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2017 Class 1A State Champions

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."

- Philippians 2:3



Friday, March 24
Miss Georgia Basketball

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Coombs in action in the Crescom Classic in Myrtle Beach

COOMBS NAMED 2017 MISS GEORGIA BASKETBALL 

Awards and honors keep rolling in for Wesleyan's humble senior Mikayla Coombs.  This one is the biggest though.  Coombs was named Miss Georgia Basketball, the state's top honor in the sport, as the Atlanta Tipoff Club revealed its post season awards earlier today.  She was previously named the Gatorade State Player of the Year for Georgia last week.  The Connecticut signee averaged 16.9 points, 7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4 steals per game as she led Wesleyan to the 2017 Class 1A state title two weeks ago.  She becomes Wesleyan's third Miss Georgia Basketball award winner and the second Wesleyan player to win this prestigeous award.  Anne Marie Armstrong won the award in 2008 and 2009.  Coombs high school career isn't quite over yet.  She will be participating in the McDonald's High School All American game next Wednesday in Chicago as well as the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 in New York.  Many congratulations to Mikayla for being honored for this much deserved award!  Below is a list of all Miss Georgia Basketball award winners.



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Friday, March 24
Azar named Girls Coach of the Year for Class A-AAAA, Armstrong, Register earn All Metro Honorable Mention

In addition to the Atlanta Tipoff Club naming Mikayla Coombs Miss Georgia Basketball for 2017, Wesleyan coach Jan Azar is being honored as the state coach of the year for Class A-AAAA winning the Garland Pinholster Coach of the Year award.  McEachern's Phyllis Arthur won the award for Class AAAAA-AAAAAAA.  Wesleyan senior, Samford signee Natalie Armstrong and junior Amaya Register were both named All Metro Honorable Mention.  Congratulations to Coach Azar and all three players for this recognition.

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Thursday, March 23
Coombs selected to participate in Jordan Brand Classic All Star game in New York

Wesleyan senior Mikayla Coombs will be among her peers...the nation's elite, as she has been selected to play in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 in New York.  The game will be held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and the NHL's New York Islanders.  This is the second national all star game in which she will be a participant as she will also compete in the McDonald's All American game at the United Center in Chicago on March 29.  That game will be televised on ESPNU.  Below is a list of all participants in the 2017 JBC.
 



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Tuesday, March 21
Coombs named GACA Class 1A Player of Year, Armstrong, Register earn All State honors, Azar Coach of Year

The post season honors are starting to roll in with the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association naming its All State teams for 2017.  Wesleyan senior and Connecticut signee Mikayla Coombs was named co-Player of the Year alongside fellow McDonald's All American Maya Dodson from St. Francis.  Coombs is on the All State team for Class 1A along with teammate Natalie Armstrong, a Samford signee and junior Amaya Register.  Coach Jan Azar was selected Class 1A Private Coach of the Year.

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Tuesday, March 21
Coombs, Azar honored as Gwinnett Post Player and Coach of Year

For the second straight year, the Gwinnett Daily Post named Mikayla Coombs as its Player of the Year and Coach Jan Azar as its Coach of the Year.  It's the second such honor for Coombs and the eighth such honor for Azar as the Post also bestowed this award in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

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Friday, March 17
Wesleyan Program History

Wesleyan just completed the 2016-2027 season winning its 12th state championship.  Wesleyan teams have played in 14 consecutive state championship games and 16 of the last 17.  Wesleyan teams are 12-4 in state title games.  Wesleyan's record in state tournament games is 77-5.  It's a safe assumption that all of these marks are unprecedented.  Here is a glance at Wesleyan's 20 seasons of girls basektball.

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Tuesday, March 14
Coombs named Gatorade Player of the Year for Georgia

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Mikayla in action from Saturday's state championship win

CHICAGO (March 13, 2017) — In its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Mikayla Coombs of Wesleyan School as its 2016-17 Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Coombs is the second Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Wesleyan School.   Anne Marie Armstrong won the award in 2009. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Coombs as Georgia’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Coombs joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners, including Maya Moore (2005-06, Collins Hill HS, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville HS, N.C.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 & 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo HS, Calif.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis HS, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside HS, Calif.). The 5-foot-10 senior guard had led the Wolves to a 27-4 record and a berth in the Class A Private School state tournament championship game at the time of her selection. Coombs averaged 16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.4 steals through 31 games. The 2016 Class 2A Player of the Year, Coombs is a McDonald’s All-American Game honoree and a three-time member of the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Super Six team. She entered the state final with 1,314 points in her prep basketball career. A designated school ambassador, Coombs has also volunteered locally with Students Adventuring Life Without Substance Abuse (SALSA). “Mikayla is the total package,” said Nichole Dixon, head coach of Holy Innocents Episcopal School. “Players of her caliber don’t always have the maturity to still be the best player on the court while being a great teammate. Mikayla elevates the level of her team.” Coombs has maintained a weighted A-minus average in the classroom. She has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut beginning this fall. The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport. Coombs joins recent Gatorade Georgia Girls Basketball Players of the Year Jenna Staiti (2015-16, West Forsyth High School), Asia Durr (2014-15 & 2013-14, St. Pius X Catholic High School), Lexie Brown (2012-13, North Gwinnett High School), Allisha Gray (2011-12, Washington County High School), Diamond DeShields (2010-11, Norcross High School), Kayla Lewis (2009-10, Southwest DeKalb High School), Anne Marie Armstrong (2008-09, Wesleyan School), Alicia Manning (2007-08, Etowah High School), and Maya Moore (2006–07, Collins Hill High School) among the state’s list of former award winners. As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Mikayla will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year. To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, acomplete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.gatorade.com/poy



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Friday, March 10
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Mikayla Coombs shoots over Holy Innocents' Kennedy Suttle and Kayla Hubbard
SWEET CHAMPIONSHIP 
 
