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

- Philippians 2:3

Friday, September 16
Armstrong commits to Samford

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

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.

Monday, March 7
Holy Innocents outlasts Wesleyan 66-64 in OT to claim state title

Wesleyan players express disappointment after heartbreaking overtime loss

Wesleyan and Holy Innocents battled in what was probably the most well contested and exciting game of all of the state championship basketball games played last weekend.  The Lady Wolves suffered a heartbreaking 66-64 loss to Holy Innocents in overtime in the Class AA state championship game at the Macon Coliseum.  Wesleyan led early jumping out to a 12-6 lead.  Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer started to heat up however and led the Lady Bears on a 12-4 run to close the first quarter.  Holy Innocents led 18-16 at the end of one.  Holy Innocents continued its momentum in the second quarter building as much as an eight point lead before Wesleyan closed the gap to five with Holy Innocents leading 33-28 at halftime.  The Lady Wolves continued to play catch up in the third quarter as Holy Innocents took a 42-31 lead at the 4:41 mark of the period.  Wesleyan then went on a 12-4 run to close to within four points at 47-43 after a pair of Amaya Register free throws with 7.1 seconds left in the period.   Just when it seemed like Weselyan had the momentum, Pointer hit a long three pointer at the buzzer to give Holy Innocents a 50-43 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  The fourth quarter was agonizing as every time the Lady Wolves inched closer, Holy Innocents would answer on the other end.  The Lady Bears led 56-49 with 3:52 remaining in the game.  Wesleyan showed resolve however and was able to get a couple of definsive stops while converting on the offensive end.  The team went on a 10-3 run capped by Sutton West's corner three-pointer and tied the game at 59-59 with 1:05 left in regulation.  Holy Innocents ate most of the remaining time on the clock and missed a contested layup with about five seconds left.  Wesleyan rebounded but turned the ball over.  Holy Innocents' Shai Blanding threw up a desperation three-pointer with .5 seconds left on the clock and a foul was called on Wesleyan.  Blanding missed all three free throws and the game went into overtime.  The momentum Wesleyan gained in the final minutes carried over to the overtime period.  Register and West both got to the free throw line and converted giving Wesleyan a 63-59 lead with 2:42 remaining in the extra period.  Wesleyan got three straight defensive stops and got the ball back.  The Lady Wolves couldn't convert a one and one opportunity and Holy Innocents cut the lead to 63-61 after a pair of free throws.  The Lady Bears had regained the momentum.  After a defensive stop they tied the game with a floater in the lane.  Wesleyan regained the lead after Register hit one of two free throws but Pointer was able to convert a baseline layup to give Holy Innocents a 65-64 lead.  Holy Innocents got another stop and Wesleyan fouled.  They made one three throw to take a 66-64 lead.  Wesleyan had the ball with 21.7 seconds left.  Wesleyan had trouble getting to the basket but jump ball was called underneath the Lady Wolves goal with 3.1 seconds left.  Wesleyan called timeout.  The inbounds play did not develop as desired and Wesleyan wasn't able get a shot off.  Holy Innocents escaped with its second-ever state title and first since 1999 while Wesleyan was denied its 12th state title since 2002.   Register led the scoring effort for Wesleyan with 16 points and played a gutsy game throughout.  She also had three steals and two assists.  Cairo Booker, playing her last game for Wesleyan, scored 13 points to go with two steals, two rebounds and one assist.  Mikayla Coombs added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.  Natalie Armstrong finished with a double-double scoring 12 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.  Jameson Kavel added six points and six rebounds.  Holy Innocents' Pointer did the majority of the damage as she scored 33 points, mostly on layups.  After averaging 10 made three pointers per game during the state tournament, Wesleyan unfortunately was 3-for-18 from the three-point line in the state championship game.  Wesleyan fought hard the entire game and weathered adverse circumstances but came up just short of their goal.  Wesleyan and Holy Innocents played four times this season with Holy Innocents winning three.  In all four game, either team could have won.  Wesleyan won by six in the first meeting while Holy Innocents won the next three by margins of three, four, and two points.  In the four meetings, Holy Innoncents outscored Wesleyan 234-231.  Tough to swallow to say the least.  While Wesleyan loses a key member from this team to graduation, Cairo Booker, the rest of the team will be back next season.  Holy Innocents also loses only one key member, senior Erica Cassell.  So look for both teams to be battling again for a title next year.  Speaking of Cairo, she has been a pleasure to watch and root for over the past four years.  She has been an outstanding example and representative of her school and will be greatly missed.  Best of luck to her as she continues her academic and athletic endevours at Wofford College next year.  When a program has earned and achieved as much success as this one has, it's easy expect titles not knowing how much hard work and dedication and buy-in is necessary by the players and coaches.  Everyone involved with this program will be working equally hard in the offseason and next year to try to get back here next year and try to give this another shot.  Congratulations to every player and coach on another outstanding season.

Photos by Kyle Hess (Gwinnett Daily Post)

Cairo Booker squeezes through Holy Innocents' Shai Blanding and Kalia Hubbard

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Jameson Kavel shoots a three from a lot farther than 19'9"
Saturday, March 5
More state championship game pics

Amaya Register races past Holy Innocents' Aaliyal Milford and Kennedy Suttle

Mikayla Coombs shoots over Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer

Tuesday, March 15
More state championship game pics.

Natalie Armstrong battles with Holy Innocents' Kennedy Sutttle and Erika Cassell

Saturday, February 27
Dominant fourth quarter propels Wesleyan to 78-48 blow out of GAC, on to 13th straight state championship appearance

Mikayla Coombs connects on a three over GAC's Caria Reynolds
Behind a strong fourth quarter effort, Wesleyan turned a tight game into a blow out as the No. 3 ranked Lady Wolves destroyed No. 7 Greater Atlanta Christian 78-48 in the semifinals of the Class AA state tournament Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center on the campus of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Wesleyan led early building a 6-2 lead which was cut to 6-5. Each time Wesleyan would increase its lead to three or five points, GAC would cut it to one. Leading 13-12 late in the first quarter, the Lady Wolves closed the period with a 6-2 run taking a 19-14 lead into the second quarter. The second quarter mirrored the first in that every time Wesleyan got a little breathing room, GAC would come right back with a run to close the gap. Wesleyan took a 22-14 lead after a Jameson Kavel corner three-pointer. But the Lady Spartans went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 22-21 with 5:07 left in the period. After an 11-6 run, Wesleyan opened a 33-27 lead with 1:09 left in the first half. The teams traded one more basket each and the Lady Wolves took a 35-29 lead into halftime. As the first half was a relatively high scoring one, the third quarter was a defensive slugfest. GAC scored the quarter's first two points on a pair of free throws which occurred around the 6:00 mark of the third quarter. At the 2:41 mark, GAC had outscored Wesleyan by a whopping 5-2. Wesleyan closed the period with a 7-4 run to maintain the six-point cushion it had at halftime. Wesleyan led 44-38 heading into the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth, point guard Amaya Register was poked in the eye driving into the lane. During this exchange she lost a contact lens and was called for travelling. This seemed to light a collective spark in the Lady Wolves. Wesleyan rattled off the first six points of the period taking its biggest lead of the game at 50-38 with 6:28 remaining in the game. After an pair of GAC free throws, Register canned a three giving Wesleyan a 53-40 lead with 5:39 left. Wesleyan put together a 16-4 run taking a 69-44 lead at the 1:32 mark. One-shot opportunities for GAC on the offensive end combined with defensive rebounds and fast breaks led to more Wesleyan points. Katie Stipe put the exclamation point on the win coming off the bench to nail a three-pointer at the buzzer. After leading 50-40 at the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter, Wesleyan outscored GAC 28-8 to close out the game capping of a 34-10 final period. Mikayla Coombs again continued her otherworldly play leading all scorers while scoring a season-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds and two steals. She also shot 43% from the three-point line on 3-for-7 shooting. Finally she was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Cairo Booker also had a solid game while posting a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists to go with five rebounds. Natalie Armstrong played her best game since before Christmas as she also had a double-double scoring 17 points will pulling down 14 boards to go with three blocks. Jameson Kavel connected three times from long range on the way to nine points and four rebounds. Register added seven points, six assists and two steals for Wesleyan. The win was Wesleyan's fourth this season over Greater Atlanta Christian and seventh straight overall and could be the last game the two Gwinnett rivals play for a while as the schools will be in different classifications next year. Wesleyan now leads the all time series with GAC 28-13 and is 28-7 over GAC since 2001 after dropping the first six games in the series which occurred between 1997-2000 when Wesleyan's program was in its infancy. With today's win, Wesleyan improves its record to 27-4 while GAC ends its season 20-10. Wesleyan advances to the state championship game for the 13th straight season and 15th time over the last 16 years. Without having any data on this, one can only assume that this feat has never been duplicated before by any school in a team sport (football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball etc.). The last time Wesleyan did not qualify for the state finals, the Azar's seventh grader Nicole was 10 months old and fourth grade son Andrew wouldn't come along for another 2 1/2 years. The opponent in this year's state championship is the same as last year's, Region 6-AA foe Holy Innocents. No. 1 ranked Holy Innocents had no trouble with Putnam County in its semifinal posting an 80-49 win. Wesleyan won last year's state championship game over the Lady Bears after dropping three games to them earlier in the season. This season Wesleyan and Holy Innocents have again played three games. To say the teams are evenly matched would be stating the obvious. Holy Innocents has outscored Wesleyan 168-167 in the three meetings. Wesleyan won 58-52 on January 19 at Holy Innocents. Holy Innocents returned the favor beating Wesleyan 57-54 on February 2 at Wesleyan. The teams faced off a third time in the Region 6-AA tournament championship game which Holy Innocents won 59-55 at Pace Academy. Wesleyan will be shooting for its 12th state championship while Holy Innocents will be gunning for its second. These are two of the best teams in the state regardless of classification. The Class AA state championship game will tip off at 3:00 PM on Friday, March 4 at the Macon Coliseum. Wesleyan girls basketball is team and program that does things the right way and has done so for its two decades in existence.  Please come out and support the Lady Wolves this Friday!!

