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Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball:Website Articles 2000-2006

Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball

Wednesday, October 18
2005-2006 Season News Articles


Wednesday, May 24
Azar named National Coach of the Year by National Christian School Athletic Association
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Azar and NCSAA All American Carolyn Whitney during state title game
Jan Azar has earned numerous awards during her career and this one ranks right at the top. The National Christian School Athletic Association just announced that Coach Azar is their National Coach of the Year recipient for the 2005-2006 season. The NCSAA is comprised of Christian schools from across the United States and each season, chooses and All American team as well as national coaches of the year for girls and boys from member schools. Coach Azar receives this award on the heels of her team's third consecutive Class AA state championship. Congratulations to Coach Azar on this most prestegious award.

Monday, May 22
C. Whitney named third team All American by NCSAA
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Carolyn Whitney
Soon-to-be Wesleyan graduate Carolyn Whitney has been named third team All American by the National Christian School Athletic Association. NCSAA All-Americans were chosen from among finalists, based on this season's statistics and achievements; competitive strength of team schedule; level of skill (assessed by submitted video); and other significant factors that were shared during the nomination process. Carolyn will receive an award certificate for her accomplishment. In addition, notice of each player's selection will be sent to his/her local newspaper(s) for suggested publication. The All-American teams will be featured in an upcoming issue of Passion in Play (the NCSAA magazine), and on the NCSAA web site the list will also be published to the attention of college coaches. Each Player of the Year will be individually featured in Passion in Play and will receive an additional award plaque, to recognize his/her selection. Carolyn is the second Wesleyan player to earn this prestegious honor. In 2004, Nikki Luckhurst was named second team All American by the NCSAA. Also earning this honor on the boys side is Howard Thompkins who also was named third team All American. Congratulations to Carolyn for this amazing honor!

2006 NCSAA ALL AMERICAN TEAM

Player

School

Location

FIRST TEAM

Melissa Busby

Oklahoma Christian

Edmond, OK

Kendria Holmes

Victory Christian

Charlotte, NC

Demauria Liles

Riverdale Baptist

Upper Marlboro, MD

Rachel Rentschler

Fort Worth Christian

Richland Hill, TX

Hannah Spanich

Victory Christian

Tulsa, OK

SECOND TEAM

Taylor Kilgore

Lake Forest Christian

Auburn, CA

Katrina Limbaha

Lake Country Christian

Ft. Worth, TX

Meredith Marsh

Christian Academy

Louisville, KY

Sara Mosiman

King’s High School

Shoreline, WA

Nicole Tucker

Grace Community

Tyler, TX

THIRD TEAM

Kristin Baskin

First Baptist

Dallas, TX

Christian Shelter

Faith Academy

Mobile, AL

Gaati Werema

Orlando Christian

Orlando, FL

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan School

Norcross, GA

Jill Young

Mitchell Christian

Mitchell, SD



Tuesday, May 2
Wilson to continue baskeball career at Oglethorpe
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Amaris Wilson
Wesleyan senior Amaris Wilson will sign with Oglethorpe University in a ceremony to be held in Chapman Library on the Wesleyan campus on Wednesday, May 10th. Amaris becomes the fourth Wesleyan senior to take her skills to the next level as she will follow in the footsteps of fellow seniors Carolyn and Elise Whitney who will be playing at Georgia Southern next year and LeLe LeSeur who will be playing at Bucknell. Oglethorpe, an NCAA Division III school located in Atlanta and only a few miles south of the Wesleyan campus, is coming off the most sucessful season in school history posting a record of 21-7 and qualifying for the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time. Please come out and support Amaris during her signing ceremony on Wednesday, May 10th at 12:40 PM in Chapman Library. Congratulations Amaris on this wonderful accomplishment!



Friday, April 14
Azar, C. Whitney honored at Atlanta Tipoff Club year-end banquet
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Carolyn and Coach Azar with their Atlanta Tipoff Club plaques
The Atlanta Tipoff Club held it's end-of-the-season banquet last Friday night and Wesleyan coach Jan Azar and senior Carolyn Whitney both received awards. The Naismith Awards Banquet is hosted by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and was held at the Georgia World Congress Center downtown. The Naismith Awards honors the top college and high school players, coaches and officials nationally as well as well as honorees from metro Atlanta and Georgia. Coach Azar and Carolyn got to rub elbows with the likes of Duke's J.J. Redick, who was national male player of the year, as well as Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma who was presumably in town to convince the Naismith national high school player of the year as well as Miss Georgia Basketball, Collins Hill junior Maya Moore, to attend his university. It must have worked because Moore verbally committed to UConn three days later.   Anyway, Coach Azar was honred to recive the Bobby Cremins State of Georgia Female High School Coach of the Year Award and Carolyn was honored to be named to the Metro Atlanta High School Girls Team of the Year. Coach Azar accepted her award and addressed the crowd of 600 or so with a nice speech commending her players. Carolyn accepted her award on stage with the other members of the team of the year which is an impressive group of players to say the least. Listed below is the entire team. Congratulations to Coach Azar and Carolyn for these accomplishments.


     2006 Atlanta tipoff club metro team OF THE YeAR

     Miss Georgia Basketball – Maya Moore, Collins Hill

     Metro Atlanta Player of the Year – Nikitta Gartrell, Mays

PLAYER

SCHOOL

PLAYER

SCHOOL

Shantell Black

Collins Hill

Amy Horton

Haralson County

Kelley Cain

St. Pius

Drey Mingo

Marist

Tabitha David

Pebblebrook

Damisha Moore

Cartersville

Siarre Evans

Spalding

D’Andra Moss

Norcross

Lauren Falohun

Pace Academy

Porsha Phillips

Redan

Amani Franklin

Redan

Fatiha Salaam

W.D. Mohammed

Angelique Gray

Stone Mountain

Jasmine Smith

Stephenson

Jordan Greenleaf

Morrow

Nikita Thomas

Mays

Brittany Hall

Campbell

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan

Tagan Hatchett

Etowah

Shaday Woolcock

Avondale




Thursday, April 13
Final AA Rankings

 

GaSports.com Poll

 

 

Ga. Sports Writers Association Poll

 

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

30-3

1.

Wesleyan

30-3

2.

Greater Atlanta Christian

25-8

2.

Greater Atlanta Christian

25-8

3.

Screven County

29-3

3.

Screven County

29-3

4.

Laney

28-3

4.

Dodge County

24-5

5.

Dodge County

24-5

5.

Laney

28-3

6.

