High School Sports

Class AA girls: Buford crushes previously unbeaten Model

Model came into the game with the perfect record, but Buford answered with almost the perfect game.

Buford's press and trap was dominant from the start and it allowed the Wolves to cruise to a 66-35 win Saturday afternoon over Model for the GHSA Class AA girls title at the Macon Coliseum.

The loss ended Model's previously perfect season at 31-1. Buford improved to 32-1.

Buford had 13 points on the board before Model scored, and the Lady Wolves had made one more shot after one quarter than the Blue Devils had tried.

Model trailed 22-6 after a quarter as Buford trapped after made and missed shots and completely befuddled the Blue Devils, who had 10 turnovers in the first eight minutes.

Buford led 30-15 at halftime, but converted four straight Model turnovers into points for a 38-15 lead before two minutes had elapsed. The margin grew to 30 early in the fourth quarter.

Model was without leading scorer Janaye Jasper, who twisted her knee in Thursday's semifinal win over Henry County. Model had trouble with a soft press by Henry County, and had no answer for Buford's defense, keyed by 6-foot-3 senior Blanche Alverson at the top of the press.