The Lady Wolves started fast in their revenge attempt against St. Pius X opening the game with a 10-0 run behind Tara Dambach, Camille Anderson and Bree Horrocks. Buford led 15-3 after the first quarter however over the next two quarters would run into trouble in the form of Asia Durr and Jasmine Carter.
Durr and Carter combined for 23 of St. Pius’ 32 points in the second and third quarters. Durr connected on three three-pointers in the second quarter, the last one with just over a minute remaining giving the Golden Lions their first lead 23-21 heading into halftime. Durr and Carter continued to power St. Pius in the third quarter while Miah Allen chipped in a pair of three-pointers to help extend their lead to six, 35-29 at the end of the quarter.
“We just didn’t do a good job of controlling Durr in the second and third quarters,” Buford head coach Gene Durden said. “She’s a great player we knew she was going to score but we couldn’t let her get open looks. A lot of our inexperience showed up we made a lot of bonehead plays.”
Taylor Ozment scored a layup at the end of the third quarter, Corey Staples scored five consecutive points to open the fourth, Horrocks added an offensive rebound put back and the Lady Wolves were on a 9-2 run and within one, 37-36 with 4:08 left in the game. From there Durr and Carter lived at the foul line scoring nine of St. Pius’ final eleven points from the stripe as they defeated Buford for the second straight season in the postseason winning 48-45 repeating as class 3A champions.
Durr finished with a game-high 23 points going 12-of-14 from the foul line. Carter-a transfer from Mill Creek, finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for St. Pius.
Anderson had a team-high 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bree Horrocks tallied 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Horrocks’ size was factor as Buford outscored St. Pius 24-10 in the paint and 15-8 in second chance points. Buford finishes the season 30-3.
“I’m proud of these girls, they accomplished a lot, they fought to the end and that’s all we can ask. Hopefully we’ll just get better and improve and go from there,” Durden said.