Despite playing without half of its leading scoring tandem in sophomore Kaela Davis, who missed the game with a hip injury, the third-ranked Buford girls basketball team didn’t miss a step on Tuesday, defeating Decatur 51-27 at Buford High.
Junior Andraya Carter, the other half of that tandem, scored 23 points to lead the Lady Wolves (17-2, 11-0 Region 6-AA) to the win.
Davis injured her hip in Saturday’s loss to Class A’s top-ranked Wesleyan. While initial X-rays were negative, the team is still awaiting results from an M.R.I. At first, team doctors believed the injury to be a pulled groin, but, according to an assistant coach, have since come to believe the injury may be deeper inside the hip joint. There is no current timetable for Davis’ return to action.
Buford visits Cross Keys at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
DECATUR BOYS 63, BUFORD 60: The eighth-ranked Wolves (14-6, 4-2 Region 6A-AA) lost a close game Tuesday at home. Buford will visit Cross Keys at 7 p.m. Friday.
GAINESVILLE BOYS 53, LANIER 25: Led by 14 points and 10 rebounds from A.J. Johnson, the Red Elephants won Tuesday in Gainesville.
Ke’Odric Sadler also had a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) for Gainesville (15-6, 8-2 Region 8B-AAA), which held Lanier to single-digit scoring in every quarter and led 30-14 at halftime.
Shaquan Cantrell had a team-high 13 rebounds and added nine points for Gainesville, which visits East Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
GAINESVILLE GIRLS 51, LANIER 19: Mikalyn DeFoor scored a game-high 14 points and the Lady Red Elephants held Lanier to just two points in the fourth quarter of their win Tuesday in Gainesville.
Kate Callahan added nine points and six rebounds and Rebecca Webster had a team-high eight rebounds for Gainesville (12-10, 7-2 Region 8B-AAA), which visits East Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday.
WEST HALL BOYS 61, OCONEE COUNTY 27: Jarquise Young scored a game-high 21 points to lead the No. 2 Spartans to the win Tuesday in Watkinsville.
Young was the only player in double figures for West Hall (19-4, 10-1 Region 8B-AAA), which had 10 different players score and led 40-16 at halftime. The Spartans visit Monroe Area at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
OCONEE COUNTY GIRLS 50, WEST HALL 36: Freshman Maia Booker scored a team-high 13 points and senior Amber Johnson added 12 in the loss Tuesday in Watkinsville.
West Hall (8-16, 3-8 Region 8B-AAA) trailed 25-23 at halftime, but was limited to just two points in the third quarter as Oconee County pulled away. The Lady Spartans visit Monroe Area at 7 p.m. Friday.
EAST HALL BOYS 68, BANKS COUNTY 38: Sophomore Hayden Chapman went 7-for-11 from the 3-point line to account for all of his game-high 21 points in the win Tuesday in Homer.
The Vikings (16-5, 7-0 Region 8A-AA) made 13 shots from behind the 3-point line in the win. Kymon Woods and Joshua Hampton each scored 11 points for East Hall, which strengthened its hold on the top spot in the subregion. The Vikings visit Fannin County at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Senior Seth McEntire scored 13 points to lead Banks County (5-15, 2-6), which visits ninth-ranked Union County at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
EAST HALL GIRLS 53, BANKS COUNTY 34: Morgan Jackson scored 13 points and Jasmine Jenkins added 10 in the win Tuesday in Homer.
The Lady Vikings (13-8, 4-3 Region 8A-AA) opened the game on a 16-7 run and held Banks County to single digit points in three quarters.
East Hall visits sixth-ranked Fannin County at 7 p.m. Friday.
Banks County (9-14, 1-7 Region 8A-AA) had no players in double figures and visit Union County at 7 p.m. Friday.
NORTH HALL GIRLS 64, WHITE COUNTY 39: Mary Kate Rushton scored 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the subregion win Tuesday in Cleveland.
Tiffany Hamilton scored 11 points and McKenna Rushton added 10 for North Hall (11-1, 6-1 Region 8A-AAA), which held the Lady Warriors to seven points in the third quarter.
Taylor Swoszowski had a team-high 10 assists for the Lady Trojans, who visit Franklin County at 6 p.m. Friday.
White County (5-14, 2-5) had no players in double figures and visit Stephens County at 7 p.m. Friday.
FLOWERY BRANCH BOYS 51, HABERSHAM CENTRAL 50: Despite only scoring five points in the first period, the Falcons won their third straight game Tuesday in Mount Airy. Flowery Branch outscored Habersham Central 15-14 in the fourth quarter to earn the close victory.
The Falcons (7-14, 2-4 Region 8A-AAAA) were led by Marquise Wise’s 11 points and will visit Clarke Central at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Habersham Central (14-6, 3-3), which was led by 16 points from Pat Burns, visits Apalachee at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
FLOWERY BRANCH GIRLS 53, HABERSHAM CENTRAL 46: Tavia Sykes scored 16 points, Jacy Ramey scored 15 and Cara Chilton added 11 in the win Tuesday in Mount Airy. Flowery Branch (6-15, 1-5 Region 8A-AAAA) visits Clarke Central at 7 p.m. Friday. Habersham Central (15-6, 1-5) visits Apalachee at 7 p.m. Friday.
CHESTATEE GIRLS 35, FRANKLIN COUNTY 29: Led by 11 points and four rebounds from Peyton Robertson, the No. 9 Lady War Eagles won a close game Tuesday in Gainesville. Chestatee (18-4, 6-1 Region 8A-AAA) won despite being outscored 9-5 in the fourth quarter.
Eric Clifford added 10 points for Chestatee, which visits Lumpkin County at 7 p.m. Friday.
JEFFERSON BOYS 73, JOHNSON 70: David Watson scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Dragons (10-11, 4-4 Region 8B-AA) to the win Tuesday in Oakwood.
Johnson (9-13, 1-8 Region 8B-AAA) cut the Jefferson lead to three points in the final minute but couldn’t earn the win. Matt Hollis scored 26 points and Ty Odem added 21 for the Knights, who visit Lanier at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Jefferson visits Elbert County at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
LUMPKIN COUNTY GIRLS 51, STEPHENS COUNTY 42: Emma Thomaswick scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Lady Indians (3-19, 1-6 Region 8A-AAA) to the win Tuesday in Dahlonega.
Frankie Walls added eight points for Lumpkin County, which outscored Stephens County 22-10 in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Indians host ninth-ranked Chestatee at 7 p.m. Friday.
FANNIN COUNTY GIRLS 58, DAWSON COUNTY 46: The Lady Tigers fought back from an eight-point halftime deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but could not hold off the sixth-ranked Lady Rebels on Tuesday in Dawsonville.
Carly Gilreath scored 14 points to lead Dawson County (10-10, 1-6 Region 8A-AA). Natalie Parker scored 11 points and Allie Costley added 10 for the Lady Tigers, who host Rabun County at 7 p.m. Friday.
NORTH GEORGIA CHRISTIAN BOYS 62, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 51: Led by 19 points from Tyler Harney, the Chargers won Tuesday in Loganville.
North Georgia (15-5) withstood a 24-point charge from Covenant in the final period to earn the win. The Chargers host Holy Ground Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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