The Buford High School boys and girls basketball teams beat their opponents in the Region 8-7A basketball tournament on Monday, Feb. 12 to advance to the championship game.

Boys basketball

Buford 56, Dacula 51

The Buford boys basketball team defeated Dacula 56-51 on Monday night at Central Gwinnett.

Dacula outscored Buford 17-13 in the first quarter but the Wolves were able to hold the Falcons to nine points in the second quarter to tie it up at 26 each going into halftime. Coming out of halftime, Dacula once again outscored Buford, this time 14-9 in the third quarter. The Wolves rallied to come from behind in the fourth quarter scoring 21 points to Dacula’s 11 points. This was more than enough to give Buford a five-point lead to win 56-51.

Buford’s leading scorers were senior Jackson Houston with 14 points and junior Kyle Carpenter with 11 points.

The Wolves will face Mountain View on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Central Gwinnett in the Region 8-7A championship game.

Girls basketball

Buford 56, Central Gwinnett 50

A strong first quarter kept the Buford girls basketball team in the game and able to pull off a 56-50 win over Central Gwinnett on Monday night at Central Gwinnett.

The Lady Wolves put up 34 points in the first half with 16 of those points coming from senior Ava Grace Watson. Central Gwinnett had a slower start than Buford with only 23 points scored but outscored the Lady Wolves in the second half 27- 20. Luckily, Buford’s 11-point lead from the first half was enough to compensate for the Lady Black Knight’s second-half surge. Buford finished six points ahead of Central Gwinnett.

Watson led the offense for the Lady Wolves with 16 points, followed by freshman E’miah Fields and sophomore Lydia Ledford with 11 points each.

Buford will face Mill Creek in the championship game of the Region 8-7A tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at Central Gwinnett.

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