Coombs leads Wesleyan out of deep hole to claim school's 12th title
 
To say things were looking grim would be an understatement.  Wesleyan found itself on the wrong end of a 17-point Holy Innocents lead but battled back to take the 2017 Class A state championship posting a 51-48 win Friday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.  Wesleyan won the opening tip and quickly turned the ball over.  Holy Innocents capitalized en route to scoring the game's first six points.  Wesleyan's McDonald's All-American and Connecticut signee Mikayla Coombs was tagged with two fouls in the first quarter and had to sit on the bench.  Wesleyan wasn't doing many things right in the early going as the team allowed Holy Innocents many second chance oportunities by not taking care of the boards.  That coupled with a lackluster defensive effort enabled the Lady Bears' lead to grow to double digits early in the second quarter.  Coombs came back in at the 5:22 mark of the second quarter.  With Wesleyan down 32-15, there was cause for concern for the Wolves' faithful.  However, Coombs made her mark at this point of the game as she scored 10 points in the period.  With two fouls she was reluctant to take it to the basket for fear of picking up a third.  So she decided to light it up from all areas of  the perimiter, pull up jumpers and a pair of threes.  The Lady Wolves closed the second quarter on a 12-2 run to reduce the Holy Innocents lead to just 34-27 at halftime.  "So you're telling me there's a chance..."  A stern lecture was given at halftime regarding the benefits of boxing out, defense and crashing the boards.  Wesleyan's defense became downright stingy in the third quarter while the Lady Bears started to tighten.  Holy Innocents shot just 2-for-14 from the field in the period as Wesleyan outscored them 14-7 to knot the game at 41-41 entering the fourth.  Wesleyan had come all the way back.  However, they could not gain the lead.  Holy Innocents would go back up by three, then Wesleyan would close the lead to one.  After numerous defensive stops, Wesleyan finally gained its first lead of the game with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter after a power drive to the hoop by Sutton West to put Wesleyan up 49-48.  Wesleyan continued the stellar defense it displayed the entire second half and never allowed Holy Innocents any clean looks.  Kayla Hubbard had a pair of shot attempts which were rebounded by Coombs and Natalie Armstrong respectively.  Holy Innocents was forced to foul Wesleyan down the stretch and Coombs and Jameson Kavel hit a pair of free throws to give Wesleyan its final three-point margin of victory.  At the final buzzer the Wesleyan bench joined the players on the floor in a massive dogpile...er...wolfpile, the likes we haven't seen since Wesleyan's dramatic 47-46 win over Terrell County in the 2004 Class AA championship.  Coombs saved her best for last as she scored a game high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds.  Armstrong also came up big in her final game in a Wesleyan uniform posting a double double.  She scored 11 points while pulling down a game high 13 rebounds.  She really elevated her game in the second half while battling illness.  She had to leave the court twice and throw up in a trash can in the tunnel beneath the arena.  West, playing with broken wrist which she injured in the semifinal win over Lakeview, scored eight points including two momentum grabbing three pointers as well as the go ahead drive to the basket.  Jameson Kavel came up big with a game clinching offensive rebound after a missed Holy Innocents three point attempt in the game's final seconds.  She also did a fantastic job guarding Holy Innocents' Kayla Pointer, an LSU signee.  Pointer, after scoring six points in the first two minutes of the game, was held to just four more points for the rest of the game.  Kavel finished the game with four points and two assists.  AC Carter put up five points and four boards while Amaya Register added four points and three assists.  Wesleyan finishes its season with a record of 28-4, with two of the four losses coming at the hands of Holy Innocents.  The Lady Bears finish its season with a record of 29-3 with two of its losses being at the hands of Wesleyan.  This was the third straight year that Wesleyan and Holy Innocents met for a state title.  Wesleyan claimed the 2015 Class AA title with a 45-31 win, while Holy Innocents won the 2016 AA title with a 66-64 overtime win.  The teams also played each other three times for region championships as well.  Holy Innocents winning the region title in 2015 and 2016 while Wesleyan won it this year.  These two teams have faced each other 12 times over the last three years and mostly with the same personnel.  There were no secrets here.  Holy Innocents couldn't throw anything at Wesleyan that the Lady Wolves hadn't seen before and there wasn't anything Wesleyan could unleash on Holy Innocents that they hadn't already seen.  This was simply a battle of wills between two teams that are among the best in the state regardless of classification.  Four seniors from both schools who've signged Division I basektball scholarships were on display and didn't disappoint.  One stood out however.  Coombs was a freshman on Wesleyan's 2014 AA state runner up team.  She tore her ACL in the first game of her sophomore season and missed the rest of the year as she watched her teammates from the sidelines win the 2015 AA championship over this same Holy Innocents squad. She got back on the court for her junior year in 2016 and shared her teammates disappointment in suffering a heartbreaking 66-64 overtime loss to Holy Innocents.  She saw her final shot of contributing to a state championship team slipping away with her team down by 17 in the second quarter tonight.  She wasn't going to be denied again and got her team back into the game with a 10-point explosion in the second quarter which gave her team a shot.  The rest of the team responded in the second half and the result was Coach Azar's and Wesleyan's12th and perhaps most satisfying, girls basketball state title.  Wesleyan now holds the record for most state championships in Georgia breaking a tie it held with Taylor County which has won 11.  Azar, who already held the state record for most girls basketball state championships, is now tied with Selby Buck who coached Lanier High School in Macon to 12 boys basketball state titles back in the 1940's and 50's.  And the run that Wesleyan has been on for the last 17 years is unprecedented in Georgia basketball history and probably in national history.  Wesleyan has made it to the state championship game in 16 of the past 17 years winning 12 titles (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017) to go with runner up finishes in 2001, 2007, 2014 and 2016.  The only year they failed to make it to the final was in 2003 when they lost in the quarterfinals to.... Holy Innocents.  Wesleyan hopes to continue its remarkable run as many talented players will return next year.  But the program does graduate eight seniors from the class of 2017, a tight knit group who have been playing together since middle school and define the meaning of the word "team".  No player is more important than the sum of the parts of the team.  Azar preaches this philosophy and her players buy into it.  These players do not care who scores the most points or who gets the most attention.  Add hard work, selflessness and the fact that these players are all friends and want to play for each other and their coaches, and you have a winning formula.  It's not as easy as it looks and this championship was clear evidence of that.  Many teams would have folded after being down 17 to a team as talented as Holy Innocents.  These Lady Wolves simply had too much heart for that.  They gave themselves a shot... Congratulations to all of these players and coaches and especially our eight seniors who were each an integral cog in the wheel of this state title.  You all will be missed.
WESLEYAN LADY WOLVES
2017 CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONS 
 
Photos by AJC and Gwinnett Post 


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2017 Class A State Champs

Saturday, March 11
More state championship photos

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Natalie Armstrong shoots over Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer

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Jameson Kavel locks in on Pointer

Saturday, March 11
More state championship photos

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Team erupts after Sutton West gives Wesleyan its first lead

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Coombs defends Pointer

Friday, March 10
2017 State Tournament Brackets


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Saturday, March 4
Lakeview unable to stop Coombs and Wesleyan's march to 14th straight state championship game

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Mikayla Coombs gets past Lakeview's Christen Copeland

Mikayla Coombs' and Wesleyan would not be denied its shot at the school's 12th state champtionship as the No. 2 seeded Lady Wolves completely overwhelmed No. 3 seeded Lakeview Academy 77-35 Saturday night in their semifinal round matchup of the 2017 Class A State Tournament at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta.  Wesleyan started the game with a 7-0 run and built a 21-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The lead grew to 46-18 at halftime as the Lady Wolves' full court press presented problems for the No. 4 ranked Lions.  After three quarters the lead balooned to 63-25 putting the game out of reach.  Coombs was again impressive as she poured in a game high 28 points to go with nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and a blocked shot.  Amaya Register scored 15 points and dished five assists while pulling down five rebounds and swiping two steals.  Katie Stipe added 10 points for the Lady Wolves while AC Carter grabbed a game high 10 boards.  The win boosts Wesleyan's record to 27-4 while Lakeview finishes its season with a record of 26-5.  The win also sets up a third straight matchup with Holy Innocents for the state championship.  This will be the rubber match as Wesleyan won the 2015 AA title with a 45-31 win while Holy Innocents won the 2016 AA championship with a 66-64 overtime win.  Even though both teams are in a new classification, they are once again the final two left standing as Holy Innocents (29-2) won its semifinal game over St. Francis by a score of 63-61.  As with the last two seasons, this will be the fourth meeting between Wesleyan and Holy Innocnets this year.  Holy Innocents won the two regular season meetings 61-54 and 81-74 respectively.  Wesleyan topped Holy Innocents 59-50 in the Region 5-A championship game.  Wesleyan will be playing in its 14th straight state championship game and its 16th in the last 17 years.  Since 2001, the only year Wesleyan failed to make it to the state title game was 2003 when they lost in the quarterfinals to...Holy Innocents.  Please come out and support one of the best basketball teams in the state which represents the best girls basketball program in Georgia over the past two decades.  Wesleyan and Holy Innocents will play for it all on Friday, March 10 at 2:00 PM.  The championship game will be played at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus.

Photos by AJC 



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Jameson Kavel and Natalie Armstrong go after ball with Lakeview's Ryann Moody

Tuesday, February 28
Lady Wolves storm into Final Four with big quarterfinal win over Prince Avenue

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Jameson Kavel shoots over Prince Avenue's Madison Britt
Wesleyan took on Prince Avenue Christian in a quarterfinal round game of the Class A state tournament and came away with a 63-31 win Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  In only the second ever meeting between the schools and the first since 1999, Wesleyan led from wire to wire.  The lead was 24-4 at the end of the first quarter and 44-14 at halftime.  All players saw playing time in this one as Wesleyan advanced to the semifinal round of the state tournament for the 14th straight year.  Senior Mikalya Coombs, in only three quarters of playing time, amassed 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals.  Senior Natalie Armstrong recorded a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Sutton West put up 10 points, four rebounds and two steals while AC Carter added nine points, five boards and four steals.  Wesleyan improves to 26-4 with the win while Prince Avenue finishes its season with a record of 22-8.  This was the final home game for Wesleyan's eight seniors, Coombs, Armstrong, Jameson Kavel, Capri Frazier, Bailey Edwards, Katie Stipe, Sydney Milliken and Sarah Adams, all of whom have been at Wesleyan since at least middle school.  All of our seniors will be sorely missed.  The Lady Wolves will next face the winner of the quarterfinal game between Darlington and Lakeview Academy which will be played tomorrow night.  Tipoff for the semifinal round game will be at 6:00 PM on Saturday March 4 at Cobb Civic Center.

