The girls lose three starters and they will be missed. They return emerging wing Audrey Weiner, an excellent 3-point shooter, center Jessica Nelson and a roster full of girls who played a lot of minutes. Buford coach Gene Durden used players in waves and a lot of girls got many minutes of experience, a result of winning their five state playoff games by an average of 30 points.
Buford’s boys lost only two games all season, both to out-of-state opponents at a Christmas tournament in Tennessee. Buford’s girls lost only two times, once to Class A private finalist Wesleyan, one to Class A semifinalist St. Francis.
Very unofficial, much-too-early Top 5 for 2017-18 preseason rankings:
- Miller Grove
- Warner Robins
- Flowery Branch
- SW DeKalb
- Arabia Mountain