DACULA — Up just a point late in the second quarter, Buford’s girls basketball team went on a decisive run in the semifinals of the Dacula Tip-Off Classic.
That huge spurt, starting in the first half and continuing throughout the third quarter, sent the Wolves to a 66-37 victory over Valdosta in the tournament’s semifinals. They will meet the Dacula-Wesleyan winner in Tuesday’s title game at 6 p.m.
Buford (5-0) led 20-19 before closing the first half on a quick 5-0 run. It extended to a 12-0 run early in the third quarter, building a 32-19 lead on Ashyia Willis’ three-point play before Valdosta’s first basket. After Valdosta’s run-breaking basket, Buford’s Tamori Plantin scored three straight baskets on offensive rebounds and the rout was on.
The Wolves kept the heat on throughout the third quarter, outscoring Valdosta 23-4 in the quarter.
Tate Walters led Buford with 15 points, while Plantin and Abbi Perkins scored eight each.
Essence Cody led Valdosta (3-1) with 15 points.