East Hall

21-10

6.

East Hall

21-10

7.

Model

28-2

7.

West Laurens

21-9

8.

Holy Innocents

24-6

8.

Holy Innocents

24-6

9.

West Laurens

21-9

9.

Early County

21-7

10.

Dade County

21-9

10.

Model

28-2



Tuesday, March 28
Gerogia Sports Writers vote Azar AA Coach of Year, C. Whitney, LeSeur, Delk All State
The Georgia Sports Writers Association voted Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar Class AA Coach of the Year for the third straight season while three Wesleyan players earned All State Honors as the GSWA released its All State teams for 2006 over the weekend. Carolyn Whitney was named to the First Team while LeLe LeSeur and Sarah Delk were named Honorable Mention. The GSWA does not have a Second Team. This was Azar's fourth such honor having also been named coach of the year in 2002, 2004 and 2005. This is Whitney's second such honor as she was named Honorable Mention in 2005. LeSeur and Delk are making their first appearances on the GSWA All State team. Once again the voters must have thought that Carolyn and Elise are the same person because Elise is more than worthy of being named to an All State team. There is no question she is one of the best players in AA and is without a doubt the best defender in AA... and probably in all classifications for that matter. Elise knows what she has meant to her team over the past four years even if it isn't formally recognized.   Congratulations to Coach Azar, Carolyn, LeLe and Sarah on their formal recognition and to all of the Lady Wolves for their efforts because these players could not be acknowledged for their accomplishments without the entire team contributing.


     2006 Georgia Sports Writers  Association  AA All State

       Coach of the Year – Jan Azar, Wesleyan

       Player of the Year – Ashley Houts, Dade County

         FIRST TEAM

Player

School

Ashley Houts

Dade County

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan

Janae Stokes

Vidalia

D’Nay Daniels

GAC

Eboni Fields

Laney

           HONORABLE MENTION

Player

School

Player

School

Lauren Falohun

Pace Academy

Adriene Reid

Westside, Augusta

LeLe LeSeur

Wesleyan

Brittany Bell

Josey

Kimberly Jones

Appling County

Megan Elliott

Pace Academy

Kadedra Evans

Screven County

Jasmine McKinney

Laney

Kimberly Gay

Dodge County

Sarah Delk

Wesleyan

Kylee Marx-Booth

Holy Innocents

Nikietta Chapell

Oglethorpe County

Andrea Butler

West Laurens

Kayla Evans

Model

Keyonnia Cook

Josey

 

 



Tuesday, April 4
Azar to receive prestegious Bobby Cremins State of Georgia Girls Coach of the Year Award
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The awards keep coming for Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar but none more prestegious than this. Coach Azar has been awarded the 2006 Bobby Cremins State of Georgia Girls High School Coach of the Year Award. This award is presented each year to one outstanding girls coach and one outstanding boys coach in the state of Georgia representing all five classifications, Class A through Class AAAAA. The State Coach of the Year award is the coaching equivalent to the Miss Georgia Basketball Award given each year to the most outstanding player statewide regardless of classification. She will receive the award at the Naismith Awards Banquet on Friday April 7th at the Georgia World Congress Center. In winning this award she becomes only the fourth female to ever do so. She also represents the smallest school to have its coach honored as the vast majority of the previous winners coached at schools in either the state's largest or second largest classification. Coach Azar recieves this award after leading her team to its third straight Class AA state title.   Over the past six years her Lady Wolves teams have compiled a record of 174-20 while winning four state championships and have appeared in five state title games finishing runner up in 2001. Coach Azar adds this honor to her 2006 haul which includes being named Class AA Coach of the Year by both the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was also named Coach of the Year by the Gwinnett Tipoff Club as well as Gwinnett Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s a great honor to receive this award but it’s an even greater honor to coach these girls,” said Azar. “These girls are like my second family.” Also being honored from Wesleyan at the ceremony will be Lady Wolves guard Carolyn Whitney, who was among those named to the metro-Atlanta team of the year. Congratulations to Coach Azar for a well deserved honor in receiving this most prestegious award.


Bobby Cremins State of Georgia Girls Coach of the Year Award Winners

Year

Winner

School

2006

Jan Azar

Wesleyan

2005

Angie Hembree

Collins Hill

2004

Dennis Watkins

Stephenson

2003

Mike McCoy

Parkview

2002

Alvin J. Copeland

Northeast Macon

2001

Cass Cassell

Central Gwinnett

2000

Ronald Booker

Beach

1999

Fred Wheeler

Pope

1998

Margie York

Thomasville

1997

Dave LaBarrie

Stone Mountain

1996

Jim Waller

Woodward Academy

1995

Mike Allison

South Gwinnett

1994

Glenda Gibson

Hart County

1993

A.C. McCullers

Morrow

1992

Eddie McCurley

Hart County

1991

A.C. McCullers

Morrow

1991

Eddie McCurley

Hart County




Friday, March 24
Azar named AA Coach of Year, C. Whitney, LeSeur, Delk named to AJC All State Team
Jan Azar was named Class AA Coach of the Year for the third straight season while three Wesleyan players earned All State Honors as the Atlanta Journal-Consitution released its All State teams for 2006 today. Carolyn Whitney was named to the First Team while LeLe LeSeur was named to the Second Team and Sarah Delk was named Honorable Mention. This was Azar's fourth such honor having also been named coach of the year in 2002, 2004 and 2005. This is Whitney's second such honor as she was named to the Second Team in 2005. LeSeur and Delk are making their first appearances on the All State team. Apparently the voters thought that Carolyn and Elise are actually one person. That's the only explanation as to why Elise isn't on this list. Congratulations to Coach Azar, Carolyn, LeLe and Sarah!


2006 AJC  CLASS AA ALL STATE

Coach of the Year – Jan Azar, Wesleyan

Player of the Year – Ashley Houts, Dade County

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Player

School

Ashley Houts

Dade County

Kimberly Jones

Appling County

D’Nay Daniels

GAC

Kimberly Gay

Dodge County

Lauren Falohun

Pace Academy

Eboni Fields

Laney

Janae Stokes

Vidalia

Kadedra Evans

Screven County

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan

LeLe LeSeur

Wesleyan

HONORABLE MENTION

Player

School

Player

School

Kayla Parks

Banks County

Kendra McMichael

Lamar County

Christine Hollander

Calhoun

Jasmine McKinney

Laney

Sarah Delk

Wesleyan

Porschia Hadley

Macon County

Stephanie Sosebee

Dawson County

Kayla Evans

Model

Lisa Coleman

East Hall

Kylee Marx-Booth

Holy Innocents

Kiara Swanier

GAC

Megan Elliott

Pace Academy

Alexis Rogers

Holy Innocents

Jennifer Gaby Simon

Screven County

Keyarria Amey

Greenville

 

 



Wednesday, March 22
C. Whitney, LeSeur named to GACA All State Team
Congratulations to Carolyn Whitney and LeLe LeSeur for being named to the 2006 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class AA All State Team. Listed below is the entire All State selection as voted by the coaches.


