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Buford Girls Basketball Season Preview

Buford’s Bree Horrocks

Buford’s Bree Horrocks

COACH: Gene Durden

2012-13 RECORD: 24-5

RETURNING REGULARS:

Bree Horrocks, 6-5, Sr.

Camille Anderson, 5-8, Jr.

Corey Staples, 5-8, Jr.

Tara Dambach, 5-6, Sr.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Ashley Kroeger, 5-9, Sr.

Taylor Ozment, 5-8, Sr.

Caitlyn Dawkins, 5-7, Sr.

OUTLOOK: Despite losing a pair of tall players to graduation — 6-4 Kristina Nelson is now at Notre Dame and 6-4 Mackenzie Darrah is at Elon — the Wolves still have an inside presence thanks to senior Bree Horrocks. The 6-5 post, an early commitment to Purdue, will be a big part of a team that will rely on heavy full-court pressure and transition offensive as usual. Buford also returns junior Camille Anderson, a North Carolina State commitment, Corey Staples and Tara Dambach from its 2012-13 playing rotation. Those three, along with seniors Ashley Kroeger, Taylor Ozment and Caitlyn Dawkins, have been around for a lot of success during their time with the high school program.

WORTH NOTING: Buford’s run of four straight state title game appearances, including three state championships during that span, ended last season with a loss in the Class AAA quarterfinals to St. Pius, the eventual state champion. … Prior to the St. Pius loss, the team was on a run of 18 wins in 19 games. The only loss during that stretch was 44-40 to eventual AA state champion Wesleyan. Only two opponents during that 19-game spell scored more than 40 points against the Buford.

FAST FACT: The Wolves have made the state playoffs each of Gene Durden’s eight seasons as head coach. Durden, who coached previously at Dade County, has a 203-49 record at Buford.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 23 Miller Grove in Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett (boys)

Nov. 25 Peachtree Ridge in Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett (boys)

Nov. 26 at Morgan County

Nov. 30 Eagles Landing

Dec. 3 SW Atlanta Christian

Dec. 7 Tift County

Dec. 10 East Hall

Dec. 14 Columbia (girls)

Dec. 20 Banks County

Dec. 26-28 at Gainesville Invitational Holiday Tournament (girls)

Dec. 27-28, 30 at Rotary Roundball Classic in Charleston, S.C. (boys)

Jan. 3 Fannin County

Jan. 4 at White County

Jan. 7 Dawson County

Jan. 10 at West Hall

Jan. 11 Creekview (girls)

Jan. 14 North Hall

Jan. 17 at East Hall

Jan. 18 Tucker in Girls Night Out at Brookwood (girls)

Jan. 20 Johnson at Berkmar MLK Showcase (boys)

Jan. 21 at Banks County

Jan. 24 at Fannin County

Jan. 25 at Wesleyan (girls)

Jan. 28 White County

Jan. 31 at Dawson County

Feb. 1 Morgan County

Feb. 4 West Hall

Feb. 7 at North Hall