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Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball

Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball

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2015 AA State Champions

"Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident."

- Psalm 27:3



Sunday, March 22
Gwinnett Daily Post releases All County Teams with McDonald, Booker, Azar as honorees

Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald and junior Cairo Booker were named All Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post as the newspaper released its All County teams recently. McDonald was selected First Team All County, while Booker was selected to the Third Team. It's the first such honor for Booker while McDonald was named First Team All County last season.



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Sunday, March 22
McDonald, Azar named Gwinnett Tipoff Club Player, Coach of Year respectively

The Gwinnett Tipoff Club recently released its annual year end awards and Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald was named Co-Player of the Year along with Buford's Camille Anderson. Wesleyan was named Co-Team of the Year along with AAAA state champion Buford. Coach Jan Azar shared Co-Coach of the Year honors with Buford Coach Gene Durden while McDonald and junior Cairo Booker were selected First Team All County. Wesleyan sophomore Natalie Armstrong was selected Second Team All County. This was McDonald's second First Team All County selection having also earned the honor Gwinnett Tipoff Club.

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Monday, March 9
Final AJC All Classification Rankings


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Saturday, March 7
STATE CHAMPS ONCE AGAIN!


Saturday, March 7
Fourth time is charm as Wesleyan knocks off previously unbeaten, No. 1 Holy Innocents 45-31 to secure 11th state championship

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Lauren Frerking and Natalie Armstrong celebrate as final buzzer sounds

Three times these teams had met these season and three times Holy Innocents came away the victors. In the fourth and most important meeting, Wesleyan turned the tables posting 45-31 win over previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Holy Innocents in the 2015 Class AA State Championship Friday afternoon at the Macon Coliseum. Unlike in the three previous meetings, the Lady Wolves did not have to dig out of a hole to get themselves back into the game. Wesleyan scored the game's first two points on a Lauren Frerking put back. Holy Innocents answered with a two and then at three to go up 5-2. It was not known at the time but that three pointer would be the only one Holy Innocents would knock down the entire game. Wesleyan closed the first quarter with a 6-4 run to cut the Lady Bears lead to one as Holy Innocents led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter. Holy Innocents went up 11-8 but a Jameson Kavel three pointer tied it up at 11-11. Holy Innocents, the only team from Georgia ranked nationally (No. 12 by Maxpreps) then went ahead 15-12 after a beautiful coast to coast drive by super sophomore Khayla Pointer. That would turn out to be Pointer's only field goal of the day. Natalie Armstrong countered on the other end with a three to tie the game at 15-15. Armstrong tied the game again at 17-17 after converting a pair of free throws. Unknown at the time, that would be the last time Holy Innocents wasn't looking at the wrong side of the scoreboard. Armstrong hit another three which contributed to a 10-2 Wesleyan run that gave the Lady Wolves a 22-17 lead at intermission. Things started well for Wesleyan in the third quarter as the solid defense the team displayed in the first half was ratcheted up in the third quarter. Points were hard to come by for both teams but Wesleyan managed to build a nine point lead behind a runner from Frerking and a put back by Armstrong. Wesleyan's lead was 26-17 as Holy Innocents had a scoring drought of about eight minutes dating back to the midway point of the second quarter. With about three minutes left in the third quarter Holy Innocents threw on a press which created a couple of turnovers that the Lady Bears turned into points. Holy Innocents closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run to cut the margin to 26-23 heading into the fourth. Just when it seemed Holy Innocents had seized the momentum, the Lady Wolves' steely confidence kicked in as if to say, 'not this time'. In previous meetings this year, Wesleyan had leads only to disappear and then claw its way back into the game. This time the Lady Wolves, even with Holy Innocents' third quarter-closing run, still had the lead. Coach Azar told her team as much. "We don't play well in the third quarter, we haven't all year" she said, "so I told them 'It's over and we're still up by three now lets go play'". The end was a slow one for Holy Innocents. They'd foul and Wesleyan would convert. Frerking make three of four three throw attempts, then Amaya Register hit two in a row to put the Lady Wolves up 31-23. Holy Innocents converted on the other end to break the drought but after a couple of exchanges of possession, Register hit a nice floater to put Wesleyan back up by eight at 33-25 with 4:58 left in the game. Wesleyan continued to lock down on defense and after another couple of stops, Nikki McDonald put the dagger in with a corner three pointer with 3:53 left to put Wesleyan up by double digits for the first time in the game at 36-25. Cairo Booker took a charge on Holy Innocents' ensuing possession for the second dagger. Wesleyan was able run clock and convert free throws down the stretch and an 11th state championship was secured. Wesleyan saved its best for last as the team steadily improved during the season but really jelled in the state tournament. This team looked nothing like the one at the beginning of the season and was able to overcome the season ending knee injury to super sophomore Mikayla Coombs. They were also able to overcome injuries to Register, Armstrong and Kavel during the season. Noni Thompkins returning after missing a year due to injury really sparked the team as well. The improvements were noticeable in each meeting with Holy Innocents. The margins a defeat went from 10 points in game 1 to six in game 2 to two in a controversial loss in game three which was the region championship. They put it all together in game 4 which is the one that mattered the most. Defense won this game. The Lady Wolves seemed to know what Holy Innocents was going to do before they even attempted it. Wesleyan allowed few offensive rebounds for Holy Innocents as they did a fantastic job controlling the glass. The 31 points Holy Innocents' scored was their lowest offensive output of the season, second to the 43 points they scored against Wesleyan in the region championship game. This is a team that put up 78 its semifinal win over Pelham. Wesleyan's plan was to take Holy Innocents out of its game and that's exactly what they did. Armstrong had her coming out party tonight with the best performance of her young career. The sophomore scored a game high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Her two threes in the first half stretched the Holy Innocents defense effectively. Frerking saved her best for last as she narrowly missed a double double. In her last game in a Wesleyan uniform, she had nine points, twelve rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot in a great all around effort. McDonald added six points, 10 boards, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in her final Wesleyan game and had perhaps the biggest shot of the game in the three pointer that gave Wesleyan the double digit lead with just under four minutes remaining. Register added seven points a team high four assists, five rebounds and two steals and has definitely come into her own. Credit her for the coolness and poise she displayed throughout the game running the point...and she's only a freshman. Kavel chipped in three points, two boards, two steals and an assist while Booker, who was plagued by foul trouble much of the game, had three points, two steals, two boards and an assist. She was feisty on defense and relentless around loose balls and was a major factor in the win despite her limited playing time. Wesleyan finishes this challenging season with a record of 25-7 while Holy Innocents has its quests to go undefeated and win a state championship denied. The Lady Bears had an outstanding season and have plenty to be proud of. They finish 31-1. They graduate no starters so expect to see them back in the title game next year. This state championship is Wesleyan's 11th which ties the record for most girls basketball titles in Georgia with Taylor County which won the Class A Public School championship last night. Congratulations to all of the players and the entire coaching staff for and outstanding game plan and execution. With all of the adversity this team faced this year, this has to be one of the most satisfying of all 11. Great job Lady Wolves!

WESLEYAN LADY WOLVES - 2015 AA STATE CHAMPS 

Photos by Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gwinnett Daily Post



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Wesleyan players react to final horn securing 11th state championship

Monday, March 9
WESLEYAN DYNASTY

Since 2001 Wesleyan has appeared in the state championship game 14 times winning 11 championships with three runner up finishes and one quarterfinal appearance. No other program in the state can claim a run of success that remotely approaches this.

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Cairo Booker slips past Holy Innocents' Sydney Long
Saturday, March 7
Wesleyan vs. "The Undefeated"

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Nikki McDonald looks to drive past Holy Innocents defender

Four times Wesleyan teams have faced teams with unblemished records in the semifinals or state championship games.  Four times Wesleyan came away victorious.

