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Buford’s Ashyia Willis doesn’t let Carrollton’s Eghosa Obasuyi stop her from scoring.  Photo – Alicia Couch Payne

BUFORD — The Buford girls basketball team made their 13th consecutive appearance in the State quarterfinals on Tuesday night at the Buford Arena against Carrollton (20-11).  Buford (29-1) managed to hold onto their lead and beat Carrollton 58-47 to advance to the semifinals.

The Lady Trojans gave Buford a hard time staying within striking distance the entire game. Buford was up only 27 to 17 going into halftime.  Carrollton came out with more determination during the second half closing in on the Lady Wolves. They put up 18 points in the third quarter to Buford’s 17.  Fouls would ultimately prove costly to Carrollton and the Lady Wolves would claim the victory 58-47.

Leading Buford’s offense was led by senior Tate Walters with 16 points. Other top contributors for the Lady Wolves were Ashyia Willis who added 12 points and Abbi Perkins with 10 points.

“We had a lot of ups and downs.  We made it a really tough game,” says Buford head coach Gene Durden. “I give Carrollton a lot of credit. They know us pretty well and they put us in some tough situations.  We’ve gotta do some things better to win the next two games.”

Buford will take on Woodland-Henry in the semifinals on Saturday, February 29 at 2 p.m. at Fort Valley State University.

— By Alicia Couch Payne

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