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Mikayla Coombs flips a pass across count during win over Prince Avenue

Wednesday, February 22
Wesleyan registers second round state tourney win over George Walton behind Register's 19 points

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Amaya Register scores over George Walton's Abby Gudnason

The format of the Class A tournament is different than what Wesleyan had been used to in the in Class AA and Class A prior to that.  Instead of a 32-team format in which the top four seeds from each region qualify for the tournament, it's a 24-team format in which teams are seeded based on winning their region and a power ranking system that considers wins and losses and opponents' records.  Out of this complicated system, Wesleyan earned the tournament's overall No. 2 seed and was therefore awarded a bye in the first round.  The Lady Wolves faced George Walton Academy in tonight's second round matchup at Wesleyan, the first ever meeting between the schools.  George Walton defeated Savannah Christian 44-37 in its first round game.  No such luck for the Lady Bulldogs tonight as Wesleyan smothered the visitors from Monroe from the outset.  The Lady Wolves led 16-0 before George Walton got on the board.  Wesleyan led 25-3 at the end of the first quarter.  Even though Wesleyan pulled off the press in the second quartrer, the results were similar as Wesleyan outscored George Walton 24-6 taking a 49-9 lead into the locker room.  Every availalble player saw ample court time tonight as the team kicked off the rust of not having played since the region championship 11 days ago.  The bombs were falling from long range this evening as the Lady Wolves connected 11 times from behind the arc.  The team shot 44% from three point land led by Amaya Register who was 5-for-6 from long range.  Register led the team in scoring with a season high 19 points.  She also had two assists, two rebounds and one steal in limited playing time.  Jameson Kavel was also hot from the three point line as she went 3-for-5 scoring 13 points.  She had a sold all around game adding three rebounds, three assists and two steals for Wesleyan.  AC Carter added 12 points, a game high six boards, and three blocked shots while Natalie Armstrong contributed 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  Mikayla Coombs had a game high seven assists to go with four points, two steals, two boards and a block.  With the win, Wesleyan advances to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament for the 17th straight season.  George Walton finishes its season with a record of 21-7 while Wesleyan ups its record to 25-4.  The Lady Wolves will next face Prince Avenue Christian in the Elite Eight.  Prince Avenue (21-7) posted a 47-32 win over First Presbyterian in its second round game.  This will be the second ever meeting between the schools, Wesleyan having won the only previous meeting 68-26 on November 18, 1999.  The game will be at Wesleyan next Tuesday.  Gametime to be announced.



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Mikayla Coombs shoots over George Walton's Sophie Chapar

Saturday, February 11
Coombs earns Region Player of Year honor for second straight season, Armstrong, Register on All Region Team

Wesleyan senior Mikayla Coombs was voted Region 5-A Player of the Year. The announcment was made after the Region 5-A tournament championship game at Wesleyan. Two other Wesleyan players were named to the All Region team including senior Natalie Armstrong and junior Amaya Register. Congratulations to all three Wesleyan players!

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2017 All Region 5-A Team

Saturday, February 11
Coombs' 27 points carry Wesleyan to 59-50 region championship win over No. 1 Holy Innocents

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Mikayla Coombs drops two of her 27 points over Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer
The third time was the charm.  After dropping the two regular season meetings with Holy Innocents last month, each my seven-point margins, Wesleyan earned a satisfying 59-50 win over the top ranked Golden Bears in the championship game of the Region 5-A tournament hosted by Wesleyan.  For the second night in a row, Wesleyan wore dark road uniforms...this time their black unis, while higher seeded Holy Innocents wore its home whites.  And for the second night in a row the "Guest" Lady Wolves prevailed.  Unlike the track meet that ocurred on January 27th, an 81-74 Holy Innocents win, this game took on a defensive personality from the outset.  The teams didn't allow each other much breathing room.  The lead changed hands a few times in the first quarter.  The game was tied at 8-8 before Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer, an LSU signee, hit a long three pointer to give the Golden Bears an 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The lead again went back and forth in the second quarter with Wesleyan outscoring Holy Innocents 15-11 in the period to take a 23-22 lead into halftime.  The halftime lead was exactly half the 46-44 halftime lead Wesleyan held in the last meeting, which lends to how this game was coming down to defense.  The third quarter turned out to be where the game was won.  After allowing Holy innocents to control the offensive glass for much of the first half, the Lady Wolves did a much better job of not allowing them second chances on the offensive end.   As a result Wesleyan outscored Holy Innocents 17-7 in the period with many of the points coming from defensive rebounds turned into fast break points.  Wesleyan took a 40-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan upped its lead as high as 13 points but Holy Innocents had cut it to six with about five minutes to go.  The Lady Wolves withstood numerous Holy Innocents attempts to further cut into the lead and Amaya Register, Sutton West and Mikayla Coombs all did a nice job hitting their free throws down the stretch when the Bears were fouling to stop the clock.  Coombs was spectacular during the game as she put her team on her back and would simply not be denied.  She poured in a game high 27 points and led the team in assists and steals with four apiece.  She also grabbed three rebounds and had a blocked shot.  Register scored nine points and had two steals and an assist and was 6-for-7 from the free throw line on the night.  Jameson Kavel was 3-for-5 from behind the arc on the way to nine points.  Natalie Armstrong added six points, three rebounds and two blocket shots while West scored six points and grabbed a game high four boards.  This was the third straght year for Wesleyan and Holy Innocents to compete for a region championship.  Holy Innocents defeated Wesleyan in the 2015 and 2016 Region 6-AA championship games in contests that were similar to this one, both tight and hard fought by both teams.  Wesleyan improves its record to 24-4 and snaps Holy Innocents' 23-game winning streak in the process, handing them only their second loss of the season and first since November 25th.  The Golden Bears are now 25-2 heading into the state tournament.  Wesleyan will return to action next week when the state tournament begins.  The Lady Wolves should have a first round bye.  Opponent, date and location will be posted along with tournament brackets as soon as this information is available. Congratulations to the Lady Wolves on their region championship.

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2017 Region 5-A Champions

Friday, February 10
Region Tournament Brackets

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Natalie Armstrong drives guarded by Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer

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Friday, February 10
Double doubles by Coombs, Armstrong pace 84-45 semifinal win over No. 7 Landmark Christian

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Amaya Register drives under Landmark's Kyelin Knowles

Wesleyan took on seventh ranked Landmark Christian Friday night and came away with an 84-45 win in the semifinals of the Region 5-A Tournament at Wesleyan.  Things started off a little slowly for the host Lady Wolves who were wearing their green road uniforms as the No. 2 seed from the 5-A North subregion.  Landmark was the No. 1 seed from 5-A South and wore the home whites.  It was a little confusing being "Guest" on the scoreboard while in its home gym.  After the slow start, the Lady Wolves got themselves going posting a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter practically mirrored the first as third ranked Wesleyan outscored Landmark 23-12 in the period to take a 45-23 lead at halftime.  The Lady Wolves maintained their offensive and defensive consistency in the third quarter.  Turnovers led to points on the offensive end.  Wesleyan led 68-32 heading into the fourth.  Mikayla Coombs led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 18 points in a double double performance that included 10 rebounds, a team high five assists, four steals and a blocked shot.  Natalie Armstrong also had a solid night posting a double double of her own.  She had 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with an assist and a block.  Jameson Kavel scored 15 points, all from behind the three point line.  She also had five assists, four steals and two rebounds.  Sutton West added 11 points, four blocks, three boards and two assists while Amaya Register had six points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals for the Lady Wolves who improve to 23-4 on the season.  Landmark Christian drops to 22-4.  The win sets up Round Three with Holy Innocents, who one its semifinal game with Greenforest Christian.  Wesleyan and Holy Innocents will be playing for the region tournament championship for the third straight season.  Tipoff is tomorrow night at 6:00 PM at Wesleyan.