         2006 GACA CLASS AA ALL STATE TEAM

    North Georgia Player of the Year – Ashley Houts, Dade County

    South Georgia Player of the Year – Kimberly Jones, Appling County

Player

School

Player

School

Lisa Coleman

East Hall

Ashley Houts

Dade County

D’Nay Daniels

GAC

Kimberly Jones

Appling County

Kadedra Evans

Screven County

LeLe LeSeur

Wesleyan

Lauren Falhoun

Pace Academy

Gabrielle Simon

Screven County

Eboni Fields

Laney

Janae Stokes

Vidalia

Kimberly Gay

Dodge County

Kiara Swanier

GAC

Porschia Hadley

Macon County

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan



Monday, March 13
C. Whitney, LeSeur help North Georgia all stars defeat South 66-64
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Carolyn goes for steal in All Star game
Wesleyan seniors Carolyn Whitney and LeLe LeSeur were invited to participate on the North Georgia squad in the annual Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All Star game in Savannah. The game , held at Savannah State University, features some of the top seniors in the state of Georgia. The North All Stars defeated the South 66-64 overcoming a 3-point deficit at halftime. LeLe scored eight points in the game while Carolyn chipped in two points and had seven assists. Congratulations to LeLe and Carolyn for the honor of being selected for this prestegious event and for helping the North squad to a victory.

Sunday, March 12
Carolyn Whitney named First Team All County by Gwinnett Daily Post
The Gwinnett Daily Post released it's All County team today.   Wesleyan senior Carolyn Whitney was named to the GDP's First Team after being named Second Team All County in 2005. Inexplicably, no other Wesleyan player was named to the All County team and the Post does not have an Honorable Mention category. AAAAA state champion Collins Hill and AA state champion Wesleyan combined have three girls on the all county team while AAAAA runner up South Gwinnett has three on the team while going 0-2 vs. Collins Hill and Wesleyan during the season. Interesting logic. Below is the All County list as seen by the Gwinnett Daily Post.


2006 GWINNETT DAILY POST  ALL COUNTY TEAM

Player of the Year – Maya Moore, Collins Hill

Coach of the Year – Tony Watkins, North Gwinnett

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Player

School

Shantell Black

Collins Hill

D’Nay Daniels

GAC

Emily Clarke

South Gwinnett

Jessica Geiger

Parkview

Maya Moore

Collins Hill

Gia Lockett

South Gwinnett

D’Andra Moss

Norcross

Courtney Strauthers

Shiloh

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan

Alex Winchell

South Gwinnett



Saturday, March 11
Azar named AJC Gwinnett Coach of the Year, LeSeur and Whitneys named to All County Team
Wesleyan Coach Jan Azar was named Gwinnett County Coach of the Year LeLe LeSeur was named First Team All Gwinnett County by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the team of the year was released today. This is the first such honor bestowed upon Coach Azar by the AJC. This was LeSeur's first time as a member of the First Team as she was named Honorable Mention last year. Carolyn Whitney was all named Second Team All County. It was her third time being named AJC All Gwinnett County as whe was on the First Team last year and was Honorable Mention in 2004. Elise Whitney earned Honorable Mention All Gwinnett County honors for the third straight year. Congratulations to all four members of the Wesleyan family. Below is the complete All Couunty team as seen by the AJC.


2006 AJC  ALL GWINNETT COUNTY TEAM

Player of the Year – Maya Moore, Collins Hill

Coach of the Year – Jan Azar, Wesleyan

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Player

School

Shantell Black

Collins Hill

D’Nay Daniels

GAC

LeLe LeSeur

Wesleyan

Antoinette Howard

South Gwinnett

Maya Moore

Collins Hill

Gia Lockett

South Gwinnett

Courtney Strauthers

Shiloh

Shelbie Pool

Mill Creek

Alex Winchell

South Gwinnett

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan

HONORABLE MENTION

Player

School

Player

School

Jessica Baker

Shiloh

Jessica Geiger

Parkview

Brittany Cade

Collins Hill

Jordan Jones

Collins Hill

Emily Clarke

South Gwinnett

Meredith Montgomery

Hebron

Abbie Daniel

Dacula

Chioma Okoli

Brookwood

Jolie Efezokhae

North Gwinnett

Porsha Porter

Mill Creek

Kiara Evans

Berkmar

Julio Stephens

GAC

Jasmine Godwin

Norcross

Elise Whitney

Wesleyan

Adrianne Griffith

Grayson

 

 



Saturday, March 11
Wesleyan again earns Gwinnett Tipoff Club Team of the Year honors
Wesleyan and Collins Hill were named Teams of the Year by the Gwinnett Tipoff Club as a result of their winning the Class AA and Class AAAAA state titles respectively. Wesleyan seniors Carolyn Whitney and LeLe LeSeur earned All County honors while fellow senior Elise Whitney, and juniors Sarah Delk and Kelly Hall were named All County Honorable Mention.   Senior Alison Watt was named Wesleyan's Scholar Athlete award recipient. Coach Jan Azar was named Coach of the Year along with Collins Hill's Tracy Tipton. This is Coach Azar's fourth such honor having won this award in 2002, 2004 and 2005.   See below for the complete list of Gwinnett Tipoff Club honorees.

     2006 Gwinnett tipoff club awards

Player OF THE Year

COACHES OF THE Year

Maya Moore

Collins Hill

Jan Azar

Wesleyan

Tracy Tipton

Collins Hill

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Wesleyan, Collins Hill

PLAYER

SCHOOL

PLAYER

SCHOOL

ALL COUNTY TEAM

Jessica Baker

Shiloh

Gia Lockett

South Gwinnett

Shantell Black

Collins Hill

Meredith Montgomery

Hebron

Emily Clarke

South Gwinnett

D’Andra Moss

Norcross

Abbie Daniel

Dacula

Chioma Okoli

Brookwood

D’Nay Daniels

GAC

Shelbie Pool

Mill Creek

Jolie Efezokhae

North Gwinnett

Porsha Porter

Mill Creek

Kiara Evans

Berkmar

Courtney Strauthers

Shiloh

Jessica Geiger

Parkview

Carli West

Providence

Adrianne Griffith

Grayson

Carolyn Whitney

Wesleyan

Amber Kirkpatrick

Central Gwinnett

Vicky Wilson

Buford

LeLe LeSeur

Wesleyan

 

 



Saturday, March 11

2006 Gwinnett Tipoff All County HB & Aca

Friday, March 10
Final All Classification Rankings

2005-2006 Final All Class Rankings

Saturday, March 4
DYNASTY!!