  • 2004 Class AA Semifinals vs. Randolph-Clay (30-0) - Wesleyan 61, Randolph-Clay 53
  • 2007 Class AA Semifinals vs. Randolph-Clay (29-0) - Wesleyan 51, Randolph-Clay 49
  • 2013 Class AA Championship vs. Laney (30-0) - Wesleyan 76, Laney 43
  • 2015 Class AA Championship vs. Holy Innocents (31-0) - Wesleyan 45, Holy Innocents 31


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Lauren Frerking on the move as Holy Innocents' Kennedy Suttle defends

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Amaya Register shoots over Holy Innocents's Khayla Pointer
Saturday, March 7
State Championship game pics

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Noni Thompkins stretches for a rebound with Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell

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Natalie Armstrong defends Erika Cassell

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Danielle Summers, Bailey Edwards, Capri Frazier and Katie Stipe cheer
State Championship game pics

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Carrington Coombs, Andrew Azar and Josh Kavel cheer on the Lady Wolves

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2015 CLASS AA STATE CHAMPS

Monday, March 2
State Tournament Brackets


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Friday, February 27
In sync Lady Wolves rout sixth ranked Lovett 60-39, advance to 12th straight state championship game

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Lauren Frerking looks to pass around Lovett's Quinn Barry

Third ranked Wesleyan faced sixth ranked region rival Lovett for the fourth time this season and emerged with a fourth win, this time in the most important meeting of the season. Wesleyan defeated Lovett 60-39 in the semifinals of the Class AA state basketball tournament Friday night at the Robert G. Lumpkin Center on the campus of Columbus State University in Columbus. Unlike the two most recent meetings with Lovett, this one wasn't close for long.  Wesleyan scored first and Lovett answered and game was knotted at 2-2 for about three minutes as both teams had trouble scoring early on.  Then in the blink of an eye, Wesleyan turned it on and went on a 10-0 run prompting a Lovett timeout with Wesleyan up 12-2.   This righted the ship for the Lady Lions as they scored four points to close the first quarter.  Wesleyan scored six however and led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter.   Things did not improve for Lovett in the second quarter despite many trips to the free throw line as they struggled from the charity stripe.  Jameson Kavel got hot from behind the arc hitting two threes in the period helping Wesleyan outscore Lovett 17-7 in the period.  The Lady Wolves took a 35-13 lead at intermission. In the third quarter, Lovett increased it's agressiveness in the paint but was often denied any second looks at the basket. The Lady Wolves did a really good job on the defensive glass in the second half and the third quarter in particular.   Wesleyan led 49-24 heading into the fourth quarter.  With such a large lead, Wesleyan concentrated less on scoring in the fourth quarter and tried to eat clock, get all players on the team playing time and preserve its health in anticipation of playing in next week's state championship game. Once again, the Lady Wolves had a balanced scoring attack led by Cairo Booker's 15 points. She also had six rebounds, three steals and two assists.  Kavel scored 12 points going 4-for-9 from the three point line and pullied down six rebounds to go with two steals and a blocked shot. Nikki McDonald added 10 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.  Natalie Armstrong narrowly missed a double-double as she scored nine points and had nine rebounds in addition to three steals, two blocked shots and an assist.  Lauren Frerking chipped in eight points, a team high seven boards, three steals, one assist and one blocked shot.  Amaya Register added four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.   The Lady Wolves did a tremendous job defensively holding Lovett's two leading scorers, senior Te'Erica Eason, a Northeastern signee, and freshman Jenna Brown, to single digits in scoring.  Both had been averaging close to 20 points per game during the state tournament and were held to seven and nine points respectively.  After dealing with numerous injuries throughout the season the team is finally healthy...with the exception of standout sophomore Mikayla Coombs who was lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL during the first game of the season back in November. But it's taken this long for the team to gel and they have really been in sync during the state tournament. They seem to be peaking at the right time. The Lady Wolves up their record to 24-7 with the win while Lovett completes its season with a record of 21-9.  Wesleyan is now 13-0 all time vs. Lovett.  By winning, the Lady Wolves advance to the state championship game for the 12th straight season, an unprecedented run in Georgia girls high school basketball and a feat not likely duplicated by another school in any team sport.  Wesleyan teams are now 14-0 in state tournament semfinal games.  It will also be Wesleyan's 14th state championship game appearance in the last 15 years. Waiting for them in the finals is another familar opponent, fellow Region 6-AA member, No. 1 ranked and undefeated Holy Innocents (31-0), a 78-70 winner over No. 2 ranked Pelham in its semifinal.  This will also be the fourth meeting for the Lady Wolves and Bears.  Holy Innocents has won all three meetings this season but only by an average of six points.  Holy Innocents won the first meeting 59-49 on January 10 at Wesleyan.  The next two games were nail biters that went down to the wire.  Holy Innocents triumphed 52-46 on Februrary 3 at Holy Innocents and in the third meeting on February 23. That third meeting was for the Region 6-AA championship hosted by Holy Innocents.  The Bears hit two free throws when a foul was called 90 feet from the basket with .4 seconds remaining in regulation taking the region championship 43-41.   Wesleyan is ready to battle Holy Innocents for the Class AA title and is more than up to the challenge.   The game will be held next Friday, March 6 in he Macon Coliseum at 3:00 PM.  It will also be broadcast live on GPTV and will be aired on the GPTV website.  Please come out and support the Lady Wolves in their quest for an 11th state championship. Some Photos courtesy of Gwinnett Daily Post



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Cairo Booker squeezes through Lovett's Grace Long and Carrie Mutumbo

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Nikki McDonald shoots over Lovett's Carrie Mutombo
Saturday, February 28
More Lovett pix

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Amaya Register releases a three point attempt over Lovett's Jenna Brown

Wesleyan Final Four History

2001 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 68, Wilcox County 36 

2002 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 65, Taylor County 40

2004 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 61, Randolph-Clay 53

2005 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 89, Dublin 57

2006 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 65, Screven County 45

2007 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 51, Randolph Clay 49

2008 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 89, Savannah Christian 65

2009 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 84, Randolph-Clay 59

2010 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 66, Taylor County 44

2011 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 70, Calvary Day 33

2012 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 55, Taylor County 40

2013 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 83, Thomasville 34

2014 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 68, Laney 64

2015 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 60, Lovett 39 



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Natalie Armstrong backs down Lovett's Carrie Mutumbo


Tuesday, February 24
On to 12th straight Final Four! Wesleyan advances after dominant 71-36 win over Brooks County