Cairo Booker gets sandwiched between GAC's Caria Reynolds and Robyn Benton

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Jameson Kavel and Mikayla Coombs are greeted by teammates as they exit the game
Sunday, February 28
More GAC pics

Amaya Register shoots over GAC's Kennedi Williams

Natalie Armstrong passes around GAC's Caria Reynolds

Friday, February 26
2016 Class AA Tournament Brakcets.


Thursday, February 25
After slow start Wesleyan pummells Heard County 79-22 to reach 13th straight Final Four

Mikayla Coombs swoops to two of her 22 points
Wesleyan got of to a slow start and then pounded Heard County 79-22 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Class AA state tournament at Georgia College in Milledgeville. The teams traded baskets for the first few minutes. Heard led 6-5 midway through the first quarter. Wesleyan then closed the period on a 7-0 run to take a 12-6 lead into the second quarter. That was part of what turned out to be a 31-3 run that put the game away. The Lady Wolves led 36-9 at halftime over the Region 5-AA champion Lady Braves. Wesleyan outscored Heard County 32-4 in the third quarter to take a 68-13 lead into the shortened six-minute fourth. All Wesleyan players saw action in this one and 11 Lady Wolves hit the scoring column. Mikayla Coombs continued her hot play posting a double-double with 22 points and 10 steals to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Cairo Booker was the only other Wesleyan players to score in double figures as she put up 16 points to go with eight steals and two assists. Jameson Kavel had eight points, three steals and three assists while Sutton West also scored eight points and had four rebounds and two steals. Natalie Armstrong added six points and a team-high eight boards, while Amaya Register chipped in six points, four assists and three steals. With the win, Wesleyan qualifies for its 13th straight appearance in the Final Four and 15th Final Four overall. The Lady Wolves are now 26-4 on the season while Heard County finishes its season at 23-6. Wesleyan will next face region foe Greater Atlanta Christian in the semifinals. GAC posted a 67-53 win over Rabun County in its quarterfinal round game. This will be the fourth meeting this season between the schools with Wesleyan winning the previous three. Game time is 3:00 PM Saturday at Georgia College.

Bailey Edwards grabs a rebound during first half of win over Heard County

Friday, February 26
More Heard Co pics

Cairo Booker guarded by Heard's Madison Whitehead

Sutton West fights through

Saturday, February 20
Coombs posts triple-double as No. 3 Wesleyan overwhelms No. 8 Vidalia 77-30, advances to 16th straight Elite 8

Cairo Booker slips through two Vidalia defenders

The Lady Wolves travelled over three hours south to Vidalia to take on the eighth ranked Vidalia Lady Indians but it was well worth the trip.  Wesleyan pumelled host Vidalia 77-30 in their Sweet 16 round matchup of the Class AA state tournament Friday night in a game Wesleyan led wire to wire.  The Lady Wolves got off to a hot start taking a 9-0 lead before Vidalia, the Region 2-AA champion, got on the board. The Lady Indians went on a 9-6 run closing the gap to 16-9 in the closing seconds.  Mikayla Coombs got a rebound after an offensive stop, dribbled to the top of the three point arc and drained a three-pointer just before the buzzer sounded giving Wesleyan a 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves outscored Vidalia 15-6 in the second quarter  as the team did a nice job on the defensive glass, limiting the Lady Indians' second chance opportunities.  Wesleyan 34-15 at the half.  The second half began similarly to the first.  Wesleyan opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run to stretch its lead to 42-15.  The Lady Wolves outscored Vidalia 22-3 in the period and led 56-18 at the end of the third quarter putting the game out of reach.  A six-minute fourth quarter was played as the lead was over 30 points.  Coombs continued her outstanding play of late and flooded the stat sheet with her first career triple-double.  She scored 20 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing 10 assists.  She also had three steals and a blocked shot and shot 80% from the three-point line going 4-for-5. Jameson Kavel nailed four threes of her own on the way to 16 points.  She also pulled down four rebounds.  Amaya Register had a strong night with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.  Sutton West added nine points and two boards while Cairo Booker had seven points, four steals and two assists.  All told, 11 Lady Wolves hit the scoring column and the team connected on a collective 12 threes by six different players.  With the win Wesleyan ups its record to 25-4 while Vidalia finishes its season 22-5.  The Lady Wolves advance to the quarterfinals for the 16th straight season and will face Heard County, a 42-31 winner over No. 10 Bleckley County in its second round game.  The game will be held at Georgia College in Milledgville.  Tipoff is 3:00 PM on Thursday, February 25.

Mikayla Coombs slaps hands with teammates as she exits the game

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Doubling up Vidalia's Gabrielle Chambliss
Saturday, February 20
More Vidalia pics

Natalie Armstrong goes toward basket after grabbing a rebound

Katie Stipe hits from long range

Tuesday, February 16
Lady Wolves rout Darlington 86-36, advance to 16th straight Sweet 16

Cairo Booker drives past Darlington's Keara Evans
Wesleyan had no trouble with Darlington in their first round game of the 2016 Class AA Tournament. The Lady Wolves dominated play against Darlington, the No. 3 seed out of Region 7-AA, posting a decisive 86-36 win. Wesleyan led 30-12 at the end of the first quarter and 59-22 at halftime. The Lady Wolves' smothering defense was the main culprit to Darlington's offensive troubles causing numerous turnovers. The lead grew to 75-28 entering the shorted six-minute fourth quarter. All Wesleyan players saw playing time. Three Wesleyan players tied for leading scorer honors. Wesleyan's lone senior Cairo Booker, playing in her last game in Yancey Gymnasium, scored 15 points and had two rebounds and two assists while going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Mikayla Coombs put up 15 points to go with seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Amaya Register also scored 15 points while grabbing seven boards, dishing five assists and swiping five steals. Jameson Kavel added 12 points while going 4-for-10 from three point range. She also added two rebounds, two steals and two assists. Katie Stipe scored eight points while going 2-for-4 from long range. She also contributed four steals, and three assists. Natalie Armstrong added six points, seven boards and two blocks for Wesleyan while Callie Weaver also scored six points while going 2-for-3 from behind the arc. She also had two steals and an assist. With the win, Wesleyan improves its all time record against Darlington to 6-0 including 4-0 in state tournament games. Wesleyan is now 24-4 on the season while Darlington ends its season 19-10. The No. 3 ranked Lady Wolves will next take on No. 8 Vidalia (23-4). Vidalia defeated East Laurens 78-56 in its first round game tonight. This will be the first meeting between the schools. The game will be played in Vidalia on Friday. Game time has not yet been announced.