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Lady Wolves rush the floor to celebrate their third staight championship
Three-peat is complete! 75-56 rout of GAC gives Wesleyan it's third straight state championship and fourth in last five years

The Lady Wolves have done it again! Wesleyan won the 2006 Class AA state championship with a resounding 75-56 win over Greater Atlanta Christian Saturday afternoon at the Macon Coliseum. This is the third straight state title for Wesleyan and fourth title over the past five years. Wesleyan became the first girls team in any classification to win three titles in a row since Hart County won six straight AAA titles from 1989-1994. The Lady Wolves dominated GAC in practically every facet of the game. The first quarter was a close one as GAC didn't display any nerves that normally would be evident from a group of players appearing in it's first state championship game. The quarter went back and forth as each team traded baskets and the lead. Wesleyan led 17-16 at the end of one. The Lady Wolves slowly began to pull away in the second quarter pushing the lead 27-20 prompting a GAC timeout. In a rare game in which Wesleyan actually had a size advantage, the Lady Wolves exploited it by going inside to Sarah Delk and LeLe LeSeur who scored 13 and nine points in the first half respectively. Anne Marie Armstrong had a big second quarter as she hit a three and converted a three point play off a falling down bank shot. Wesleyan led 41-31 at halftime in this fast-paced, high quality game. In the third quarter, Wesleyan's superior condidtioning began to take it's toll on GAC. Numerous steals and interceptions led to fast breaks and layups. Alison Watt threw a beautiful underhand pass to a cutting LeSeur who made the layup, got fouled and converted the free throw to extend Wesleyan's lead to 60-39. The Lady Wolves entered the fourth quarter with an 18-point lead and never looked back. Every Wesleyan player got to enter the game and all five seniors were able to come off the court one by one. LeSeur's was a little premature as she came off because she was forced to...committing her fifth foul. She exited waving her headband in the air and received hugs from all of her teammates and coaches. Next was Elise Whitney, followed by Watt. Carolyn Whitney converted two free throws and then participated in the hugging ritual. Amaris Wilson was the last senior to exit to huge rounds of applause from the large Wesleyan contingent. After the clock wound down the team on the sidelines ran onto the court to join the five players still out there and the mob scene we've become so familar with ensued. Ponytails jumping up and down in wild celebration of a feat that, while to some appears routine, is the most difficult accomplishment in athletics, winning the ultimate prize. Four Wesleyan players scored in double-figures. Leading the well rounded Lady Wolves attack was LeSeur who once again came up big in a big moment as she scored 20 points to go with her six rebounds. Delk also had a monster game pouring in 19 points. Kelly Hall added 11 points while Elise Whitney scored 10 points and had six steals while wreaking her usual defensive havoc all night. Wesleyan forced 22 turnovers total while only committing nine themselves. As stated earlier, take care of the ball and the rest will take care of itself. That's exactly what happened tonight and Carolyn Whitney is a chief reason. She was cool, calm and collected all night as the floor general and handled the responsibility of point guard like a pro. She scored seven points, including a couple of gravity-defying layups. She also had eight assists. Her poise and control throughout the game cannot be tallied on a stat sheet however. Anne Marie Armstrong's strong play, especially in the second quarter shows that these five seniors are leaving the progam in good hands. She had six points on the night and did a fine job running the point while Carolyn took a few breathers. It's no easy task to beat a good team four times in one season but that's exactly what Wesleyan did as they defeated GAC twice during the regular season, then for the region 8-AA crown and finally, saving their best performance for last, in the AA title game. This was truly the best the Lady Wolves had played all season long. Coach Azar was quoted in one of the newspapers recently stating that she knew it was late in the season but she honestly didn't think they had played their best basketball yet. Well, they picked a great time to put it all together. Those girls went out on the floor and just had plain fun. During their 2006 championship run, the Lady Wolves won all five state tournament games by double-digits defeating four ranked teams along the way, Co-No. 1 Laney, No. 4 Screven County, No. 6 Holy Innocents and No. 7 GAC. There's a lot to be said about this team and especially these seniors. This was the last game in the careers of Carolyn Whitney, Elise Whitney, Alison Watt, Amaris Wilson and LeLe LeSeur. In their four years, they added quite a lot of hardware to Wesleyan's trophy cases. The compiled a four-year record of 115-14 (89%). They won three state championships, four regular season region championships, two region tournament titles, a Deep South Classic championship and two Deep South Classic Runner Up performances. They also never lost a regular season region game and only two games total against region opponents, both by one point. Each senior will be sorely missed and their individual accomplishments will be acknowledged in a later article. It appears to be safe to say that Wesleyan is a dynasty. Three straight state championships, four state championships in five years and five state championship game appearances in six years indeed consitutes a dynasty. Wesleyan just completed it's ninth ever season and has been to the state championship game more often than not. Nine seasons, five state championship game appearances, four state titles. Remarkable! The Lady Wolves finish the season with a record of 30-3 and a two-year record of 61-5. GAC finishes is season 25-8 with half of their defeats coming at the hands of Wesleyan. Congratulations to each and every Wesleyan player on this amazing accomplishment once again.
Wesleyan Lady Wolves - 2006 AA State Champions


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Three-peat!!!

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Elise Whitney gives Coach Azar a bear hug during final seconds
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Carolyn Whitney drives past GAC's Mollie Mitchell

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Kelly Hall draws hard foul from GAC's D'Nay Daniels


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Alison Watt, Carolyn Whitney, Sarah Delk and Coach Azar wait for end of game
Sunday, March 5
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LeLe LeSeur steals he ball from GAC's Julio Stephens

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We're Number 1!!


