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Buford girls hold off GAC for unbeaten region season

Staff Photo: John Bohn Buford's Maya Dillard (1) and Greater Atlanta Christian School's  Meghan Mitchell (30) get tied up with the ball during Tuesday's game. Buford defeated GACS 47-43.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Buford's Maya Dillard (1) and Greater Atlanta Christian School's Meghan Mitchell (30) get tied up with the ball during Tuesday's game. Buford defeated GACS 47-43.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Buford's Emily Adams (50) battles Greater Atlanta Christian School's Ciicii Buford (22) during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game. Buford defeated GACS 47-43.

BUFORD -- Her four 3-pointers all looked pretty, but what Kaela Davis gave Buford went well beyond long-range shots.

The junior led all scores with 16 points, but it was her jump shot on the baseline with 1:23 left and her game-high 11 rebounds that lifted Buford to a 47-43 win home win over GAC, securing an unbeaten Region 6-AA season for the Wolves.

"It's been a wild and wooly season and this just added to it tonight," said Buford head coach Gene Durden, whose team clinched a bye in next week's Region tournament.

The fourth-quarter field goal was the only basket of the final quarter for the senior Davis, but it came after the two teams went more than two minutes without a point in a one-point game. Coming out of a timeout, the ball came to Davis who drove the baseline before pulling up for the basket.

"We were trying to get her a look there," Durden said. "That was a big shot, no doubt about it."

Davis opened the game with a pair of 3s in the first minute of the game, throwing a big first blow in the 6-AA battle. But GAC, with the help of its defense, responded.

The Spartans scored the next 11 points, keeping Buford's offense staggered with their zone defense, forcing four turnovers and a bevy of missed shots. Brianna Cummings hit all four of her free throws, ending the quarter with six points.

It wasn't until Davis, at the buzzer, hit her third 3 that Buford scored again, but Davis' treys kept the game close at 11-9.

Buford tied the game early in the second quarter and the game stayed close through the half. Andraya Carter only hit one free throw, but the Tennessee-bound standout grabbed four rebounds in the second quarter and, with Kallie Case, brought stability to Buford's offense.

Carter ended the game with just five points, but she grabbed eight rebounds and was constantly around loose balls.

"Andraya does a good job of the intangibles," Durden said. "You know what you are going to get from her."

Case scores six points in the quarter, including a end-to-end layup on a forced turnover. Four separate GAC players scored in the second quarter to knot the game at 20-20.

It was GAC keeping it close with 3s in the third quarter. Sydni Means and Cosette Mahre each hit from deep to keep the Spartans within striking distance of the surging Wolves.

Means led the Spartans with 12 points and Brianna Cummings followed with 11, five coming at the free-throw line.

But the Wolves got another 3-pointer from Davis and four big points from Emily Adams to take a five-point lead in the quarter and they never trailed again.

Adams ended the game with seven points and three rebounds in extra minutes after a first-half injury sidelined Kristina Nelson for the game. Adams hit a jump shot early in the fourth quarter to silence a Spartan run and capped the win with a free throw for the final margin.

"She's got a good shooting touch," Durden said. "She did a good job in a little bit different role."