Tuesday December 1st, 2015 1:17PM

Buford basketball ready to finish up incredible seasons on high notes (VIDEO)

By Morgan Lee Sports Editor
BUFORD -- Every championship hopeful faces a gut check at some point in its season.

For the Buford girls basketball team, that gut check came in the season opener -- and senior center Bree Horrocks remembers it well.

"Coach (Gene) Durden had us pretty convinced at the start of the season that we were good enough to win state. He told us he believed in us, and we believe everything he says," said Horrocks, whose Lady Wolves fell to Morgan County 54-51 to begin the 2013-14 campaign, "but I'm not going to lie, after the first game when we lost I was questioning how far we would make it."

That questions did not last. The Lady Wolves' belief, however, only grew stronger, and now they find themselves at the precipice of another state championship.

(NOTE: To watch a video feature with Buford's boys and girls basketball teams, click "play" in the box to the right.)

"It was just on the uphill since then, and there was no question about it," said Horrocks, who has helped her team to a Class AAA title game berth against defending champion St. Pius.

There aren't many questions left for the Buford boys either.

Currently riding a 22-game win streak, the Wolves are also just 24 hours removed from a title shot when they will battle Morgan County for the crown in Macon.

Yet while the Lady Wolves are hoping to reclaim a state championship after winning three straight 2009-2011 -- and finishing as runner-up in 2012 -- Buford's boys are gunning their first ever title.

"I think (winning a championship) would open a lot of doors," Wolves coach Allen Whitehart said. "It would finally put us on the map. If you look around here at Buford you that state championships are common, so if we can get one it would definitely get us a seat at the table."

To get it the Wolves will have to win their rubber match of the campaign against Morgan County -- the two foes split contests in the regular season, each winning at home -- and after falling short of the championship game in each of the last two years, Whitehart says there is no shortage of anticipation in the air.

"It's real exciting. You get there once and you don't know if you're ever going to get back so the fact that we're back only a couple of years later is really exciting," said Whitehart, who glimpsed his team's true potential in a loss
© 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 ( 11 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 ( 10 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 ( 11 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 ( 11 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 ( 11 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 ( 11 months ago )
High School Sports
(VIDEO) Commerce football heading on road with confidence
Commerce football may be nicknamed the Tigers, but, for this season at least, they might as well re-name themselves the Road Warriors.
6:14PM ( 4 hours from now )
Three semifinal showdowns take center stage, two on air Friday
One newcomer and two veterans from northeast Georgia will put their playoff credentials on the line on Friday, as the GHSA football semifinals get underway around the state.
6:00PM ( 4 hours from now )
New GHSA region alignments due to be revealed Tuesday
On Tuesday schools across the state, and plenty here in northeast Georgia, will learn their region foes for the next two years, as the GHSA releases its new alignments for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.
By AccessWDUN Staff
12:54PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Coach Dan Quinn looking for ways to end Falcons' freefall
Coach Dan Quinn knows the Atlanta Falcons' playoff hopes are going dim after a 5-0 start.
10:46AM ( 2 hours ago )
Branch's Shewbert provides one more shining moment in championship season
Weeks after winning a Class AAAAA individual title, Flowery Branch High cross country standout Jake Shewbert kept up his impressive fall by finishing 15th at the Footlocker South Regional race in Charlotte, N.C.
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:21AM ( 3 hours ago )