Lady Jackets open with solid win

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By Ernie Rowell

Buford High Lady Jackets’ coach T.J. Armbrust is confident about his BHS girls and the team’s opening night play reflected that solid maroon and gold hope.

The Lady Jackets used a fast start to take control early on the way to a 53-38 win over Lewisville High in Richburg on Wednesday night.

The Buford girls’ win in the BHS regular-season opener gave the Jackets a split.

Lewisville captured the nightcap with a last-second 48-45 win.

In the opener, the Buford girls were in control from start to finish in the 15-point victory.

“I thought we came out and played well offensively,” said BHS coach T.J. Armbrust. “In the second half, I didn’t feel we played as hard on defense as I would have liked.

“Overall, I was pleased with the win and getting a road win in our first game,” he said.

Buford shot to a 15-5 lead after one period of play, with Hannah Knight hitting six points. Knight, one of three Lady Jackets in double figures, netted 12, eight in the first half.

Daphne Honeycutt led the Buford attack with 16 points, 11 in the first half when BHS built a 35-22 spread at the break.

Buford owned a 44-30 lead after three periods before taking the win.

Carley Bailey netted 11 points, seven in the second half. Erica Blackmon hit eight. Adrianna Ray, Mikayla Hannah and Allison Solomon each scored two points.

Lewisville was led by Tier Brown, who netted 16 points. Brittany Zoelle scored 11 points.

In the boys game, Lewisville, with a buzzer beater, notched a 48-45 win over the Jackets.

Quay Wall hit a long trey at the buzzer to lift the Lions to the three-point win.

The Lions’ victory avenged a 52-37 loss to the Jackets in the Buford preseason tournament at BHS last week.

“This was a tough loss,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We fell behind early, but I thought we battled back to make it a tight game to the finish.

“Give coach Davis (Larry, Lions’ first-year coach) because he had his guys ready to play tonight,” Couch said.

Lewisville had a fast start and led 16-10 at the end of one period. The Lions held a 31-25 lead at the break.

Buford, with a 14-9 third-period surge, sliced the lead to one, 40-39, with a period to play.

The game was close to the finish when the Lions, on their final possession after a BHS miss, converted.

Wall had 15 points, 10 in the first half. Kale Whorthy led the Lions with 17, 10 in the opening half.

BHS sophomore Kholby Pate  paced the Jackets with 14 points, seven in each

half. Dee Williams scored 13, seven in the second half. Marcus Brown

netted 11, six in the first half.

Mikeem McKinney hit five and Donovan Lang added two points.

Buford opens its home schedule Friday night when the Jackets face North Central.


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