Tuesday October 6th, 2015 10:57AM

7-AAA championships: Lady Wolves defense too much for East Hall (VIDEO)

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter
BUFORD -- When the Buford girls were winning three state titles from 2009-11, offense was the name of the game. If the Lady Wolves are to add a fourth title in six years, they can look to their defense as the reason why this time around.

Buford forced more than two dozen turnovers and held East Hall to single-digit scoring in every quarter in taking an impressive 53-21 win Tuesday in the finals of the Region 7-AAA tournament at the Buford gym.

It was an effort even a stickler like Buford coach Gene Durden had to applaud.

"That was a team that scored 73 (Monday night) and we held them to 17 into the fourth quarter," Durden said. "They did a great job. The girls take a lot of pride in their defense and really play well together. One of our best efforts."

Buford next will take on Ringold, the fourth seed from Region 5-AAA. A date and time has yet to be determined. East Hall will play North Murray, the No. 3 seed from 5-AAA, at a day and time to be determined later.

The Lady Wolves (25-2) were in a tough battle for the first nine minutes leading just 9-7 after the first quarter and then falling behind 10-9 on a 3-pointer by the Lady Vikings' Jatasia Bailey on the first possession of the second quarter.

But led by the defense, Buford went on a 14-2 run over the final 7:42 of the first half and held East Hall to just one Chelsea Dale 3-pointer in the entire third quarter. When the smoke cleared, Buford had put the game out of reach leading 42-15 heading into the final period.

East Hall coach Justin Wheeler, who guided the Lady Vikings to the region title game in his first year, said they could find a silver lining despite the lopsided loss.

"Buford is an excellent team and defensively they are so good," Wheeler said. "No one traps like they do so we can look and see where we can get better against the best. We're disappointed we didn't win the title but I am so proud of the girls for getting this far and fighting. They didn't give up even after we got way down."

Region 7-AAA Player of the Year Camille Anderson was the catalyst pouring in 15 points and adding seven steals that led to fastbreak baskets at every opportunity.

It was her basket that gave them the lead for good and she added two assists in the big run to end the first half.

"Camille has been consistent all year and I'm proud of her," Durden said. "I think a big factor was our depth wore them down. We kept the pressure on in hopes that it would be a factor."

Bree Horrocks, who was also named to the All-Region team, poured in a game-high 17 points, benefitting from several assists by Anderson and the other guards.

East Hall (14-14) was led by Bailey with seven points. Dale and Ashlyn Ellison each had six points for the Lady Vikings.


Dawson County earned the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AAA after a dominating win Tuesday in the consolation game at the Buford High gym.

The Lady Tigers (18-9) opened the game with a 15-5 run and never looked back. They blew the game open early in the second quarter with a 15-0, capped by a three-point play from Sheyenne Seabolt for a 30-8 lead with 4:12 left in the first half.

Seabolt and Ashley Parker both hit 3-pointers in the run. The Lady Trojans cut it to 30-12 but Dawson County closed out of the first half with four straight points and 34-12 lead.

Dawson County continued its offensive onslaught in the second half. They led 48-25 after the third quarter and built a 59-29 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

North Hall (18-10) got as close as the final score after both teams put in reserves. The Lady Trojans will be the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AAA.

Ashley Parker paced Dawson County with 21 points, 15 coming in the first half to help the Lady Tigers open up the early lead. Seabolt finished with 17 points, 12 in the first half, and Peyton Porter had eight points for Dawson County.

Sadie Cleveland led North Hall with 18 points. Sydney Cleveland added nine points and Katie Sayers eight for the Lady Trojans.

After the game, the Region 7-AAA All-Region girls team was officially announced. Below are those selected by region coaches:

2013-14 7-AAA Girls All-Region Team

Paige Thomas -- White County
Kaitlyn Duncan -- Banks County
Taylor Kennedy -- Banks County
Hope Cochran -- Fannin County
Ashley Parker -
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 9 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 9 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 9 months ago )
Lanierland boys semifinals: Unbeatens Johnson, Red Elephants roll into finals
Both Gainesville and Johnson powered their way into the Lanierland Tournament finals on Monday. The two undefeated teams will meet Tuesday for the title at 8:30 p.m. at Chestatee.
10:01AM ( 9 months ago )
Lanierland girls semifinals: GHS, Lady Falcons advance to finals <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Flowery Branch and Gainesville each took impressive wins Monday to advance to the Lanierland Tournament finals...
10:00AM ( 9 months ago )
Girls basketball: Lady Tigers advance to Pickens Holiday finals
The Dawson County girls basketball advanced to the finals of the Pickens Holiday Classic after an 81-54 win over Riverwood Monday.
11:48PM ( 9 months ago )
High School Sports
Region title deciders on the line? Could well be the case for Friday
We’re past the halfway point in the season, so it’s no wonder that this week brings with it a handful of contests that could well decide the destiny of a region crown and/or playoff positioning this weekend.
4:40PM ( 5 hours from now )
Softball: Region tournaments finally back in action after rainouts
The weather has been as big a story as the teams themselves as region tournaments to fill the girls state softball brackets have been postponed twice in the last week due to rain.
12:18PM ( 1 hour from now )
Quinn getting message of starting fast through to Falcons
Coach Dan Quinn has been trying to get the Atlanta Falcons to start games fast...
11:09AM ( 11 minutes from now )
Hart says Braves 'will be better' following 67-win finish
The last time the Atlanta Braves finished below 70 wins was 1990, when they were in a rebuilding process based on pitching...
9:59AM ( 58 minutes ago )
Georgia adds state-of-the-art cryotherapy chamber
The University of Georgia Athletic Association will give its student-athletes a competitive advantage by offering access to a new state-of-the-art whole body cryotherapy chamber from Atlanta-based Impact Cryotherapy, a national leader in designing and manufacturing whole body cryotherapy systems.
By UGA Sports Communications
8:03AM ( 2 hours ago )