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Natalie Armstrong attempts to shoot over Brooks County's Taquajha Cannady
Wesleyan took on Brooks County in the quarterfinals of the Class AA state basketball tournament Tuesday night and emerged with a dominant 71-36 win before the largest crowd of the season at Yancey Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus. It was a "Pink Out" at Yancey as the Lady Wolves work their home white uniforms with pink lettering and numbering and many in the crowd also donned pink attire to support cancer awareness in February. They might have been wearing pink but Brooks County had Wesleyan seeing red in the early going. The Lady Trojans struck first with a three pointer from Alicia Gertman. Wesleyan countered with a two but Gertman hit another three after a layup by a teammate and Brooks, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AA, led 8-2. This prompted a Wesleyan timeout and the ship was righted. The Lady Wolves then went on a 12-0 run taking a 14-8 lead. The teams then traded baskets and Wesleyan took a 18-12 lead into the second quarter. In the second, Wesleyan played perhaps its best basketball of the season as the team moved the ball with a fluidity and precision it hadn't displayed all season. The Lady Wolves outscored Brooks County 24-5 in the second quarter and led 42-17 at intermission. The lead reached 57-22 entering the shortened six-minute fourth quarter. The Lady Trojans from Brooks played hard but simply did not have an answer for a Wesleyan team that seems to be hitting its stride. Nikki McDonald posted another double-double leading Wesleyan in scoring and rebounds with 15 points and 11 boards respectively. Cairo Booker scored 11 points to go with two assists, two rebounds and two steals. Freshman Amaya Register was Wesleyan's assist leader with four to go with nine points, three rebounds and two steals. Jameson Kavel added eight points, seven boards, three assists, and two steals while Natalie Armstrong had seven points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Sutton West chipped in seven points while shooting 83% from the free throw line going 5-for-6. She also had two boards, an assist and a blocked shot. Laruen Frerking had six points, five rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot while Bailey Edwards had six points, four boards an steal and an assist. With the win, Wesleyan advances to the Final Four of the state tournament for the 12th straight year, a feat unprecedented in Georgia high school basketball. The Lady Wolves are now 23-7 on the season. Brooks County ends its state tournament run and its season with the loss. The Lady Trojans finished 16-16. No. 3 ranked Wesleyan will next face a familiar opponent in the semi-finals in No. 9 ranked Lovett. This will be the fourth meeting this season between the two Region 6-AA rivals with Wesleyan winning the three previous meetings. The Lady Wolves defeated Lovett 64-33 at Wesleyan on January 9 in the first meeting. In the second meeting, at Lovett, Wesleyan won a closer contest posting a 71-62 win. The third meeting came in the semi-finals of the region tournament, a 57-45 Wesleyan win at Holy Innocents. Lovett comes into the game with a record of 21-8 with five of their losses coming at the hands of region 6-AA foes Wesleyan and Holy Innocents. The game will be played at Columbus State University on Friday at 3:00 PM. Come out and support the Lady Wolves as they try to reach their 12 straight state championship game.

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Jameson Kavel grabs a rebound over Brooks County's Cierra Reynolds

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Cairo Booker lays it up over Brooks County's Alicia Gertman
Wednesday, February 25
More Brooks County pix


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Natalie Armstrong shoots over two Brooks County defenders

Friday, February 20
No. 5 Putnam County no match for No. 3 Wesleyan as Lady Wolves reach 15th straight Elite Eight

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Nikki McDonald shoots over Putnam's Brittany Simmons and Ebony Hargrove

Third ranked Wesleyan stormed into Eatonton to take on fifth ranked Putnam County Firday night in the second round of the Class AA state tournament and came away with a resounding 79-46 win.  This was the second ever meeting between the schools. The first meeting was also in the second round of the state tournament, a 72-48 Wesleyan win in 2007. The Lady Wolves got on the board first but Putnam quickly countered with a three pointer from leading scorer Ebony Hargrove.  The Lady War Eagles led 3-2 which turned out to be their only lead of the game. Wesleyan closed the first quarter with a 17-6 run taking a 19-9 lead into the second quarter. Wesleyan kept Putnam at bay most of the second quarter. Putnam would close the gap to nine only to see it increase to 12 or 13. Wesleyan took a 34-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. The lead grew to 54-32 at the end of the third quarter and the rout was on. Putnam, the Region 4-AA champion, tried a few defenses but Wesleyan always had an answer and was never really threatened. Nikki McDonald had another double-double outing scoring a career high 29 points to go with her 16 rebounds one of which she grabbed after getting knocked to the floor. Cairo Booker narrowly missed a double-double of her own as she had 14 points and eight assists to go with seven rebounds and two steals. Noni Thompkins is improving with each game since recently coming back after missing a year due to recovery from a torn ACL. She had 10 points, four rebounds and four blocked shots in her most solid game of the season. Lauren Frerking scored seven points while dishing five assists. She also had two steals and two rebounds. Perhaps her most important contribution was on the defensive end. She was assigned with guarding Hargrove and simply shut the Putnam star down. After Hargrove hit her early three pointer, Frerking held her to just two points the rest of the game rendering her a non-factor. Natalie Armstrong added seven points, seven boards, three steals and two blocked shots for the Lady Wolves. Jameson Kavel chipped in five points, three assists, three rebounds and a steal. With the win, Wesleyan ups its record to 22-7 while Putnam ends its season with a record of 23-6. Wesleyan has never lost in the Sweet 16 round of the state tournament as this win over Putnam makes them a perfect 15-0. The Lady Wolves now advance to the Elite Eight round for the 15th straight year. They will face the winner of Brooks County, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AA and Dade County the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AA. Regardless of the outcome of that game, which will be played tomorrow night at Brooks County, Wesleyan will host the winner by virtue of being a No. 2 seed. That game will be played at Wesleyan on Tuesday night. Game time and opponent TBA.

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Danielle Summers drives on Putnam's Rykia Pennamon

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Cairo Booker drives past Putnam's Wykessia Butts

Saturday, February 21
More Putnam County pix

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Natalie Armstrong shoots over Putnam's Brittany Simmons

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Noni Thompkins scores two of her ten points

Tuesday, February 17
Huge third quarter pushes Wesleyan to 64-38 state tournament first round win over Bowdon

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Noni Thompkins shoots over Bowdon defenders during first round win
Wesleyan opened its 15th straight state tournament appearance with a first half performance that looked like it might be its earliest state tournament exit ever. A big third quarter propelled the Lady Wolves to s 64-38 win over Bowdon Tuesday night in the first round of the 2015 Class AA State Tournament at Wesleyan. This was the second ever meeting between the schools. The only previous meeting was a 63-39 Wesleyan win in the second round of the 2002 Class A state tournament. In this one, Wesleyan led 8-6 early on but Bowdon the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AA, closed the first quarter on a 4-0 run to lead 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Wolves put together a1 11-4 run in the third quarter thanks to three three-pointers by Sophomore Jameson Kavel giving Wesleyan a 19-14 lead. Bowdon closed the second quarter with a 6-1 run to close the gap to 20-18 at the half. The first half for Wesleyan was frankly pretty ugly as there seemed to be a lid on the basket and the team wasn't playing with any sort of energy or cohesiveness. Kind words were spoken in the locker room at halftime and whatever was said worked. The Lady Wolves hardly resembled the team that played the first half. Wesleyan went on an offensive tear, mainly from the turnovers its defense created. The Lady Wolves put up 28 points in the third quarter taking a 48-28 lead heading into the fourth. Things got a little chippy late as the lead grew to as much as 30 with Wesleyan leading 60-30 with about three minutes left. The team mostly ran clock on its remaining offensive possessions ensuring the team would be healthy for the next round. Kavel led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 15 points while going 4-for-5 from behind the three-point line. Nikki McDonald was the only other Wesleyan player in double figures with 12 points to go with eight rebounds and two steals. Cairo Booker added eight points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Lady Wolves while Lauren Frerking scored seven points to go with four steals and three boards. Amaya Register had seven points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists while Natalie Armstrong chipped in seven points and four boards. Wesleyan improves to 21-7 on the season with the win while Bowdon finishes its season at 17-10. The Lady Wolves now advance to the Sweet 16 round and will face Region 4-AA champion Putnam County (23-5). Tipoff is set for 6:30 PM Friday at Putnam County.

