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2013-2014 Wesleyan Lady Wolves
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"Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His COURTS with praise"

- Psalm 100:4



Monday, July 14
McDonald accepts scholarship offer from Elon

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

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Saturday, March 8
Seniors help Kendrick pull away in fourth quarter, Wesleyan denied 7th straight title

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Lauren Frerking tries to get through Kendrick defense

Wesleyan knew it was going to be a daunting task to take down undefeated and No. 1 ranked Kendrick and for one half, they were up to the task.  But the senior laden Lady Cherokees would not be denied and came away with a hard fought 69-58 win in the Class AA girls state championship Friday afternoon at the Macon Coliseum ending Wesleyan's streaks of six straight state championships and 34 straight state tournament games won. Wesleyan started the game on a positive note with junior Nikki McDonald connecting on a three-pointer.  Kendrick scored the next eight points however taking an 8-3 lead.  Wesleyan then scored the next five points to tie the game at 8-8. Kendrick led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter. Kendirck again upped it's lead to five midway through the second quarter but the Lady Wolves closed strong behind the play of freshmen Mikayla Coombs and Devyn Lowe.  Lowe hit a jumper late in the quarter to give Wesleyan a 32-29 lead heading into halfitme. Experienced Kendrick, which hadn't had a close game all sesaon until its three-point win over GAC in the quarterfinals, found itself in a dogfight with young Wesleyan squad bearing the weight of past success expectations on its shoulders.   In the third quarter Kendrick's immensely talented senior guard Khalia Lawrence decided she was not going to let her senior season end with a loss. She scored 10 points in the third quarter guiding her team to a 47-44 lead entering the fourth.  Kendrick's other major contributor, senior Deja Cheatham drained a shot from the corner to start the fourth.   A questionable foul was called on Lowe against Kendrick's Angela Jones who was attempting a three pointer.  Jones sank all three free throws and the Lady Wolves found themselves down by eight. Wesleyan climbed back in it and cut the lead to four on a three from sophomore Cairo Booker with 1:46 to play.  Wesleyan then stole the subsequent inbounds pass and had possession with a chance to cut the lead to two or one but a costly turnover gave the ball back to Kendrick and Wesleyan had to resort to fourls to stop the clock.  The veteran Lady Cherokees proved themselves steady free throw shooters and took care of business at the line down the stretch producing the 11-point margin of victory which belies the closeness of this contest. Wesleyan's game came down to one word: turnovers.  Wesleyan had 33 turnovers on the night, many caused by  Kendrick's pressure but many were unforced.  In a game like this when every posession is crucial, turnovers can make the difference and they did in this case. Credit Kendirck's players and coaches as they executed their game plan and did what they wanted to do which was dictate the pace and apply constant pressure to the young Lady Wolves.  The talented Lawrence is clearly the front runner for Class AA Player of the Year and could be a darkhorse candidtate for Miss Georgia Basketball.  She was outstanding scoring a game high 25 points while fellow senior Cheatham scored 16. The two seniors accounted for 60% of Kendrick's scoring. Wesleyan was led by McDonald who had a double double scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.  Lowe finished with 12 points, four steals, three rebounds and one assists.  Coombs finished with 11 points, four rebounds, four assists,  three steals, and a blocked shot. Booker had eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist while junior Lauren Frerking scored four points and had five rebounds.  Freshman Riley Casey ended her brief Wesleyan career with a solid game in her first state championship game with four points, two blocked shots, one rebound and one assist. Seniors Keevana Edwards and Landyn Duley both played their last games in Wesleyan uniforms tonight.  Edwards finished with two points, three rebounds, three blocked shots, and a steal.  Duley added two points, three assists and three rebounds.  We will miss Keevana and Landyn as both girls are great athletes as well as super people.  Both seniors will continue their athletic careers at the next level however.  Edwards will be playing basketball at Stetson University in Florida next year while Duley will be playing softall at Georgia. This was also the last game in a Wesleyan uniform for sisters Taylor and Riley Casey as their family is moving to Nashville after the school year ends.  We wish all four players leaving the Wesleyan progarm nothing but success in the future.  All will be missed.  With the loss, Wesleyan finishes its season with a record of 27-4 while Kendrick finishes a perfect 31-0.  Kendrick will be moving up to Class AAA next year and we wish them and their seniors well.  Wesleyan's six year title streak ends and Wesleyan remains tied with Hart County with the state record for the most consecutive state championships as well as tied with Taylor County with most overall state championships with 10.  With all of the young talent returning as well as having the best coaching staff in Georgia, that record will be falling soon enough.  You can count on it.   No other basketball program in Georgia history, girls or boys, and most likely no other program in any team sport, has had a run that Wesleyan is currently in the midst of.  Over the past 14 seasons Wesleyan has played in the state championship game 13 times only missing the finals in 2003 when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Wesleyan has won 10 of those 13 finals.  Wesleyan has also played in 11 consecutive finals which is unmatched as well.  Wesleyan's overall record in state tournament games is 64-4...also unmatched in the state.  There is no shame in losing a closely fought game against a very well coached and talented team that did not lose a game all year.   After watching all of the girls state title games, Kendrick might be the second best team in the state this season only behind undefeated Class AAAAAA champion McEachern. The standard has been set pretty high at Wesleyan and this young team rose to the challenge.  They'll be back next year and the next and the next.  Work hard in the the off season and lets be ready to go next year.  Congratulations to all of the players and coaches on a very successful season.

Photos courtesy of Brian Morgan/Gwinnett Daily Post 



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Wesleyan freshman Mikayla Coombs shoots over Kendrick senior Deja Cheatham

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Nikki McDonald shoots over Kendrick's Angela Jones
Wesleyan Accomplishments since 2001

2001 - 31-2 State Runner Up
2002 - 28-4 State Champion
2003 - 26-4 State Quarterfinalist
2004 - 28-5 State Champion
2005 - 31-2 State Champion
2006 - 30-3 State Champion
2007 - 26-8 State Runner Up
2008 - 30-3 State Champion
2009 - 29-4 State Champion
2010 - 30-3 State Champion
2011 - 31-2 State Champion
2012 - 29-4 State Champion
2013 - 28-4 State Champion
2014 - 27-4 State Runner Up


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Devyn Lowe runs down court guarded by Kendrick's Brittany Thompson

Sunday, March 9
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Cario Booker tries to get by Kendrick's Deja Cheatham

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Riley Casey drives down the floor in state title game

Thursday, February 27
State Tournament Brackets


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Sunday, March 2
Wesleyan battles back to oust Laney 68-64, state championship game next

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Cairo Booker looks to run past Laney's Gemiya Bowman
After playing from behind the majority of the game, No. 2 ranked Wesleyan pulled out a 68-64 win over No. 3 ranked Laney Saturday night in the semi-finals of the Class AA state tournament at Columbus State. This was a rematch of the 2013 AA state championship game won 76-43 by Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves had a much more difficult time with Laney this time.   Wesleyan's hole was dug early as Laney raced out to a 6-0 lead prompting a Wesleyan timeout to settle the young Lady Wolves' nerves. Wesleyan climbed back in the game going on a run of its own to tie the game at 6-6. The rest of the first quarter was back and forth but Wesleyan never gained the lead. The score was tied at 13-13 at the end of one.  In the second quarter, the Lady Wolves again trailed by as much as six before cutting the lead to two at 31-29.  A turnover allowed Laney to convert two points right before the first half ended giving them a 33-29 lead at halftime.  Hoping to start the third quarter with an inspiring run, the opposite happened to the Lady Wolves.  Three Wesleyan turnovers turned into Laney points as the Lady Wildcats went on an 8-0 run.  Wesleyan found themselves in unfamiliar territory as far as Final Four games go as they found themselves down 12 with 6:23 to go in the third.  Laney led 41-29 at this point.  After Wesleyan cut the lead to 43-34, perhaps the pivotal moment of the game occurred. With 4:26 to go in the thrid, a rough battle for a loose ball ocurred and a Laney player was whistled for a technical foul.  Sophomore Cairo Booker was slightly injured in the scuffle and had to come out of the game briefly.  Freshman Riley Casey came into the game fresh off the bench and calmly sank both free throws. Wesleyan got the ball back as a result of the technical and freshman Devyn Lowe buried a three pointer.  Suddenly Wesleyan was back in it trailing 43-39.  After a couple of defensive stops, Wesleyan took a 44-43 lead after a Casey three late in the third quarter, Wesleyan's first lead in the game.  The Lady Wolves led 46-45 heading into the fourth powered by a 17-4 run.   Wesleyan began the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run to gain its largest lead of the game at 56-48 with 5:46 to go.  Just when it seemed Wesleyan was starting to pull away, Laney came back with a couple of three pointers during an 8-3 run to cut the Wesleyan lead to 59-56 with 3:52 left in the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets and Wesleyan held a 65-63 lead.  With 59.9 seconds remaining in regulation, Coach Azar called a timeout.  The Lady Wolves then ran 33 seconds off the clock before being fouled.   Wesleyan was not in the bonus yet and the ball was inbounded.  Wesleyan was able to run another :06 off the clock when freshman Mikayla Coombs was fouled with 20.9 seconds left.  She sank both to give Wesleyan a 67-63 lead.  Laney went back down the court and drew a foul.  The Laney player made one of two free throws to cut the lead to 67-64.  Wesleyan inbounded the ball and Booker was fouled with 7.2 seconds remaining.  She missed the first free throw but made the second and most important one as it made it a two possesion game with Wesleyan leading 68-64. Laney could not convert on the other end and Wesleyan emerged with an exciting come-from-behind win.  Coombs was sensational in this one as she scored a game-high 19 points to lead all scorers.  She also had five steals, four rebounds, three blocked shots and one assist and was a major reason Wesleyan lives to play another day. Fellow freshman Lowe was the only other Wesleyan player in double figures on the scoring column as she had 10 points while going 2-for-2 from behind the arc. She also had three rebounds and a blocked shot.  Junior Nikki McDonald hit two key free throws late in the game and scored nine points to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Booker scored eight points and did a nice job penetrating the Laney zone.  She added  two assists, two boards and a steal to her stat sheet. Scrappy senior Keevana Edwards was on the floor all night battling for loose balls.  She had a game high 13 rebounds to go with seven points, two blocked shots and an assists. Fellow senior Landyn Duley also scored seven points including a key three pointer in the second half.  Casey ended the game with five points, two assists and one steal while junior Lauren Frerking chipped in three points, two assists and two boards. For the second straight year, Wesleyan ended Laney's season.  Last year the Lady Wolves defeated Laney in the state championship game.  This year, it was one round earlier.  Laney ends its season with a record of 29-2.  Wesleyan ups its record to 27-3 on the year with the win and advances to the state championship game for the 11th straight year.  Wesleyan won state championships in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 was was state runner up in 2007.  They will  next face No. 1 ranked and undefeated Kendrick (28-0) for the Class AA state championship.  The game will take place Friday March 7 at 3:00 PM in the Macon Colesium.  Please come out and support the Lady Wolves as they attempt to make history by breaking the state record for consecutive girls basketball state championships. 