Amaya Register lays one up over Darlington's Anna Claire Atha

Friday, February 12
Holy Innocents takes region title 59-55, Wesleyan eyes State

Mikayla Coombs blows past Holy Innocents' Kalia Hubbard
Wesleyan suffered a tough 59-55 loss to Holy Innocents in the Region 6-AA tournament championship Friday night at Pace Academy.  As is usually the case in its battles with Holy Innocents, Wesleyan got down early before battling back.  The  No. 2 ranked Lady Bears led 13-7 before Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run taking a 15-13 lead.  Holy Innocents hit a putback after a rebound as time expired to knot the game at 15-15 at the end of the first quarter. Holy Innocents then got a lead and stretched it to seven behind a a pair of three-pointers.  They maintained that seven point lead at halftime, going into the lacker room with a 31-24 halftime lead.  In the third quarter, Wesleyan was able to cut the lead to four only to see Holy Innocents counter and up its lead to nine.  Holy Innocents was up 43-34 at the end of the third.  The lead grew to 11 at one point before a collective fire was lit under the No. 1 ranked Lady Wolves led by Region 6-AA Player of the Year Mikayla Coombs.  A few defensive stops and a few Coombs drives to the basket and a pair of threes cut Holy Innocents' led to just two points at 55-53 with under a minute to play.  Wesleyan couldn't draw any closer and Holy Innocents won its second straight Region 6-AA title. Cairo Booker led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 18 points.  She was instrumental in keeping Wesleyan in the game inthe first half.  She also had four assists.  Coombs posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Natalie Armstrong put up eight points and three rebounds while Amaya Register added six points and two boards.  Holy Innocents improves its record to 21-5 with the win while Wesleyan drops to 22-4.  The teams will now be on opposite sides of the brackets for the upcoming state tournament.  Wesleyan will play its first round game at home on Tuesday.  Opponent and game time to be announced.

Cairo Booker passes over two Holy Innocents defenders

Thursday, February 11
Region 6-AA Tournament Brackets


Friday, February 12
Register leads No.1 Wesleyan to 47-36 region tourney semifinal win over No. 8 Greater Atlanta Christian

Amaya Register
Top ranked Wesleyan faced eighth ranked Greater Atlanta Christian in the semifinals of the Region 6-AA tournament at Pace Academy Thursday night and came away with a 47-36 win.  The Lady Wolves' performance was uneven to say the least.  Trailing 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, tournament No. 2 seeded Wesleyan outscored GAC 12-2 in the second quarter taking a 23-15 lead into halftime.  The Lady Wolves clearly upped their defensive intensity during the period.  There was no letup in the third as Wesleyan only allowed No. 3 seeded GAC five points outscoring the Lady Spartans 15-5 to take a commanding 38-20 lead into the fourth.  Amaya Register was the only Wesleyan player who scored in double figures leading the scoring effort with 13 points including going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.  She also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals.  Cairo Booker scored nine points to go with three rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Jameson Kavel added six points and three rebounds for Wesleyan while Bailey Edwards put up six points and 10 boards.  Natalie Armstrong added six points and a team high 15 rebounds while Mikayla Coombs chipped in five points, 11 boards and three assists.  Wesleyan improves to 23-3 overall,12-1 vs. region opponents.  GAC drops to 15-9.  This was Wesleyan's sixth straight win over GAC and ups its record in the series to 27-13.  Wesleyan will next face top seeded Holy Innocents in the region championship.  Holy Innocents, ranked No. 2 in Class AA, defeated fourth seeded Lovett 54-34 in its semifinal to setup the matchup.  Tipoff is tonight at 7:00 PM at Pace.

Friday, February 5
Booker scores 1000th career point as Lady Wolves end regular season with rout of Pace

Cairo Booker goes baseline vs Pace's Regan Bates

Wesleyan closed out the regular season with an emphatic 78-16 road region win against Pace Academy Friday night.  Wesleyan led 18-2 at the end of the first quarter and 44-7 at halftime.   All players saw action in this one.  Cairo Booker led the scoring with 15 points to go with eight steals, five assists and two rebounds.  Mikayla Coombs had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.  Sutton West added 12 points, four steals and two rebounds while Natalie Armstrong also had 12 points to go with seven boards.  The highlight of the evening was Wesleyan's lone senior Booker scoring the 1000th point of her career which she achieved in third quarter.  In Wesleyan's storied history and with as many accomplished players as have graduated from this program, Booker becomes only the 12th player in Wesleyan girls basketball history to reach this milestone.  Her name willl be added to this list at seasons end.  Congratulations to Cairo for this outstanding accomplishment!

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With the win Wesleyan finishes the regular season with a record of 22-3, 11-1 in region.  The Lady Wolves are tied for first in the season-ending region standings with Holy Innocents as the Lady Bears also finished the season 11-1 in region.  There will be a coin flip on Sunday to determine the No. 1 seed for the upcoming region tournament.  The region 6-AA tournament will be hosted by Pace Academy and starts next week.  Opponent and date/time will be determined.

Cairo Booker surrounded by teammates after scoring 1000th career point

Tuesday, February 2
Fourth quarter surge propels Holy Innocents to 57-54 win over Wesleyan

Natalie Armstrong is unable to secure rebound from Holy Innocents' Erica Cassell

No. 2 ranked Holy Innocents exacted a little revenge of its own as they beat No. 1 Wesleyan 57-54 Tuesday night in a regon game at Wesleyan.  It was an up and down contest as Holy Innocents jumped out to an 11-2 lead early on.  Wesleyan closed the first quarter with an 10-2 run to close the Lady Bears lead to 13-12 at the end of one.   Wesleyan outscored Holy Innocents 13-4 in the second quarter taking a 23-15 lead into halftime.   Wesleyan scored quickly to start the second half and increased its lead to 10 at 25-15.  After a defenisve stop, the Lady Wolves had a chance to up its lead to 12 and potentially start pulling away. They couldn't convert however and a pair of Kayla Pointer three-pointers cut the lead to four.  Wesleyan held a 38-34 lead going into the fourth quarter.  The physical play took its toll in the fourth quarter as Wesleyan went cold.  A few missed layups and free throws allowed Holy Innocents opportunities to gain the lead which they did with less than three minutes to go.  The lead grew to six but Wesleyan was able to close it to three with chances to cut into it even further with less than a minute to play as they had a couple of steals as Holy Innocents was trying to ice the game.  The Lady Wolves simply couldn't convert and Holy Innocents got the three point win. Cairo Booker led Wesleyan with 22 points, three steals and three rebounds and shot 85% from the free throw line on 11-for-13 shooting.  Mikayla Coombs was the only other Wesleyan player in double figures as she scored 10 points to go with 10 rebounds.  Amaya Register had nine points, four rebounds and three assists for Wesleyan while Natalie Armstrong had six points and seven boards.  Sutton West recording five blocks in the game.   While Wesleyan played well at times, there were too many scoring lulls.  The team also needs to improve how it handles physical play.  This was probably a good lesson as they hadn't lost a game since Phoenix and needed a dose of adversity.  Lets see how they respond next week in the region tournament.  Wesleyan's 12-game winning streak comes to an end with the loss.  The team drops to 21-3 overall, 10-1 in region while Holy Innocents improves to 19-5, 10-1.  Wesleyan closes its season this Friday at Pace Academy.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

Amaya Register drives as Erica Cassell defends

Tuesday, February 2
Seventh Grade Lady Wolves win league championship

Congratulations to Wesleyan's Seventh Grade girls basketball team for winning the league championship with a 23-15 win over Marist on Saturday.

League Champs!

Saturday, January 30
AA No. 1 Wesleyan crushes AAAA No. 2 Buford 58-39, avenges last season's bitter loss