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Sutton West and Jameson Kavel surround Bowdon's Daniya Stephens

Friday, February 13
Holy Innocents eeks out 43-41 region championship win behind free throws with .4 left

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Nikki McDonald drives past Holy Innocents' Erica Cassell
In a bizarre finish, Holy Innocents hit two free throws with .4 on the clock and escaped with a 43-41 win over Wesleyan in the Region 6-AA tournament championship game Friday night at Holy Innocents. Wesleyan got off to a flying start scoring the first seven points of the game. Holy Innocents gathered themselves however and scored the next eight points to take an 8-7 lead. Teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter with Holy Innocents taking a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was a defensive struggle for both teams. Wesleyan outscored Holy Innocents 7-3 in the period to take a 20-18 lead into halftime. The third quarter could not have gone more wrong for Wesleyan as the team was stuck on 20 for the first six minutes of the period before Natalie Armstrong broke the scoring drought. Those were the Lady Wolves' only points of the third as Holy Innocents outscored Wesleyan 11-2 in the period gaining a 29-22 advantage heading into the fourth quarter of this low scoring game. Holy Innocents lead grew as large as 10 points in the fourth quarter before Wesleyan slowly began to chip away at it. Cairo Booker had back to back drives to the basket and Wesleyan was able to get some stops on the defensive end. All of a sudden Wesleyan has the ball down 41-38 with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Nikki McDonald pulls up from behind the NBA three point line and nails a game tying three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in the game. Holy Innocents inbounds the ball under Wesleyan's basket. Wesleyan players played good defense and were playing off the Holy Innocents' player who had the ball. Tims seemed to expire and it looked like we were headed to overtime. However, a referee blew his whistle with .4 seconds remaining and called a foul...90 feet from the basket. Holy Innocents made the free throws taking a 43-41 lead. Game over. Sadly, it was hard to lose a game in this manner after clawing back into the game in the fourth quarter. Third ranked Wesleyan falls to 20-7 while top ranked Holy Innocents improves to 27-0. Armstrong had a double-double performance scoring 12 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. McDonald added 11 points and seven rebounds. Cairo Booker chipped in nine points and three assists. Wesleyan will next play in the first round of the AA state tournament beginning next week. Opponent and game time will be reported as soon as that information is known.

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Cairo Booker cuts Holy Innocents' lead to four points during 4th Qtr

Thursday, February 12
McDonald grabs 21 boards as Wesleyan takes down Lovett to advance to region tourney championship

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Nikki McDonald and Lauren Frerking battle Lovett players for rebound
Wesleyan defeated Lovett for the third time this season posting a 57-45 win in the semi-finals of the Region 6-AA tournament Thursday night at Holy Innocents. The Lady Wolves started hot building an early nine point lead while ending the first quarter up 18-9.   Things came to a grinding halt for Wesleyan in the second as the flow of the game changed dramatically.  Lovett was able to draw numerous fouls on Wesleyan's interior and got themselves back in the game at the free throw line.  Lovett outscored Wesleyan 14-7 to cut the lead to just two points.  The Lady Wolves led 25-23 at halftime.  Lovett tied the game twice in the third quarter at 25-25 and 27-27 before Wesleyan went on a 13-0 run to open a 40-27 lead.  Wesleyan led 41-29 heading into the fourth.  Lovett would get no closer and Wesleyan would secure it's third win over Lovett this season and upped its record to 12-0 all time vs. the Lady Lions. Nikki McDonald recorded yet another double-double as she scored 17 points and pulled down a school record 21 rebounds.  That broke the 12-year old record of 20 rebounds in a single game held by Sarah Moye set in 2003 against Morgan County. Freshman Amaya Register had her largest scoring output of the season with 14 points to go with a team high five assists and three rebounds.  Cairo Booker added 11 points, two assists, two steals and two boards for Wesleyan. With the win Wesleyan improves to 20-6 on the year and secures its 15th straight 20+ win season.  Lovett drops to 17-7.  The Lady Wolves advance to the championship game of the region tournament to face No. 1 ranked Holy Innocents (26-0) which posted a 60-29 win over Hapeville Charter in its semi-final game.  Tipoff is Friday (tonight) at 7:00 PM at Holy Innocents.

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Cairo Booker attempts to drive on Lovett's Carrie Mutumbo

Saturday, February 14
Region Tournament Brackets


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Friday, February 6
Regular season comes to a close with big Senior Night win over Pace, region tourney next

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Katie Stipe guarded by Pace's Lauren Hadley
Wesleyan had no trouble with Pace Academy as they posted a 67-26 region win Friday night at Wesleyan. The Lady Wolves led 27-8 at the end of the first quarter and 46-12 at halftime. The rout was on in a game where all 12 players saw action. Nikki McDonald led the scoring with 18 points to go with her seven rebounds, six steals and two assists. Jameson Kavel had nine points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists while Cairo Booker put up eight points, five steals and three assists. Natalie Armstrong added eight points, and five rebounds for the Lady Wolves while Bailey Edwards chipped in eight points and four boards. Wesleyan closes out the regular season with an overall record of 19-6, 10-2 in region. They have secured the No. 2 seed for next week's Region 6-AA Tournament which will be held at Holy Innocents, and will find out who they'll play after the first round games are concluded as they will receive a bye to the semi finals. Tonight was Senior Night at Wesleyan as all Winter Season senior athletes were honored. This was the last scheduled home games for senior girls basketball players, Nikki McDonald, Lauren Frerking and Danielle Summers. Congratulations to all three Wesleyan seniors on accomplished high school basketball careers. All of you will be missed next season.

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Danielle Summers takes runner jumper over Pace defender

Tuesday, February 3
Missed late opportunities help No. 1 Holy Innocents to escape with 52-46 win over No. 3 Wesleyan

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Cairo Booker goes airborn during 52-46 loss to Holy Innocents
In a battle of top ranked Class AA teams, No. 1 Holy Innocents held off No. 3 Wesleyan posting a 52-46 region win at Holy Innocents Tuesday night. The second meeting of the season between the top two teams in Region 6-AA began similarly to the first with Holy Innocents jumping out to an early lead. Holy Innocents' most offensively productive quarter was the first as they opened an 18-11 lead going into the second quarter. The Lady Bears' lead grew to 11 at 25-14 midway through the second quarter. Wesleyan started getting some defensive stops however and ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to close Holy Innocents' lead to 25-21 at halftime.  Similar to the start of the game, the Lady Wolves had to dig out of another hole as Holy Innocents scored the first six points of the second half to take a 31-21 lead.  Wesleyan played evenly with the Lady Bears the rest of the third quarter and Holy Innocents enjoyed a 10-point cushion heading into the fourth leading 41-31.   Again Wesleyan battled back slowly cutting into Holy Innocents' lead.  Behind solid defensive execution, Wesleyan often held Holy Innocents to only one shot. The Lady Wolves were able to convert on the offensive end and with less than one minute remaining, Wesleyan found itself trailing 47-46.  After a Holy Innocents miss, Wesleyan could not convert a contested layup which would have given them their first lead of the game.  Holy Innocents then took a 48-46 lead with about 30 seconds left after converting the second of two free throw attempts. Again Wesleyan could not convert a contested layup which would have tied the game and the Lady Wolves were forced to foul. Holy Innocents made those free throws and then hit a buzzer beating layup to secure the region win.  Holy Innocents' went 11-for-20 from the free throw line in the second half compared to Wesleyan's 1-for-3 effort from the line.  Wesleyan The Lady Wolves gave themselves an opportunity to win this game but the ball sometimes just doesn't do what you want it to do.  Kudos to the team for coming back twice.  Nikki McDonald led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 17 points including going 3-for-6 from the three point line.  She also had eight rebounds and two steals.  Cairo Booker had 10 points, six assists, and six rebounds for Wesleyan, while Noni Thompkins who recently returned to action after a year long layoff to recover from a torn ACL, scored six points and had five rebounds and four blocked shots. Wesleyan drops to 18-6 overall, 9-2 in region while Holy Innocents improves to 24-0, 11-0 and secures the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region 6-AA tournament. Wesleyan will next face Pace Academy to close out the regular season on Friday. It will be senior night so come out and support our three seniors, Nikki McDonald, Lauren Frerking and Danielle Summers. Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Wesleyan.