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Nikki McDonald guards Laney's Wynetta Wright

Wednesday, February 26
Wesleyan whips Jefferson 64-33, advances to 11th straight Final Four

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Lauren Frerking guards Jefferson's Maddie Dills
Wesleyan renewed an old rivalry Wednesday as they travelled up I-85 to Jefferson and whipped the host Lady Dragons 64-33 in the quarterfinals of the Class AA state tournament.  Wesleyan scored the first four points of the game but the offense went cold and Jefferson tied the game at 4-4.  The team then settled down and closed the first quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 15-6 lead into the second.  The Wesleyan defensive effort in the second quarter was somewhat off kilter as Jefferson got a few easy looks at the basket and converted free throws.  Wesleyan took a 31-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.  The Lady Wolves upped their defensive intensity and execution in the third quarter as the team scored the first eight points of the period while causing turnovers which resulted in points.  Wesleyan led 39-20 two minutes into the third. Jefferson couldn't quite recover as they were outscored 18-8 in the period as Wesleyan led 49-28 to start the fourth. The damage had been done as the deeper Lady Wolves wore down the Region 8-AA champion Lady Dragons.  Wesleyan outscored Jefferson 15-5 in the fourth.  Wesleyan freshman Mikayla Coombs led the balanced Wesleyan scoring effort with 17 points to go with six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Junior Nikki McDonald had a strong double double performance scoring 12 points while pulling down a game high 14 rebounds. She also had a pair of steals and blocked shots.  Senior Landyn Duley put up 11 points and seven rebounds while freshman Riley Casey had six points, going 2-for-3 from the three-point line, and four rebounds.  Freshman Devyn Lowe had a solid all around game with six points, five boards, two assists and two steals. Senior Keevana Edwards battled through foul trouble to put up four points and four rebounds to go with a block and a steal.  Sophomore Cairo Booker added four points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals while junior Lauren Frerking had a game high four assists to go with two points,  four boards and a steal.  Freshman Bailey Edwards added two points and two steals as nine Wesleyan players scored.  For us old timers, it was a fun trip back to a place Wesleyan hadn't played in 12 years against an old nemisis in Jefferson.  The two were members of Region 8-A from 1998-2002 and battled in many memorable games including two region championships and two state championships.  Jefferson defeated Wesleyan 55-52 in the 2001 Class A championship while Wesleyan took the 2002 rematch 65-47.  Tonight's win by Wesleyan broke a 6-6 tie in the all time series between the two that had been held for 12 years.  The Wesleyan contingency appreciates the hospitality given by Jefferson tonight.  The Lady Dragons finish their fine season with a record of 21-10 and a region championship.  Wesleyan ups its record to 26-3 on the year and advances to the Final Four for the 11th consecutive season.  Wesleyan will next face the winner of one-loss Laney vs. undefeated Pelham who meet tomorrow night at Pelham.  Tipoff for Wesleyan's semi-final game with the Laney/Pelham winner will be 6:30 PM Saturday at Columbus State.

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Keevana Edwards goes for two against Jefferson front line

Monday, February 24
Lady Wolves advance to 14th straight Elite Eight as Calhoun falls 84-48 in second round

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Devyn Lowe drives toward the basket in win over Calhoun

Five players scored in double figures as Wesleyan dismantled Calhoun 84-48 Monday night in the second round of the Class AA state tournament. at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves raced out to a 13-2 lead before Calhoun, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AA, scored its first field goal.  Wesleyan led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter and 40-19 at the half. Wesleyan outscored the Lady Jackets 44-29 in the second half as every Wesleyan player saw action. This was a rematch from last year's quarterfinal round game won 66-49 by Wesleyan at Calhoun.  Unlike that contest, which was Wesleyan's closest of the five games they played in the 2013 state tournament, this one wasn't close. Junior Nikki McDonald led the scoring for the Lady Wolves with 14 points to go with five rebounds, two blocks and a steal.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs added 13 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in an impressive all around performance. Sophomore Cairo Booker added 12 points, three assists, a steal and a rebound.  Wesleyan's two seniors, Keevana Edwards and Landyn Duley, fittingly each scored 10 ponits in their final appearance at Yaney Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus.  Edwards added six rebounds and four blocked shots to her point totals while Duley had three assists, two rebounds and one steal. Freshman Natalie Armstrong continued her strong late season play with eight points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 25-3 on the season while Calhoun's season ends at 21-7.  Wesleyan advances to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament for the 14th straight season and will next face old nemsis Jefferson.  Wesleyan and Jefferson were old rivals when both were members of Region 8-A back in the late 1990's and early 2000's and the teams had some memorable battles to say the least.  Jefferson defeated Wesleyan in the 2001 Class A championship game after Wesleyan defeated Jefferson in the 8-A championship.  The teams played four times that 2000-2001 season splitting the games 2-2.  The next year Wesleyan got its revenge winning all four contests with Jefferson including the Region 8-A championship and the more important Class A state championship, Wesleyan's first in girls basketball.  This will be the first meeting between the two since that 2002 state title game. The all-time series between Wesleyan and Jefferson is knotted at 6-6.  The game will be played at Jefferson on Wednesday, game time TBA.

 



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Jameson Kavel looks to drive past Calhoun defender

Saturday, February 22
Wesleyan opens state tournament with 82-26 pasting of Union County

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Nikki McDonald fights her way through Union County defenders
Wesleyan defeated Union County 82-26 in its opening round contest of the 2014 Class AA State Tournament at Wesleyan Friday night. This was the first meeting between Wesleyan and Union County in eight years since both were members of Region 8-AA.  Union, still a member of 8-AA and the No. 4 seed out of that region, hung tough with the host Lady Wolves for half a quarter.  Wesleyan jumped to an 8-0 lead before Union went on a 9-8 run.  Wesleyan led 16-9 midway through the first quarter. Wesleyan then closed the period on a 6-3 run to take a 22-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The offensive flood gates opened in the second quarter as the defense locked down Union's key offensive players.  Wesleyan outscored Union 18-4 opening a 40-16 lead at halftime. The third quarter mirrored the second as Wesleyan scored 25 points to Union's four.  The visiting Lady Panthers played hard from start to finish but were simply outmatched.  Every Wesleyan player (who's not injured) scored in this game led by freshman Mikayla Coombs' 14 points.  Coombs also had four rebounds, three steals and one assist.  Senior Keevana Edwards had 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.  Freshman Natalie Armstrong put up 10 points to go with her eight rebounds and three blocked shots.  Junior Lauren Frerking scored nine points and had three boards, three steals and two assists.  Sophomore Cairo Booker also scored nine points to go with four rebounds, two steals and two assists. Junior Nikki McDonald scored eight points and had eight rebounds while freshman Devyn Lowe scored six points and had three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Wesleyan improves to 24-3 on the season and advances to the second round of the state tournament where they will face the winner of Calhoun/Spencer.  The game will be Monday night at Wesleyan.  Game time to be announced.

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Wesleyan bench celebrates Jameson Kavel drive to the basket

Saturday, February 22
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Bailey Edwards shoots over Union defender

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Devyn Lowe looks to pass during win over Union County

Tuesday, February 18
Wesleyan comes from behind to take region championship with 55-52 OT thriller over GAC

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Keevana Edwards grabs one of her game-high 10 rebounds

