The Buford boys and girls proved the results of their first meeting was no fluke with each scoring a double-digit win over Region 7-AAA rival Dawson County.
The No. 1 Buford girls overcame an early 10-3 deficit to post a 75-40 win over No. 8 Dawson County. The No. 4 Buford boys dominated early and rolled to a 52-38 victory over No. 10 Dawson. Buford’s boys won the first meeting by 17 and the girls won the previous meeting by 14.
The Buford boys (17-5, 11-0) didn’t seem to miss starter Brad Mapes, who missed the game after hitting the ground hard on Tuesday night. A.J. Davis, the Tennessee commitment, scored 16 to lead the Wolves, who clinched a share of the region championship. The title may be determined next Friday when Buford hosts North Hall. Dawson County (20-3, 9-3) failed to have anyone score in double figures.
The Buford girls (17-4, 11-0) got behind 10-3 in the first quarter, but wound up winning by 35. The Wolves were led by Mackenzie Darrah with 18 points and Camille Anderson, who hit three 3-pointers and scored 16. It was the 10th win in 11 games for Buford, whose only loss since Christmas was a four-point decision to Class AA No. 1 Wesleyan.
North Hall warms up for Buford
The No. 6 North Hall boys kept pace with Buford via a 62-53 win over West Hall thanks to a 33-point effort by Ebo Smith. The Trojans (20-2, 11-1) close the season with road games against Dawson County and Buford and still have dreams of drawing into a first-place tie in Region 7. Adam Kelly scored 14 and Avery Cagle scored 12 for North Hall.
Chapel Hill girls move into tie in Region 4
The No. 7 Chapel Hill girls got 20 points from Kaniesha Mixon and 19 points from Earnicia Washington in a 55-52 win over Central Carroll. The victory leaves the two teams tied for first place in Region 4-AAA.
The Panthers (20-3, 11-1) also got 16 points from Erica Jones and won for the eighth straight time. Central (18-5, 11-1) was led by Brianna Cousins with 15. Central won the first meeting 49-47 on Jan. 12 and had its 13-game winning streak broken.
Southwest girls upset in Region 2
Nasia Woolfork scored 30 points to lead Peach County to a 62-61 win over Region 2-AAA leader Southwest Macon. Woolfork scored 43 points in the first meeting, a four-point Southwest win on Jan. 8. Jordan Davis added 12 for the Trojans (12-8, 6-4), who broke the Patriots’ four-game winning streak. Southwest (15-5, 8-2) got 20 points from Shakenya Peters.