*photos by Jim Worthington and Atlanta Journal-Constitution


2006 AA Tourn Brackets

Friday, March 3
Lady Wolves oust Screven County 55-45, advance to third straight state title game
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Elise Whitney races past Screven defender
Top-ranked Wesleyan advanced to the girls AA state championship game with a hard-fought 55-45 win over fourth-ranked Screven County Thursday night at the Macon Coliseum. Wesleyan jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but Screven quickly countered with a two and a three-point play to take a 5-4 lead. The teams went back and forth during the first quarter with Screven leading 11-10 at the end of one. Turnovers were an issue for Wesleyan in the first half as the Lady Wolves had some trouble handling the Gamecocks press. Screven was easily the fastest team the Lady Wolves have faced all year and the only team they have seen that matched their defensive quickness. Still Wesleyan was able to gain the lead in the second quarter and increased it to nine going into halftime, 26-17. Elise Whitney sat most of the first half on the bench with two fouls picked up midway through the first quarter. With Wesleyan leading 29-19 early in the third quarter and seemingly ready to pull away, Screven went on a 9-0 run to close the gap to 29-28. The Screven crowd erupted as this was the run they had been waiting for and figured they would take over at this point. A timeout was called by Coach Azar who politely told her team to stop turning the ball over. Whatever was said worked as the Lady Wolves did a good job of taking care of the ball after that. Screven would not get any closer as Wesleyan outscored Screven 15-6 over the next few minutes increasing the lead to 44-34 with 4:35 left in the game. The lead increased to as much as 14 at one point and the Gamecocks never seriously threatened again. Wesleyan post players LeLe LeSeur and Sarah Delk did a great job battling Screven’s 6’2 post player Kadedra Evans all night long. She fouled out with three minutes left in the game having scored 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Both LeSeur and Delk recorded double-doubles tonight. LeSeur scored a game-high 16 points and had 11 rebounds while Delk had 12 points to go with her 14 boards. Carolyn Whitney had huge contributions tonight as she scored 14 points, had seven rebounds and four steals. Screven was a well coached, scrappy team and was definitely worthy of their high ranking and their Final Four appearance. Wesleyan had it’s hands full for most of the game but it’s upperclassman leadership remained poised and that was ultimately what won Wesleyan the game. The Lady Wolves handed Screven its first loss of the season to a Class AA foe and ended the Gamecocks win streak at 23 games…as well as its season at 29-3. Wesleyan is now 29-3 on the season themselves and advances to its third straight AA state championship game and fifth state championship game over the past six years having lost the 2001 Class A title game but winning the 2002 Class A championship the next year. Wesleyan’s opponent will be a familiar one, region rival Greater Atlanta Christian (25-7). This will be the fourth meeting this year between the two, Wesleyan having won all three contests including the Region 8-AA championship three weeks ago. In that game, Wesleyan didn’t do a good job taking care of the ball and let a 15-point second half lead slip away before pulling out a 62-59 win. Beating a good team four times in one season is no easy task but the Lady Wolves are up to the task and they can pull from the team’s own history as confirmation. Wesleyan beat Jefferson all four times they played in 2002 to win the Class A title that year. The three-peat is in sight. Take care of the ball and the rest will take care of itself. Tipoff is 3:00 PM at the Macon Coliseum. The game will also be televised on GPTV, channel 8.
*photos by Jim Worthington



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LeLe LeSeur scores two of her 16 points

Friday, March 3
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Alison Watt shoots out of Screven's reach

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Carolyn Whitney hits from long range

Saturday, February 25
LeSeur, C. Whitney lead No. 1 Wesleyan into Final Four with 62-46 drubbing of Co-No. 1 Laney
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LeLe LeSeur drives past Laney defender
Now that's more like it! The Lady Wolves turned back into themselves tonight as they whipped Co-No. 1 Laney 62-46 in the quarterfinals of the AA girls state tournament Saturday night at Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro. The Lady Wolves shook off the subpar performance displayed in their 56-43 second round win over No. 6 Holy Innocnets last night, and put in a solid performance against Laney tonight. In a battle between the two teams co-ranked No. 1 at end of the regular season by the Georgia Sports Writers Association, Wesleyan got the better end of it as they turned a close game into a rout. With floor leader Carolyn Whitney sitting most of the first half on the bench with two fouls, Wesleyan, also ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll (GaSports.com) held Laney, ranked No. 2 by GaSports.com, in check leading 26-22 at the half. Carolyn made her presence felt immediately in the second half as she canned a three to increase Wesleyan's lead to seven. Laney answered back with a three of their own however. But the four point Wesleyan lead was as close as Laney would get. As the third quarter wore on, the defensive pressure and tempo applied by Wesleyan all game long began to take its toll on the Lady Wildcats. Wesleyan increased it's lead to nine going into the fourth quarter. Then Wesleyan opened things up as Laney began to run out of gas. In the first half Laney was dominating the boards and getting easy put backs courtesy of their height advantage and the fact that Wesleyan wasn't being rewarded for boxing out and fundamental positioning under the boards. That and a couple of Laney sharp shooters kept it close as Carolyn was accompanied by Kelly Hall on the bench most of the first half also with two fouls. The Lady Wolves seized control of the glass in the fourth quarter as LeLe LeSeur was seemingly everywhere tonight grabbing rebounds and loose balls with reckless abandon...and doing this against players three and four inches taller than her 5'll frame. Wesleyan was able to get out and run and Laney simply had no answer. Carolyn would not be denied in this game as she was fresh in the second half after sitting most of the first. She made a couple of tough runners off the glass look easy and and played with a confidence and control only displayed by the most veteran of players. LeSeur finished the night with 16 points and a whopping 17 rebounds while Carolyn put up 12 points to go with her five boards and three assists. Sarah Delk with the third Wesleyan player in double figures as she added 10 points. This was a good win for the Lady Wolves for obvious reasons...they are still alive in the state tournament, but also because they were able to put their uncharacteristic play of the previous evening behind them. With the win, Wesleyan advances to the Final Four in Macon for the third straight year and fifth time in the past six years. Laney, the Region 7-AA champion, finishes it's season with a 27-3 record. Wesleyan ups it's record to 28-3 and will next face Screven County (29-2) in the semi-finals. Screven, ranked No. 4 in the GaSports.com poll and No. 5 in the Georgia Sports Writers Association poll, currently riding a 23 game winning streak. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM on Thursday March 2 at the Macon Coliseum.
*photos by Jim Worthington


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Carolyn Whitney shoots off balance two-pointer