Wesleyan took the Region 6-AA Tournament Championship in thrilling fashion with a 55-52 come from behind overtime win over Greater Atlanta Christian tonight at Wesleyan. Things did not start well for the Lady Wolves as sophomore Cairo Booker's drive through the lane to potentially give Wesleyan an early lead and possibly a three-point-play, was ruled an offensive foul with the basket waved off.  This proved to be pivotal moment as GAC got on the board first shortly therafter and got rolling.  Booker picked up her second foul and was relegated to the bench for the remainder of the first half.  GAC took advantage as their star seniors Brianna Cummings and Sydni Means heated up.  Each connected from long range more than once as GAC took a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. GAC's lead grew to 12 midway through the second quarter as Wesleyan was settling for jumpers and not getting second chance opportunities on the offensive end.  The Lady Wolves were able to cut the lead to nine as GAC led 26-17 at the break. After having to sit most of the first half with two fouls, defensive stalwart Booker picked up her third foul less than a minute into the third quarter and had to go back to the bench.  Still Wesleyan changed up its offensive strategy taking the ball inside instead of settling for outside shots.  This paid off as Wesleyan chipped away at GAC's lead outscoring the Lady Spartans 11-8 in the period. GAC's lead was down to 34-28 entering the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth Booker provided a spark upon re-entering the game as she got a steal, and then hit a baseline jumper to trim the lead to four.  With just under six minutes remaining Wesleyan gained it first lead of the game at 35-34 on a Nikki McDonald layup.  GAC quickly answered on the other end regaining the lead. With 1:50 left GAC held a 42-38 lead after going on an 8-3 run.  With 1:34 left, Means drew her fifth foul which put more pressure on Cummings.  A Booker layup cut the lead to 42-40 with 59.4 seconds remaning.  After pressure at midcourt, Landyn Duley stole the ball and raced down the court for a game tying layup with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.  After Cummings sank two free throws, McDonald then answered with 13 seconds left to knot the game at 44-44.  The ball was inbounded to Cummings could not find a clear path to the basket as a pack of Wolves were all over her like....well...a pack of wolves. She got off a well contested three that fell well short of the basket as time expired.  Wesleyan and GAC were about the play in their first overtime game since February 9, 2001, an 87-82 Wesleyan win which was the Lady Wolves' first ever win over GAC in seven tries.   Wesleyan led 46-45 at the 3:13 mark of the overtime period. GAC then had back to back buckets taking a 49-46 lead with 2:14 to go in overtime.   Wesleyan again fought back with a 5-2 mini run and the game was tied 51-51 with 1:07 to go.  The teams traded posessions and with 22 seconds left, Freshman Mikayla Coombs scored on a twisting layup to put Wesleyan up 53-51.  Cummings took the ball upcourt and drove the baseline drawing a foul with 11 seconds left in the overtime period. She made the first but missed the second and McDonald pulled down the key rebound and was subsequently fouled. She sank both free throws giving Wesleyan a 55-52 lead.   Again Wesleyan clamped down on Cummings and she wasn't able to get a good look at the basket as time expired.  And thus ended one of the most exciting games in this rivalry. This was the fifth time Wesleyan and GAC have met for the region title.  GAC won the 2004 region championship squeaking out a 54-53 win.  Wesleyan answered in 2006 defeating GAC 62-59 in the region finals.  In 2008 it was GAC's turn as they won 49-39.  After four years of residing in different classifications and therefore different regions, the teams renewed their rivalry in 2013.  Wesleyan won that region championship 67-48. And now this one.  This was a satisfying win for Wesleyan as the battled from 12 points down and showed much resolve and determination to get back in the game giving themselves a chance to win. GAC's Cummings was outstanding as she poured in 31 points.  McDonald led Wesleyan's well rounded effort scoring 15 points while pulling down eight rebounds including six on the defensive end. Coombs scored 13 points and had four assists, three steals, two blocked shots, and two rebounds.  Duley scored seven points, all of which occurred in the crucial fourth quarter and overtime period.  Booker added six points in limited playing time, and also had two assists, one steal and one rebound.   Junior Lauren Frerking added five points, including a timely three-pointer, and had two steals, two blocked shots and an assist.  Senior Keevana Edwards led the team with 10 rebounds including some key boards down the stretch.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 23-3 on the year while GAC falls to 21-6.  Aftter dropping the first six games in the series with GAC, Wesleyan has now won 22 of the last 29 meetings dating back to that first overtime win in 2001. GAC'sCummings and Means were named to the All Region team and Cummings earned the well deserved region player of the year award.  Wesleyan had four players on the all region team which was announced at the game's concluson. Edwards, McDonald, Booker and Coombs all earned All Region honors.  Now that region tournament is behind us, it's time to focus on State.  Wesleyan, the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AA will face Union County, the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AA.  The game will be held at Wesleyan on Friday. Game time to be announced.  Congratulations to all the Wesleyan players on their hard earned region championship. 



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Landyn Duley's game tying layup late in fourth quarter

Wednesday, February 19
Region 6-AA Champs


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2014 Region 6-AA Champs

Sunday, February 16
Region Tournament Brackets


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Monday, February 17
Duley's double double leads Lady Wolves past Westminster in region tourney semis

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Landyn Duley scores two of her 12 points
After yet another long layoff due to snowy weather, Wesleyan finally played a basketball game Monday night as they defeated Westminster 67-52 in the semi-finals of the Region 6-AA Tournament at Wesleyan.  Both teams hadn't played a game since they played each other on the final game of the regular season 10 days ago on February 7th.  Due to two different snow events in the Atlanta area, Wesleyan had only played three games in the past 23 days.  The rust was evident in the first quarter as the teams traded baskets most of the way.  Wesleyan led 12-11 at the end of the one.   The Lady Wolves upped the lead to double digits in the second quarter but Westminster hit a layup as time expired to cut the lead to 31-24 at halfime.  The Lady Wolves had spurts of brilliance in the third with a series of steals and point conversions on the other end.  After a 20-7 run to open the third quarter, Wesleyan's lead grew to 51-31 with about two minutes remaining in the period. Wesleyan led 57-40 heading into the fourth quarter.  The teams traded baskets the rest of the way.  The Wesleyan defense was had issues tonight as Westminster had numerous scores simply by beating the defense down the floor after made Wesleyan baskets.  This can't happen down the road.  Hopefully the rust is gone and the team can get back to business.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs led Wesleyan's scoring effort with 15 points to go with six rebounds, a steal and an assist.  Sophomore Cairo Booker scored 13 points and had three assists, three steals, two boards and one blocked shot. Senior Landyn Duley recorded her first double double of the season tonight as she had 12 points and 10 rebounds including eight on the defensive end. She also had two assists and a steal. Junior Lauren Frerking put up nine points, six boards, two steals and an assist while fellow junior Nikki McDonald chipped in seven points, six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot. Senior Keevana Edwards had five points, four steals, four rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist while freshman Devyn Lowe added four points, four rebounds, four steals, and three assists.   With the win, Wesleyan improves to 22-3 on the season and advances to region tournament championship game where they will face Greater Atlanta Christian which defeated Lovett 51-42 in its semi-final.  Tipoff is 7:00 tomorrow night at Wesleyan. 

Friday, February 7
Regular season draws to a close with road win over Westminster, region tourney next

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Mikayla Coombs floats to two points in win over Westminster

Wesleyan finished its regular season schedule with a 68-51 win over a feisty Westminster Lady Wilcat squad tonight at Westminster. The Lady Wolves jumped out early and led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter. Wesleyan built a 20-point lead in the second quarter but after some inspired defensive plays and a couple of threes by Westminster, the lead was cut to 12.  Wesleyan responded with a 5-0 run to close the second quarter taking a 38-23 lead at halftime.  The lead grew to 20 again in the third quarter before Westminster again hit a couple of three pointers to cut the lead to 12 heading into the fourth quarter.  Again Wesleyan pushed the lead back to 20 before finally closing out the 68-51 win.  The victory got the Lady Wolves back into the win column after Wednesdays disappointing loss to GAC but the team still isn't playing with the cohesiveness it had displayed prior to the 10-day layoff from the snow days. Junior Nikki McDonald recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds to go with five steals and a blocked shot and was 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Freshman Mikayla Coombs put up 10 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Junior Lauren Frerking added eight points, three rebounds and a blocked shot while sophomore Cairo Booker had eight points, four assists, three boards and two steals.  Freshman Riley Casey scored eight points and had three assists, two rebounds and a steal.  Senior Landyn Duley chipped in five points, two boards, two assists and two steals.  Fellow senior Keevana Edwards had seven rebounds to go with two points, two steals and a blocked shot.  Wesleyan completes the regluar season with an overall record of 21-3, 7-1 in region and is tied with Greater Atlanta Christian for regular season region champion.  Since Wesleyan and GAC finished with identical region records and split their two games during the regular season, there will be a coin flip to determine which team will be the No. 1 seed in next week's Region 6-AA Tournament to be hosted by Wesleyan.  Wesleyan will face either Lovett or Westminster on Wednesday.  Game time TBA.



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Riley Casey and Lauren Frerking present obstacle for Westminster player

Wednesday, February 5
Lackluster performance yields first region loss

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Freshmen Mikayla Coombs and Devyn Lowe surround GAC's Brianna Cummings
Greater Atlanta Christian scored its first win over Wesleyan in its last five tries as the host Lady Spartans won 53-43 in a region contest Wednesday night.  Wesleyan led 9-4 in the early going but five straight fouls called on the visiting Lady Wolves allowed GAC to gain a 10-9 advantage by the end of the first quarter courtesy of sharp shooting at the free throw line.  GAC's lead grew to eight in the second quarter before Wesleyan closed the second quarter on a 6-0 run cutting the lead to 23-21 at halftime. Wesleyan outscored GAC 14-12 in the third quarter tying the game at 35-35 heading into the fourth.  However poorly Wesleyan was playing, they were still in the game.  The wheels came off in the fourth quarter as turnovers and fouls propelled GAC to the win.  This was by far not Wesleyan's best effort on the season as the team didn't have it's usual tenacity, especially on defense.  Hopefully this will be a wakeup call that they have to bring their "A" game night in and night out and be able to overcome nights where the shots aren't falling and the environment is less than hospitable. Credit GAC for working their game plan and coming out with the win. Nikki McDonald led Wesleyan in scoring with 10 points and had seven rebounds, four on the offensive end, three defensive.  She also had two blocked shots, an assist and took one charge.  Mikayla Coombs had eight points, three steals an assist and a blocked shot while Devyn Lowe added seven points, three rebounds, and one assist.  Landyn Duley chipped in six points, three boards an assist while Taylor Casey had five points, a rebound and a steal.  Wesleyan's 11 game win streak comes to an end as well as its four game win streak over GAC.  Wesleyan is now 20-3 on the year, 6-1 in region.  GAC improves to 20-5, 7-1.  Wesleyan will next face Westminster in its regular season finale.  Tipoff is Friday at 5:30 at Westminster. 

