One streak snapped and one continued for the Buford Lady Wolves on Saturday during the Region 6-AA girls basketball tournament in Rome.
Behind Blanch Alverson’s 19 points and a pair of 14-point performances from Jocelyn Danley and Andraya Carter, the Lady Wolves defeated Greater Atlanta Christian 61-47 to win their first region title since 1999 and improve their winning streak to 26 games.
“Our girls showed a lot of poise tonight, and that’s what you’re gonna need in the state tournament,” Buford coach Gene Durden said.
Buford’s run to a region title started shaky, as GAC (19-9) came out fired up and trailed the No. 2-ranked Lady Wolves (27-1) by just four points at the end of the first quarter.
But Buford roared back to outscore the Lady Spartans 26-15 over the next two quarters to take a commanding lead.
Despite a 19-point effort in the fourth quarter, the Lady Spartans could not overcome that deficit.
Greater Atlanta Christian was led by Chaney Means, who scored 16 points and Clarke Boards, who added 14.
The win sets Buford up with a first-round game Friday against the loser of the Macon County/Calloway game.
Although his team snapped a decade-long absence as region champions, Durden feels that this year’s group of girls have seen enough to help them in the state tournament.
“It’s been a process for these girls for four years,” he said. “We’re looking at this as it’s not over and we want to keep winning. We’ve gone to the elite eight the past two years and we want to get further than that.”