Friday, February 24
Wesleyan advances to sixth straight Elite Eight with 56-43 win over No. 6 Holy Innocents
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Sarah Delk ties it up with Holy Innocents player
It was ugly but it was a win. In what was a less than stellar performance, Wesleyan handled sixth-ranked Holy Innocents 56-43 with relative ease Friday night in their second round matchup of the state tournament at Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro. The Lady Wolves led wire to wire building leads as large as 20 points early in the second half. A 6-0 disparity in fouls called enabled Holy Innocents to cut the lead to 37-27 halfway through the third quarter as the Lady Bears were able to stay in the game via almost perfect free throw shooting all night. The Wesleyan lead remained double digits the entire night though and Holy Innocents never really threatened. There were moments of brilliance for Wesleyan tonight... a few steals and some nice fast break execution, but there were also a few moments of plain tightness...silly fouls, missed free throws and defensive lapses. Carolyn Whitney's fine all-around performance was a bright spot for Wesleyan tonight. She scored a game-high 17 points and added nine assists, seven steals and six rebounds. Sarah Delk scored 15 points while Elise Whitney chipped in eight points and three steals. Wesleyan got the W and is moving on in a win or go home situation. It's a nice luxury to have when you definitely don't play your best and still defeat the state's sixth ranked team by double digits. The Lady Wolves simply need to put this one behind them and play the type of ball that got them to where they are. With the win, Wesleyan advances to the Elite Eight (quarterfinal) round of the state tournament for the sixth straight season. The Lady Wolves improve to 27-3 on the year while Holy Innocents ends its season with a 24-6 record. Up next will be a meeting with Laney (28-2) who is ranked No. 2 in the GaSports.com poll and is co-No. 1 with Wesleyan in the Georgia Sports Writers Association poll. Tipoff is 7:00 PM Saturday night at Mt. Zion High School.
*photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gwinnett Daily Post



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Sarah Delk scores 2 of her 15 points

Monday, February 20
E. Whitney named to Atlanta Tipoff Club Team of Month for February
Wesleyan senior Elise Whitney was selected to the Atlanta Tipoff Club's February Team of the Month. She attended a banquet honoring all of the selected members on Monday night the the Georgia World Congress Center. Also in attendance were Carolyn, her parents and Coach Azar. Congratulations Elise on this well deserved honor!

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Elise in action during Deep South final

Saturday, February 18
Delk dominant in 84-37 thrashing of Westside, Lady Wolves advance to second round
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Sarah Delk dominating inside vs. Westside
The size advantage was evident during pre-game warmups. Wesleyan's interior players made sure they exploited it as Sarah Delk had a career night scoring 22 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in an 84-37 blowout of Westside, Augusta in the first round of the state tournament hosted by Wesleyan. Westside simply didn't have an answer for Wesleyan's full court pressure as the Lady Wolves led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and 39-22 at halftime. If the game wasn't already out of reach, the 10-0 run the Lady Wolves went on to open the third quarter put it there. Wesleyan outscored the fatigued Lady Patriots 25-3 in the third. The Wesleyan reserves played almost the entire shortened fourth quarter as the quarter was only six minutes due to the 30+ advantage Wesleyan held going into the quarter. They did a fine job throughout the fourth. Also having a big night for Wesleyan was Delk's partner in the paint, LeLe LeSeur, who scored 16 points while grabbing 11 boards. Anne Marie Armstrong chipped in 12 points while Amaris Wilson put up seven. Carolyn and Elise Whitney wreaked havoc all night defensively and also had considerable offensive contributions as they combined for 16 points and 12 assists. Each twin scored eight points, Elise had seven assists while Carolyn had five. With the win, the Lady Wolves advance to the Sweet 16 round of the state tournament for the sixth straight year. Wesleyan (26-3) will next face Holy Innocents (24-5) on Friday, February 24 at 4:00 PM at Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro.
*photos by Jim Worthington



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Anne Marie Armstrong gets air

Sunday, February 12
Wesleyan takes region title with dramatic 'come from ahead' win over GAC, 62-59
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Kelly Hall drives baseline during Region championship
Wesleyan won the Region 8-AA championship Satruday night with a thrilling 62-59 win over Greater Atlanta Christian at Providence. It wasn't really a come from behind victory as Wesleyan enjoyed about a 10 point cushion almost the entire game. Early in the third quarter, Wesleyan led 37-22 but GAC chipped away at the lead cutting it to seven going into the fourth quarter. The lead continued to dwindle as GAC enjoyed a two for one advantage at the foul line going to the charity stripe 34 times to Wesleyan's 17. GAC eventually went up by a point, 59-58, with 1:27 remaining in the game.   Wesleyan then committed yet another turnover...seemingly the most costly of the night as the Lady Wolves had trouble holding onto the ball tonight. GAC ball...but not for long.   Elise Whitney simply decided to steal it right back. With 30 seconds to go, LeLe LeSeur drew a double-team inside and rifled a pass to Carolyn Whitney in the deep right corner.   Only down a point, Carolyn figured she'd rather be up by two and drained a three for a 61-59 lead. GAC junior D'Nay Daniels got the ball inbounds, went the length of the court and crashed right into Carolyn standing in the lane waiting to take the charge.   Offensive foul. Wesleyan ball.   LeLe LeSeur was then fouled on the other end and made one of two free throws to increase the lead to 62-59.   GAC called timeout. They were able to get the ball halfway up the court before a Wesleyan defender deflected it out of bounds.   After another timeout, six seconds remained on the clock. GAC inbounded the ball but the Wesleyan defense prevented any chance of a decent three point attempt and the Lady Wolves escaped with a 62-59 'come from ahead' victory. Turnovers and free throw attempts were what made this game close and the Lady Wolves should feel fortunate for getting out of there with a victory. If we can take care of the ball, the game will take care of itself. Still it was an exciting game in a very tense atmosphere in a packed gym. Credit GAC for not giving up and making a hard fought comeback. As is usually the case with the Lady Wolves, no one player dominated statistically. GAC had the game's leading scorer, Daniels, who scored 21 points, while Wesleyan had the more balanced team. Elise scored 12 points, Sarah Delk had 11, Kelly Hall scored seven and Anne Marie Armstrong had six. LeSeur scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Carolyn had eight points and six assists. The win gives Wesleyan it's fourth region tournament title in the last six years but it's first since 2003. The Lady Wolves are now 25-3 on the year, 16-0 versus region competition. GAC drops to 21-7, 12-4. Wesleyan will now have a week off as they will host their first round game of the state tournament on Saturday, February 18. They will face Westside, Augusta, the No. 4 seed out of Region 7-AA. Tipoff is 5:30 PM. Congratulations Wesleyan Lady Wolves, 2006 Region 8-AA Champions!
*photos by Jim Worthington