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Mikayla Coombs shoots over Landmark's Hembree Monk

Wednesday, February 8
Lady Wolves open region tournament with rout of Eagle's Landing Christian

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Natalie Armstrong shoots over ELCA defender
Wesleyan won it's opener in the Region 5-A tournament routing Eagle's Landing Christian 68-28 Wednesday night at Wesleyan.  The team wasn't especially sharp but still held an 18-0 lead at the end of the first quarter en route the the big victory.  All players saw playing time as Mikayla Coombs and Sutton West led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 12 points apiece.  Coombs also led the team in assists and steals with seven and six respectively. West also had three steals.  Natalie Armstrong scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds while Amaya Register put up eight points, eight boards, three assists and three steals.  AC Carter added eight points and eight rebounds for Wesleyan which improves to 22-4 on the season.  Eagle's Landing Christian finishes its season with a record of 15-9.  The Lady Wolves advance to the region tournament semifinals with the win and will face No. 7 ranked Landmark Christian (22-3) which won its quarterfinal game over Southwest Atlanta Christian 61-46.  This will be the first meeting between Wesleyan and Landmark since March 2, 2001, an epic battle in the second round of the state tournament which Wesleyan won 52-46.  Wesleyan and Landmark tipoff at 7:00 on Friday night.

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Sutton West shoot over outstretched arms of ELCA post player

Saturday, February 4
Eighth Grade Lady Wolves mount 4th Qtr comeback to win league championship over Marist

Wesleyan's Eighth Grade girls basketball team capped an undefeated season with a 10-point win over Marist in their league championship today at Wesleyan.  The team was down by nine points at the start of the fourth quarter and outscored Marist by 19 points to earn the win.  This group won its fourth straight league title having won championships in fifth, sixth and seventh grade as well.  Congratulations Eighth graders!

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Friday, February 3
Wesleyan honors eight on Senior Night as freshman Carter leads win over Paideia

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Jameson Kavel shoots over Paideia's Christina Walker
Wesleyan closed out the regular season tonight with an 80-24 home region win over Paideia on Senior night. The Lady Wolves led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter and 39-13 at the half.  Freshman AC Carter led the team in scoring with a career high 21 points on 75% shooting from the field.  She was 2-for-2 from behind the arc and 7-for-10 from inside.  She also grabbed a team high six rebounds and had three assists.  Mikayla Coombs scored 12 points to go with six assists, four steals, three rebounds and two blocks.  Katie Stipe connected on a pair of three pointers on the way to 10 points.  Sutton West put up nine points, five rebounds and two assists while Bailey Edwards added eight points and six boards.  Wesleyan ends the regular season with a 21-4 overall record, 8-2 in region.  This is the final regular season home game in the careers of our eight seniors Sarah Adams, Natalie Armstrong, Mikayla Coombs, Bailey Edwards, Capri Frazier, Sydney Millikan, Jameson Kavel and Katie Stipe.  Each have made significant contributions to Wesleyan basketball and their efforts will be greatly missed.  The Lady Wolves do have more home games coming up however as Wesleyan will host the Region 5-A Tournament this week.  First round opponent and date to be announced.

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Bailey Edwards drives past Paideia's Kai Carter

Friday, February 3
Our Eight Seniors with their families


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Tuesday, January 31
Wesleyan wins first meeting with Atlanta International in 18 years

November 14, 1997.  That's the date of the very first varsity game played in Wesleyan girls basketball history.  Wesleyan defeated Atlanta International 53-31 on that day claiming the first win in school history as well as Coach Azar's very first win as a varsity coach. That 1997-1998 Lady Wolves squad was 1-0 at that point but the wheels fell off shortly after that as that very frist team finished 4-16...the only losing season a Wesleyan varisty girls team has ever had. Wesleyan played AIS one more time that season and again during the 1998-1999 season.  The last meeting was January 23, 1999, just over 18 years ago, a 64-13 Wesleyan win.  The teams met tonight for the first time since 1999 in a region contest tonight at AIS.  Wesleyan came away with an 81-31 win behind 14 points and 15 rebounds from Natalie Armstrong. Four different players ended the game with nine points, Mikayla Coombs, Amaya Register, Sutton West and AC Carter.  Jameson Kavel put up eight points while Sydney Millikan had six.  Katie Stipe added six points and three rebounds.  The Lady Wolves improve to 20-4 overall, 7-2 in region with the win.  Wesleyan will play its final regular season game on Friday night at home against Paideia.  It will be Senior Night as all eight Wesleyan seniors will be honored.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

Saturday, January 28
Wesleyan bounces back with 73-50 blow out of Class AAAAA No. 1 Buford

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Amaya Register drives against Buford's Kya Styles
After a tough loss the night before to Class A No. 1 Holy Innocents, Wesleyan didn't have much time to stew about it as they had to get ready to face Class AAAAA No. 1 ranked Buford on the road just 19 hours later.  The annual battle of Wolves was tight in the first half.  Wesleyan held an eight point lead in the early going but Buford closed it to just two points as Wesleyan led 20-18 at the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter was similar to the first in that Wesleyan would build a decent cushion only to have Buford close out the quarter strong cutting the Wesleyan lead to just a single point at 34-33.  Adjustments were made at halftime and the defense that had not been up to standard for the past six quarters returned. Wesleyan clamped down defensively, especially on the boards. They opened the third quarter scoring the first 20 points of the period, keeping Buford off the scoreboard for the first six minutes.  By then the damage was done.  Wesleyan led 63-43 heading into the fourth and the game was a wrap.  Mikayla Coombs had another stat sheet filled game putting up 26 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals.  Amaya Register had a solid effort with 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.  Jameson Kavel scored nine points while Natalie Armstrong had eight points and eight boards.  Sutton West added eight points, three rebounds and two steals for Wesleyan who upped its record to 19-4 while Buford falls to 21-2.  With the win, Wesleyan now leads the all time series with Buford 29-8 and is 29-3 against the other Wolves since 2000 after dropping the first five games in the series in 1998-2000 when Wesleyan's program was in its infancy.   Wesleyan will next take on Atlanta International in a region contest on Tuesday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Jameson Kavel shoots as Buford's Mary Walters defends

Friday, January 27
No. 1 Holy Innocents' fourth quarter surge topples No. 3 Wesleyan 81-74

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Mikayla Coombs elevates over three Holy Innocents defenders
Holy Innocents continued its recent success over Wesleyan as they came away with a hard fought 81-74 win Friday night in front of a raucous capacity crowd at Wesleyan.  The first quarter was played at a frenetic pace as there were 12 lead changes.  The Lady Wolves lead 27-24 at the end of the first.  Wesleyan was able to build a lead as high as seven points in the second quarter but a pair of threes by Holy Innocents to close out the quarter cut the Wesleyan lead to just two points at halftime as Wesleyan led 46-44 at the break.  In the third quarter, Wesleyan again built a six point lead but the three ball kept Holy Innocents close.  The teams each scored 12 points in the period and Wesleyan clung to a 58-56 lead heading into the fourth.  Holy Innocents hit a pair of threes at the 4:32 mark of the fourth to take a 69-62 lead.  Wesleyan had a 7-2 run capped by an Amaya Register three pointer to cut the lead to 71-69 with 3:06 remaining.  After a defensive stop, Wesleyan had an opportunity to tie the game but couldn't convert on three opportunities under the basket.  Holy Innocents then, upon cue, hit a dagger three pointer to up the lead to five at 74-69.  Mikayla Coombs had an outstanding game with a double double performance pouring in 26 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and a steal. Amaya Register scored 14 points and had seven rebounds, four assists and a block.  Jameson Kavel added 10 points and three rebounds while AC Carter chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals.  It was a tough loss for Wesleyan but they'll get another crack at Holy Innocents in a couple of weeks as the two will likely face each other again in the region tournament.  Holy Innocents ups its record to 23-1, 10-0 in region while Wesleyan drops to 18-4, 6-2.  The Lady Wolves have to regroup quickly as they face Class AAAAA No. 1 ranked Buford tomorrow in their annual battle of the Wolves.  Tipoff is at 2:30 PM at Buford.