Monday, February 3
K. Edwards shines on Senior Night with triple double performance

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Bailey Edwards shoots for two in win over Hapeville

After enduring the arctic tundra that was Atlanta, GA last week, Wesleyan finally got back on the hardwood after a nine-day layoff.  Last Firday's game with Hapeville Charter was postponned until tonight as the region 6-AA opponents met at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves defeated Hapeville 60-5 behind Keevana Edwards' triple double performance.  The senior Stetson signee had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 steals along with two assists and two blocked shots in her last regular season game at Yancey Gymnasium.  Junior Nikki McDonald added 10 points, five rebounds, four steals two assists and two blocked shots whlle freshman Mikayla Coombs scored eight points to go with her four rebounds two blocks and one assist.  Senior Landyn Duley, also playing in her last regular season game in Yancey Gym, scored six points to go with four rebounds, four steals, one assist and one blocked shot.  This was the last regular season home game for Wesleyan's two seniors, who will both be playing collegiate athletics next year.  Edwards will be playing basektball at Stetson while Duley will be playing softball at Georgia.  There will still be opportinities to see these two players play again in Yancey as Wesleyan will host next week's region 6-AA tournament and will hopefully host a state tournament game or two.  With tonight's win Wesleyan improves to 20-2 on the season and will next travel to Indian Trail Road to face No. 5 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian at its rescheduled date and time this Wednesday at 5:30 PM.  This game was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponned due to snow.  



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Seniors Keevana Edwards and Landyn Duley with their parents on Senior Night

Saturday, January 25
McDonald unloads five threes as AA No. 1 Wesleyan crushes AAA No. 1 Buford 61-39

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Cairo Booker runs down loose ball in win over Buford

The stage was set Saturday night for a battle royale in the annual inter-classification matchup of traditional powers Buford and Wesleyan.  Buford came into the game with a record of 19-1, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA and on an 19-game winning streak after dropping its opener in overtime.  Wesleyan is ranked No. 1 in Class AA.  The game didn't quite live up to its billing as Wesleyan routed Buford 61-39 before a large crowd at Wesleyan. Things started positively for Buford as 6'5 Purdue signee Bree Horocks hit a turn around jumper that ingited a 6-0 Buford lead.  Coach Azar had seen enough and called a time out. Whatever was said did the trick. Wesleyan clamped down defensively and Nikki McDonald heated up hitting a pair of three-pointers.  Wesleyan scored the game's next 10 points en route to a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The lead grew to 26-8 in the second quarter before Buford scored again ending a 26-2 Wesleyan run since Buford had taken the early 6-0 lead. Wesleyan outscored Buford 10-3 in the second quarter to open a 30-11 lead at halftime. Wesleyan's lead grew as high as 25 at times in the second half.  After Buford's initial run in the first quarter, they were never a threat as the 30-5 run Wesleyan produced that spanned the first and second quarters essintially put the game away. McDonald was outstanding as she posted another double-double scoring  a team-high 26 points and pulling down  a team-high 11 rebounds, six on the defensive end, five on the offensive end.  She also had a team-high five steals to go with two assists and took two charges. She hit five three-pointers while shooting 45% from behind the arc. Freshman Mikayla Coombs provided a first quarter spark off the bench on the way to nine points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.  Freshman Devyn Lowe added six points and was 2-for-3 from behind the arc.  She had a team-high three assists to go with two steals.  Senior Landyn Duley put up six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot while junior Lauren Frerking added five points, two boards and two assists.  The win is Wesleyan's fifth straight in the series with Buford.  Wesleyan now holds a 27-7 edge in the Buford series and has won 27 of the last 29 which dates back to the 2000-2001 season.  Buford won the first five contests in the series when Wesleyan's program was in its infancy. Wesleyan improves to 19-2 on the season with the win while Buford falls to 19-2 and has its 19-game winning streak snapped. Wesleyan will get back to region action on Tuesday as they travel over to Indian Trail Road to take on AA No. 5 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

 



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Devyn Lowe and Landyn Duley apply defensive pressure to Buford player

Friday, January 24
Wesleyan remains unbeaten in region as threes rain on Lovett

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Bailey Edwards gathers the ball pior to shooting
Wesleyan improved to 5-0 in region and 18-2 overall with an 85-27 win over Lovett at Wesleyan Friday night.  The Lady Wolves raced to a big early lead aided by three first quarter three pointers by Landyn Duley, Nikki McDonald and Devyn Lowe.  The rout was on as Wesleyan took a 26-4 lead into the second quarter.  The offensive onslaught continued in the second quarter as Wesleyan outscored Lovett 25-10 taking a 51-14 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan connected on nine three-pointers by halftime and had a total of 13 for the game as the team shot 52% from behind the arc on 13-for-25 shooting.  The team was also stellar from the free throw line shooting 80% on 8-for10 shooting.  McDonald led with 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.  Lowe scored 16 points and had three steals and two rebounds.  Casey added 14 points shooting 60% from the three point line.  She also had three steals and two assists.  Duley chipped in eight points, four boards, three assists and two steals.  Next up for Wesleyan is Class AAA No. 1 ranked Buford (18-1) as the two sets of Lady Wolves renew their annual rivalry.  Wesleyan has won four straight in the series and 26 of the last 28 meetings between the two.  Wesleyan leads the overall series with Buford 26-7.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM at Wesleyan.

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Riley Casey controls the point

Tuesday, January 21
After slow start Wesleyan gets serious, pounds Westminster 75-33

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Natalie Armstrong gets a rebound and put back against Westminster
An ugly first quarter turned into a blowout as Wesleyan defeated Westminster 75-33 in a region contest Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves found themselves facing an early 8-2 deficit against the game visitors from Buckhead.  Westminster hit a pair of threes early on and Wesleyan was sloppy on the offensive end having trouble locating the basket.  Westminster was slicing through the Lady Wolves' press like a knife through hot butter.  A Coach Azar timeout changed the direction of the game as Wesleyan closed the first quarter on an 8-2 run taking a 10-8 lead at the end of the period.  The offensive flood gates opened in the second sparked by a pair of Taylor Casey three-pointers.  Wesleyan's press also found its footing causing numerous Westminster turnovers which were converted to points on the other end.  Wesleyan outscored Westminster 30-10 in the second taking a 40-18 lead into halftime.  The third quarter mirrored the second as Wesleyan's defense continued to force turnovers which turned into layups on the other end.  The Lady Wolves outscored Westminster 24-8 in the period to lead 64-26 going into the shortened, six-minute fourth.  Credit the Lady Wildcats for coming out fired up and ready to play.  They are a well coached, fundamentally sound bunch.  Wesleyan had three players score in double figures led by freshman Mikayla Coombs' 13 points. She narrowly missed a double-double as she grabbed a game high nine rebounds to go with a steal and an assist.  Senior Keevana Edwards scored 12 points to go with six rebounds, three blocks and two assists.  Junior Nikki McDonald filled the stat sheets with a fine all around performance putting up 12 points, six boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks.  Senior Landyn Duley was also present in many statistical categories with nine points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.  Sophomore Taylor Casey scored eight points which included a pair of threes while also pulling down four rebounds and recording a pair of steals.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 17-2, 4-0 in region while Westminster falls to 7-11, 1-2.  The Lady Wolves will next play Lovett Friday night at 5:30 at Wesleyan.

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Jameson Kavel launches a three from the corner

Tuesday, January 21
Varsity, JV teams attend Wofford-Samford game to support three former Lady Wolves

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Wesleyan Varsity and JV teams pose with Logan, Jordan and Brittany
Yesterday the varsity and junior varsity teams along with coaches, traveled two hours to and from Birmingham to watch former Lady Wolves Logan Morris ('10) and Jordan Frazier ('12) of Wofford, and Brittany Stevens ('13) of Samford as the two Southern Conference schools faced each other in a conference game at Samford. All three former Wesleyan players were in their school's respective starting lineups as Wesleyan grads often accounted for 30% of the players on the floor. Samford won the game 64-52 and all three former Wesleyan players enjoyed full support from the Wesleyan contingent at the game.

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Logan, Jordan and Brittany with their former coaches

Saturday, January 18
Sharp shooting Lady Wolves down Brentwood Academy (TN) 66-48 at Girls Night Out event

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Keevana Edwards grabs one her 11 rebounds
Wesleyan took down Brentwood Academy (TN) 66-48 Saturday afternoon in the 5th Annual Girls Night Out event at  Brookwood.  The event is part of Play for Kay movement to honor former North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow who died of breast cancer in 2008.  Wesleyan donned its new gray/pink jerseys for the first time this season in honor of the event. Brentwood, from the Nashville area, was wearing its home white/pink uniforms for the occasion.  The Lady Wolves took control early hitting three three-pointers in the first quarter forcing Brentwood to switch from its zone defense to a man-to-man.  Wesleyan took a 22-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan won the second quarter 16-14 taking a 38-28 lead at halftime.  The full court pressure began to take a toll in the third quarter as Brentwood seemed to tire.  The Lady Wolves held Brentwood to just seven third quarter points en route to a 50-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan won the fourth quarter 16-13.   Most impactful in this game was the return of the three-pointer.  The Lady Wolves shot a collective 50% from behind the arc on 8-for-16 shooting.  Wesleyan began the season shooting lights out from long range but had been slumping as of late which made the team easier to defend.  If they continue shooting from the outside as they did this afternoon it opens things up quite a bit and makes them tough team to game plan.  Junior Nikki McDonald scored a game high 23 points including four threes. She also had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman Mikalya Coombs scored 18 points and had four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.  Junior Lauren Frerking scored nine points on perfect 3-for3 shooting from behind the three point line.  She also dished a team high six assists.while grabbing two rebounds and and had a steal.  Senior Keevana Edwards scrapped all night under the boards and pulled down a game high 11 rebounds to go with her six points, three blocks and a steal.  Freshman Riley Casey sank a three and scored five points to go with three boards, and an assist.  Senior Landyn Duley added two points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist as Wesleyan put together what was probably its most complete game of the season to date.  This young team seems to be putting it together and at the right time as we hit the final stretch of the regular season heading into the region and state tournaments.  Wesleyan improves its record to 16-2 on the year as Brentwood falls to 15-3.  The Lady Wolves return to region play on Tuesday as they host Westminster. Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Cairo Booker tries to squeeze through Brentwood trio