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2006 Region 8-AA Champions

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Carolyn Whitney passes in the lane vs. GAC
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Michelle Pope drives to the hoop vs. GAC

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LeLe LeSeur getting hang time vs. GAC


Friday, February 10
C. Whitney leads Lady Wolves into finals as East Hall falls 61-41
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Carolyn Whitney with a tasty dish in win over East Hall
Wesleyan advanced to the championship game of the Region 8-AA tournament with a convincing 61-41 semi-final win over East Hall Friday night at Providence. In typical fashion, the Lady Wolves ran and pressed their way to a 22-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Their trademark press caused numerous turnovers which resulted in easy layups. They also moved the ball very well on offense while playing solid defense. As is usually the case against East Hall, Wesleyan fell into a funk in the second quarter while the Lady Vikings picked up their aggressiveness. East Hall won the second quarter 11-5 as Wesleyan took a 27-17 lead into halftime. The teams traded baskets for most of the third quarterd and with about 3 minutes left, East Hall cut the lead to eight as Wesleyan led 39-31. Then in a flash, Carolyn Whitney nailed a three, Wesleyan got a steal and converted on the other end and ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 46-31 heading into the fourth. Wesleyan continued to be fresh in the fourth quarter while East Hall began to wilt. The Lady Wolves won going away. Carolyn had a spectacular night as she poured in 18 points while connecting on four three-pointers.   LeLe LeSeur recorded a double-double as she scored 13 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Alison Watt and Elise Whitney scored nine and eight points, respectively. The win avenged a 54-53 double overtime loss to East Hall in the semi final round of last year's region tournament as Wesleyan will play in it's first region championship game since 2004. The Lady Wolves improve to 24-3 overall, 14-0 against region opponents. Wesleyan will face GAC, a 59-50 winner over Buford in its semi-final, in the championship game tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at Providence.
*photos by Jim Worthington


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Alison Watt fires from long range vs. East Hall

Thursday, February 9
Wesleyan qualifies for sixth straight state tourney with 68-13 romp over Union County
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Katie Fulton scored 12 points in win over Union Co.
Katie Fulton led the way for the Lady Wolves this afternoon scoring 12 points including three three-pointers as Wesleyan dominated Union County 68-13 in their first round game of the Region 8-AA tournament at Dawson County. Union, the No. 5 seed from 8-AA North, won it's weather delayed play-in game vs. Rabun County last night. This afternoon's game, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, was almost postponned a second time as the Union County School System was closed today due to more wintry weather last night. The roads were passable however and the Lady Panthers were alowed to play. Their reward was having to face the No. 1 seeded Lady Wolves who hadn't played a game in six days. No rust was evident as Wesleyan stormed to a 46-7 lead at halftime, the starting five only seeing playing time in the first quarter. Wesleyan's reserves did an outstanding job the rest of the way holding Union to just six second half points while scoring 22 themselves. Fulton wasn't the only one unloading the long range bombs. Amy Spingola also had a good night from behind the arc as she connected on three three's herself while scoring nine points. The victory ensures Wesleyan of a berth in the state tournament, it's sixth straight state tournament appearance. The Lady Wolves' upped their record to 23-3, 14-0 vs. region opponents and will next face East Hall in the semi-finals tomorrow at 7:00 PM at Providence. The winner will advance to the region championship game vs. the winner of the other semi-final between GAC and the Buford/Lumpkin County winner. That game will be played at 7:00 PM, Saturday night at Providence. The loser will face the loser of the other semi-final at 4:00 PM on Saturday at Providence to determine the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds.
*photo by Jim Worthington







Saturday, February 11

2006 Region Tourney Brackets

Saturday, February 11
C. Whitney, LeSeur named to AtlantaTipoff, E. Whitney named to Gwinnett Tipoff Teams of Month
Carolyn Whitney and LeLe LeSeur were both named to the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Team of the Month for January. Elise Whitney was named to the Gwinnett Tipoff Club's Team of the Month for February. Congratulations to all three players for these honors.



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Elise Whitney, LeLe LeSeur, Carolyn Whitney

Tuesday, February 7
First round region tournament game vs. Union/Rabun winner pushed back a day
The play-in game between Union County and Rabun County, orginially scheduled for Monday night, was resheduled for Tuesday night due to weather condidtions in North Georgia. As a result, all subsequent games have been pushed back a day. Wesleyan was originally scheduled to play the winner of this game on Wednesday at 4:00 PM at Dawson County High School. It has been rescheduled for Thursday at 4:00 PM at Dawson.

Tuesday, February 7
GaSports.com Poll and Georgia Sports Writers Association Polls, 02-07-2006

 

GaSports.com Poll

 

 

Ga. Sports Writers Association Poll

 

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

22-3

1.

Wesleyan

22-3

2.

Laney

23-2

1.

Laney

23-2

3.

Model

24-1

3.

Model

24-1

4.

Screven County

23-2

4.

Dodge County

19-3

5.

Dodge County

19-3

5.

Screven County

23-2

6.

Holy Innocents

21-4

6.

Greater Atlanta Christian

19-6

7.

Greater Atlanta Christian

19-6

7.

Holy Innocents

21-4

8.

Calhoun

17-6

8.

Buford

18-7

9.

Buford

18-7

9.

Pace Academy

19-5

10.

West Laurens

17-7

9.