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Nikki McDonald shoots over Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell

Monday, February 2
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade teams win league championships

Congratulations to Wesleyan's 8th Grade, 7th Grade and 6th Grade girls basketball teams who each won their respective league tournament championships last Saturday.  The 8th Grade team defeated Marist's 8th Grade team.  The 7th Grade team defeated Marist's 7th Grade team and the 6th Grade team defeated Westminster's 6th Grade team.  Great job to each team's players and coaches.



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Friday, January 30
No 3 Wesleyan powers past No. 9 Lovett led by McDonald, Booker

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Cario Booker drives baseline during 71-62 win over Lovett

No. 3 ranked Wesleyan travelled to Buckhead Friday night and came away with a 71-62 region win over No. 9 Lovett in front of a raucous home crowd.  Lovett played an inspired first quarter and gave itself a 13-12 lead at the end of the period behind three pointers by Ellie McCollum. The Lady Wolves made adjustments in the second quarter outscoring Lovett 25-15 to open a 37-28 lead at halftime.  Wesleyan's defense was not in its usual cohesion as Lovett played toe to toe with Wesleyan in the second half.  Wesleyan outscored Lovett 15-14 in the third quarter taking a 52-42 lead into the fourth. The Lady Lions could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.  Wesleyan essentially held Lovett at bay after the big second quarter cushion it gave itself. Nikki McDonald had another double-double performance with 24 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists.  Cairo Booker scored 20 points and had four rebounds, two assists and two steals on little rest. Natalie Armstrong posted another double-double of her own scoring 10 points while pulling down a team high 12 rebounds.  She also had two assists and two blocked shots. Jameson Kavel added six points, a team high four assists and three boards for Wesleyan who improves to 18-5 overall, 9-1 in region.  Lovett drops to 14-7, 6-4.  The Lady Wolves will next face No. 1 ranked Holy Innocents.  Tipoff is Tuesday at 5:30 at Holy Innocents.



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Amaya Register and Bailey Edwards trap Lovett player

Tuesday, January 27
Edwards, McDonald post double doubles, lead Wesleyan to 84-33 thrashing of GAC

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Lauren Frerking passes over three GAC defenders

Two Lady Wolves recorded double doubles as Wesleyan had no trouble with rival Greater Atlanta Christian in an 84-33 win at GAC Tuesday night.  The final result, which is widest margin of victory for either team in the series between the two schools, was never in doubt as Wesleyan  scored the first eight points in the game before GAC got on the board.  While leading 16-6, the Lady Wolves closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 26-6 lead into the second quarter.  The tempo continued to be to Wesleyan's liking in the second and the defense had a lot to do with it.  GAC was denied second looks at the basket and the Wesleyan bigs did a nice job of rebounding and getting the ball to the guards for quick transitions to the offensive end which often resulted in layups. The Lady Wolves held a 52-18 lead at the half.  Wesleyan outscored GAC 22-11 in the third quarter and led 74-29 heading into the fourth which was shortened to six minutes. Five Wesleyan players scored in double figures and two had double doubles in points and rebounds. Nikki McDonald had team highs in points (17) and rebounds (12) for Wesleyan while dishing two assists and swiping two steals. Bailey Edwards had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in a solid effort for the Lady Wolves. Cairo Booker filled the stat sheet with 15 points, five assists, five steals, and three rebounds while Natalie Armstrong scored 12 points and grabbed eight boards. Jameson Kavel added 10 points and two steals. Wesleyan improves to 17-5, 8-1 in region with the win while GAC falls to 8-11, 5-5.  Wesleyan now leads the series with GAC 24-13.  Wesleyan is 24-7 vs. the Lady Spartans since 2001 after dropping the first six games in the series in the first three years of the Wesleyan program's existence.  Next up, No. 3 ranked Wesleyan travels to Buckhead to take on No. 9 Lovett in another region contest.  Wesleyan defeated Lovett 64-33 earlier this season at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is Friday at 5:30 PM at Lovett.



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Natalie Armstrong looks to shoot over GAC post player

Wesleyan routs Kell in respite from region schedule

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Nikki McDonald lays one up vs. Kell

Wesleyan enjoyed a 61-30 thrashing of Class AAAAAA Kell Saturday night in the last non-region game they will play during the regular season.  The Lady Wolves are in a stretch of 11 region games over a 12-game span and this contest with Kell was the only non-region contest.  It wasn't much of a contest from the outset and Wesleyan dictated the pace early on taking a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kell, out of Cobb County, fared better in the second quarter battling Wesleyan on the boards and getting some second looks that resulted in points.  Wesleyan outscored Kell 15-12 taking a 29-16 lead into halftime. Kell tried a full court press in the second half but the Lady Wolves did not have much difficulty in breaking it most of the time.  The results were layups on the other end.  Wesleyan led 45-23 heading into the fourth quarter.  Both benches cleared in the fourth and Kell was simply overmatched as they were outscored 16-7.  Nikki McDonald posted another double-double as she had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Natalie Armstrong, in her first game back after missing three straight since suffering a concussion against Holy Innocents on January 10, made her presence known in the paint scoring 15 points while pulling down eight rebounds.  Lauren Frerking had a solid night with seven points, 12 boards, four assists and four steals.  Cairo Booker had a game high eight assists to go with six points and five steals.  Wesleyan improves to 16-5 on the season with the win.  The team returns to region action on Tuesday night as they travel over to Greater Atlanta Christian.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.



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Lauren Frerking battles with Kell defenders

Thursday, January 22
Freshman Register's skills on display as Lady Wolves rout KIPP

Wesleyan had no trouble with KIPP Atlanta on Tuesday night as they posted a 72-11 region win on the road. The Lady Wolves were led by freshman Amaya Register who had the most productive game of her young varsity career. Register scored 12 points, on 62% shooting from the field to go with eight assists, five rebounds and four steals. Nikki McDonald was Wesleyan's leading scorer with 15 points to go with six rebounds. Cairo Booker added 11 points, five steals, four boards and a pair of assists for the Lady Wolves who improve to 15-5 overall, 7-1 in region action. Wesleyan will next face Class AAAAAA Kell on Saturday in the Wesleyan Winter Showcase. The Showcase features eight local teams playing at one venue and is a chance for college coaches to see players with their high school teams. The Lady Wolves will take on Kell at 5:30 PM.

Friday, January 16
Kavel leads Wesleyan romp over Hapeville to earn Azar's 450th career win

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Amaya Register shoots over Hapeville defenders
Wesleyan defeated Hapeville Charter 58-34 Friday night in a region win at Wesleyan and earned Coach Jan Azar the 450th win of her career...all of which occurred at Wesleyan. The Lady Wolves started off slowly and with many substitutions in the first quarter. The teams were tied at 10 entering the second. The team started playing for cohesively and with more energy in the second quarter and outscored Hapeville 24-7 opening a 34-17 lead at halftime. The Lady Wolves won the third quarter 11-9 and the fourth 13-8 to earn the 24-point victory. Sophomore Jameson Kavel led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 13 points including three three-pointers. She also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a solid all around effort. Nikki McDonald, who was honored before tipoff with a plaque commemorating her recently achieved 1000th career point, had 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Lady Wolves. Amaya Register added nine points, a game high eight steals, seven rebounds and two assists. Wesleyan improves to 13-5 overall, 6-1 in region play with the win. They will next face KIPP Atlanta for the second time this season in a region contest at KIPP. Wesleyan won the first meeting 79-17 back on December 9. Tipoff is 6:00 PM next Tuesday at KIPP.