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Sutton West drives past Holy Innocents' Jada Farrell

Tuesday, January 24
Lady Wolves top Southwest Atlanta Christian 70-36

Wesleyan beat Southwest Atlanta Christian for the second time in three weeks rolling to a 70-36 win in  a region contest at Southwest Atlanta Christian.  The first quarter was tight as Wesleyan held a narrow 17-13 lead.  The defense clamped down and the offensive floodgates opened in the second quarter as Wesleyan outscored the Lady Warriors 24-2 in the period opening an insurmountable 41-15 lead at halftime.  Wesleyan won the second half 29-21 as everyone saw playing time in this one.  Sutton West continued her solid play as she led all Wesleyan scorers with 13 points to go with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Mikayla Coombs put up 12 points, seven steals, five assists and five rebounds while Natalie Armstrong added 10 points and seven boards. Amaya Register chipped in nine points, eight steals, three assists and two rebounds while Jameson Kavel put up seven points, four assists and three steals.  Wesleyan ups its record to 18-3 overall, 6-1 in region.  Up next is a rematch with No. 1 ranked Holy Innocents (21-1).  Tipoff is 7:00 PM Friday night at Wesleyan.



Tuesday, January 24
McDonald’s Hometown Heroes come to Wesleyan to present Coombs with All American honors at high school assembly

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Mikayla Coombs wearing McDonald's All American jersey
Wesleyan senior and Connecticut signee Mikayla Coombs was paid a visit by representatives of McDonald's Hometown Heroes Monday morning as they presented her with her McDonald's All American jersey in front of the entire high school student body and faculty at an assembly in Austin Chapel on the Wesleyan campus.  Mikayla was joined by her teammates and the varsity girls coaching staff as she received the jersey and award.  She addressed the assembly and remarks were made by Coach Azar as well as representatives from McDonald's Hometown Heroes.  This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment for Mikayla and four our school.  Wesleyan has won more girls basketball state titles than any other girls program in Georgia. Wesleyan has produced a two-time Miss Georgia Basketball winner, multiple State Players of the Year, inumerable All State players and has had 30 players earn college basketball scholoarships.  But this is the first time a Wesleyan girls basketball player has earned the most prestegious honor that can be bestowed on a high school basketball player, McDonald's All American. As good a baskeball player as Mikayla is, she's an even better young lady in how she conducts herself off the court and in the classroom, and is a perfect roll model for younger students.   Many congratulations to Mikayla for this well deserved honor!

Saturday, January 21
Wesleyan rips AA No. 4 Model 81-46 behind solid effort from West

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Mikayla Coombs goes up against Model's Victoria Saxon
Class A No. 3 ranked Wesleyan was paid a visit by Class AA No. 4 ranked Model Saturday afternoon and came away with a resounding 81-46 win in front of a good sized crowd at Wesleyan.  The team traded baskets to start the game before Wesleyan stretched the lead to eight taking a 19-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan continued dictating the pace in the second as the visiting Lady Blue Devils began to tire.  The Lady Wolves outscored Model 24-11 in the period which was capped off by a nearly half-court three pointer by Mikayla Coombs at the buzzer.  Wesleyan led 43-22 at the break.  The deeper Lady Wolves kept Model in check the remainder of the game outscoring the Lady Blue Devils 15-10 in the third quarter and 23-14 in the fourth.  Wesleyan did a nice job keeping Model star Victoria Saxon in check most of the night.  Saxon is one of the top ranked juniors nationally.  Sutton West had her finest all around game of the season as she had 18 points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.  Coombs also scored 18 points in a double-double performance to go with a game high 15 rebounds.  She also had five assists, three steals and two blocks.  Amaya Register put up 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal while Jameson Kavel had 11 points to go with five boards, three assists and a steal.  Natalie Armstrong barely missed a double-double scoring nine points while grabbing 12 rebounds.  She also had a game high four blocked shots.  AC Carter added seven points, seven boards, two assists, two steals and a block for Wesleyan which improves to 17-3 on the year.  Model falls to 15-5 with the loss.  The Lady Wolves return to region action on Tuesday when they travel to Southwest Atlanta Christian on Tuesday night.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Amaya Register is fouled by Model's Kyla Reynolds while driving upcourt

Friday, January 20
Wesleyan earns region win in first-ever meeting with Mt. Vernon

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Bailey Edwards scores two in win over Mt. Vernon

Wesleyan travelled to Mt. Vernon Friday night for a region game and came away a 90-10 winner in front of a packed gym. Mikayla Coombs led the effort with 16 points, five assists and five steals.  Jameson Kavel scored 15 points and Amaya Register put up 13.  AC Carter added 10 points for the Lady Wolves who up their record to 16-3, 5-1 in region. Wesleyan, ranked No. 3 in Class A will next face Class AA No. 4 ranked Model. Tipoff  is tomorrow at 2:30 PM at Wesleyan.



Tuesday, January 17
Lady Wolves blow out Woodward 75-33 behind Coombs' 29

Wesleyan took on Class AAAA Woodward Academy Tuesday night and came away with a 75-33 road win.  Wesleyan outscored Woodward 18-7 in the first quarter and 19-14 in the second taking a 37-21 lead into halftime.  The team put the hammer down in the third quarter outscoring Woodward 25-6 after a mediocre first half.  They cruised to the win after a shortened six-minute fourth.  Recently named McDonald's All American Mikayla Coombs, led all scorers racking up 29 points to go with eight steals, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Jameson Kavel put up 16 points including five three pointers.  She also had four steals, two assists and two rebounds.  Sutton West added 13 points, five boards, four steals and a blocked shot for Wesleyan who improves to 15-3 with the win while Woodward falls to 6-10.  The Lady Wolves will return to region play on Friday as they'll face Mt. Vernon on the road in the first meeting between the schools.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Monday, January 16
Coombs selected as McDonald's All American!

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The 2017 McDonald's All American team rosters were released today and Wesleyan's Mikayla Coombs was selected to the East team.  Being named as a McDonald's All American is the highest honor that a high school athlete can acheive nationally.  Coombs is the first Wesleyan student to ever receive such an honor.  Many outstanding players have come through the Wesleyan girls basketball program, including a two-time Miss Georgia Basketball recipient, numerous State Players of the Year, many All State players, but none had ever been named McDonald's All American.  There were 24 players selected as All Americans including three Georgians.  The other two Georgians are students at St. Francis making the entire Georgia representation from schools that are in Class A.  The McDonald's All American game will be played March 29 at 5:00 PM in Chicago and will be telecast on ESPN2.  Congratulations to Mikayla for achieving this incredible honor.  It is well deserved.  Below is a list of all 24 players including their high schools and college choices.



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Saturday, January 14
Bombs away! Wesleyan unloads 13 threes in 70-40 win over Center Point (AL)

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Jameson Kavel launches a three pointer during win over Centerpoint

Six different Wesleyan players connected on at least one three pointer and the team netted 13 total threes in a 70-40 rout or Center Point (AL) Saturday night at Archer High School.  The game was part of the Krossover showcase event featuring top local teams against top teams from out of state.  The Lady Wolves got it going early as Jameson Kavel hit two threes and Mikayla Coombs nailed one giving Wesleyan a 9-0 lead.  They kept the pressure up the rest of the way taking a 23-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan clamped down defensively in the second quarter allowing Center Point only five points while scoring 12 of their own.  The Lady Wolves took a 35-16 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan continued unloading from long range in the third while continuing the solid defense it played in the first half.  Wesleyan outscored Center Point 19-9 in the third and led 54-25 entering the foruth. Kavel and Amaya Register led the bomb squad today, each connecting on four threes.  Kavel was Wesleyan's high scorer with 16 points to go with three steals and two rebounds.  Register was second leading scorer as she had 15 points, four assists and four rebounds.  Mikayla Coombs added 10 points, six steals, five assists and four boards for Wesleyan while AC Carter chipped in eight points, a game high seven rebounds and two blocks.  Wesleyan is now 14-3 on the season with the win and will next travel to College Park to take on Woodward on Tuesday night.  Tipoff is 6:30 PM.