Tuesday, January 14
Five score in double figures in romp over Hapeville Charter

Wesleyan won a region road game Tuesday night as they domintated Hapeville Charter 77-13.  The game's outcome was less in question than its location.  When the teams took the court at Hapeville, there was a noticable hump in the middle of the floor making it unplayable.  A call was made to nearby Southwest Atlanta Christian which opened its doors to the Wesleyan and Hapeville teams.  The staff who were onsite even opened the consession stand for the two visiting team's fans.  Much thanks go to the nice folks at Southwest Atlanta Christian for their hospitality and support.  Now that a venue was established, it didn't take Wesleyan long to establish control of the game.  The Lady Wolves outscored Hapeville 22-0 in the first quarter and 22-5 in the second taking a 44-5 lead at halftime.  The third and fourth quarters were both shortened to six minutes.  Five different Wesleyan players scored in double figures and only 10 players dressed for the game as some younger team members who are also members of the junior varsity, played in the JV game at Wesleyan scheduled at the same time.  Leading the scoring were senior Keevana Edwards and junior Nikki McDonald as they each put up 14 points.  Edwards nearly missed a double double as she had nine rebounds to go with her two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.  McDonald pulled down seven boards and also had two steals.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs did have a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go wth three steals.  Freshmen Devyn Lowe and Natalie Armstrong scored 10 points apiece.  Lowe had two assists, two steals and a blocked shot while Armstrong had two boards, two steals and an assist and also recorded her first career three pointer. Senior Landyn Duley added five points, two rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal while sophomore Cairo Booker scored four points and had four steals and three rebounds.  The Casey sisters rounded out the Wesleyan scoring effort with four points apiece.  Sophomore Taylor also had two assists and two steals while freshman Riley had four steals, two boards and an assist.   With the win Wesleyan improves to 15-2 overall, 3-0 in region play.  The Lady Wolves next play at the Girls Night Out event at Brookwood on Saturday.  They will face Brentwood Academy (15-2) from Nashville.  Brentwood was the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Division II-AA state runner up last season.  Tipoff is 1:30 PM.

Friday, January 10
Packed house sees No. 1 Wesleyan outlast No. 6 GAC 55-49

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Nikki McDonald tries to get past GAC's Lexi Mann

A full house was on hand at Wesleyan Friday night to see Class AA No. 6 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian take on No. 1 ranked Wesleyan.  The home team didn't disappoint as it defeated the Lady Spartans 55-49 in a somewhat sloppy and uneven performance.  Wesleyan began the game scoring the first five points of the contest.  GAC scored the next seven briefly taking a 7-5 lead before Nikki McDonald connected from long range giving Wesleyan an 8-7 lead which they would never relinquish.  The Lady Wolves took a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Things stagnated in the second quarter as a number of Wesleyan players picked up second fouls which somewhat compromised what the team wanted to do both defensively and offensively.  Wesleyan only scored seven points in the peroid as GAC closed the gap to six with Wesleyan leading 26-20 at halftime.  The Lady Wolves began the third quarter in much the same fashion as they had the first, dictating the tempo and coming up with turnovers on the defensive end.  Wesleyan opened the period on a 14-6 run gaining a 40-26 lead halfway through. Then the foul plague returned.  GAC closed the third quarter on an 11-1 run to cut the Wesleyan lead to four at 41-37.   Wesleyan scored the first six points of the quarter to up its lead back to 10.  But GAC answered again narrowing the gap to three.  McDonald got a big rebound off a missed free throw late in the game and senior Landyn Duley was subsequently fouled during the same posession.  She showed her senior leadership by clamly sinking both free throws to stretch the Wesleyan lead back to five. Wesleyan was then able to successfully run out the clock.  GAC had 41% of its scoring output come from the free throw line.  The Lady Spartans shot a stellar 84% from the free throw line on 20-for-24 shooting.  Conversely, Wesleyan shot only 48% from the free throw line going 10-for-21...many of those attempts coming late as GAC was forced to foul to stop the clock.  Only 18% of Wesleyan's scoring effort came from free throws.  This was a hard fought win over a good team.  Wesleyan didn't play its best but perservered through the game's lulls and through foul trouble by a handful of players and gutted out a good region win.  McDonald scored her third straight double double putting up 15 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs. She also had four steals. Freshman Mikayla Coombs, in very limited playing time due to foul trouble, made the most of her brief time on the floor scoring 13 points while pulling down two boards and dishing one assist. Sophomore Cairo Booker had a solid night with six points, four assists, three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Duley, who's playing time was also limited by foul trouble, scored six points to go with two rebounds and a steal. Junior Lauren Frerking added five points, three boards and two assists while senior Keevana Edwards, also limited due to foul trouble, scored four points while pulling down 10 rebounds.  She also had three blocked shots, two steals and an assist. Freshman Devyn Lowe added four points and a team high five assists to go with two boards and a blocked shot. Freshman Natalie Armstrong rounded out Wesleyan's scoring with two points.  She also had a pair of rebounds and a steal.  Wesleyan improves to 14-2, 2-0 in region play with the win while GAC falls to 12-5, 0-1.  The Lady Wolves' next game will be Tuesday at Hapeville Charter in a region game.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.



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Devyn Lowe shoots over GAC's Grace Jafojo

Tuesday, January 7
Region play begins on high note as Wesleyan whips Lovett 67-28

After playing its last five games in the coastal cities of Charleston and Savannah, the Lady Wolves headed back north to the frozen tundra of Atlanta, GA as temperatures outside hit the single digits locally.  Luckily basketball is played indoors so the cold temperatures outside did not affect the hot recent play of the Lady Wolves.  Wesleyan played its first region game of the season tonight and throttled Lovett 67-28 in a road win. Wesleyan put the defensive clamps on early taking a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Lovett finally got itself going in the second quarter but was still outscored 13-8 in the period.  Wesleyan led 33-10 at the half. Junior Nikki McDonald matched the Lady Lions scoring output in the third quarter as she scored nine points and Wesleyan won the period 25-9.  The fourth quarter was reduced to six minutes.  Te'erica Eason led all scorers as she scored 18 of Lovett's 28 points.  McDonald was Wesleyan's leading scorer with 16 points. She had her second straight double double as she also pulled down a game high 10 rebounds to go with five steals and an assist.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman Devyn Lowe narrowly missed a double double as scored nine points and had nine steals to go with five assists and five rebounds.  Senior Keevana Edwards chipped in seven points and seven boards while sophomore Taylor Casey put up five points and a team high six assists. Junior Lauren Frerking scored four points while freshmen Bailey Edwards and Natalie Armstrong scored four points apiece while grabbing four and five rebounds respectively.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 13-2 overall, 1-0 in region play while Lovett drops to 4-10, 0-1.  The Lady Wolves will next face No. 6 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian on Friday at Wesleyan.  It will be just the third home game of the season for Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Monday, January 6
Atlanta Journal-Constitution releases first rankings of the new year

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its first rankings of 2014 and Wesleyan is No. 1 in Class AA. The Lady Wolves have already posted numerous wins over teams that are currently ranked in the top 10 of their respective classifications including Class AAAAAA No. 10 Westlake, Class AAAAA No. 6 Forest Park, Class AAA No. 10 Decatur and Class A No. 6 Darlington. Below are the all classification rankings.

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Saturday, January 4
Quick trip to the Coast ends with 74-20 drilling of Savannah Country Day

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Mikayla Coombs drives baseline vs. Savannah Country Day defender

Wesleyan took on Savannah Country Day Saturday afternoon for the second-ever meeting between the schools and first since the 2009 Class A state championship game, won 70-30 by Wesleyan.  This result wasn't much different as the Lady Wolves won 74-20.  Wesleyan's full court press overwhelmed their hospitable hosts building an early 19-0 lead.  Wesleyan led 20-4 at the end of the first quarter. The press was pulled about half way through the second quarter but the damage was done as Wesleyan outscored Country Day 26-5 in the second taking an insurmountable 46-9 lead into halftime. Both the third and fourth quarters were shorted to six minutes as Wesleyan won the second half 28-11.  Junior Nikki McDonald led the Lady Wolves in the scoring column as well as rebounds with 16 and seven respectively.  She also had three steals.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs put up 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals while senior Landyn Duley had solid numbers with nine points, four assists, four steals and four rebounds.  Junior Lauren Frerking chipped in nine points and two steals while freshman Devyn Lowe had nine points, three boards, two steals and two assists.  Sophomore Cairo Booker added six points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals for Wesleyan which is now 12-2 on the season.  Now region play is upon us and Wesleyan will once again be on the road.  This time the opponent is Lovett in the region opener for both teams.  This will be Wesleyan's 15th game of the season and 13th away from home.  Tipoff is set for 5:30 PM on Tuesday.  