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Jameson Kavel battles for loose ball with Hapeville players

Wednesday, January 14
Five score in double figures as Lady Wolves pound Pace 75-13

Wesleyan had no problem with Pace Academy Tuesday night as they defeated the Knights 75-13 in a romp at Pace. All players saw plenty of playing time as five Wesleyan players scored in double figures.  Nikki McDonald led the way with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals.  Cairo Booker scored 10 points to go with eight assists, eight steals and seven rebounds. Amaya Register added 10 points, and two assists while Capri Frazier scored 10 points and barely missed a double-double as she grabbed nine rebounds. Katie Stipe put up 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. Bailey Edwards chipped in six points and a team high 10 boards. Wesleyan improves to 13-5 overall, 5-1 in region play.  They will next face Hapeville Charter in another region contest Friday night at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Sunday, January 11
Top ranked Holy Innocents pulls away in fourth quarter to grab 59-49 win over No. 3 Wesleyan

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Cairo Booker elevates as Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell defends

The talent laden Holy Innocents girls handed Wesleyan its first region loss posting a 59-49 victory in front of a nice sized Middle School Night crowd at Yancey Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus Saturday night.  The game did not start well for Wesleyan as they found themselves in an 11-2 hole early in the first quarter before ending on a 9-0 run to knot the score at 11-11 heading into the second.  Holy Innocents had the lead for most of the second quarter before Wesleyan gained its first lead at 21-20 late in the period.  Holy Innocents scored the last four point of the first half however, and took a 24-21 lead into halftime. Cold shooting and turnovers were Wesleyan's undoing in the second half as Holy Innocents capitalized on Wesleyan miscues and made the Lady Wolves pay on the other end.  The Lady Bears led 37-29 heading into the fourth.  Their lead grew to as large as 17 before Wesleyan made a late run closing the gap to 10 as Holy Innocents outscored Wesleyan 22-20 in the fourth.  Holy Innocents junior Erika Cassell led all scorers as she posted 23 points along with 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.  Khayla Pointer, Holy Innocents' talented point guard, added 12 points and six assists for the Lady Bears.  Nikki McDonald was Wesleyan's high point person posting 20 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals.  Cairo Booker added 12 points and three assists for Wesleyan while Lauren Frerking chipped in nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. With the win, Holy Innocents remains unbeaten at 16-0, 5-0 in region, while Wesleyan drops to 12-5, 4-1.  After four straight home games, the Lady Wolves will head down to Buckhead on Tuesday to take on Pace Academy in another region contest.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

Junior Varsity

Wesleyan 60, Holy Innocents 14

 



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Natalie Armstrong tries to get around Holy Innocents defense

Friday, January 9
McDonald reaches 1000 career-point mark as No. 3 Wesleyan overwhelms No. 8 Lovett 64-33

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Natalie Armstrong shoots over Lovett defender
Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald, scored the 1000th point of her career last night as the No. 3 ranked Lady Wolves dominated No. 8 Lovett in a region contest posting a 64-33 home win. Wesleyan got out to an early 6-0 lead before going cold while Lovett got hot from behind the arc hitting three three-pointers in the first quarter to keep the score close. Wesleyan led 14-11 at the end of the first.  Wesleyan defense tightened in the second quarter as the defense wasn't allowing Lovett the open looks from the outside that it had in the first.  The Lady Wolves outscored Lovett 14-7 in the period taking a 28-18 lead into halftime. The defensive adjustments made by Wesleyan in the second quarter carried over to the third as Wesleyan outscored Lovett 18-6 in the third and 18-9 in the fourth while coasting to the 64-33 win.  All players saw action in this one. The big story on the night is McDonald's 1000th career point as she has been a mainstay on the varsity since she was a freshman. She becomes the 11th Wesleyan girls' basketball player to reach the 1000-point milestone joining Nikki Luckhurst ('04), Anne Marie Armstrong ('09), Holli Wilkins ('12), Jenny Hall ('02), Erin Hall ('10), Dana Birnie ('01), Carolyn Whitney ('06), Grace Leah Baughn ('11), Katie Frerking ('13) and Sarah Moye ('05).  The Elon signee posted another double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds two nights after putting up 25 points and 14 rebounds during a win over Greater Atlanta Christian. Congratulations Nikki on this well earned achievement.  Cairo Booker also played a big role in the win over Lovett as she scored 16 points to go with her game high five assists and five steals.  She also had four rebounds. Wesleyan improves to 12-4 overall, 4-0 in region with the win leading up to the upcoming region showdown with top ranked Holy Innocents (15-0).  Holy Innocents was undefeated last season before suffering its only loss in the Class A Private state championship game.  The Lady Bears haven't missed a beat this season with a move to Class AA.  No. 3 Wesleyan and No. 1 Holy Innocents will square off tomorrow at 4:30 PM at Wesleyan in the first of two scheduled meetings this season. 

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Bailey Edwards drives as Lovett's Ellie McCollam defends

Wednesday, January 7
Wesleyan bounces back from ugly loss with big win over GAC

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Nikki McDonald posted a double-double vs. GAC
The Lady Wolves were able to put  the memories of Saturday's ugly loss to Loganville behind them as they chalked up a dominating 61-26 region win over rival Greater Atlanta Christian Tuesday night. Wesleyan scored the first eight points of the game en route to a 17-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter.  GAC righted it's ship in the second quarter as Wesleyan outscored the Lady Spartans 15-10 in the period to take a 32-14 lead into halftime. The final dagger came in the third as Wesleyan put the pedal to the floor outscoring GAC 18-2 taking an insurmountable 50-16 lead into the fourth. Nikki McDonald posted another double-double with a game leading 25 points and 14 rebounds to go with five steals.  Cairo Booker scored 10 points and had a game high six assists to go with eight rebounds and a game high six steals.  Lauren Frerking added eight points, five steals, three assists and two boards in her most solid all around performance of the season thus far.  Though this game didn't have quite the drama as some Wesleyan-GAC games in the past, it was a positive for Wesleyan as the team played a solid game and gave great effort for four quarters. Wesleyan improves to 11-4, 3-0 in region with the win and will next face Lovett Thursday night in another region contest. Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Wesleyan.

Monday, January 5
Poor third quarter pushes Loganville to 49-45 win over Wesleyan

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Amaya Register takes off balance layup vs. Loganville
A different Wesleyan squad showed up Saturday afternoon than the one that had just won a Christmas tournament in North Carolina last week.  Loganville scored its first ever win over Wesleyan 49-45 as the Lady Wolves seemed "bus lagged" after returning home on New Year's Eve.  The teams played evenly in the first half with the score knotted at 21 at halftime of this low scoring game. Not that they were hot in the first half but the Lady Wolves went ice cold in the third quarter as Loganville outscored them 12-6 taking a 33-27 lead into the fourth.  Wesleyan found itself down by as much as ten before closing the gap late but it wasn't enough as Loganville held on for the win.  Consistency remains an issue for the Lady Wolves as they must find a rhythm with the bulk of the region schedule ahead of them.  Cairo Booker led Wesleyan with 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.  Nikki McDonald added 11 points, six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Natalie Armstrong chipped in seven points and five boards. Wesleyan drops to 10-4 on the season with the first meeting with Greater Atlanta Christian looming on Tuesday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Wesleyan. 

