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The Buford Yellow Jackets clicked on the hardwood Monday, Feb. 10 when the BHS boys blitzed the Chesterfield Rams, 76-52 in Region IV-AA basketball play.
The Jackets’ 24-point win gave Buford a split after the Lady Jackets dropped a 35-23 loss to the CHS girls.
The nightcap belonged to the Jackets, who took the early lead and cruised to the region win.
Corey Bracey hit 11 points in the opening period as Buford took a 16-6 first period lead.
The Jackets, 9-11, 3-6, used a 23-8 second-quarter charge to gain a 39-14 halftime edge.
Buford held a 57-30 lead after three periods
Kholby Pate and Bracey combined for 32 of the Jackets’ first-half points. Pate netted 26, 21 in the first half. He hit four treys for the game. Bracey finished with 24 points, 13 in the second half.
Orantez Coleman tallied seven. Garrett Crenshaw, Christian Joplin and Druw Rollings each added six points. Wade Lambert had one point.
“That’s how to play basketball,” Buford coach Neil Couch said of the Jackets’ solid showing. “It was good to play this way. We were very unselfish out there tonight.
“Now, we play Indian Land and try to get the win to help our playoff chances,” Couch said.
In the girls game, Chesterfield rallied in the final period to post the 35-23 win over the Lady Jackets.
Buford led 5-4 after one period and held a 12-8 lead at the half.
The Lady Jackets, 7-13, 1-8, owned an 18-17 lead after three periods, but the Lady Rams ignited on a pivotal 18-5 surge to gain a 35-23 comeback win.
Chesterfield’s Krystan White hit eight of her 14 points in the final period to key the CHS girls.
“We had a good effort, but didn’t quite finish it out,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said. “The hustle and effort were there, but when it came down to it, they hit their shots and we didn’t.”
Demaya Melton added eight for the Lady Rams.
Buford, with one field goal and a 3-9 effort at the foul line in the final period, was led by Jasona Ballard’s eight points.
Gabby Davis hit seven and Valerie Jones netted four points. Ashley Roberts scored three and Autumn Rabon added one point.
Buford caps regular-season as the Jackets host region rival Indian Land on Friday, Feb. 14.
Lions sweep Jackets
Lewisville used late runs to sweep a non-region twin bill over host Buford High on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The Lady Lions rallied to gain a 54-45 win over the Lady Jackets. The Lions took the boys’ game with a 45-37 victory.
In the nightcap, the Lions took an early lead and stayed on top to gain the win.
Buford, down 32-25 after three periods, rallied to make it 35-33 on a Corey Bracey bucket with four minutes to play. The Lions responded with a key 10-4 spree to gain the eight-point win.
“We struggled offensively,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We need more consistent energy on the court. We played hard at times, but we need a rotation that works for us.”
Lewisville, up 14-7 after one period, held a 25-17 lead at the half.
The Lions owned a 32-25 lead with a period to play before taking home the win.
Kholby Pate and Druw Rollings each hit eight points to lead BHS. Bracey netted seven and Christian Joplin tallied six.
Garrett Crenshaw had five points and Rhylee Blackmon added three points.
Obbie Sarduy scored 11 to lead the Lions. Cody Montgomery added nine points.
In the girls’ game, Lewisville used a 9-2 surge in the final 3:40 to gain the nine-point win.
Buford’s Valerie Jones netted a jumper to close the LHS margin to two, 45-43, but the Lady Lions answered with a 9-2 surge to gain the win.
Buford, on top 13-11 after one period, held a 24-23 lead at the half.
Lewisville, sparked by Rikoya Anderson’s eight points in the third period, used a 16-12 run to gain a 39-36 lead.
The Lady Lions, despite Buford’s charge, held on for the win.
Anderson led Lewisville with 29, 18 in the second half. Jordan Green hit 15, eight in the first half.
Jones scored 15, eight points in the first half, for BHS. She hit three treys.
Hanna Robinson scored 12 and Gabby Davis hit nine.
Tatyana Stewart hit three points. Betty Ingram, Ashley Roberts and Jasona Ballard added two points each.