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Buford girls hang on for region title

DECATUR -- Championship teams step up in the midst of adversity.

For No. 3 Buford, Saturday's Region 6-AA girls basketball championship game was a chance to show that as Kaela Davis fouled out with 3:17 to go in the game and only a two-point lead.

Davis got her fifth foul on an offensive charge, but that didn't faze her teammates. The Wolves responded, holding off No. 7 Lovett 45-39.

"Our girls did great stepping up," Buford head coach Gene Durden said. "We're getting some of our injured kids back and we still have one starter out."

Lovett kept Buford off balance throughout the game, making runs when it needed them most.

With the game tied at 20 heading into the third quarter, the Wolves went on an 8-0 to take the lead, but were unable to score in the final 2:35 of the quarter. Lovett was able to get two field goals to reduce the lead to four points by the time the fourth quarter came around.

After Davis fouled out, the Lions' Taylor Brown knocked down one of her three 3-pointers to bring the deficit to 36-34. But, the Wolves didn't hesitate, working the ball inside and getting to the free-throw line where they hit nine of 11 shots in the final 3 minutes of the game.

"Emily Adams has really stepped up for us this entire tournament," Durden said. "That's what you need in games like this."

Andraya Carter finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds, while Kristina Nelson had 12 points. Davis led the team in rebounds with 10.