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Lauren Frerking defends Loganville player

Friday, January 2
Lady Wolves claim WNC Holiday Classic title in Asheville, Booker tourney MVP

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2014 WNC Holiday Classic Champs

The Wesleyan varsity travelled to Asheville, North Carolina earlier this week and won three games in three days to take the WNC Holiday Classic championship.  The holiday tournament, held on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Asheville, featured teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.   Wesleyan faced Asheville Christian in the first round game on Monday.  The Lady Wolves led 32-17 at the half and won going away posting a 69-38 win to advance to the semi-finals.  Cairo Booker led Wesleyan in scoring , assists and steals posting 19, five and seven respectively.  Jameson Kavel added 12 points and four steals while Natalie Armstrong had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.  In the semi-final matchup, they took on Rabun Gap from Dillard, Georgia.  Wesleyan and Rabun Gap had been in the same region in the early 2000's and hadn't played since January 2002.  This Rabun team was far different from those Rabun teams as it featured at 6'3 post player committed to Northwestern and a 6'5 post committed to Tulane.  The Lady Wolves had difficulty with Rabun's size at first and fell behind 11-3 heading into the second quarter.  Wesleyan upped the tempo in the second and outscored Rabun 15-3 taking an 18-14 lead at halftime of this low scoring game.  The rest of the game was played farily evenly as Wesleyan pulled away at the end posting a 41-34 win.  Nikki McDonald led the scoring effort with 13 points and barely missed a double-double as she pulled down nine rebounds. Booker added eight points and four assists for Wesleyan as they advanced to the tournament championship game.  The Lady Wolves faced Bention Honea Path from Honea Path, South Carolina in the championship game on Wednesday.  BHP had narrowly defeated tournament host Carolina Day in Tuesday's semi-final.  Wesleyan trailed early in this one down 6-2 early but closed the first quarter on a 13-3 run to take a 15-9 lead into the second quarter.  BHP could not figure out how to adjust to Wesleyan's defense the rest of the game.  The often only got one shot off in each possession which usually resulted in an easy layup on the other end. Wesleyan outscored BHP 20-1 in the second quartrer, 17-1 in the third and 19-1 in the fourth posting an unlikely 71-12 win.  All Wesleyan players saw action in this one.  Booker led the scoring effort with 23 points to go with five steals and three assists.  Bailey Edwards added 12 points and six rebounds for Wesleyan while Armstrong put up 10 points and eight boards.  Booker was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player while McDonald and Armstrong, along with Booker, earned All Tournament honors.   After the unlikely loss to Buford, Wesleyan has reeled off six straight wins and is now 10-3 on the season.  The team returns to action on Saturday to take on Loganville.  Tipoff is 2:30 PM at Wesleyan.



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Tournament MVP Cario Booker during semi final win over Rabun Gap

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Lauren Frerking during title game vs. BHP
Friday, January 2
Pics from Asheville

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Natalie Armstrong defends Asheville Christian player

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Jameson Kavel draws foul vs. Rabun Gap
Friday, January 2
More Asheville pics


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Cairo Booker splits defenders vs. Asheville Christian


Wednesday, December 24
AJC All Classification Rankings 12-19-2014


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Sunday, December 21
Down double digits early, Wesleyan storms back to pound Alabama power Sparkman 47-31

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Danielle Summers locks down on Sparkman guard
Wesleyan turned what was looking like a blow out loss into a blow out win Saturday afternoon in the War Eagle Classic showcase event at Woodward Academy.   Wesleyan defeated Sparkman, the Alabama Class AAAAAA runner up last season, 47-31 in a game with two faces.  The first face was rather ugly for Wesleyan.  After jumping out to a 5-2 lead early, the Lady Wolves endured a long scoring drought as Sparkman went on a 15-0 run taking a 17-5 lead. Cairo Booker hit a big three-pointer to close out the first quarter to give Wesleyan a little momentum heading into the second with Sparkman, ranked No. 4 in Class 7A in Alabama, leading 17-8. In the second quarter, Wesleyan did a nice job of chipping away at the Sparkman lead while not allowing the Sparkman shooters the open looks they enjoyed in the first quarter.  Wesleyan outscored Sparkman 11-7 in the period cutting the lead to 22-19 at halftime.   The Lady Wolves began the third quarter on a 10-0 run taking a 29-23 lead with 3:45 left in the period.  The team really did a good job closing out on Sparkman's shooters, while controlling the glass and not allowing many second opportunities.   Wesleyan outscored Sparkman 17-3 in the third quarter to take a 36-25 lead into the fourth. Wesleyan won the fourth quarter 11-6 to close out the game.  After being down 17-5 in the first quarter, Wesleyan outscored Sparkman 42-16 the rest of the way.  Nikki McDonald continued her solid play with 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals.  Booker added 15 points, six assists, three boards and three steals as Wesleyan improves to 7-3 on the season.  The team will now get a week off to enjoy Christmas before travelling to Asheville, North Carolina for a Christmas tournament next week.  They will face Asheville Christian on Monday, December 29 at 5:30 PM at UNC-Asheville.

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Cairo Booker tussles with Sparkman player during 47-31 Wesleyan win

Friday, December 19
McDonald's 29 power Wesleyan past Woodward 71-42

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Nikki McDonald scores on a reverse layup in win over Woodward

In what was their most complete game of the season to date, Wesleyan turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 29-point blowout win over Class AAAA Woodward at Woodward Friday night. Wesleyan built an early 9-0 lead before Woodward got on the board.  The lead then grew to double digits and would remain that way for the entire game.  The Lady Wolves led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter.   The lead grew as large as 16 points in the second quarter but Woodward was able to cut the advantage to 10 by halftime behind a couple of timly three pointers late in the period.  Wesleyan led 31-21 at the half.  In the third quarter the Lady Wolves put the game out of reach and they defended well and controlled the glass.  Woodward was not allowed many second looks and the result was a 22-2 advantage in the period. Wesleyan led 53-24 heading into the fourth quarter.   With four players out due to injury, all nine elligible Wesleyan players scored in this game. Nikki McDonald continued her strong play as she posted another double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds.  She also had four steals as was 3-for-4 for from the three-point line.  Natalie Armstrong had another double-double of her own scoring 10 points to go with her game high 14 rebounds. Cairo Booker added 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists for Wesleyan which improves to 6-3 on the season.  The Lady Wovles will travel to Woodward again tomorrow to face Sparkman, which was state runner up in Class AAAAAA in Alabama last season.  Tipoff is 3:00 PM.



Monday, December 15
Lady Wolves gradually emerge from funk, dismantle Gainesville 49-23

Clearly still in a funk from the previous night's unlikely loss to Buford, Wesleyan finally awoke in the fourth quarter to defeat Class AAAAA Gainesville 49-23 Saturday night at Gainesville. Things started well enough for the Lady Wolves as they took a 14-6 lead at the end of one. Gainesville chipped away at the lead in the second quarter as Wesleyan had trouble finding the basket.  The Lady Elephants outscored Wesleyan 12-6 in the period to pull within two trailing 20-18 at the half.   The third quarter was rather forgettable as neither team was sharp.  A total of seven points were scored by both teams.  Due to Wesleyan upping its defensive pressure, Gainesville scored only one of those points.  Wesleyan led 26-19 heading into the fourth.  In the fourth quarter, the collective funk that had fallen over the team disintegrated.  The Lady Wolves began to click on all cylinders and outscored Gainesville 23-4, scoring almost as many points in the fourth quarter as in the previous three combined.  Wesleyan won going away.  Nikki McDonald led the scoring effort with 17 points to go with five rebounds.  Cairo Booker added 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals, while Lauren Frerking scored nine points to with two boards and two steals.  Natalie Armstrong scored six points while pulling down a team high seven rebounds. Wesleyan improves to 5-3 on the season with the win and will next face Class AAAA Woodward on Friday at Woodward.  Tipoff is 7:00 PM.

