week.

All those tough non-conference games paid off for the No. 6-ranked Buford boys, who traveled to Dawsonville and handed No. 1 Dawson County its first loss of the year. The Wolves rolled to a 53-36 win over Dawson and held the Tigers scoreless in the second period. Buford (9-5, 6-0) outscored Dawson 20-0 and held them without a point for more than 11 minutes. Kyle Doyle scored 25 points and Isaiah Williams added 19 for the Wolves.

In the girls game, No. 1 Buford got a career performance from Kaela Davis rolled to a 71-57 win over No. 7 Dawson. Davis, a recent Georgia Tech commitment, had a career-best 43 points. She hit five 3-pointers, was 13-for-24 from the field (5-for-7 on 3s), and made 12 of 15 free throws. Davis also had eight rebounds, five steals and one block. Buford improved to 10-3 overall and 6-0 in the league.

Can Franklin play with Morgan?

The big game tonight in Region 8 features No. 3-ranked Morgan County at home against Franklin County.

Morgan (11-4) is 5-0 in the region, which is one game better than Franklin County (10-5, 4-1). Morgan County survived a road trip to Elberton last week and beat Elbert County 71-68 on a last-second 35-footer by Tookie Brown.

Franklin lost a 53-48 decision on the road to North Oconee on Tuesday night and has dropped three of its last five games.

Region 5 leaders keep rolling

Cartersville’s No. 2-ranked boys put their 15-0 record on the line tonight at home against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. The Purple Hurricanes are 5-0 in Region 5 Division B.

No. 9 North Murray improved to 14-1 and has won 13 straight since its loss to Class AAAAAA Meadowcreek on Nov. 23. The Mountaineers play at Gordon Central tonight.

Cartersville and North Murray meet for the first time on Tuesday night in Cartersville.

Elbert girls prove ranking

Elbert County’s girls proved it was worthy of inclusion in the state rankings with a 55-40 win over Morgan County. Elbert (11-3, 4-0) got 14 points and nine rebounds from Syarria Hill.

Elbert was coming off a first-place finish in the McDonald’s Classic in Hartwell, where Hill and Bri Moon were named to the all-tournament team. The Blue Devils had earlier finished second in the Jones County Tournament, losing to No. 2-Washington County in the championship game.

Chapel Hills awaits Central showdown

The Chapel Hills girls jumped into the state rankings at No. 5 this week, but won’t have much chance to rest on their laurels. The Panthers (11-2, 3-0 in Region 4) have won four straight since its loss to Class AA power Greater Atlanta Christian. One Saturday night they’ll travel to Carrollton to play Central, with the winner taking the lead in the region. Central is also 3-0 in league play.

Chapel Hill is coming off a 56-29 victory over Maynard Jackson, a game which saw them get off to a 21-0 lead. Chapel Hill has made the most of its quickness. A pair of 5-foot-5 senior guards lead the team in scoring: Kaneisha Mixon averages 14 points and 3.7 steals and Ashley Chestnut averages 10. Erica Jones, a 5-6 junior, leads the team with four steals.


The big girls game on Saturday night features No. 3 St. Pius at No. 9 Decatur. The teams are tied atop Region 6 at 4-0. . . . The No. 10 Woodward Academy boys will be trying to set things right after it lost a 50-45 decision in overtime against St. Pius on Tuesday. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the War Eagles, who host Towers tonight.

12 comments Add your comment

BullDawg Rick

January 11th, 2013
8:48 am

Buford is all about excellence both on the field/court & in the classroom..

But those out of the know will hate on the Green & Gold because of that success.

Great job Coach Woods & Dr. Bitterman!


January 11th, 2013
9:24 am

People will hate on the green and gold here and other places like gavsv because of Wolves fans. Do you not beleive that nearly all these schools that compete are all about excellence on and off the field of play. You people state time and time again how your dedication, hard work, and the desire of the players is what makes Buford what it is. Tell me this since you are in the know didn’t your best girls player come in somewhere around 9th grade from Norcross. I am sure you know of others on the boys and girls who now call Buford High their home. Now that is hard work and dedication at its finest. Despite your beleif there are tons of people who know including me and the Purple Hurricanes about open enrollment and the advantages of it and location ala Buford. Just please enough with the we want it more, we work harder, we want excellence more than you bull and maybe some of the haters will hate less.

AAA commisioner

January 11th, 2013
10:36 am

They win because they play weak opponents consistently and have been forever hence the state titles in all sports….. they support their endeavors and sell themselves on the successes so it appears they are great however the lack of respect for Buford Sports programs comes form the lack of quality opponenets they face. If they grew a pair and played locally within their own county consistently you would never see them past the 1st round. Of ANY sport. But they are the best in the state when it comes to piping up on their accolades and who they have pummelled. never heard of their opponents halfthe time and they should be bragging on their transportation director that carries these teams all over the state to play every other team but one that is 6A and close by……

Dick Vitale

January 11th, 2013
12:29 pm

best public school teams money can buy….

sports fans

January 11th, 2013
12:35 pm

went to cartersville – buford game… Had to sit on Bufords side. Have always pulled for Buford until then. I got a up close first had look at the terrible Buford Fans. Not only one , but many screaming and cursing right in front of the Children. Throwing things in stands. Terrible fans. Will never pull for them again….
PS… Had to leave the free t-shirt in the stands.
I will say this… They all shut up after the went ahead …. All i can say is terrible


January 11th, 2013
1:22 pm

If you are looking for someone to upset them, I wouldn’t count out North Hall boys or girls.


January 11th, 2013
1:36 pm

Lot of folk like Buford’s records, but few like Buford ? What could it be ? The answers will tell the story.


January 11th, 2013
7:27 pm

Sad to see just how redneck Buford fans were at C’ville game, which, by the way, was given to Butford via turnovers.


January 11th, 2013
10:16 pm

Look out for Chapel Hill Lady Panthers on the West-side. Fiesty gritty bunch of girls. Will play all 4 quarters. May make some noise in the region and state.


January 14th, 2013
9:59 am

From what I can tell.. On the girls side, it’s clearly Buford and St Pius as the powerhouses. Looking at the playoff brackets, they could meet in the 3rd round. Whoever wins that game will win the state championship.


January 14th, 2013
10:01 am

Not to overlook who they play in the first two rounds.. mainly St Pius as everyone remembers how they got upset last year in the first round.. But that will probably have them more focused this year entering the playoffs.


January 14th, 2013
3:42 pm

Everybody hates a winner.