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Mikayla Coombs shoots over Center Point's Adoll Gray and Zakaria Adams

Friday, January 13
Lady Wolves notch region win over Galloway

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Bailey Edwards shoots over Galloway's Foster Soloman

Eleven different players scored in Wesleyan's 71-11 region win over Galloway Friday night at Wesleyan.  Jameson Kavel led all scorers with 14 points including 12 from three pointers.  She also had three rebounds and three assists.  Amaya Register scored 10 points while pulling down four rebounds and swiping a pair of steals. Katie Stipe added eight points including a pair of treys,  Mikayla Coombs contributed seven points, seven assists, four steals and four rebounds while Sydney Millikan seven points, two boards and two steals.  Wesleyan improves to 13-3, 4-1 in region with the win.  The Lady Wolves have a quick turn around between games as they play again tomorrow afternoon.  They'll take on Centerville, a Class AAAAAA school from Birmingham, Alabama.  The game will be part of a showcase event being held at Archer High School.  Tipoff is 4:00 PM.

 



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Caroline Burke dribbles down court chased by Galloway's Morgan Mattke

Tuesday, January 10
Coach Azar gets career win No. 500 as Wesleyan rolls Paideia 74-28

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Coach Azar surrounded by her team after securing win No. 500
The Lady Wolves travelled to Paideia last night to take on the host Pythons in a region contest and came away with a 74-28 win.  This was the first meeting between the two schools since February 24, 2012, an 83-26 Wesleyan win.  The Lady Wolves led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-5 at halftime.  Freshman AC Carter was Wesleyan's leading scorer and the only player to score in double figures.  She had 18 points and barely missed a double double  as she also grabbed nine rebounds.  Natalie Armstrong had nine points, three rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots and two assists.  Amaya Register had eight points, six steals, and four assists while Mikayla Coombs added seven points, nine rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.  Wesleyan improves to 12-3 overall, 3-1 in region while Paideia drops to 9-6, 3-2.  The win was most significant in that it was the 500th win of Coach Jan Azar's career.  It was also fitting that it came against a school that Wesleyan faced in its very first season of varsity competition in 1997-1998 which is the season Coach Azar started the Wesleyan girls basketball program.  Things have improved somewhat for Wesleyan basketball since the three losses in that season to Paideia by scores of 91-12, 86-22 and 72-32.  The parents of the players were nice enough to present Coach Azar with a bouquet of flowers after the game.  The Lady Wolves will take the court again on Friday when they face Galloway in another region contest at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Callie Weaver drives past Paideia's Alana Hodges

Thursday, January 5
Early first half hole too deep as No. 2 Holy Innocents bests No. 3 Wesleyan 61-54

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Amaya Register drives as Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer defends

Wesleyan travelled to Holy Innocents Thursday night and fell short in a 61-54 region loss in front of a packed house.  The Lady Wolves got down early trailing 25-20 at the end of the first quarter.  Holy Innocents' lead grew as large at 16 points in the second quarter as Wesleyan struggled to find any rythym offensively.  Wesleyan was able to cut the lead to 12 at halftime as Holy Innocents led 46-34 at the break.  Wesleyan battled in the second half gradually cutting the lead to just two points late in the fourth quarter.  Unfortunately the Lady Wolves were unable to seize numerous opportunities on the offensive end and Holy Innocents pulled away in the end.  The entire team's performance was uneven, shooting just 33% from the field as a team. This was certainly not Wesleyan's best performance of the season but they get another crack at these same Bears on January 27 at Wesleyan.  Mikayla Coombs led the Wesleyan effort with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Natalie Armstong had a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Freshman AC Carter recorded her first career double double scoring 11 points while grabbing a team high 12 boards.  Amaya Register added nine points, four rebounds and two assists.  Wesleyan falls to 11-3 on the season with the loss, 2-1 in region play, while Holy Innocents improves to 14-1, 4-0.  Wesleyan next takes to the court on Tuesday when they play at Paideia in a region contest.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.



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Natalie Armstrong looks to shoot over Holy Innocents' Kennedy Suttle

Tuesday, January 3
Kavel leads Wesleyan past Southwest Atlanta Christian

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Bailey Edwards scores two of her nine points over SACA's Christian Wilson
After a 12-day layoff, the Lady Wolves hit the court for the first time in 2017 and came away with a 75-26 region win over Southwest Atlanta Christian Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  Jameson Kavel led all scorers with 12 points, all coming from three-pointers in the first half.  Sutton West had 11 points while Mikayla Coombs and Bailey Edwards put up nine points each.  Coombs also had seven assists.  Natalie Armstrong added eight points while AC Carter scored seven.  Amaya Register added six points and five assists.  The Lady Wolves are now 11-2 on the season, 2-0 in region.  Up next will be the first meeting between Wesleyan and Holy Innocents since last year's heartbreaking 66-64 overtime win by Holy Innocents in the Class AA state championship game.  Holy Innocents is currently ranked No. 2 in Class 1A while Wesleyan is ranked No. 3.  Tipoff is 6:00 Friday at Holy Innocents.

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Capri Frazier draws an And-One on SACA's Lovie Ballard

Thursday, December 22
Wesleyan comeback falls short as Norcross prevails 58-53

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Natalie Armstrong scores two of her 14 points over Norcross' Vanessa Blagmon

Neighbors across the street from each other had to travel hundreds of miles to play one another as Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A faced Norcross, ranked No. 1 in Class 7A.  Alas the bigger, stronger Lady Blue Devils prevailed 58-53 in a hard fought game.  Wesleyan dug itself a deep hole.  After scoring the first two points of the game, Norcross then rattled off the next eight opening an 8-2 lead.  Norcross then continued its 20-4 run taking a 20-6 lead with seven minutes to go in the first half.  Most of Norcross' points came from defensive rebounds from Wesleyan misses and then layups from fast breaks.  Wesleyan changed its defensive strategy and it paid off.  The Lady Wolves went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 20-15 prompting a Norcross timeout. Norcross then closed the first half with a10-4 run to increase its lead to 29-19 at halftime.  Wesleyan scored the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to six.  The teams traded baskets for the next few minutes as Norcross led 47-41 at the 7:00 mark.  The Lady Wolves wouldn't go quietly though and put together a 7-2 run to close Norcross' lead to just 50-48 with 4:45 to go.  Norcross bumped the lead up to five at 54-49 with 3:15 left to play.  Wesleyan then cut the lead to 56-53 with 1:31 to go.  The teams traded defensive stops and Wesleyan had the ball with 20 seconds to go, still down by three.  After working the ball around the perimeter, Norcross "stole" the ball and were fouled on the subsequent possession.  They made their free throws and the final 58-53 score was the result.  Wesleyan simply ran out of gas and time but made a valiant comeback after being down by 14 in the first half.  Games like this will do nothing but help the team down the road.  Natalie Armstrong had her best showing of the tournament as she had a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Jameson Kavel also had another solid outing scoring 14 points while earning the tournament's Hustle Award.  Mikayla Coombs scored eight points and had four assists as she was named to the All Tournament team.  Amaya Register and Sutton West each scored six points.  Register also had four assists while West had three assists and two steals.  Wesleyan is now 10-2 on the year and will not take the court again until January 3 when they'll face Southwest Atlanta Christian in a region contest at Wesleyan.



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AC Carter gets past Norcross' Myra Strickland

Wednesday, December 21
Coombs scores 1000th career point, Kavel hits seven threes as Wesleyan rolls past Ferguson (FL)

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Jameson Kavel connects on her sixth three pointer
The Lady Wolves defeated Ferguson out of Miami, 65-47 this afternoon to advance to the 5th Place game of the CresCom Bank Holiday Classic in Myrtle Beach.  After a close few opening minutes, Wesleyan opened up a 14 point lead at halftime at 37-23.  The lead grew as large as 20 in the second half before Ferguson, the Florida state runner up last year in Class 8A, went on a run to close it to just seven points.  That would be as close as they would get however and Wesleyan pulled away in the latter part of the second half.  Highlights of the evening were Jameson Kavel's school record-tying seven three pointers and Mikayla Coombs scoring her 1000th career point.  Coombs ended the game with 25 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Kavel finished with 21 points and three boards.  Wesleyan improves to 10-1 on the season and will face Norcross, ranked No. 1 in Class 7A, in the Fifth Place game tomorrow.  Tipoff is 10:45 AM.

