When Buford’s girls need a shot of energy into the offense, the ball automatically goes into the able hands of senior guard Camille Anderson. Although she’s a versatile weapon, scoring is where her skills were most apparent against North Hall on Friday.
Thanks to Anderson’s smooth touch behind the 3-point line early in the game, the Lady Wolves pulled away for a 55-40 win Friday against the Lady Trojans.
“I thought Camille had an absolutely outstanding all-around game,” Buford coach Gene Durden said.
Anderson scored 13 of her game-high 25 points in the first quarter for Buford (14-3, 3-0 Region 8-AAAA). However, Durden said his N.C. State-bound senior was just as important grabbing rebounds and dishing the ball out to Katy Bisges, who was second for the Lady Wolves with 12 points.
Anderson rarely has a chance to leave the floor these days, with four of Buford’s post players on the bench due to a wide range of injuries. As a result, Anderson is primarily playing point guard for the Lady Wolves, instead of her natural position underneath.
“With the injuries we’ve had, it gives everyone a chance on the team to step up and show what they can do,” said Anderson, who hit three 3’s in the first quarter.
The Lady Wolves needed every bit of hustle from Anderson.
North Hall kept it a back-and-forth contest in the first quarter with Katie Sayres hitting a pair of 3-pointers, along with another pair of long-range shots from Kensi Gillespie, and one by Taylor Anne Kelley.
The Lady Trojans (11-8, 2-2) had their biggest lead of the night when Sayres hit her first 3-ball to go up 12-7 with 3 minutes left in the opening quarter.
The Lady Wolves didn’t take long to take control back.
Anderson, who is always the first option for the Buford offense, popped a 3-pointer on its next possession, then a reverse layup underneath the basket after that to tie it at 12-12.
Marissa Bruce gave Buford a lead it wouldn’t relinquish with a basket in the final two minutes of the first period, to lead 14-12.
Anderson drilled her final 3-pointer of the first quarter in the final seconds, pushing the Lady Wolves’ lead to 22-16. There were a combined eight 3-pointers and 38 pointers between the two clubs.
Gillespie finished with a team-high 14 points for North Hall. In addition to her first-quarter points, she hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter and two more in the third quarter. Sayres finished with 11 points for the Lady Trojans.
“We knew North Hall was a good shooting team,” Anderson said. “Our assistant coaches do a good job of scouting and said they could shoot it well.”
The Lady Wolves also found a scoring surge in the final quarter with a double-digit lead already in hand. Anderson and Bisges both stepped back and knocked down 3-pointers for the Lady Wolves in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Buford visits Gainesville at 6 p.m. tonight. North Hall plays host to Flowery Branch at 4 p.m. today.
BUFORD BOYS 78, NORTH HALL 51: Taylor Mills scored 10 of his 14 points in the opening quarter for the Wolves (8-8, 2-1). Kyrin Galloway scored a game-high 18 points for Buford, and Tre Hansborough scored 17.
Carson Heinen finished with 17 for the Trojans (11-8, 2-2), while Evan Easton chipped in 16 points.