 



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Landyn Duley shoots over SCD defender

Friday, January 3
Double double by McDonald vaults Wesleyan past Calvary Day

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Nikki McDonald launches a three pointer vs. Calvary Day

The Lady Wolves took another trip to the Coast this weekend, this time to Savannah to take on Calvary Day on Friday and Savannah Country Day on Saturday.  Friday's game with Calvary was the first between the two schools since a 70-33 Wesleyan win in the semi-finals of the 2011 state tournament when Wesleyan was in Class A.  The first half took an hour to complete as 28 total fouls were called...21 on Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves held leads of 14-9 at the end of the first quarter and 35-22 at halftime.  Calvary was held to only four field goals in the first half as 14 of their 22 points came from free throws.  Wesleyan backed off its trademark pressure defense in the second half as too many players were in foul trouble.  Still, Wesleyan held Calvary to only 20 second half points and Wesleyan's lead never got below 16. Junior Nikki McDonald recorded her second double double of the season as she scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs added 13 points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists for Wesleyan while senior Keevana Edwards scored 10 points while pulling down seven boards.  She also had three blocked shots and three steals.  Sophomore Cairo Booker chipped in eight points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists while freshman Natalie Armstrong scored six points and grabbed seven boards. Wesleyan improves to 11-2 on the year and will next face Savannah Country Day tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

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Calvary player passes out of trap set by Landyn Duley and Keevana Edwards

 



Tuesday, December 31
Carolina Invitiational Brackets


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Monday, December 30
Lady Wolves take 3rd place in Carolina Invitational with 62-40 win over Lake Mary (FL)

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Taylor Casey eyes loose ball with Lake Mary player

The Lady Wovles got back on track putting Saturday's disappointing loss behind them as they defeated Lake Mary, Fl, 62-40 Monday afternoon in the third place game of the Carolina Invitational in Charleston.  Wesleyan outscored Lake Mary 22-11 in the first quarter and 18-6 in the second to take an insurmountable 40-17 lead at halftime.  With the large lead, Wesleyan lost some of the defensive intensity in displayed in the first half, and played a somewhat sloppy second half. Still the game's outcome was never in question and Wesleyan hopefully learned a lesson that it has to bring it's A game nightly.  Senior Keevana Edwards and sophomore Cairo Booker each scored 12 points.  Edwards nearly had a double double as she also had nine rebounds to go with three steals and two assists in a solid all around effort that help her achieve all tournament team honors.  Booker had five steals, four rebounds and two assists. Junior Nikki McDonald nearly had a double double of her own as she scored 10 points while pulling down eight boards.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs had seven points, three steals and two assists while senior Landyn Duley scored six points to go with her three boards and two assists.  Junior Lauren Frerking added six points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists for Wesleyan which is now 10-2 on the year.  The team will make one more trip to the Atlantic coast before school resmues after  Christmas break.  They will head to Savannah this weekend to take on Calvary Day on Friday and Savannah Country Day on Saturday.



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Lauren Frerking defends Lake Mary player's layup

Sunday, December 29
Late Wesleyan comeback effort falls short as Mt. Tabor (NC) advances to title game

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Nikki McDonald works against Mt. Tabor post player
Two letters describe Wesleyan's semi-final game with Mt. Tabor (NC).  P and U.  It was not a good night for the Lady Wolves as anything that could go wrong did in their 42-37 loss in the semi-finals of the Carolina Invitational at Bishop England High School in Charleston.  Wesleyan started the game with leads of 4-0 and 6-2 before Mt. Tabor closed the first quarter on a 7-3 run to knot the game at 9-9. The wheels came off in the second quarter as Mt. Tabor sat back in a zone defense that Wesleyan simply could not break due to poor three-point shooting.  Wesleyan was one and done on the offensive end as Mt. Tabor's larger interior players would rebound Wesleyan's misses and convert on the other end.  Mt. Tabor outscored Wesleyan 18-7 in the second quarter to take a 27-16 lead into halftime.  The first six minutes of the third quarter were a nightmare as the Lady Wolves simply couldn't score.  Threes rimmed out, layups were missed, turnovers piled up.  Mt. Tabor's lead grew as large as 15 at one point.  With about two minutes left in the period, Wesleyan was down 31-18.  With a flurry of defensive activity, the Lady Wolves awoke from their collective funk and did what they do, cause turnovers from its press which resulted in points.  Wesleyan closed the third quarter on an 8-0 run to cut Mt. Tabor's lead to 31-26 heading into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan won the third quarter  10-4.  The stoppage in play killed all of Wesleyan's momentum however as Mt. Tabor opened the fourth quarter with an uncontested three and then a two and the lead was back to 10 ad 36-26 in this low scoring game.  Again the Lady Wolves clawed their way back into the game but could get no closer than the five-point final margin.  Wesleyan's undoing was mostly self-inflicted as the team simply lacked a collective energy for most of the game.  Hopefully a lesson was learned for this young team that they must come to play every night.  Mikayla Coombs lead the scoring with nine points to go with eight rebounds and five steals.  Landyn Duley scored six points and had three steals and two rebounds while Nikki McDonald added six points, two steals and two rebounds.   The most telling stat of the night was Wesleyan's three point shooting.  Usually one of the team's strong suits, it failed them this night as the team shot a collective 8% from the three point line on 2-for-23 shooting.  This is a game for the team to simply put behind them and move on.  The team will next face Lake Mary from the Orlando area, on Monday at 12:30 PM in the tournaments's 3rd place game of the Carolina Invitational.

Saturday, December 28
K. Edwards' 19 powers Lady Wolves in 94-28 demolition of West Mecklenburg (NC)

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Keevana Edwards escapes hairy situation with West Mecklenburg trio
Wesleyan won its opening round game of the Carolina Invitational with a resounding 94-28 win over West Mecklenburg (NC) at Bishop England High School in Charleston, SC Friday night.  The Lady Wolves dominated from teh start taking a 22-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 53-16 lead at halftime.  Unlike Georgia, South Carolina does not have any rules pertaining to shortening a game due to large leads.  The third and fourth quarters were both contested for the full eight minutes.  As a result, Wesleyan hit the 90-point mark for the first time since its last visit to South Carolina in 2010 when they beat Marion, SC 94-45 in the Beachball Classic in Myrtle Beach.  Nearly every player on Wesleyan's roster scored in this one led by Keevana Edwards' 19 points. The Stetson signee also led the team in rebounds with six to go along with four steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Junior Nikki McDonald put up 17 points and had seven steals and three rebounds.  Sophomore Cairo Booker had 14 points to go with her team high eight steals.  She also chipped in six assists. Junior Lauren Frerking scored eight points while going 2-for2 from behind the arc.  She also had four assists and a pair of rebounds and steals.  Freshman Devyn Lowe chipped in seven points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals as sophomore Taylor Casey also scored seven points for the Lady Wolves.  Senior Landyn Duley added six points, five assists, four boards and three steals in a solid all around effort while freshman Natalie Armstrong scored six points and had four steals.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs put up four points, six assists and five steals whlle fellow freshman Bailey Edwards added four points and four boards for Wesleyan.  Freshman Jameson Kavel added two points for the Lady Wolves.  Wesleyan improved to 9-1 on the year and advances to the semi-finals to face Mt. Tabor out of Winston-Salem, NC.  Tipoff is 8:00 PM Saturday night.

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Taylor Casey gets tangled up with West Mecklenburg player

Friday, December 20
Coombs' double double leads Wesleyan past Brookwood 62-30

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Mikayla Coombs scores two of her game high 16 points
After a six-day layoff and a tough week of exams, Wesleyan finally took to the court again Friday night posting a 62-30 win over host Brookwood.  As has been the case all season, Wesleyan began the game with effective suffocating defense which generated much of its offense.  The result was a 20-2 Wesleyan lead at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan led 22-2 early in the second quarter and, has also been the case lately, defensive lapses emerged.  Brookwood went on a 10-0 run closing the gap to 22-12.  After scoring only two points for the first six minutes of the second quarter, Wesleyan closed the quarter in a flurry of defense generated offense going on an 11-0 run to take a 33-12 lead at halftime.  The teams traded baskets for most of the third quarter as Wesleyan threw in different sets of lineups running players in and out in series of five.  Wesleyan outscored Brookwood 12-10 in the period led 45-22 at the end of three.  After playing somewhat uninspired second and third quarters, a collective light seemed to illuminate the team as they locked down defensively and played more solidly offensively.  Wesleyan outscored the Lady Broncos 17-8 in the fourth. Freshman Mikayla Coombs posted the first double double of her young high school career as she led the team in scoring with 16 points while also leading the team in steals with a whopping 13. She also posted four rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists.  Junior Nikki McDonald had another solid effort with 14 points, seven rebounds and six steals.  Freshman Devyn Lowe scored seven points while pulling down a team high eight rebounds...not bad for a point guard, as well as posting a team high six assists and three steals.  Senior Landyn Duley added seven points, five boards and three steals while sophomore Cairo Booker had four points, six steals and three asssits.  Senior Keevana Edwards chipped in four points and six rebounds while junior Lauren Frerking put up four points.  Freshman Natalie Armstrong added three points and four rebounds for the Lady Wolves who are now 8-1 on the season.  Wesleyan will again have a week off and will enjoy Chirstmas with their families.  The team is headed to Charleston, South Carolina the day after Christmas to participate in the Palmetto Bracket of the Carolina Invitational.  Wesleyan's first round game will be Friday, December 27 at 8:00 PM where they will face West Mecklenburg from North Carolina at Bishop England High School.