Cairo Booker gets past Buford's Nelson and Ozment
Wesleyan and Buford have a long standing rivalry in Gwinnett County girls basketball. Although losses have been rare in the series for Wesleyan, the Lady Wolves of the hunter green suffered a bitter loss at Buford last season. After leading by double digits for most of the game. Buford mounted a come back late in the fourth quarter and eeked out a 54-53 win on a last second layup. The loss occurred early in the season and Wesleyan was still tying to find its identity. It was a painful loss to swallow and Wesleyan didn't forget the feeling. Both teams went on to win state championships in their respective classifications, Wesleyan in AA and Buford in AAAA. Fast forward to this season. Each team entered the game highly ranked in their respective classifications. Wesleyan is No. 1 in AA while Buford is No. 2 in AAAA. This season's meeting was the finale of the Wesleyan Winter Showcase which featured a four-game set of top teams from around Atlanta. McEachern took on West Forsyth in the opener followed by Tucker/Holy Innocents and Norcross/Southwest DeKalb. In the Wesleyan/Buford finale, Wesleyan jumped out to an early 9-0 lead before Buford got on the board. However, back to back three-pointers got Buford back in the game as Wesleyan led 9-6 late in the quarter and look an 11-6 lead at the end of the first. Wesleyan's pressure started to take its toll on Buford in the second quarter forcing a few turnovers. Wesleyan outscored Buford 13-7 in the period taking a 24-13 lead at halftime. Wesleyan blew the game open in the third quarter as they started the period with a 12-3 run taking a 36-16 lead with 3:05 left. Wesleyan outscored Buford 19-8 in the period and held a 43-21 lead entering the fourth quarter. The damage had already been inflicted and Wesleyan secured the 58-39 win. After a slow first half, Mikayla Coombs heated up in the second. She posted another double-double scoring 16 points while pulling down 17 rebounds including 13 on the defensive end. She also had three assists and shot 88% from the free throw line on 7-for-8 shooting. Jameson Kavel shot 75% from behind the arc on 3-for-4 shooting from long range and contributed 11 points, and three assists for Wesleyan. Cairo Booker added 10 points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists while Natalie Armstrong chipped in nine points and six boards. Amaya Register scored eight points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing three assists. With the win Wesleyan snaps Buford's 11-game winning streak while upping its record to 21-2. Buford drops to 19-4. Wesleyan is now 28-8 all-time vs. Buford and is 28-3 in the series since 2001 after dropping the first five games in the series when Wesleyan's program was in its infancy. Things don't get any easier for Wesleyan as they will resume region play against AA No. 3 ranked Holy Innocents which had a tough 59-53 loss to Tucker earlier today in the Wesleyan Winter Showcase. Holy Innocents is 19-4 overall and 9-1 in region play with its only loss coming at home at the hands of Wesleyan back on January 9. Wesleyan will need its A-game to beat Holy Innocents a second time. Tipoff is 5:30 PM on Tuesday at Wesleyan.

Mikayla Coombs scores two of her 16 points over Buford defenders

Friday, January 29
Lady Wolves handle No. 10 Lovett 61-33

Natalie Armstrong scores over Lovett's Ellie Mccollam
Lovett visited Yancey Gymnasium Friday night for a region game and exited as they have in the previous 14 meetings with Wesleyan, on the short end. Wesleyan took it to the No. 10 ranked Lady Lions 61-33 in a game that was only close during the first moments of the first quarter. Wesleyan led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter and 38-9 at halftime. The lead grew to 55-19 entering the shortened six-minute fourth quarter. Mikayla Coombs notched another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to go with four steals, three assists and one block. Natalie Armstrong also posted a double-double scoring 12 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Sutton West added 12 points and three rebounds for the Lady Wolves while Cairo Booker scored 11 points to go with six assists and five steals. Wesleyan upped its all-time record with Lovett to 15-0 with the win and improves to 20-2 overall on the season and 10-0 in region play. Lovett falls to 15-7, 5-4. Up next is the annual intra classification battle with those other Lady Wolves of Buford. Buford, the defending Class AAAA champion, comes into the game currently ranked No. 2 in AAAA. They are 19-3 on the season and currently riding an 11-game winning streak. Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Wesleyan.

Sutton West scored two of her 12 points vs. Lovett

Tuesday, January 26
Booker's 27 points, 12 boards too much for No. 9 GAC as No. 1 Wesleyan rolls 76-38

Cairo Booker races past GAC's Robyn Benton
Wesleyan destroyed Greater Atlanta Christian 76-38 in a region contest Tuesday night at Wesleyan. This was the second meeting this season between the two Norcross area schools and region rivals. And while the result was the same, a Wesleyan win, the way tonight's game played out was completely different than the first meeting. Wesleyan beat GAC 65-58 three weeks ago on January 5th in a game that was more of a grind-it-out win. The Lady Wolves hadn't played a game in two weeks and the layoff was evident in the team's lackluster play on that night. Tonight Wesleyan was more focused and ready to play. The first quarter was back and forth as the teams exchanged leads several times with Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in AA, leading 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. Wesleyan increased its lead to seven points at 17-10 before GAC, ranked No. 9 in AA, closed the gap to two after a 5-0 run. Leading 17-15, the Lady Wolves closed the second quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 26-15 lead into halftime. Wesleyan stretched the lead in the third quarter as GAC was not getting any second looks on offense. The Lady Wolves did a nice job on the defensive glass all night. Wesleyan outscored GAC 20-12 in the period and led 46-27 at the end of three. Wesleyan, led by Cairo Booker, cemented the dominant second half in the fourth quarter breaking the GAC press while pouring in 30 points in the period to GAC's 11. Booker was stupendous tonight as she put up a double-double scoring a career high 27 points while grabbing 12 rebounds, dishing four assists and swiping four steals. Natalie Armstrong also posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three blocks and a steal. Amaya Register put up nine points to go with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Mikayla Coombs added eight points, eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and three blocks, including a thunderous rejection to end the third quarter that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Jameson Kavel chipped in six points, six boards, a team-high five assists and two steals for Wesleyan. As previously mentioned, Wesleyan did a great job on the glass throughout the game. The Lady Wolves had 54 team rebounds including 31 defensive boards. Wesleyan won its fifth straight game over GAC and is now 26-13 all time versus the Lady Spartans and has won 26 of the last 33 meetings in the series after dropping the first six contests between the teams from 1997-2000. With the win Wesleyan improves its record to 19-2 overall, 9-0 in region while GAC falls to 11-8, 5-4. Unfortunately the team was unable to enjoy the win as Capri Frazier suffered a knee injury in the game's final seconds after a flagrant foul was called on a GAC player. Frazier left Yancey Gymnasium on crutches and will be getting an MRI on her knee tomorrow. Wesleyan's next game in another region contest as No. 10 ranked Lovett will visit Yancey Gymnasium on Friday night. Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

Jameson Kavel looks to pass as GAC's Taylor Sutton defends

Saturday, January 23
Lady Wolves dominate Fellowship Christian

Amaya Register shoots over Fellowship's Olivia Karam

Wesleyan defeated Fellowship Christian 68-21 in a non-region contest Saturday afternoon at Wesleyan.  It was bitter cold outdoors but Mikayla Coombs stayed hot indoors as she posted another double-double for the Lady Wolves.  Wesleyan led 18-0 before the visiting Paladins got on the board. Wesleyan led 25-6 at the end of the first quarter and 40-14 at the half.  Wesleyan scored three touchdowns in the third quarter while holding Fellowship scoreless, outscoring the visitors 21-0.  Coombs put up 22 points and 16 rebounds in the aforementioned double-double. She also had six steals, two blocks and an assist. Amaya Register scored 12 points while grabbing seven rebounds, swiping seven steals and dishing three assists. Sutton West added nine points, three rebounds and two assists while Natalie Armstrong had eight points, eight boards, three steals, three assists and one blocked shot. Cairo Booker chipped in four points, five steals, five rebounds and four assists while Capri Frazier had four points and two boards. Wesleyan ups its record to 18-2 on the season while Fellowship falls to 6-12. The Lady Wolves resume region action as Greater Atlanta Christian will visit Yancey Gymnasium on Tuesday night for a 5:30 tipoff.

Maya Timberlake guarded by Fellowship's Olivia Karam

Tuesday, January 19
Edwards' double-double paces Wesleyan to region win over KIPP

Bailey Edwards grabs a rebound Tuesday night vs. KIPP Atlanta
Wesleyan had no trouble with visiting KIPP Atlanta as the Lady Wolves posted an 82-18 win in a region contest Tuesday night at Wesleyan. Bailey Edwards had a big night notching a double-double scoring 15 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. She also had four assists and two steals in a fine all around performance. Katie Stipe led all scorers as she scored a season high 17 points including five three-pointers. She also contributed four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jameson Kavel put up 11 points, seven assists and four steals while Cairo Booker chipped in 12 points, five steals, two boards and two assists. Wesleyan ups its record to 17-2 overall, 8-0 in region play. Up next is a non-region contest with Fellowship Christian on Saturday. Tipoff is 2:30 PM at Wesleyan.