Monday, December 15
Buford squeaks past Wesleyan on layup at buzzer

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Cario Booker goes for a steal vs. Buford

This one stung.  After holding a lead for the entire game, Wesleyan had to endure a heartbreaking 54-53 loss to Buford on a layup with three seconds remaining Friday night at Buford.  Wesleyan looked good in the first half taking a 19-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and increasing it to 34-20 at halftime.  Defensively, Wesleyan held Buford's leading scorer and North Carolina State commit Camille Anderson in check allowing her no points scored in the half. Things changed in the second half as Wesleyan's junior point guard Cairo Booker was quickly whistled with her fourth foul less than a minute into the third quarter and relegated to the bench until late in the fourth.  Sophomore Natalie Armstrong was joined her a few seconds later and the dynamics of the game changed.  Anderson was able to get free and led her team to within seven points at the end of the third quarter.  Turnovers cost Wesleyan dearly in the fourth.  Buford took its first lead of the game with 13 seconds remaining in the game.  Wesleyan senior Lauren Frerking was fouled after the inbounds and calmly sank both free throws to give Wesleyan a 53-52 lead with 10 seconds left in the game.  Anderson took the ball the length of the floor and hit a layup with 3.2 seconds left which wasn't enough time for Wesleyan to get a look at a game winning basket.  The win was Buford's first over Wesleyan in nearly five years, their last win being in January of 2010.  Wesleyan had won the previous five meetings and seemed to be on its way to a sixth in a row prior to Fridays tough loss.  This Wesleyan team is finding itself however and is on the brink of getting where it needs to be...the first half of the Buford game was evidence of that.

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Nikki McDonald shoots over Buford defender

Friday, December 12
Edwards/Armstrong both post double doubles in win over KIPP Atlanta

The Lady Wolves won a region game Tuesday night with a 79-17 rout oof KIPP Atlanta in the first ever meeting between the schools. KIPP, new to region 6-AA, was unable to handle the Wesleyan defense in the first quarter as the Lady Wolves opened a 36-2 lead.  Wesleyan cruised from there as every player saw action and scored in the win.  Nikki  McDonald led all scorers with 19 points to go with her seven rebounds and two steals.  Sophomore Bailey Edwards had the first double double of her career with 14 points and 13 rebounds while fellow sophomore Natalie Armstrong  had 12 points and 14 boards.  Freshman Sutton West added 11 points and five rebounds for the Lady Wolves.  Wesleyan improves to 4-2, 2-0 in region on the season.  Next up is the annual clash with Buford, last season's Class AAA runner up.  Buford has since moved to Class AAAA and is still a state power.  Tipoff is Friday at 6:00 PM at Buford. 

Monday, December 8
Wesleyan opens region play with 75-28 win over Hapeville

Wesleyan faced Hapeville Charter in its first region contest of the season and posted a resounding 75-28 road win Friday night at Hapeville.  The Lady Wolves started off hot leading 18-5 after one period.  Hapeville had it's most productive offensive quarter of the game in the second period scoring 10 points.  Wesleyan put up 22 however and took a 40-15 lead into halftime.  The second half mirrored the first as Wesleyan outscored Hapeville 35-13 in the half.  Nikki McDonald posted another double double as she had 15 points, 15 rebounds, five steals, two blocked shots and two assists in a fine all around performance. Natalie Armstrong also had a double double as she scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds to go with a pair of assists. Seniors Danielle Summers and Lauren Frerking each scored 10 points.  Summers also had four steals and two boards while Frerking chipped in three assists.  Sophomores Jameson Kavel and Katie Stipe scored nine points each.  Kavel also had four assists, two rebounds and two steals. With the win Wesleyan improves to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in region.  The Lady Wolves continue region action against KIPP Atlanta in their first ever meeting on Tuesday night at Wesleyan in the Lady Wolves' home opener.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Monday, December 1
Lady Wolves drop first two but save face with win in third game of Parkview round robin

Wesleyan played three games in the Parkview Holiday Classic before the Thanksgiving break with mixed results. The format was a round robin meaning three games against three opponents on a neutral court but not in the traditional "tournament" sense....no winners bracket or champion etc. In Wesleyan's first game against Class AAAAAA Hillgrove, the Lady Wolves got down early. Down by as much as 16 in the first half, Wesleyan battled back to cut the lead to three late in the second half but couldn't make it all the way back as they fell 59-53. Wesleyan also suffered its second knee injury to a player in as many games as freshman point guard Amaya Register went down in the first half...just one game after sophomore guard Mikayla Coombs was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Hopefully Amaya will return to action soon. In game two, Wesleyan faced another Class AAAAAA team in Mays. The Lady Wolves kept it close in the first half trailing only 26-23 at the break but Mays was able to extend their lead in the second half as Wesleyan's shooting went cold. Mays won 57-43. The Lady Wolves salvaged the Parkview event by winning game three another Class AAAAAA school Forest Park. Wesleyan broke a 20-20 tie at halftime outscoring Forest Park 21-14 in the third quarter and held on in the fourth to win 53-46. Senior Elon signee Nikki McDonald had a monster game posting a double double scoring 26 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. After taking a break from games for the Thanksgiving holidays, the Lady Wolves will return to action this Friday, December 5. It will be the first region game of the season for Wesleyan as they will travel to Hapeville to take on the Lady Hornets of Hapeville Charter. Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Thursday, November 20
Wesleyan opnes season with win over South Gwinnett but could come at a cost

Wesleyan opened its 2014-2015 campaign with a 44-27 win over Class AAAAAA South Gwinnett on Wednesday afternoon in the Hilton Tipoff Classic at Norcross High School.  The win however was dampened by an injury to sophomore Mikayla Coombs who went down early in the first quarter with a knee injury. In the first meeting between Wesleyan and South Gwinnett in four years, the Lady Wolves led 11-9 at the end of the first.  The team settled in during the second quarter as South Gwinnett had trouble handling Wesleyan's defense.  The Lady Wolves outscored the Comets 15-3 in the period to take a 26-13 lead into halftime.  The teams played evenly in the third quarter with Wesleyan holding onto a 37-25 lead heading into the fourth.  Nikki McDonald and Cairo Booker led the Lady Wolves' scoring effort with nine points apiece. McDonald also had six rebounds and four steals while Booker had three assists, three rebounds and two steals.  Sophomore Natalie Armstrong contributed eight points, six boards and two blocks while fellow sophomore Bailey Edwards had seven points, two rebounds and two steals.  Coombs scored five points and pulled down two boards in her brief appearance.  Wesleyan is now 1-0 on the season and 4-0 all time vs. South Gwinnett.  The Lady Wolves will next face Class AAAAA Mays in the Parkview Tipoff Classic on Saturday at Parkview.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Monday, July 14
McDonald accepts scholarship offer from Elon

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McDonald from action during 2013-2014 season
Rising Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald has made a verbal commitment to attend and play basketball for Elon University.  Elon, an NCAA Division I university located in Elon, North Carolina, recently moved from the Southern Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association whose members are College of Charleston, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington, Northeastern, Towson and William & Mary. McDonald was an integral member of Wesleyan's 2012 and 2013 state championship teams and the 2014 state runner up team.  She earned first team All State honors as a junior this past season as she led the Lady Wolves in scoring averaging 14.2 points per game.  She also led the team in rebounds per game (7.3), charges taken (19) and 3-point percentage (36.0).  McDonald becomes the 25th player in Wesleyan's girls basketball program to earn a full Division I basketball scholarship and 27th player overall to earn a basketball scholarship.  Congratulations to Nikki on her decision.

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