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.