HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL ROUNDUP: Buford to face Wesleyan in fifth-place game

SANDY SPRINGS -- Buford and Wesleyan are used to playing each other, but not at 9:45 a.m.

"I hope we both wake up," Buford coach Gene Durden said.

Rebounding from what might have been a wake-up call in a disappointing first-round loss, Buford (6-2) defeated St. Francis 62-48 on Friday and will play Wesleyan today for fifth place of the Red Division in Peach State Basketball's Holiday Invitational at Holy Innocents'.

"I was happy with some things and not happy with others," Durden said. "But I was pleased with the way we responded after such a tough loss."

Buford, which shot horribly in a 37-36 loss to Holy Cross (Md.), led by 19 points in the third quarter in its victory over St. Francis.

Georgia Tech signee Kaela Davis scored 21 points and was 9-for-9 at the foul line after missing two late free throws the previous night.

MacKenzie Darrah added 15 points, while Kristina Nelson and Bree Horrocks each scored 10 for Buford.

Candice Williams topped St. Francis with 15 points.

Buford scored the game's first six points and led 23-11 in the second quarter. But St. Francis went on a 15-4 run to get within one before the Wolves score a late basket to make it 29-26 at halftime.

Davis scored 12 points in the first half and Nelson had eight. Abby Grant hit three first-half treys to lead St. Francis with nine points at intermission.

Darrah and Horrocks then got going in the third quarter as Buford pushed out to a 50-31 lead. It was 50-34 going into the fourth quarter.

Wesleyan 52, Alcovy 43

Katie Frerking had 17 points and seven rebounds as Wesleyan (10-1) overcame an ice-cold start for a 52-43 victory over Alcovy in a morning game.

The Wolves, who trailed 14-6 after the first quarter, broke away from a halftime tie at 22 as they finally started to put the ball in the basket. It was 43-38 after three quarters and Wesleyan quickly went up 49-40 in the fourth.

Brittany Stevens had 14 points for the Wolves, who needed to heat up in the second half to get their shooting to 32 percent. Kendra Talley had eight points and three assists for Wesleyan.

Ashley Williams scored 16 to lead Alcovy, which reached the Class AAAA state semifinals last season. The Tigers lost to Tennessee power Riverdale, ranked No. 6 nationally, in the first round.

Peachtree Ridge 44, J.L Mann (S.C.) 39

Lorrie Cruse, who had been battling a respiratory illness, scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds as Peachtree Ridge pulled away late for a 44-39 victory over J.L. Mann (S.C.) in a Silver Division consolation game.

Cruse, who had seven points in the final quarter, tied the game at 37 and Melissa Turvy put the Lions ahead to stay against Mann (8-4) on a 3-pointer with 1:22 to play.

Turvy had nine points and Courtney Hopson added eight for Peachtree Ridge (4-8). Megan Henderson pulled down eight rebounds for the Lions.

Peachtree Ridge will play Rockdale County at 3:30 p.m. today for fifth place in the Silver Division.

Farragut (Tenn.) 57, Archer 41

Once-beaten Farragut of Knoxville, Tenn., proved too much for Archer in the Silver Division semifinals, improving its record to 15-1 with a 57-41 victory.

The loss dropped Archer (8-3) into today's third-place game at 11 a.m. against Smyrna, Tenn.

Madison Newby had 15 points and five steals for Archer, while Alesha Mann contributed 14 points and four rebounds.

Farragut hit six 3-pointers en route to a 26-18 lead at halftime and Archer could never get closer than six points before the winners pulled away.

The Tigers had beaten J.L. Mann 57-50 in the first round Thursday, while Farragut had advanced with a 51-34 victory over Peachtree Ridge.