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Mikayla surrounded by teammates after scoring her 1000th career point

Tuesday, December 20
Winder-Barrow uses late surge to down Wesleyan 65-60 in quarterfinal battle

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Mikayla Coombs splits two Winder-Barrow defenders
Winder-Barrow went on a 7-0 run to break a 49-49 tie late in the second half and held on to beat Wesleyan 65-60 in their quarterfinal matchup of the CresCom Bank Holiday Classic in Myrtle Beach.  The teams were tied at 26-26 at halftime and the game had many lead changes.  Wesleyan held a 39-31 lead with 12:39 left in the second half but Winder-Barrow, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA in Georgia, went on a 9-0 run taking a 40-39 lead.  The lead then went back and forth until that 7-0 run ended at the 4:32 mark.  Wesleyan closed the gap to 63-60 after an Amaya Register layup with 18 seconds to play.  Winder-Barrow threw the subsequent inbounds pass out of bounds and Wesleyan got the ball back.  Two three-point attempts were off the mark but the Lady Wolves got the ball back with seven seconds remaining.  Unfortunately another three-point attempt was unsuccessful and Winder-Barrow went on to win this hard fought battle.  Winder-Barrow's Olivia Nelson-Ododa, the No. 1 junior in the country as ranked by ESPN Hoopgurlz, did not disappoint as she led all scorers with 27 points.  Mikayla Coombs was awesome again as she had a double double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.  Register scored nine points and had three assists while Jameson Kavel also put up nine points.  Sutton West and AC Carter chipped in eight and six points respectively.  Wesleyan suffered their first loss of this season with this defeat but has to bounce back quickly as they play again tomorrow against Ferguson High from Miami.  Tipoff is 5:00 PM.

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Amaya Register is fouled on a layup

Monday, December 19
Lady Wolves shake off exam fog to take CresCom Bank opener over Franklin County (KY)

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Mikayla Coombs glides to two of her game high 22 points
The Wesleyan girls basketball team just finished a gruelling week taking first semester final exams and the layoff was evident.  It had been nine days since the Lady Wolves last took the court so the team was a little rusty.  Still, Wesleyan coasted to a comfortable 58-35 win over Franklin County from Frankfort, Kentucky in their first round game of the CresCom Bank Holiday Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Wesleyan jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and enjoyed a comfortablde lead for most of the first half.  The Lady Wolves led 25-17 with 2:51 to go in the first half before closing on an 8-3 run to take a 33-20 lead into halftime. In the second half, Wesleyan would continually build leads as large as 16 and 18 points but Franklin County often answered with a timely three pointer.  The Wesleyan lead never got back to single digits and the team enjoyed a comfortable tournament opening win.  Mikayla Coombs led the Lady Wolves in scoring with 22 points including going 3-for-5 from three point range.  She also led the team in rebounds with eight to go with three assists, two steals, and two blocks.  Amaya Register was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she had 11 points to go with a team high six assists and five rebounds.   Jameson Kavel added nine points four rebounds and two assists for Wesleyan while Sutton West put up nine points, six boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks.  Wesleyan improves to 9-0 on the season with the win and will face Winder-Barrow in the quarterfinals.  Winder-Barrow is ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA and features the No. 1 ranked junior in the country in 6-5 Olivia Nelson-Ododa.  Tipoff is 2:15 PM tomorrow.

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Sutton West goes baseline against Franklin County's Josie Thacker

Saturday, December 10
Wesleyan improves to 8-0 in 56-18 romp over St. Pius

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Mikayla Coombs finishes fast break during win over St. Pius
After a slow start, Wesleyan rolled to a 56-18 win over Class AAAA St. Pius Saturday night at St. Pius.  Playing in the gym that Coach Azar spent her four years of high school back in the 1980's, the Lady Wolves put on a defensive display shutting down the St. Pius offense for the most part.  The Golden Lions scored the first two points of the game after a scoreless first two minutes.  Wesleyan then outscored St. Pius 13-2 the rest of the first quarter taking a 13-4 lead into the second.  In the second quarter, the Lady Wolves shook off the early cobwebs of the first qurater and completetly overwhelmed the host Lions.  Wesleyan outscored St. Pius 24-2 in the period taking a 37-6 lead into halftime.  Each team played plenty of players in the second half.  Mikayla Coombs led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 16 points to go with seven steals, six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.  She also wreaked defensive havoc with a whopping 17 deflections.  Sutton West was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures with 12 points.  She also had three rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal.  Jameson Kavel added eight points, a team high nine boards, three steals and two assists while Amaya Register chipped in seven points, four steals, three assists, two rebounds and two blocks.  Natalie Armstrong added six points, seven boards, three steals and two blocks for Wesleyan whichimproves to 8-0 on the season with the win.  The team will have a week off from games (not practice of course),as they will be consumed with final exams.  They will then travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next Saturday to participate in the Cresom Bank Holiday Classic to face some highly rated teams from all over the country.  Wesleyan won't take the court again until Monday, December 19 when they face Franklin County from Frankfort, Kentucky in the first round.  Tipoff is 5:15 PM.

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Sutton West looks to work the ball around the St. Pius defense

Friday, December 9
Wesleyan destroys AAA No. 5 ranked Morgan County 81-46

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Jameson Kavel looks to pass around Morgan County's Autumn Woodard
Wesleyan rolled to its seventh straight win with a convincing 81-46 win over Class AAA No. 5 ranked, and defending AAA state champion Morgan County Friday night at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves started fast racing to 24-6 lead at the end of the first quarter mostly behind a suffocating defense for which Morgan had no answer.  The lead grew to 41-16 at the half and 60-34 end the end of the third.  Twelve Wesleyan players hit the scoring column in this one led by a double-double performance by Mikayla Coombs.  Coombs scored a season high 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to go with three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.  Natalie Armstrong also turned in a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Sutton West added nine points, three blocks and two rebounds while Bailey Edwards put up six points and six rebounds.  Jameson Kavel chipped in five points, six rebounds and four assists.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 7-0 on the season.  The Lady Wolves hit the road tomorrow night as they travel inside I-285 to face Coach Azar's alma mater, St. Pius.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Natalie Armstrong defended by Morgan County's Taylor Wilson

Tuesday, December 6
Lady Wolves win region opener over WD Mohammed

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Maya Timberlake shoots over WD Mohammed defender
Wesleyan won its region opener 75-8 over WD Mohammed Tuesday night at Yancey Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus.  Jameson Kavel and Katie Stipe led Wesleyan's scoring effort with 11 points apiece.  Sydney Milliken and Bailey Edwards each added nine points for the Lady Wolves who upped their record to 6-0 on the season, 1-0 in region.  Wesleyan will next face Morgan County, the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAA, on Friday at home.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Capri Frazier is back after season ending injury last year

Saturday, December 3
Wesleyan posts three players on Atlanta Tipoff Club presason All Metro team

Wesleyan seniors Mikayla Coombs and Natalie Armstrong, who have committed to Connecticut and Samford respectively, and junior Amaya Register, have been named to the Atlanta Tipoff Club preseason All Metro Team.  Below is the entire presason Metro Team.

