The Lady Wolves claimed the top spot of region 8AAAAA by defeating the Lady Gladiators of Clarke Central by the score of 80 to 44.
The Lady Wolves felt the effects of the long bus ride as they started slow out of the gates and fell behind by the score of 8 to 5. When the halftime buzzer sounded the Lady Wolves only had a 7 point lead after 16 minutes of play. Had it not been for the stellar rebounding of Katelynn Klein, Ebony Grant and Preston Reid, the home Lady Gladiators may have been on top of the scoreboard at this point.
The third period started and the Lady Wolves found their groove as they scorched the nets with a multitude of three point bombs and took complete control of the game during this period.
When the final buzzer sounded, the top spot in the region was secured by the Lady Wolves and they left no doubt that the road to the 8AAAAA region championship would have to go back through the path of the Kelly and Gold of Buford.
Tate Walters lead all scorers with 18 points as she connected on six three point shot attempts. Preston Reid tallied 14 points in the victory and Casey Jones chipped in 11 points in the scoring column.
The Lady Wolves travel to Walnut Grove this Friday as they continue their region schedule. Game time is 6:00.
The Lady Wolves welcomed in the new year this past week with three wins over various opponents as they boosted their season record to 13 - 1 and 2-0 in their region.
To start the new year off, the Lady Wolves were challenged by traditional powerhouse St Pius X out of Atlanta. The Lady Wolves started the game with their own fireworks and they sprinted out to a 19-4 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Lady Wolves continued to light up the scoreboard to a final score of 70 to 25 in favor of the home team. Three Lady Wolves posted double figure scoring with Preston Reid scoring 10 points and Blair Wallis and Ebony Grant each scoring 11 points.
Next was region opponent Walnut Grove and the fireworks to start the year continued as the Lady Wolves again scorched the nets to a 40 to 9 half time lead. when the final buzzer sounded, the ending score was 72 to 24 for the ladies in Kelly and Gold. Tatum Ozment lead all scorers with 11 points followed by five Lady Wolves scoring 8 points each.
To close out the week, the Lady Wolves traveled to region foe Johnson High School. The Lady Wolves dominated the Lady Knights the entire game and ended up winning by the score of 67 to 19. All Lady Wolves on the varsity roster got valuable playing time and each contributed to this team win.
What a great start to the new year and the second part of the basketball season.
Check out the Lady Wolves as they enjoy the comfort of home this week as they play at the beautiful Buford City Arena for the next three games.
The Lady Wolves take on the Lady Jaguars of Cedar Shoals this Tues at 6:00 pm. Come out and support our ladies as they continue their march to the end of the season tournaments.
This past Friday was a special treat for Lady Wolves fans as the program got to welcome back many of the former greats to wear the Kelly and Gold of Buford. The program honored and celebrated both the first three classes of Durden's 14 year span coaching at Buford and also the 2009 State Championship team.
The seniors from the Class of 2006, 2007 and 2008 were all recognized for all of their hard work and dedication in laying the foundation for the success of the teams to come. These seniors were announced and recognized by both a video presentation and also a special award for their contribution to the Lady Wolves program.
Class of 2006 Seniors: Shannon Wilson and Vicki Wilson
Class of 2007 Seniors: Victoria Peevy, Grace Marlowe, Sarah Scott, Angela Morgan, Brittany Reese, Kelly Tucker
Class of 2008 Seniors: Jennifer Tucker
We appreciate all these ladies efforts in laying the foundation for the success of the years to come in the Lady Wolves program.
"Our program's success was built on the shoulders of your dedication and commitment"
Next, we recognized the members of Buford's first basketball state championship team of 2009. This was a special group of young ladies that played with such a passion for the game and love for our program and each other.
A special video of the state championship journey was played and many former players were reminded of these special memories and bonds that they shared together.
Each varsity player on the team was then recognized and the seniors were given a special award for this great achievement for our program. The underclassmen on this team would go on and win another two straight state championships over the next two years.
This team compiled a 32-1 record, a region championship, defeated everyone in state tournament play by double digits and won Buford's first basketball state championship over undefeated Model High School by 30 points. It was a total season of dominance that started the decade of dominance our program has enjoyed over the past 10 years. This dominance includes:
6 state championships in four different classifications
2 state runner ups
Competing in 8 of the last 10 state championship games
8 region championships
a 10 year record of
That is an amazing 10 year run for a high school program and we are so proud of all of the former players that has shown so much dedication and commitment during this 10 year span.
THANK YOU LADIES AND WE APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH!!!
GOOOOO WOLVES!!!! 10 YEARS OF DOMINATION!!