Sydney Milliken looks to pass during first half of win over KIPP

Saturday, January 16
Big run to start third quarter helps bury Loganville 60-32

Mikalya Coombs floats by Loganville's Schekinah Bimpa
In a game in which the first half looked nothing like the second, Wesleyan defeated Class AAAAA Loganville 60-32 Saturday night in the Krossover Classic showcase event at Archer High School. Wesleyan led 9-7 at the end of the lackluster first quarter. Things didn't improve much for the Lady Wolves in the second as they outscored Loganville 11-4 taking a 20-13 lead into halftime. The Lady Wolves of the first half were having trouble scoring against Loganville's zone defense and were often a step slow as Loganville seemed to be getting to most of the loose balls first. Adjustments were clearly made at halftime as Wesleyan scored the first 14 points of the third quarter opening a 34-13 lead at around the midpoint of the period. The Lady Wolves' ratcheted up their defensive intensity and the results were midcourt steals and layups on the offensive end. Wesleyan outscored Loganville 25-11 in the third taking a commanding 45-24 lead into the fourth. Loganville never pulled within 20 points again. Mikayla Coombs added another double-double to her resume as she notched 20 points and 10 rebounds. She also added five blocks, three steals and two assists. After a scoreless first half, Natalie Armstrong had a strong second half scoring all 15 of her points to go with seven rebounds and two blocks. Cairo Booker had a fine all around performance with 12 points, six assists, six steals and six boards. Amaya Register added eight points, three steals and two assists for Wesleyan which avenged a 49-45 loss to Loganville last season. The Lady Wolves improve to 16-2 with the win while Loganville drops to 11-7. Wesleyan resumes region play on Tuesday as they will take on KIPP Atlanta at Wesleyan at 6:00 PM

Natalie Armstrong grabs a rebound over two Lady Red Devils

Friday, January 15
Pair of 18's by Coombs powers Lady Wolves over Hapeville Charter

Wesleyan raced to an 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, led 31-9 at halftime and coasted to a 65-32 region win over Hapeville Charter Friday night at Hapeville. Mikayla Coombs posted a double-double scoring 18 pionts while grabbing 18 rebounds. Natalie Armstrong also had a double-double scoring 10 points to go with 12 rebounds.  Cairo Booker added 13 points, seven boards and four steals while Bailey Edwards chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. Wesleyan is now 15-2 on the season, 7-0 in region.  Up next is a non region game with Loganville.  Tipoff is tomorrow night at 6:00 at Archer High School.

Tuesday, January 12
Uninspired performance still yields big win over Pace

Bailey Edwards shoots over Pace's McKenzie Baker
After the draining come from behind win over Holy Innocents Saturday night, Wesleyan put a somewhat  lackluster performance together tonight in a 52-14 defeat of Pace Academy in a region game at Wesleyan.  It was the Lady Wolves' first home game since travelling to Phoenix before the Christmas holidays and their first game in Yancey Gymnasium in over a month, since a win over Hapeville Charter on December 4.   The Lady Wolves led wire to wire in this one and all players saw playing time.  Cairo Booker led the scoring with 12 points to go with four steals. two assists and two rebounds. Mikayla Coombs added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  Natalie Armstrong scored nine points and had three steals and two blocks while Bailey Edwards chipped in six points and a team high seven rebounds. Jameson Kavel added six points, five steals and four assists.  Wesleyan improves to 14-2 overall, 6-0 ir Region 6-AA while Pace falls to 4-8, 2-4.  Wesleyan will next face Hapeville Charter in a region game on Friday at Hapeville.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Capri Frazier goes up for a rebound in first half vs. Pace

Saturday, January 9
Kavel's timely threes lift No. 1 Wesleyan to 58-52 win over No. 2 Holy Innocents

Cairo Booker shoots around Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell and Aaliya Milord

The rematch of last year's AA state championship game lived up to its least in the second half, as Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 AA, defeated No. 2 ranked Holy Innocents, 58-52, in a region contest in front of a packed house at Holy Innocents Saturday night.  The first and second quarters were frankly hard to watch as pace of the game was slow and plodding, which is an uncharacteristic style of basketball for both teams, which like a more up tempo game. Wesleyan drew first blood after each team had trouble finding the basket, on a Cairo Booker layup.  This brief 2-0 lead would be the only lead Wesleyan would hold in the game for quite some time.  Holy Innocents closed out the first quarter on a 9-3 run and led 9-5 at the end of the low scoring first quarter.  Holy Innocents maintained a four to six point lead for most of the second quarter as Wesleyan had difficulty scoring and were getting no second chances on the offensive end.  Holy Innocents' lead grew to 20-13 with under a minute to go in the first half, and with the difficulties Wesleyan was having putting the ball through the hoop, a seven point deficit was daunting to say the least.  In the waning seconds of the first half, the ball found Jameson Kavel in the corner.  She drained a three with about three seconds left to pull Wesleyan within 20-16 at the half.  Wesleyan began the second half on a 6-2 run to tie the game at 22-22, the first time the game had been tied since it was 2-2.  After a defensive stop, Wesleyan had a chance to take the lead but could not convert. The Lady Bears retook the lead and increased it after a pair of layups by talented junior guard Kayla Pointer. Holy Innocents outscored Wesleyan 15-8 to close out the third quarter and led 37-30 heading into the fourth. The Lady Wolves didn't waiver and after a couple of defensive stops along with converting on the offensive end, inched closer and closer.  Trailing 44-42 at the 3:30 mark, Kavel again came through with a clutch three-pointer giving Wesleyan a 45-44 lead, its first lead since it was 2-0 in the early going. The Lady Wolves would grow its lead to seven points but Holy Innocents kept fighting getting a couple of stops themselves.  The Lady Bears hit a three and a layup and closed the gap to 52-50 with :58 to go in the game.   Holy Innocents then had to foul to stop the clock and hope Wesleyan would miss a the free throw line, giving them a chance.  Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch from a variety of Lady Wolves, Booker, Natalie Armstrong and Amaya Register, sealed the 58-52 win for Wesleyan.  Wesleyan as a team was solid from the free throw line shooting 78% on 21-for-27 shooting.  Kavel was Wesleyan's leading scorer with 15 points.  She connected four times from behind the arc and also had three rebounds and a steal.  After a scoreless first half, Mikayla Coombs came alive in the second scoring all 13 of her points in the second half.  She also had a team high six rebounds to go with four steals, two assists and a block.  She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.  Booker added 12 points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block and was a stellar 8-for-9 from the free throw line.  Armstrong chipped in nine points, five rebounds and one steal while Register put up six points, five assists, and two rebounds and was a sold 4-for-6 from the free throw line. With the hard fought win, Wesleyan improves to 13-2 on the year, 5-0 in region.  Holy Innocents falls to 12-3, 4-1.  After a tough week with three road wins over quality region opponents Greater Atlanta Christian, Lovett  and Holy Innocents, Wesleyan gets a couple of days off before playing its first home game of 2016.  They will face Pace Academy in another region game on Tuesday at Wesleyan.  Tipoff if 5:30 PM.

Jameson Kavel slips past Holy Innocents' Kennedy Suttle

Friday, January 8
Lovett overwhelmed by Lady Wolves' early onslaught as No. 6 Lions fall 74-32

Jameson Kavel defends Lovett's Sydney Johnson
The battle of top 10 teams was over before it started as No. 1 Wesleyan rode the wave of an 18-0 start and throttled sixth ranked Lovett 74-32 tonight at Lovett. The Lady Wolves were not pleased with their sluggish performance against Greater Atlanta Christian Tuesday night after a two week layoff.  A noticably sharper team was on display against Lovett.  Wesleyan raced to an 18-0 lead before Lovett got on the board.  Wesleyan's agressive defense, crisp offense and and domination of the defensive glass contributed to the hot start. The lead was 22-2 at the end of the first quarter and 35-9 at halftime.  The full court press was gone by the second half but that didn't lessen the effort which was on full display the entire game.  The lead grew to 60-23 entering shortened six-minute fourth quarter.  Eleven Lady Wolves entered the scoring column tonigtht led by Amaya Register's team-high 13 points.  She added five assists and three steals.  Jameson Kavel scored 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from behind the three point line, and had five steals. Kavel wasn't the only sharp shooter for Wesleyan tonight as Katie Stipe scored 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from behind the arc.  Mikayla Coombs added 10 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks for the Lady Wolves while Cairo Booker put up nine points, six boards, five steals and four assists.  As a team, Wesleyan shot 52% from the three point line connecting on 11 threes by six different players.  Wesleyan improves to 12-2 overall, 4-0 in region while Lovett falls to 12-5, 2-2.  Wesleyan is now 14-0 all time vs. Lovett.  With the win over Lovett, the Lady Wolves passed their first test of this busy weekend against AA top 10 teams.  Up next is a meeting with No. 2 ranked Holy Innocents.  This is the first meeting between the state's top two ranked Class AA teams since last season's state championship game won by Wesleyan.  Wesleyan will be playing its third straight game on the road vs. a tough region opponent.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM at Holy Innocents.

