North Hall evened a lot of scores on Friday night when it beat Buford.
The No. 7 Trojans beat the No. 2 Wolves 68-63 in Buford on Friday night. It avenged a 52-45 loss to the Wolves on Jan. 15. It stopped a 14-game losing streak against the Wolves. It also pulled North Hall into a tie for first place in Region 7-AAA, necessitating a coin flip to determine the No. 1 seed for the tournament. North Hall won that, too.
The coin flip had little meaning. The top two seeds (Buford and North Hall) were already scheduled to host a first-round game and North Hall had already been chosen to host the region semifinals and finals.
Not all the news was great for North Hall (23-2), which won for the ninth straight time. Guard Ebo Smith, who scored 21 points, fell and hit his head in the fourth quarter; he did not return to the game.
North Hall was amazing at the line. They shot 34 free throws and made 28 of them. Griffin Olson, who scored 15, and Adam Kelly, who scored 13, each made seven free throws.
Isaiah Williams led Buford (18-6) with 25 points. The Wolves had won 14 straight games.
Buford girls win without star
The No. 1-ranked Buford girls won its fourth straight game without guard Kaela Davis, a Georgia Tech commitment. The Wolves (18-4) beat North Hall 73-40 with Mackenzie Darrah and Bree Horrocks each scoring 16. Buford has won 12 of its last 13 games, losing only to Class AA No. 1 Wesleyan during that stretch.
North Oconee girls remain on roll
The No. 4 North Oconee girls won their 30th straight region game on Friday, beating county rival Oconee County 53-30. Brooke Hubbard scored 17 points to lead the Titans (23-2, 14-0), who will host the first round of the Region 8-AAA playoffs on Tuesday against East Jackson.
No. 10 Dawson boys knocked off
The No. 10 Dawson County boys lost their third straight game on Friday, falling to West Hall 62-52. The Tigers are 20-5, but all have losses have come within rugged Region 7. Hunter Atkinson led West Hall with 22 points in the upset and Grayson Tyler scored 15 on five 3-pointers. Dawson County, which remains the No. 3 seed in the region playoffs, got 26 points from Tyler Dominy, who scored his team’s first 12 points.
The Dawson County girls secured second place in Region 7-AAA and will host first-round games on Wednesday. The Tigers beat West Hall 70-32 as Carly Gilreath scored 25 points. . . . The Callaway boys clinched first place in Region 4 with a 70-58 win over BEST Academy. . . . The No. 1 Cartersville boys (24-0) remained undefeated by beating North Murray 63-60. The Purple Hurricanes have a makeup game with Gordon Central on Monday to determine the Region 5 championship.