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Lauren Frerking and Landyn Duley trap Brookwood's Caitlin Cushenberry

Saturday, December 14
McDonald shines as Wesleyan holds off AAA No. 7 Decatur

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Lauren Frerking scores over Decatur's Kori Anderson
Wesleyan junior Nikki McDonald had a career high in points and helped guide Wesleyan to a 75-70 win over Class AAA No. 7 ranked Decatur tonight in a "throwback" game in Marchman gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus. The game was the first played at Marchman Gym since 2006. Marchman was the home of Wesleyan basketball from the inaugural varsity season of 1997-1998 thru the 2005-2006 season. The much roomier Yancey Gymnasium opened for the 2006-2007 season where Wesleyan home games have been played ever since. The Lady Wolves also debuted their new home uniforms that have pink lettering and numbering to be worn in February to honor breast cancer awareness. The uniforms made an early debut however to honor Pete Tsirigos, father of former Wesleyan basketball player CaraMia Tsirigos, class of 2013, who passed away earlier this week after a bout with cancer. CaraMia and her family were in attendance and Pete was no doubt looking down upon the evenings' proceedings. After last night's subpar performance against Class A No. 2 ranked Holy Innocents, the Lady Wolves played inspired defense...for a half. Wesleyan raced out to an early double digit lead with a smothering full court defense and hot shooting from the outside. Wesleyan took a 24-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to 23 points at one juncture of the second quarter, Wesleyan leading 36-13. Decatur closed the first half on a 14-5 run to cut the lead to 14. Wesleyan led 41-27 at the half. Wesleyan opened the third quarter with a 9-5 run taking 50-32 lead at the 4:22 mark. Decatur countered with a 12-6 run cutting the lead to 54-44 with 1:03 to go in the third. Wesleyan lead 59-46 heading into the fourth quarter. As with the previous night's game with Holy Innocents, Wesleyan had trouble putting a team away. This coincided with Decatur's Jayla Morrow getting hot. As the Wesleyan lead grew smaller, Morrow seemed to be involved with a layup after carving her way through the lane or a dagger from three point land. Decatur closed the gap to three points with about four minutes left. McDonald was a big reason it got no closer as she hit a couple of running layups in the paint on the Wesleyan end. The Wesleyan lead grew back to five and then seven and Decatur was no longer a threat as the clock wound down. Unlike last night, Wesleyan did not give up its lead and persevered through defensive lapses to pull out the win over a talented Decatur squad that should be in the discussion of who will win the Class AAA state title this season. McDonald's offensive output was needed tonight. She scored a career high 27 points along with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. She connected three times from behind the arc as well. Senior Keevana Edwards also had a big game for the Lady Wolves posting her first double double of the season scoring 11 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, nine on the defensive end. She also had three assists, two steals and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field. Freshman Mikayla Coombs barely missed a double double of her own as she had 11 points and nine steals to go with five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Freshman Noni Thompkins had the best game of her young career posting eight points. Something that has had a "throwback" feel to it over the past few games has been Wesleyan's points allowed as they haven't been shutting opponents down defensively as Wesleyan teams do and have done long since the days they used to play in Marchman gym back in the early days of the program. The young team will no doubt get that corrected over the course of the season. It's not a bad thing to be 7-1 despite not even scratching the surface as to how good this team can become. Exam week is coming up so there isn't another game until next Friday when Wesleyan heads over to Lawrenceville to take on Brookwood on Friday. Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Nikki McDonald comes up with a loose ball among three Decatur players

Friday, December 13
Foul trouble plagues Wesleyan as Holy Innocents scores the upset

Wesleyan travelled to Holy Innocents tonight and was handed its first loss of the season 74-57 at the hands of a very game Lady Bear squad.  It was a tale of two halves.  Wesleyan started off strongly enough taking a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.  In the second quarter, Welseyan seemed to be starting to pull away as they took a 30-17 lead late in the period.  Foul trouble started to plague the visitors and Holy Innocents capitalized.  They closed the period on a 7-0 run to cut Wesleyan's lead to 30-24 going into halftime.  Wesleyan got the lead back to eight to open the third quarter but then the wheels fell off.  Holy Innocents, ranked No. 2 in Class A, found the midas touch in the third as everythng they shot fell through the hoop while Wesleyan couldn't find the basket and continued to send Holy Innocents to the free throw line.  The Lady Wovles were outscored 26-7 in the third as Holy Innocents took a  50-37 lead into the fourth.  In the fourth, Wesleyan twice cut the lead to eight only to have Holy Innocents answer on the other end.  The Lady Wolves contiuned to commit fouls, this time to stop the clock.  But Holy Innocents made their free throws which aided the lopsided score.  This was about as ugly as it can get as Wesleyan did not display the defensive initiatve its known for, often giving Holy Innocents easy looks at the basket.  Offensively, no one on the Wesleyan side really found any rhythm.  Many easy layups and putbacks were missed which allowed Holy Innocents to climb back into the game in the first half and ultimately, take control in the second to pull off the upset.  Nikki McDonald led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 14 points.  She also had nine rebounds and three steals.  Mikayla Coombs added 10 points, six rebounds and five steals while Riley Casey contributed seven points, four rebounds and three assists.  Devyn Lowe scored seven points and had a pair of rebounds.  For the game as a whole, there was little good, a lot of bad and now for the ugly.  Wesleyan shot a miserable 28% from the field as a team and only had nine team assists and 14 turnovers.  This is a very good Holy Innocents team, probably the best team they have fielded in a decade.  Wesleyan can't play as they did this evening and expect to beat a team of this caliber. Hopefully this loss was a lesson learned for the young Wesleyan squad as they must show up every night.  This Holy Innocents team should be a serious threat to win it all in the Class A Private school tournament at season's end.  The Lady Wolves have little time to reflect on this loss...which is probably a good thing, as they next take on Decatur tomorrow at Wesleyan at 4:00 PM.



Saturday, December 7
Balanced scoring, porous defense highlight dominant win over Darlington

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Cairo Booker scored 10 points in 78-55 win over Darlington
Wesleyan dominated Darlington from start to finish Friday night posting a 78-55 road win in Rome.  Though Wesleyan took a double digit lead early the second quarter, a lead that would never go back to single digits, the impressive defense displayed in the 59-26 win over Class AAAAA No. 3 ranked Forest Park earlier in the week was less evident tonight.  Wesleyan led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter.  In the second, the lead grew to double digits.  It seemed each time Darlington would convert on the offensive end, sometimes after breaking Wesleyan's press, a Wesleyan player would counter with a three on the other end. The Lady Wolves outscored the host Tigers 23-9 in the period taking a 40-17 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan's defensive woes continued in the second half as defenders often arrived at the scene late and whistles often blew for reaching fouls or blocking calls. Wesleyan outscored Darlington 25-19 in the third taking a 65-36 lead into the fourth. A telling stat on the night was free throws.  Darlington, ranked No. 9 in Class A, made 27 on the evening which accounted for 49% of its point total.  Wesleyan converted 18 free throws which accounted for 23% of its points on the night. Positives for the game include the number of contibutors Wesleyan had on the offensive end as 11 different players got in the scoring column.  Wesleyan also hit 10 three-pointers on the night.  Freshman Riley Casey had the best game her young varsity career as she had a team high 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.  She was also a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc.  Senior Landyn Duley also had her best game of the season scoring 12 points while swiping a team high five steals to go with a pair of assists. She also canned a pair of threes. Sophomore Cairo Booker had 10 points, four steals and four assists for the Lady Wolves while freshman Devyn Lowe scored nine points and had a team high five assists to go with three boards and two steals.  She was 3-for-6 from the three-point line.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs chipped in eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots while sophomore Taylor Casey added seven points including a pair of threes.  Junior Lauren Frerking and senior Keevana Edwards each chipped in six points for Wesleyan.  Edwards also had five boards and a blocked shot.  Wesleyan improves to 6-0 on the season with the victory.  Despite the margin of victory, the Lady Wolves have some things to shore up defensively which no doubt will get corrected.  Wesleyan does not play again until next Friday when they'll travel to Holy Innocents to take on the Class A No. 2 ranked Lady Bears.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Laruen Frerking goes baseline past Darlington defender

Wednesday, December 4
Defensive minded Lady Wolves slam door on Forest Park with 59-26 blow out

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Landyn Duley pushes past Forest Park defender

Forest Park finished 24-8 last season and fell two points shy of making it to the Class AAAAA state championship game.  Their pedigree and superior size mattered little tonight as the Lady Wolves dominated the visitors from the south side of Atlanta in a 59-26 win at Wesleyan.  In Wesleyan's first home game of the season and the first ever meeting between the schools, the Lady Wolves ran out to a 12-0 lead before Forest Park was able to put points on the board.  The Wesleyan lead was 16-4 at the end of one.  The Lady Panthers had difficulty with Wesleyan's pressure as the Lady Wolves forced turnovers which resulted in buckets on the offensive end.  Wesleyan outscored Forest Park 16-4 in the second quarter to take a 30-8 lead into halftime.  The third quarter resembled the first two, again with Wesleyan scoring in transition often from turnovers caused by its suffocating defense.  The score grew to 48-14 heading into the fourth quarter which was shortend to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule. The tempo that Wesleyan dictated and superior guard play in particular, conitnually denied Forest Park's bigs the ball which was a key element in tonight's win. This was by far the most complete perfomance of the season thus far for the young Lady Wolves as they are beginning to figure things out. Sophomore Cario Booker continued her emergence as a player to be reckoned with as she solidified her All Tournament Team recognition from last week's Parkview Thanksgiving tournament.  She led Wesleyan in scoring, steals and assists with 14 points, five steals and four assists respectively. She was also tied for second on the team in rebounds pulling down six.  This was an outstanding all around effort from Booker who just keeps getting better and better.  Mikayla Coombs scored 11 points and had a game high seven boards while Taylor Casey added nine points for Wesleyan. Nikki McDonald added eight points, five rebounds and two assists while Devyn Lowe chipped in six points, and five rebounds.   Six Wesleyan players connected from behind the arc tonight as the team continued to be sharp from long distance going 7-for-18.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 5-0 on the year with four wins against Class 6A schools and now one versus a Class 5A team.  Forest Park drops to 4-2.  Wesleyan will next travel to Rome to face Darlington on Friday.  Tipoff is 7:00 PM.



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Noni Thompkins shoots over Forest Park's Breasia McElrath

"Talent is God-given.  Be humble.  Fame is man-given.  Be grateful.  Conceit is self-given.  Be careful."

