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BUFORD – The Buford High School girls basketball continued their solid early-season play, taking a 46-41 win over Great Falls on Tuesday night.
The Lady Jackets’ five-point win gave BHS a split after the top-rated Red Devils notched an 86-61 win over the Yellow Jackets.
The opener saw the Lady Jackets, 3-0, rally from an early deficit to notch the comeback win.
Great Falls led 10-9 after one period, but Buford used a pivotal 20-8 second-period charge to take a 29-18 lead at the half.
Erica Blackmon, who led BHS with 15 points, scored six in the second period to boost the winners.
Daphne Honeycutt, who netted 12 for the game, had eight points in the second quarter.
“Our defense sparked us in the second period,” said BHS coach T.J. Armbrust. “We put a lot of pressure on them and this forced some turnovers and led to transition baskets for us.
“I thought we were unselfish in distributing the basketball,” Armbrust said.
Buford built a 38-29 lead after three periods before posting the 46-41 win.
Blackmon led Buford with 15 points, 12 in the first half. Honeycutt hit 12.
Hannah Knight scored eight and Carly Bailey scored six.
Mikayla Hannah netted four and Brittany Faulkner chipped in one point.
Great Falls was led by Davima Patrick, who scored 25 points, 16 in the first half.
In the nightcap, the Red Devils notched the 25-point win.
Demarcus Culp led the GFHS boys with 25 and Xavier Holmes hit 22.
Ernest Talford scored 14 points for the Red Devils.
Kolby Pate paced the Jackets with 26 points and seven rebounds. Dee Williams hit 18 points and dished off five assists.
Mikeem McKinney hit eight points and had three steals. Josh Roach scored six. Corey Bracey finished with two points and Donovan Lane had one point and four boards.
“I thought we played hard for the first time all season,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “They had us by 20 (28-8) after the first quarter, but we were pretty even after that.”
The Jackets venture to Boonetown to face North Central tonight. The girls play at 6 p.m, with the boys game at 7:30.