Sydney Milliken drives past Lovett's Sydney Johnson

Tuesday, January 5
Five score in double figures as rusty Wesleyan outlasts Greater Atlanta Christian 65-58

Amaya Register looks to pass around GAC's Kennedi Williams
It had been two weeks since Wesleyan had last played a basketball game and the layoff was evident as they handed Greater Atlanta Christian a 65-58 loss on its home floor Tuesday night at the Long Forum. The first half was sloppy from Wesleyan's perspective with uncharacteristic turnovers and the team seemingly out of sync. The Lady Wolves, ranked No. 1 in AA in the latest poll released yesterday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, led 11-5 at the end of the low scoring first quarter. The pace of the game picked up in the second half and the Lady Spartans were the main benefactor. GAC outscored Wesleyan 22-17 in the period and closed the gap to a single point.  Wesleyan led 28-27 at the break. In the third quarter Wesleyan built a 49-41 lead late but GAC closed the period on a 6-0 run cutting the lead to two.  The Lady Wolves held a 49-47 lead going into the fourth quarter.  This is where Wesleyan was at it's best.  GAC had the ball to begin the period, Amaya Register immediately stole the ball and raced down to the court for a layup giving Wesleyan a four-point lead.  That play swung the momentum back in Wesleyan's favor.  Wesleyan would build its lead to as much as 10 points late in the fourth and GAC never got closer than the seven-point final margin. Five Wesleyan players scored in double figures led by Natalie Armstrong's team high 17 points....all of which occurred in the second half.  The team seemed to come out of its collective fog in the fourth quarter led by Armstrong.  She also had six rebounds and five blocks.  Cairo Booker scored 15 points to go with a game high six assists and six steals.  She was also the team's second leading rebounder with seven.  Register added 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Lady Wolves while Mikayla Coombs put together another double-double scoring 10 points and pulling down a team high 16 boards including 11 defensive rebounds. She also had two assists and a blocked shot. Jameson Kavel put up 10 points including three three-pointers, and had two rebounds and two steals.  The win over GAC is Wesleyan's fourth straight versus its region rival from crosstown.  Wesleyan is 25-7 vs. GAC since 2000.  The Lady Wolves improve to 11-2 overall, 3-0 in region play, with the win.  GAC falls to 8-6, 2-2.  Wesleyan is on the road all week as they will next travel to Buckhead to face No. 7 ranked Lovett (11-4) on Friday. Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

Mikayla Coombs lays one in over GAC's Caria Reynolds

Tuesday, December 22
Wesleyan finishes Nike TOC on high note as Coombs leads 48-42 win over New Trier (IL)

Mikayla Coombs flies through three New Trier defenders
In Wesleyan's prevous two appearances in the top division of the Nike Tournament of Champions in 2008 and 2011, the Lady Wolves finished each tournament with a 2-2 record.  Given that this is the top tournament in the country, that's a very respectable feat.  In order to keep that record going, Wesleyan had to win today on the tournament's final day. Win they did as they led New Trier out of the Chicago area, wire to wire posting a 48-42 win at Highland High School in Phoenix.  Even though Wesleyan led the entire game, it was far from a cakewalk.  After gaining an early 20-8 lead, New Trier closed the quarter on a 4-0 run.  Wesleyan led 20-12 at the end of the first quarter.  The teams battled evenly in the second quarter, New Trier outscoring Wesleyan 10-8 to close to 28-22 heading into halftime.  The teams traded baskets throughout the third and fourth quarters.  Wesleyan held a 39-31 lead entering the fourth quarter. Wesleyan held leads as much as 14 points in the second half but New Trier was able to cut into it mainly behind the efforts of 6'3 Harvard signee Jeannie Boehm.  The lead was seven when Jameson Kavel hit a timely three-poiner giving the Lady Wolves a 47-37 lead with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.  New Trier could get no closer than the final six-point final margin. Mikayla Coombs had her best offensive output of the season as she scored 18 points and narrowly missed another double-double with eight rebounds.  She also had four steals, three assists and three blocks in an impressive all around performance.  Jameson Kavel added 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting from behind the arc, in addition to five rebounds and two steals.  Cario Booker scored 10 points to go with six rebounds and four steals.  The Lady Wolves improve to 10-2 on the season with the win. The team flies back to Atlanta tomorrow and will enjoy the Christmas holidays with their families. Wesleyan's next game will be in two weeks when they resume region play as they'll face Greater Atlanta Christian on Tuesday, January 5 at GAC.  Tipoff is 5:30PM.

Natalie Armstrong battles with New Trier's Jeannie Boehm

Monday, December 21
Wesleyan takes another close one on the chin as Dillard (FL) prevails 54-52

Cairo booker looks to shoot as Dillard's Destiny Frazier defends
Teams come out here to face the best and toughest competition in the U.S. and these are the types of games you get.  Wesleyan lost a tough one this afternoon in another tight contest at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.  Dillard, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, handed Wesleyan its second loss of the tournament and the season, 54-52 Monday afternoon at Mesquite High School. The first quarter was frankly ugly as neither team could get into any kind of rythym.  Wesleyan took a 5-4 lead going into the second quarter.  The second quarter saw the game open up significantly.  The teams changed leads throughout the period.  With the game tied at 22-22, Dillard's Jacaira Allen, a Mississippi State signee, hit a three with two seconds left giving the Lady Panthers a 25-22 lead at the half.  The teams traded leads throughout the third quarter with Wesleyan outscoring Dillard 15-13 in the third as the Lady Panthers held a 38-37 lead going into the fourth. In the final period, Wesleyan dug itself a hole getting down by as much as six as Dillard led 48-42 with 3:48 left.  Jameson Kavel hit a three to cut the lead to 48-45.  Wesleyan got a defensive stop and cut the lead to 52-50 with 22 seconds left but couldn't convert a turnover by Dillard.  Each team scored one more time and Dillard came with a hard fought 54-52 win.  Turnovers and missed layups plagued the Lady Wolves throught out this game.  Fatigue could have been a factor as Wesleyan had to battle through Dillard's full court man to man defense the entire game.  Cairo Booker again led Wesleyan's scoring effort with 16 points to go with two steals.  Mikayla Coombs had another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with three blocks and two assists. Jameson Kavel added nine points, eight rebounds and two assists for Wesleyan while Amaya Register chipped in seven points, six boards and three assists.  Wesleyan falls to 9-2 on the year with the loss.  The Lady Wolves will play their final game of the tournament tomorrow as they face New Trier out of Chicago.  Tipoff is tomorrow at 1:00 PM Mountain/3:00 PM Eastern.

Mikayla Coombs shoots over Dillard's Amber Lee

Saturday, December 19
Lady Wolves bounce back with 52-45 over Homewood-Flossmoor (IL)

Jameson Kavel shoots over Homewood-Flossmoor's Monique Pruitt
After yesterday's disappointing overtime loss to Long Beach Poly, a game in which the winners didn't grab their first lead of the game until one minute left in overtime, and a game where Wesleyan shot 42% from the free throw line, the Lady Wolves turned the tables posting a 52-45 win over Homewood-Flossmoor from Chicago in their second game of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.  Again playing at Mesquite High School and jumping out to an early 4-0 lead, things went sideways for Wesleyan as Homewood-Flossmoor went on a 13-0 run and Wesleyan found itself on the wrong end of a 13-4 deficit.  Perhaps learning from yesterday's game in which Long Beach Poly overcame a large early deficit at the hands of these very Lady Wolves, Wesleyan did not panic and righted the ship. Wesleyan put together its own 13-0 run seizing a 17-13 lead early in the second quarter.  The Lady Wolves outscored Homewood-Flossmoor 15-12 in the period taking a 30-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the third quarter, each time Homewood-Flossmoor seemed to seize momentum inching closer to gaining the lead, Wesleyan would answer with a short run keeping a safe 6-8 point lead.  The Lady Wolves upped the lead to nine as they headed into the fourth quarter up 41-32. Wesleyan led 46-36 with 4:16 left when the Lady Vikings went on a 9-4 run behind a pair if three pointers.  Wesleyan's lead was trimmed to 50-45 with 1:18 left. The Lady Wolves did a nice job moving the ball around running time off the clock.  Homewood-Floosmoor finally foulded Cairo Booker who sank both free throws with 25 seconds left to put the game on ice for Wesleyan.  Most fitting for Wesleyan, what won the game today was the same thing that lost the game yesterday, free throws.  After shooting a poor 42% from the line in yesterday's loss, Wesleyan shot a stellar 82% from the free throw line this afternoon on 14-for-17 shooting.  Cairo Booker, Wesleyan's lone senior, displayed tremendous leadership.  She scored a game high 15 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and three steals.  She also took a timely charge shot 90% from the free throw line on 9-for-10 shooting.  Mikayla Coombs notched another double-double scoring 12 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Jameson Kavel added nine points, six steals, five rebounds and two assists. Natalie Armstrong chipped in eight points and four rebounds.  Wesleyan improves to 9-1 on the season with the win while Homewood-Flossmoor drops to 4-2, both losses ocurring here in Phoenix. The team enjoyed a nice post game dinner along with coaches and parents at Culinary Dropout near the Arizona State University campus.  There are no games scheduled for tomorrow and the Lady Wolves will enjoy the day off taking in a game between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. The Lady Wolves return to action on Monday at 2:30 Mountain, 4:30 Eastern, as they face Dillard High School from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Cairo Booker battles for loose ball