- John Wooden



Monday, November 18
Parkview Tipoff Classic Brackets


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Tuesday, November 26
Lady Wolves take white bracket championship of Parkview tourney with 57-49 win over Westlake

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Devyn Lowe tries to get past Westlake defender

Wesleyan took the championship of the white bracket of the Parkview Tipoff Classic with a 57-49 win over Westlake Tuesday night at Parkview.  It was Wesleyan's fourth straight win over a Class AAAAAA school but it wasn't the prettiest of victories.  The Lady Wolves started strongly building an lead as large as 11 at one point in the first quarter.  Cairo Booker scored six points in the period.  Nikki McDonald and Devyn Lowe both connected from long range as Wesleyan took a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The dynamics of the game changed in the second quarter however as Wesleyan's fouls increased and had to back off the press.  Westlake outscored Wesleyan 9-8 in the period.  Wesleyan led 28-21 at the half. The teams traded baskets for most of the third quarter.  Mikayla Coombs scored eight points for Wesleyan while Anriel Howard scored eight for Weslake in the period using her size advantage to grab rebounds and put backs. Wesleyan led 44-35 heading into the fourth quarter.  The Lady Wolves upped the lead to 47-35 with 7:08 to play in the fourth before Westlake went on a 6-0 run decreasing Wesleyan's lead to 47-41 with 6:02 to play.  The teams continued to trade baskets but Wesleyan was able to eat clock on each offensive possession. The lead was down to four as Wesleyan led 53-49 with 56 seconds remaining.  At this point however, Westlake was reduced to having to foul to stop the clock.  Wesleyan went 6-for-9 from the freethrow line down to stretch to preserve a 57-49 win. Coombs scored 13 points for the Lady Wolves while grabbing seven rebounds.  Booker also put up 13 points, four rebounds and two assists while McDonald scored nine points and had three steals, three boards and two blocked shots.  Lowe also scored nine points while dishing two assists and pulling down a pair of rebounds.  Keevana Edwards led the team in rebounds and blocked shots with eight apiece.  She also had seven points and two assists. McDonald was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player while Booker was named to the All Tournament team.  Wesleyan improves to 4-0 on the season while handing Westlake its first loss.  It wasn't a pretty win for Wesleyan which is still trying to blend its upper and lower classmen into a cohesive unit.  Still, posting a 4-0 record against four teams from the state's largest classification while not yet approaching how good you'll become, is a nice start to the season.  The Wesleyan players and coaches will take a few days off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays and will hit the court again next Tuesday against Forest Park in their home opener.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Wesleyan.



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Parkview Tipoff Classic White Bracket Champs

Monday, November 25
McDonald leads Wesleyan to 59-58 overtime thriller over Mountain View in Tipoff Classic semis

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Mikayla Coombs tries to get past two Mountain View defenders

In a tight back and forth game, Wesleyan posted and improbable 59-58 overtime win over Class AAAAAA Mountain View Monday night in the semi-finals of the white bracket of the Parkview Tipoff Classic at Parkview.  Neither team led by more than five points the entire game.  Wesleyan took a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter only to be outscored by the Lady Bears 17-10 in the second.  Mountain View led 29-26 at the half.  Wesleyan won the third quarter 11-10 and trailed 39-37 heading into the fourth quarter.  The back and forth nature of the fourth quarter reflected the rest of the game as a whole.  Wesleyan scored the first four points of the fourth taking a one point lead.  Mountain View countered.  Wesleyan scored the next four taking a three point lead.  Mountain View then scored the next six and the see saw battle continued.  After successive defensive stops by Mountain View, things looked bleak for the Lady Wolves.  Mountain View held a 54-49 lead with under a minute to play.  Wesleyan scored on a quick hitter in the lane.  Then Wesleyan's pressure on the subsequent inbounds play yielded a turnover.  The ball made it into the hands of Nikki McDonald who calmly sank a three with about 10 seconds left knotting the score at 54-54.  Wesleyan's defensive trap on the other end caused a travel violation by the Lady Bears.  Wesleyan had the ball under Mountain View's basket with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation.  Wesleyan was not able to get a clean shot off after inbounding the ball and the game headed into overtime.  Mountain View won the tipoff in the overtime period but wasn't able to capitalize on having the first possession.  Wesleyan scored to go up 56-54.  After another defensive stop, McDonald sank two free throws to give Wesleyan  58-54 lead with about 1:30 to play in overtime.  Mountain View would not go quietly however and cut the lead to 58-56 on a pair of free throws with about 30 seconds remaining.  With 10 seconds to go, Wesleyan turned the ball over giving Mountain View a chance to tie the game which they did with 5.1 seconds remaining.  Wesleyan called time out and set up a play.  Senior Landyn Duley inbounded the ball to freshman Riley Casey who passed it to freshman Devyn Lowe who passed it to sophomore Cairo Booker who went in for a layup but was sent to the floor by a Mountain View defender.  A foul was called with 0.2 seconds on the clock.  With a calmness that belied her 15 years, Booker sank the first free throw.  The second one rimmed out but the clock expired as soon as it touched a rebounders hands.  Game over.  That first made free throw sealed the improbable comeback win for the Lady Wolves.  McDonald continued her consistent and solid play of the young season scoring a career high 24 points.  Her late three-pointer which tied the game late in regulation, and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch were big factors in Wesleyan's win.  Equally important were her team high 15 rebounds.  Outstanding all around game by McDonald.  Mikayla Coombs put up 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots while Lowe also scored 11 points to go with three steals and two assists.  Keevana Edwards added six points, nine boards, and two blocked shots while Booker scored three points and had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 3-0 and advances to the white bracket championship game where they will face Westlake, the Lady Wolves' fourth straight Class AAAAAA opponent. Tipoff is tomorrow night at 6:00 PM.



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Riley Casey looks to pass as Mountain View defender tries to keep pace

Saturday, November 23
T. Casey unloads 19 points, drains five threes as Lady Wolves roll over Alpharetta 72-27

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Taylor Casey scored 19 points in 72-27 win over Alpharetta

The young Wesleyan team played beyond their years Saturday afternoon as they thrashed Class AAAAAA Alpharetta 72-27 in their first round game of the Parkview Tipoff Classic at Parkview.  The Lady Wolves built a 20-0 lead late in the first quarter before Alpharetta got on the scoreboard.  Junior Nikki McDonald twice connected from behind the three-point line during the first quarter as Wesleyan built a 23-5 lead at the end of one.  In the second quarter, Taylor Casey got hot from long range as she unloaded four threes in the period.  Wesleyan outscored Alpharetta 24-5 to take a 47-10 lead into halftime.  Alpharetta, 28-5 last season and a quarterfinalist in the Class AAAAAA tournament, had its most productive output in the third quarter scoring 14 points to the Lady Wolves' 21.  The lead grew to 68-24 entering the fourth quarter which was shortened to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule.  Taylor Casey, a sophomore, led all scorers with 19 points, a career high.  She connected on five three-pointers on the night shooting 45% from behind the arc on 5-for-11 shooting.  She also had two rebounds to go with two steals.  McDonald added 16 points including three three-pointers, to go with her team-high seven rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocked shots in a solid all around game.  Freshman Devyn Lowe scored 10 points and dished a team-high five assists while also recording three steals.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs chipped in eight points, three assists and two boards, while senior Keevana Edwards scored six points, pulled down six boards and had two steals. Junior Lauren Frerking had five points, four assists, four steals and two rebounds  for the Lady Wolves while sophomore Cairo Booker added four points, five steals and four assists.  Freshman Noni Thompkins scored four and pulled down three boards.   As a team, Wesleyan shot 41% from behind the three-point line on 12-for-29 shooting from behind the arc.  Showing grit and selflessness, Wesleyan had 25 team steals and 21 team assists.   With the win, Wesleyan improves to 2-0 on the young season.  They will face Mountain View, a 74-24 winner over Heritage, Conyers, in the semi-finals of the white bracket of the Parkview Tipoff Classic.  Game time is 3:00 PM Monday. 

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Keevana Edwards battles for rebound



Tuesday, November 19
Wesleyan starts season strong with 74-32 rout of Milton

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Nikki McDonald scored 16 points in win over Milton

Wesleyan began defense of its six straight state titles with a resounding 74-32 pasting of Class AAAAAA Milton in the Hilton Tipoff Classic at Norcross High School Tuesday night.  The Lady Wolves made the most of their one game in the four-day event as they led from start to finish.  Wesleyan took a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter as substitutions were frequent, players going five in five out.  Sophomore Taylor Casey connected on back to back three-pointers in the second quarter helping Wesleyan increase its lead to 38-20 at halftime after outscoring Milton 21-11 in the period.  Things didn't improve for Milton in the third quarter as Wesleyan capitalized on its forced turnovers scoring many of its points on layups.  The Lady Wolves won the third quarter 27-8 taking a 65-28 lead into the fourth quarter which was shortened to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule.  This was the varsity debut of a talented group of freshmen that many of us have been watching since they were in Wesleyan's middle school.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs impressed as she led all scorers with 17 points to go with her seven rebounds and five steals.  Junior Nikki McDonald scored 16 points and was 2-for-3 from behind the arc.  She also had four boards and four steals.  Taylor Casey went 3-for-6 from the three-point line scoring 11 points while recording four steals. Sophomore Cairo Booker added eight points, five steals, three assists  and three rebounds for Wesleyan, while senior Keevana Edwards, a Stetson signee, added five points, four rebounds and two assists in limited playing time.  Freshman Devyn Lowe chipped in five points while fellow freshman Natalie Armstrong added four points.  All told, 11 Wesleyan players hit the scoring column in this one.  In their first meeting since 2009, Wesleyan improved its all time record against Milton to 3-0.  As a team, the Lady Wolves shot 62% from the field  for the game as they are now 1-0 on the young season.  Wesleyan will next face Class AAAAAA Alpharetta on Saturday in the first round of the Parkview Tipoff Classic at Parkview High School.  Tipoff is 12:00 PM.



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Natalie Armstrong goes for rebound during second half

Thursday, August 29
Edwards to continue basketball career at Stetson

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Keevana Edwards
Wesleyan senior Keevana Edwards recently made a verbal commitment to Stetson University where she will continue her academic and athletic careers.  Edwards earned All Region 6-AA honors as a junior last season averaging 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocked shots per game, while helping Wesleyan to its sixth straight state title.  Stetson, located in DeLand, Florida, is and NCAA Division I school participating in the Atlantic Sun Conference along side East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, Northern Kentucky, North Florida, and South Carolina Upstate. Edwards chose Stetson over offeres from North Carolina-Asheville, High Point and Penn.  Congratulations to Keevana on her decision!


 
 
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