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Buford girls coast to first round victory

NORCROSS - The No. 1-ranked Buford girls' only problem against winless Cross Keys on Tuesday was keeping the score from getting out of hand.

Now the Wolves can get serious.

Buford (25-1) will play No. 4-seeded Lovett on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the Region 6-AA tournament at Greater Atlanta Christian's Long Forum.

Michelle Godwin hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points as the Wolves coasted to a 57-12 victory over Cross Keys on Tuesday. Lovett defeated No. 5 Westminster 42-33 in its quarterfinal game.

"Lovett has a good team," Buford coach Gene Durden said. "We have to be ready to play."

Against Cross Keys, the Wolves could give everyone a chance to play and get used to GAC's spacious new arena.

"We wanted to work on our outside shooting so we could get used to the background in here," Durden said.

Buford did just that, hitting 11 shots from behind the arc. Seven players hit 3-pointers, with Katie Lynn connecting twice in addition to Godwin's four 3-pointers.

The Wolves led 15-0 after the first quarter, with Abby Johnson scoring six of the points. It was 32-6 at halftime and Buford played its reserves in the second half.

Lovett finished its game on an 11-2 run to pull away from Westminster. Olivia Utt scored 20 points to lead the Lions (12-9). Tindale Sewell scored 16 points for Westminster.

GAC boys 98, Cross Keys 25

GAC, ranked No. 1 in Class AA, couldn't hold down the score against the Cross Keys boys, winning 98-25 to advance to the semifinals. The Spartans (23-3) will play No. 4 seed Westminster at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday with a berth in the state tournament already secured for both teams.

Dylan Harper scored 20 points to pace GAC, which led 33-5 after the first quarter, 66-13 at halftime and 85-20 going into the fourth quarter.

The Spartans came close to scoring 100 points on a basket by freshman Benny Johnson. But GAC held the ball after regaining possession in the closing seconds.

Trent Wiedeman scored 17 points - all before intermission. Elliott Long had 14 points and Taylor Metzger 10 in the first half before GAC coach Eddie Martin turned the game over to his reserves.