Friday, December 18
Long Beach Poly steals one from Wesleyan in OT in Nike TOC opener

Cairo Booker drives toward basket during first half

After leading the entire game, Wesleyan lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Long Beach Poly in their opening round game of the Nike Tournament of Champions Friday night at Mesquite High School in Phoenix.  Things began well for Wesleyan as they raced out to an early lead as the team was clicking on all cylanders in the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves got out in transition often.  Shots by Long Beach Poly were contested and the Jackrabbits were often one and done on the offensive end.  Wesleyan led 16-3 at the end of the first quarter.  Foul trouble then set in and Long Beach Poly began to settle in on the offensive end.  They held Wesleyan to just five points in the second quarter cutting the lead to 21-13 heading into halftime.  Long Beach Poly, from Long Beach, California, continued to chip away at Wesleyan's lead in thet third quarter outscording the Lady Wolves 18-14 in the period.  Wesleyan led 35-31 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan started the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run increasing its lead to 40-31 with six minutes left in the game. The Jackrabbits would not fold however.  They put together a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 43-41 with 1:43 left in regulation.  Long Beach Poly tied it up at 43-43 with :31 left.  Cairo Booker made a nice drive down the lane, made her layup and was fouled with 17 seconds to go. She converted the three-point play to give Wesleyan a 46-43 lead. Long Beach Poly took the ball across halfcourt and called time out with 10 seconds left.  After the timeout and needing a three pointer, they moved the ball around the perimeter which was well defended by the Lady Wolves.  One of Long Beach Poly's guards launched a well contested three-pointer from the top of the key with three seconds left.  The ball rimmed around and dropped tying the game at 46-46. Overtime.  In the overtime period, Wesleyan took a one point lead after a Mikayla Coombs free throw but Long Beach Poly responded on a putback by their tall post player taking their first lead of the game at 48-47.  Jameson Kavel had a response of her own nailing a three to give Wesleyan a 50-48 lead with 1:44 left in overtime.  Each team converted one of two free throw opportunities and Wesleyan maintained its lead at 51-49. With 12.3 seconds remaining, the same Long Beach Poly guard who hit the three to send the game into overtime, drained another three to give the Jackrabbits a 52-51 lead.  Wesleyan was unable to convert on its offensive possession.  Long Beach Poly got the rebound and Wesleyan fouled to stop the clock.  They made both free throws to bump the lead to 54-51.  Wesleyan had one final shot but Coombs game tying three point attempt was off the mark and Long Beach Poly pulled off the win after playing from behind most of the game.  Unfortunately this game was decided at the free throw line.  Had the Lady Wolves converted their free throw opportunities, Long Beach Poly wouldn't have had the chance to get back into the game.  Wesleyan shot an abysmal 42% from the free throw line on 14-for-33 shooting. That was the differenece in the game. Booker led the scoring for Wesleyan with 17 points and had seven steals.  Kavel had 11 points, three steals and three rebounds while Coombs added 10 points, and nine rebounds. Wesleyan falls to 8-1 on the season with the loss.  This one will sting but the good news is they don't have much time to stew over it.  They have to get ready for tomorrow's game with Homewood-Flossmoor from Chicago.  They lost their first round matchup with Riverdale Baptist from the Washington, DC area.  Tipoff is 2:30 PM Mountain time.

Mikayla Coombs shoots over Long Beach Poly defender

Saturday, December 12
Another double-double by Armstrong sends Lady Hawks up the (Mill) Creek

Natalie Armstrong scoring two of her 24 as Aspyn Watts of Mill Creek defends

Natalie Armstrong continued her strong play of late leading Wesleyan to a 66-34 drubbing of AAAAAA Mill Creek Saturday afternoon in Marchman Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus.  Armstrong scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, both game highs.  The Lady Wolves jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but the offense quickly stalled.  The lead was only 12-9 at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan was more focused defensively in the second quarter as Mill Creek did not get many second chances of offense.  Wesleyan outscored Mill Creek 18-6 in the period taking a 30-15 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Wesleyan continued to pressure the visitors from the largest school in Georgia causing turnovers and disrupting what the Lady Hawks were trying to accopmplish on offense.  The Lady Wolves outscored Mill Creek 18-8 in the third and led 48-23 entering the fourth quarter.  Mill Creek was able to score in double digits in the fourth but Wesleyan won the quarter 18-11 securing their eighth win of the season.  In addition to Armstrong's strong night, Cairo Booker didn't disappoint as she had 14 points, seven steals, six rebounds and three assists...all while having to sit much of the first half after picking up two fouls in the early going.  Mikayla Coombs continues to get better with each game as she narrowly missed a double-double of her own scoring 12 points to go with nine rebounds, five steals, four blocked shots and two assists. Amaya Register dished a game high five assists while scoring four points and swiping two steals. Jameson Kavel added six points, five boards, four steals and three assists for Wesleyan which improves to 8-0 on the season with the win. Mill Creek drops to 3-6. This will be the last game Wesleyan plays east of the Mississippi until after the new year.  The Lady Wolves fly to Phoenix on Thursday to participate in the Nike Tournament of Champions.  This will be Wesleyan's third trip to the prestigious tournament featuring nationally ranked high school teams from all classifications from all over the United States.  Wesleyan's previous appearances in the Nike TOC were in 2008 and 2011.  Those Wesleyan teams both exited the tournament with very respectable 2-2 records and were extremly prepared for the rest of the season. Keep up with tournament schedules and results at the below link.

Amaya Register about to dump the ball of down low

Friday, December 11
Triple double-doubles by Coombs, Booker, Armstrong lead Wesleyan past Woodward 69-34

Mikayla Coombs shoots over Woodward's Jakari Harris
Wesleyan took on Class AAAA Woodward tonight in a non-region game and emerged a 69-34 winner in front of a nice sized crowd at Marchman Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus.  As the larger Yancey Gymnasium is being used for final exams, this weekend's games are being held in Marchman which was the original gym where varsity games were played from 1997-2006.  So in a sense it was throwback night. The Lady Wolves started off very much in sync with crisp ball movement and pressure defense that produced turnovers and points. Wesleyan led 24-10 at the end of the first quarter, then shutout Woodward in the second outscoring the visiting Lady War Eagles 16-0 taking a 40-10 lead into halftime. The effort was still there for Wesleyan in the second half but the team didn't quite have the same cohesiveness it had in the first. Nevertheless, they outscored Woodward 29-24 to take the 69-34 win. Mikayla Coombs recorded her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds to go with five assists, three blocks and two steals. She was also a perfect 3-for-3 from the three throw line in what was her best all around performance in this young season. Cairo Booker also had a double-double scoring 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. She also had five assists and two steals. The third double-double of the game belonged to Natalie Armstrong who scored 10 points and had 10 boards. Amaya Register scored 14 points to go with five steals, five rebounds and four assists. Katie Stipe added six points on a pair of three-pointers for the Lady Wolves. This was the third ever meeting between the schools with Wesleyan having won all three which were all December affairs. The Lady Wolves defeated Woodward 64-37 on December 29, 2006 and 71-42 on December 19, 2014. Wesleyan is now 7-0 on the season and has a quick turnaround as they'll face Class AAAAAA Mill Creek tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 PM in Marchman Gym.

Katie Stipe makes a pass to the corner

Wednesday, December 9
Wesleyan improves to 6-0 with region road win over KIPP Atlanta

Three players scored in double figures as Wesleyan notched a region road win Tuesday night at KIPP Atlanta.  The Lady Wovles got up quickly on the host Lady Warriors racing to a 27-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was 46-9 at halftime and 70-17 at the end of the third quarter. Everyone saw plenty of action in this one.  Cairo Booker led all scorers with 16 points to go with seven steals, two assists and two rebounds.  Capri Frazier posted her first double-double of the season scoring 10 points while pulling down a game high 12 rebounds. Natalie Armstrong also scored 10 points and had six rebounds and two assists. Jameson Kavel and Katie Stipe added eight points apiece while Amaya Register chipped in seven points and six rebounds.  The Lady Wolves are now 6-0, 2-0 in region play with a home game coming up against Class AAAA Woodward on Friday night.  Tipoff is 6:30 PM at Wesleyan.