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Saturday, December 3
Pace no match for Wesleyan in home opener

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Amaya Register flies over Pace's Ellie Luetters
Wesleyan played its first home game of the young season Saturday night posting a 62-28 win over former region rival Pace Academy.  The schools, both members of Region 6-AA for the past two years, are now in separate classifications with Pace choosing to play up in Class 3A while Wesleyan was reclassified to Class 1A.  The result was a familiar one as the Lady Wolves dictated the tempo.  Wesleyan led 18-0 at the end of the first quarter.  The lead grew to 35-8 at the half and 56-23 at the end of three.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes.  All players saw playing time in this one.  Jameson Kavel was Wesleyan's leading scorer with 13 points on 3-for-8 shooting from behind the arc.  She also had three assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.  Mikayla Coombs put up 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and two blocks while Amaya Register had nine points, five steals, four assists, two boards and a blocked shot for Wesleyan which improves to 5-0 on the season with the win.  Pace falls to 4-2.  Wesleyan will play its first region opponent of the season when WD Mohammed visits Yancey Gymnasium on Tuesday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Natalie Armstrong outstretches Pace's Julia Ross

Saturday, December 3
Lady Wolves upend Mill Creek 73-55 powered by freshman Carter's 18 points

Freshman A.C. Carter led Wesleyan with 18 points as the Lady Wolves powered past Class 7A Mill Creek Thursday night at Mill Creek.  Mikayla Coombs and Natalie Armstrong each had double doubles.  Coombs had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Armstrong put up 16 points and 12 boards.  Amaya Register added eight points and a team high seven assists for Wesleyan who upped its record to 4-0.  The Lady  Wolves next face Pace Academy tonight in their home openier.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.



Sunday, November 20
Coombs' 25 points lead Wesleyan past Tattnall County in Effingham Thantksgiving Classic

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Amaya Register hit five threes in win over Tattnall County

Wesleyan took on Tattnall County its second contest in the Effingham Thanksgiving Classic Saturday afternoon at Effingham County High School located outside of Savannah.  The result was similar to its first game as the Lady Wolves overwhelmed Tattnall County 90-38 to go 2-0 in the tournament. Tattnall County, a Class AAA school from Reidsville, did not get going until late in the first quarter but the damage was already done.  Wesleyan held leads of 29-7 at the end of the first quarter and 52-17 at the half. Mikaya Coombs lead all scorers with 25 points and was 3-for-f5 from the three point line.  She also had eight rebounds, six steals and four assists.  Coombs was one of four Wesleyan players to score in double figures.  Amaya Register lit it up from long range shooting 84% from the three on 5-for-6 shooting.  Register put up 19 points, six asssits, two rebounds and two steals. Sutton West added 13 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals for the Lady Wolves while AC Carter had 11 points and two boards.  As a team Wesleyan shot 44% from behind the arc on 13-for-30 shooting.  Wesleyan improves to 3-0 on the season with the win.  The team will have the week off to celebrate Thanksgiving and will not hit the court again until Friday, December 2 when they face Class AAAAAAA Mill Creek on the road.



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Mikayla Coombs drives past Tattnall County defender

Sunday, November 20
Lady Wolves head East but West leads them past Effingham County

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Katie Stipe drives guarded by Effingham's Emma Hartzog

The Lady Wolves took a quick trip to Savannah this weekend to participate in the Effingham Thanksgiving Classic.  In Friday's game, Wesleyan took on the host Effingham County Rebels, a Class AAAAAA school located just outside of Savannah.  Wesleyan got off to a quick start posting an 18-0 lead before Effingham got on the scoreboard.  The Lady Wolves led 22-4 at the end of the first quarter.  Effingham struggled with Wesleyan's defensive pressure which caused numerous turnovers.  The lead grew to 54-9 at halftime.  Wesleyan played half court defense the entire second half which allowed for a little more Rebel offense but the Wesleyan bench proved too deep as the Lady Wolves posted a 93-28 win.  All told 14 Wesleyan players hit the scoring column in this one led by Sutton West's game high 12 points.  She barely missed a double double as she recorded nine rebounds.  West had a solid all around game adding four assists, three steals and three blocks to her stats. Mikayla Coombs was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she put up 11 points.  She also narrowly missed a double double grabbing nine boards.  Coombs added five assists and five steals.  Amaya Register scored nine points and had three rebounds, two steals and two assists while Izzy Larson had nine points, four steals, three rebounds and one assist. AC Carter added eight points, a game high 12 rebounds, and two assists for Wesleyan while Natalie Armstrong had eight points, eight boards and two steals.  Jameson Kavel chipped in eight points, two steals and two rebounds while Callie Weaver scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Bailey Edwards, Sarah Adams and Caroline Burke each put up four points while Sydney Milliken and Lauren Hill scored three points apiece.  Maya Timberlake rounded off the Wesleyan scoring effort with two points and also pulled down four boards. Wesleyan improved to 2-0 with the win.



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Freshman AC Carter gets tangled with Effingham's Ta'Shauna Johnson

Friday, November 18
Edwards signs scholarship with Young Harris

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Bailey Edwards in action from 2016 AA state tournament vs. Heard County
Wesleyan senior Bailey Edwards recently signed a full scholarship offer to play basketball at Young Harris College.  Edwards is the third member of the current senior class to sign basketball scholarships joining teammates Mikayla Coombs (Connecticut) and Natalie Armstrong (Samford).  Edwards has been a member of the Wesleyan varsity for four years as has been in the program since middle school.  She joins older sister Keevana ('14) who eared a basketball scholoarship to Rollins College.  Young Harris is an NCAA Division II school located in the north Georgia mountains and is a member of Peach Belt Conference.  Congratulations to Bailey on her college choice!

Saturday, November 12
Lady Wolves open season with 66-53 win over Hillgrove

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Mikayla Coombs goes baseline past Hillgrove defender
Wesleyan kicked off the 2016-2017 season with a 66-53 win over Class 7A Hillgrove in a game played at Norcross High School on Saturday afternoon.  The Lady Wolves' rust was evident as they struggled a bit in the first half to find any sort of rhythm.  Wesleyan held an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves created some breathing room for themselves in the second quarter building a 28-17 lead at halftime.  The full court press had a positive effect in the third quarter causing Hillgrove to committ numerous turnovers.  Wesleyan outscored Hillgrove 25-14 in the period pushing the lead to 53-31 entering the fourth quarter.  The game was somewhat sloppy but season openers usually are.  Mikayla Coombs led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 19 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Amaya Register was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she put up 11 points.  She also had four assists and three steals in limited playing time as she was plagued by foul trouble for much of the game.  Jameson Kavel added eight points, a team high five assists, six rebounds and four steals for Wesleyan while freshman AC Carter scored eight points to go with six boards.  Natalie Armstrong grabbed a team high 10 rebounds to go with six points.  The Lady Wolves at 1-0 on the young season and will not play again until Friday when the team travels to Savannah to take on Effingham County on Friday and Tatnall County on Saturday.

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Sutton West lays on up over Hillgrove

Friday, September 16
Armstrong commits to Samford

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Armstrong in action from last season
Wesleyan senior Natalie Armstrong recently gave a verbal committment to sign a full basketball scholarship with Samford University in Birmingham.  After receiving numerous offers Armstrong  narrowed her choice to Samford and Belmont University in Nashville.  Armstrong averaged 10 points and eight rebounds for Wesleyan last season.  She earned first team All Region and second team All County honors as well.  She becomes the second Wesleyan player to play for Samford joining Brittany Stevens ('13).  Stevens is in her senior year at Samford.  Congratulations Natalie on your decision!

Sunday, July 24
Coombs accepts scholarship offer from UConn

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Coombs in action at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix last December
Rising Wesleyan senior Mikayla Coombs recently announced that she will continue her basketball and academic career at the University of Connecticut.  This announcement ends a long recuiting process for Coombs who received her first scholarship offers during the summer between her eighth and ninth grade years.  It's no secret that she had been well sought after as all of the top programs in the country were courting her.  Connecticut extended their scholarship offer after Coombs' sophomore season and had been recruiting her aggresively ever since.  Legendary UConn coach Geno Auriemma has been seen at several Wesleyan games over the past two seasons.  Coombs chose Connecticut over offers from many major programs including Stanford, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia.  UConn, located in Storrs, Connecticut, has won four conesecutive national championships and holds the record for most national titles with 11.  Auriemma has been the coach of all 11 title winning teams.  Coincidentally, her high school team also holds the state of Georgia record for most state championships with 11.  With this decision behind her, Coombs can now focus on finishing her high school career on a high note by helping her team achieve its goal of winning Wesleyan's 12 state championship.  Congratulations Mikayla on your decision.

Thursday, December 8
2016-2017 Wesleyan Girls Basketball Program




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