BUFORD — Greater Atlanta Christian’s Kaleigh Addie scored 24 seconds before halftime, preventing a second-quarter shutout.
Other than that basket, the Buford girls basketball team was perfect in the second quarter of a 59-25 victory over the Spartans on Tuesday night. The Wolves (2-0) led 42-8 at halftime, rested their starters most of the second half and backed off their full-court pressure after two quarters.
“Any time you hold a team to eight points at halftime, you’re playing great defense,” Buford girls coach Gene Durden said. “You can’t complain about that. We’ve got a long ways to go. We just hope to keep getting better.”
Tate Walters led Buford with 13 points, and Tatum Ozment scored 12. Blair Wallis, Tamori Plantin and Abbi Perkins added five points each for the Wolves, who defeated North Forsyth 64-43 in last weekend’s opener.
GAC (0-2) hung close for most of the first quarter, but Buford closed on a 9-0 run to go up 22-6 by the end of the quarter. That run grew grew to 27-0 by the time Addie scored her basket just before halftime.
Addie led the Spartans with 10 points, and Ava Irvin added eight points.
Buford backed into a halfcourt defense for the second half, playing everyone in a game shortened to a six-minute fourth quarter by the mercy rule.
“Early in the season, all we’re trying to do right now is get better,” Durden said. “We had a very, very athletic and good, solid team in GAC. We worked on our execution today. Win, lose or draw, we’re just trying to get better right now and keep everybody healthy. We gave great effort tonight. I’m always pleased with our effort.”