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Moving on: Buffalo Gap girls advance to regional semifinals with easy win over Surry

Buffalo Gap's Hannah Coffman puts up a shot against Surry County in the Region 1B quarterfinals Monday, Feb. 19.
Buffalo Gap's Hannah Coffman puts up a shot against Surry County in the Region 1B quarterfinals Monday, Feb. 19.

SWOOPE — Buffalo Gap easily advanced to the regional semifinals with a 64-22 win over Surry County Monday night in the Region 1B tournament opener.

The Bison scored the game's first 36 points en route to the victory, which sets up a rematch of last year's regional final and state semifinals with Rappahannock County. The Panthers beat Altavista 74-9 Monday.

Gap is the second-seed in the region this season and will host No. 3 Rappahannock County Wednesday at 6 p.m. with their seasons on the line. The winner will get a ticket to not only the regional championship, but a berth into the state tournament. The loser's season will come to an end.

Last year, Gap lost the regional championship to Rappahannock County after leading by 11 in the third quarter. In the state semifinals, Gap led by 12 in the fourth quarter and lost. The Bison will have a chance to redeem those losses Wednesday.

"It's a new year," Gap coach Phillip Morgan said. "Every team is a little bit different. The dynamic is different. I like where we're at right now, how we're playing. I think it will be a really good ball game. They're going to be ready to play. We'll be ready to play. It's the big one that gets you to the next level."

On Monday, four players scored in double figures for Buffalo Gap, led by Kayleigh Hemp's 13. Hemp did take a tumble in the second half, leaving the game, but Morgan said he thought she would be fine for Wednesday's game. Bailey Talley and Hannah Coffman both finished with 12 points and Avery Bradley added 11 in the win.

Buffalo Gap's Rachael Carter shoots Monday night, Feb. 19, against Surry County in the Region 1B quarterfinals.
Buffalo Gap's Rachael Carter shoots Monday night, Feb. 19, against Surry County in the Region 1B quarterfinals.

Surry didn't score Monday night until 3:30 left in the second quarter when Nahla White hit a jumper on the baseline. Rachel Carter then hit a pair of buckets for the Bison before Surry's Kamaya Summers hit a free throw just before half. Gap took a 40-3 lead into the break.

Surry was able to find a little offense in the second half, but not nearly enough as its season came to an end.

"I thought we got off to a great start," Morgan said. "I thought it was a good team effort. I thought we played hard. Now it's get ready for the next one."

On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 seed Brunswick beat Franklin 66-28. Brunswick will host No. 4 William Campbell, a winner over Cumberland, in Wednesday's other semifinal. The two winners Wednesday will play for the regional championship Friday.

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