Friday, December 4
Lady Wolves post first region win of season, rout Hapeville behind Booker's 22 points

Cairo Booker scores two of her 22 points in Friday night's win over Hapeville

Cairo Booker scored 22 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line as Wesleyan had no trouble with visiting Hapeville Charter posting an 80-36 win Friday night at Wesleyan.  Wesleyan led 11-7 early.  The game was then out of reach after a 20-0 run.  All members of the team saw playing time in this one as the game was never close again.  In addition to Booker's game high 22 points, she also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Mikayla Coombs added 15 points, four steals, four rebounds and two blocks for Wesleyan while Jameson Kavel put up 11 points, five boards and two assists.  She also connected on three three-pointers during her time on the court. Sutton West chipped in 10 points, five assists and three steals for the Lady Wolves.  Wesleyan is now 5-0 overall on the season and 1-0 in region play.  They will play their first road game of the season on Tuesday as they travel to KIPP Atlanta for another region contest.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Bailey Edwards shoots over Hapeville's Gayla Bostic and Kaniya Thomas

Tuesday, December 1
Armstrong's 24 points, 15 boards push Wesleyan past AAAAAA No. 7 Tucker 67-56

Amaya Register drives past Tucker's Najla Shamsdeen
They handed AAAAAA No. 1 Norcross their only loss of the season but they couldn't handle Natalie Armstrong and the Lady Wolves. Wesleyan, ranked No. 2 in Class AA, defeated Tucker, ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA, 67-56 Tuesday night at Wesleyan. Tucker beat Norcross 61-60 last week and jumped two spots to No. 7 in the AAAAAA rankings this week. Norcross held on to its No. 1 AAAAAA ranking for some reason despite the loss. Nevertheless, after a slow start, Wesleyan took control of the game and never looked back. The Lady Wolves spotted Tucker and early 5-0 lead, then went on an 8-0 run and never trailed again.  Wesleyan led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter. The major damage was done in the second quarter as Armstrong drained a pair of threes.  Wesleyan outscored the visiting Tigers 26-16 in the period taking a 42-29 lead into halftime.  The teams played pretty evenly the rest of the way as Tucker never got closer than nine points.  Armstrong's perfomance was outstanding as she recorded her second double-double of the season racking up 24 points and 15 rebounds to go with five blocks while logging heavy minutes. Amaya Register also logged a bunch of minutes as Cairo Booker was in foul trouble.  Register answered the call with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.  Mikayla Coombs added 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists while Jameson Kavel had nine points, five assists, four steals and four boards.  Booker finished with four points, three rebounds and two steals while Sutton West chipped in four points, eight boards and two assists.  Wesleyan improves to 4-0 on the season with the win.  The Lady Wolves will play their frist region game of the season on Friday as Hapeville Charter pays a visit to Yancey Gymnasium.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Natalie Armstrong grabs one of her 14 rebounds

Tuesday, November 24
Big fourth quarter secures Wesleyan tourney championship over Morgan County

Cairo Booker twists through the air on the way to two of her game high 20 points
Wesleyan won its Thanksgiving tournament Tuesday night by turning an 8-point lead at the end of the third quarter into a 24-point win.  The Lady Wolves defeated Morgan County 67-43 behind the rush of a big fourth quarter.  Wesleyan led 17-13 at the end of the first quarter and 28-23 at halftime as the Lady Wolves endured some first half foul trouble.  Morgan County closed the gap to just a singe point in the third quarter and had multiple chances to take the lead but was unable as the Wesleyan defenders did a good job of closing out and allowing only a single shot attempt.  Wesleyan closed out the third quarter strongly upping its lead to 43-35 heading into the fourth.  It was pedal to the metal in the fourth as Morgan seemed to run out of gas and Wesleyan finally got into a groove outscoring Morgan 24-8 in the period.  Cairo Booker led the way for the Lady Wolves with 20 points, four rebounds and two steals.  Natalie Armstrong had her first double-double of the young season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  She also had three blocks.  Mikayla Coombs is getting more comfortable on the floor again after missng a year due to injury.  She scored 12 points to go with four steals and two rebounds.  Amaya Register had a solid night with 11 points, seven assists, six boards and two steals.  Wesleyan improves to 3-0 on the season with the win and will have a week off before hosting Tucker next Tuesday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

Mikayla Coombs elevates over Morgan County defenders

Monday, November 23
Kavel ties school record with seven three-pointers in 73-39 romp over Central Gwinnett

Jameson Kavel unloads one of her seven bombs vs. Central Gwinnett
Wesleyan junior Jameson Kavel tied a school record unloading seven three-pointers as Wesleyan routed Class AAAAAA Central Gwinnett 73-39 Monday night in the semifinals of the Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff at Yancey Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus.  Central Gwinnett kept things close in the first quarter.  Wesleyan jumped out to an 8-2 lead but Central closed it to 8-7.  Wesleyan then increased its lead to eight before Central cut it to four with Wesleyan leading 21-17 at the end of the first quarter.   Wesleyan's full court press was on full display in the second quarter and a four-point lead ballooned to 32-17 lead just two minutes into the secord quarter prompting a Central Gwinnett time out.  The damage was done however.  The Lady Wolves took a 43-24 lead into halftime and led 66-26 heading into shortened six-minute fourth.  Cairo Booker led all scorers torching the Black Knights with 24 points to go with five steals, five assists and three rebounds.  Kavel finished with 23 points, a team high seven steals and three rebounds.  She tied a school record with seven three-pointers in the game.  Jenny Hall, (class of 2002) hit seven threes against Lovett on February 2, 2000 and Nikki Luckhurst (class of 2004) hit the seven three-pointer mark three times, March 4, 2002 against Taylor County, November 23, 2003 vs. Central Gwinnett, which coincidentally, is the last time Wesleyan and Central Gwinnett had met on the basketball court, and March 4, 2004 vs. Randolph-Clay.  This was the first time in 11 years a Wesleyan player had connected on seven threes in one game. Natalie Armstrong finished the game with seven points and nine rebounds while Amaya Register put up six points, five boards and three rebounds.   Mikayla Coombs added five points, six steals, four assists and three boards.  The Lady Wolves improve to 2-0 on the season and will face Morgan County, who won its semifinal over Hillgrove, in the finals.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM tomorrow.

Capri Frazier goes after a loose ball during second half vs. Central

Saturday, November 21
2015-2016 Lady Wolves debut with big win over Druid Hills in first round of Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff

Sutton West lays one up over Druid Hills defender
Wesleyan began its defense of its AA state title with a lopsided 76-4 win over Druid Hills in its season opener.  Wesleyan, host of the Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff, led Druid Hills 50-0 at halftime as the Red Devils were simply outmatched.  Senior and recent Wofford signee Cairo Booker led Wesleyan with 11 points, five steals and three rebounds.  Natalie Armstrong barley missed a double-double scoring eight points will pulling down 11 rebounds. Amaya Register added nine points to go with her team highs in steals (6) and assists (5).  Bailey Edwards added eight points and five rebounds for the Lady Wolves while Capri Frazier and Sydney Milliken put up seven points apiece.  Mikayla Coombs, playing in her first game since suffering a season ending ACL tear in the first game of last season, had seven points, three steals and two rebounds and most importantly, mad it through the first game of the season unscathed!  The scoring effort for Wesleyan was evenly spread as Katie Stipe had six points from a pair of three pointers while Jameson Kavel had five.  Caroline Burke, Sutton West and Callie Weaver rounded out the Wesleyan scoring effort four points and two points each respectively.  Wesleyan is now 1-0 on the season and will face Central Gwinnett, a 43-41 winner over Riverwood in its first round game,in the semifinals on Monday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM in Yancey Gymnasium.

Caroline Burke shoots over a Lady Red Devil

Monday, November 2
Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff Brackets

Friday, November 13
Booker makes it official, signs letter of intent with Wofford

Booker with Coach Azar at signing ceremony
Wesleyan's lone senior Cario Booker signed her official letter of intent today to continue her academic and basketball career at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The school held a singing ceremony in her honor in Yancey Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus which was attended by fellow students, teammates, coaches and faculty.  Congratulations Cairo!

Wednesday, November 11
Wesleyan bests West Forsyth in pre-season scrimmage

Cairo Booker in action last night
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