BUFORD — In a flash, Buford’s girls basketball team won the opening tip Friday night and turned it into an Ebony Grant layup.
The onslaught continued from there as the two-time defending state champion Wolves defeated visiting Chamblee 72-26 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs. They host Carrollton next week in the second round.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy,” Buford head coach Gene Durden said. “We played a little sloppy. Now the playoffs are spread out so much, so we’ve got some things we need to work on a little bit. But overall I was pretty pleased with the kids’ effort.
“We did a good job of sharing the ball. We’ve got to hit free throws. To compete in the state tournament, you’ve got to make easy shots and free throws.”
Buford (25-2) led 28-6 after the first quarter and 44-13 at halftime. With a large lead, the reserves got plenty of action — 14 different Wolves scored.
Grant had eight of her team-high 12 points in the first quarter, and Tate Walters had 11 of her 11 points in the opening period. Preston Reid had seven points and nine rebounds, Ashyia Willis had four points, six rebounds and four assists and Sara Viti scored nine points. Jordan Garrison added a pair of 3-pointers off the bench for the Region 8-AAAAA champions.
Chamblee (8-19) was led by 23 points from Trinity Edwards.