Josey

19-5



Friday, February 3
Azar earns 200th career victory as Lady Wolves pound Providence 81-29 on Senior Night
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Sarah Delk pulls up for a jumper vs. Providence
The only Varsity girls basketball coach Wesleyan has ever known won the 200th game of her career Friday night as the Lady Wolves overwhelmed Providence 81-29 to close out the regular season. Coach Jan Azar achieved this milestone in less than nine full seasons, her teams averaging well over 20 wins per season. It was meaningful that her 200th win was a typical Wesleyan game as no single player dominated play. It was an all out team effort. Wesleyan led by a 16-2 margin at the end of the first quarter, then led 36-11 at the half. The second half mirrored the first as the defense created the offense causing numerous turnovers and point conversions on the other end. Anne Marie Armstrong led all scorers as she put up 16 points. Elise Whitney scored 15. Sarah Delk recorded a double-double as she scored 11 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. Carolyn Whitney dished seven assists. Most significant was the fact that this was the last scheduled home game in the illustrious careers of Wesleyan's five seniors. Each senior player exited the game individually early in the fourth quarter as all were greeted by thunderous applause from the appreciative home crowd. First to exit the game was Amaris Wilson, followed by LeLe LeSeur, then Alison Watt. Elise and Carolyn Whitney got to leave the game togehter as the crowd gave all five a standing ovation in recognition for all of their years of contributions to the Wesleyan program. It was a bittersweet night as it's simply not going to be the same next year without those five. The win was Wesleyan's 14th straight over Providence and closes out Wesleyan's fifth straight season without a regular season region loss. The last time the Lady Wolves lost a regular season game to a region opponent was a 76-63 loss at Jefferson on December 9, 2000 back when Wesleyan was competing in Region 8-A. The Lady Wolves' regular season region winning streak stands at 77 straight wins and counting. Wesleyan finishes the regular season 22-3, 13-0 in region play. Up next will be the Region 8-AA tournament. Wesleyan will face the winner of the play-in game between Rabun County and Union County, the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds from 8-AA North.   The game will be played at Dawson County High School Wednesday at 4:00 PM. Congratulations once again to our five seniors on your impeccable representation of what Wesleyan stands for both on and off the court and being wonderful examples of the female athlete.
*photos by Jim Worthington


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Alison, Carolyn, Elise, Amaris and LeLe with families

Tuesday, January 31
GaSports.com Poll 02-01-2006

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

21-3

2.

Laney

19-2

3.

Model

15-1

4.

Screven County

21-2

5.

Dodge County

18-3

6.

Holy Innocents

20-4

7.

Greater Atlanta Christian

18-6

8.

Buford

18-6

9.

Calhoun

17-6

10.

West Laurens

17-7



'We're like a family'
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Elise Whitney, Amaris Wilson, Alison Watt, LeLe LeSeur, Carolyn Whitney
By LARRY HARTSTEIN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/31/06
Wesleyan's five seniors don't want their season to end. Who can blame them? A typical game day finds the entire varsity heading to Elise and Carolyn Whitney's house to eat chicken pot pie and watch "The OC." Then it's back to school for a locker room dance-off. Players "make fools of themselves" and "get really hyped," the seniors say. Before hitting the floor for warm-ups, the Wolves belt out "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The fun usually continues after tip-off. Wesleyan has run roughshod over the opposition the past four years, going 106-14. The No. 2-ranked Wolves are aiming for their third straight state championship. No girls team has won that many in a row since Hart County captured its sixth straight in 1994. Since they were freshmen, the backcourt of Elise and Carolyn Whitney and wing Alison Watt have been integral to Wesleyan's success. Forward Amaris Wilson moved up to varsity late in her sophomore season. Forward Lé Lé LeSeur transferred to Wesleyan before her junior year. The seniors aren't concerned with their legacy. They don't think that far ahead. "We're just enjoying our last season as much as possible instead of trying to make a statement," Watt said. Their legacy will be about more than excellence. With the Whitney twins' frenetic pace, they'll be remembered for a fast-breaking style of basketball that made Wesleyan games an attraction. Watt and the Whitneys have played together since seventh grade. Their teams went undefeated in middle school, so the only year they didn't win a championship was ninth grade. Wilson and LeSeur have meshed seamlessly with the trio. And the rest of the Wolves follow the seniors, who put chemistry and team goals ahead of everything else. "I don't want it to end because I love this basketball team," Elise Whitney said. "We all hang out together. "We're like a family." Watt said the end will be bittersweet "just because we've been together almost every day since seventh grade. Two years ago, Nikki Luckhurst led Wesleyan to the Class AA championship. Last year, Sarah Moye was the most outspoken senior. This year, none of the five seniors has taken a dominant leadership role; they prefer to share it. All five will start on Senior Night on Friday against Providence. Over the weekend, coach Jan Azar will take them on a seniors-only trip to Highlands, N.C., along with her 3-year-old daughter, Nicole. It's her way of saying thanks. "It's amazing what they've accomplished here," Azar said. Azar said she wants to send the seniors out "the right way," with another title, but either way it won't diminish their accomplishments. The Wolves have lost three times this season, one more than all of last season. Still, they haven't been beaten by a Class AA team. LeSeur likes the fact that some people question whether Wesleyan is still the state's best. "The fact that we're No. 2 and that people are doubting whether we'll be No. 1 at the end, that would make it so sweet to win it again," she said.


Saturday, January 28
E. Whitney scores 24 as Lady Wolves crush No. 6 Holy Innocents 75-49
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Elise Whitney scores two of her 24 points
Elise Whitney caught fire in the first quarter and it was never extinguished as she and the No. 1 ranked Lady Wolves dominated sixth ranked Holy Innocents 75-49 Saturday afternoon at Wesleyan. Elise connected on four mid-range jumpers from various parts of the floor in the first quarter helping Wesleyan race out to a 15-2 lead. The Wesleyan press was suffocating as it caused numerous turnovers by the Holy Innocents backcourt. The Lady Wolves took a commanding 40-21 lead into halftime. The second half mirrored the first as Holy Innocents continuted to have trouble with the Wesleyan pressure. There were a few notable highlights in this one including three Kelly Hall three-pointers, a beautiful reverse layup by Anne Marie Armstrong and numerous tasty dishes by Carolyn Whitney. Armstrong finished with 14 points while Hall scored nine and Carolyn contributed 12 assists. Also worth noting was Michelle Pope's strong outing as she came off the bench to score nine second half points. A fine performance was put in by Alexis Rogers for Holy Innocents. Only a freshman, she single-handedly kept the game at the margin it was as she scored 31 of her team's 49 points (63%). This meeting with Holy Innocents ends a four-game stretch of games for the Lady Wolves in which they faced (and defeated) top 10 opponents. Last Friday, Wesleyan defeated No. 7 Buford 54-41. On Tuesday, No. 10 East Hall went down 61-40. Last night Wesleyan defeated No. 4 GAC 57-48 and tonight it was No. 6 Holy Innocents that fell to the Lady Wolves 75-49. It was the perfect time to face some of the best of what AA has to offer. This brutal stretch is great preparation for the upcoming region and state tournaments and the Lady Wolves should be battle tested. The win raises Wesleyan's record to 21-3 while Holy Innocents falls to 19-4. The Lady Wolves will have a week off before facing Providence on Friday in the last scheduled home game in the careers of seniors Carolyn Whitney, Elise Whitney, Alison Watt, Amaris Wilson and LeLe LeSeur. These five seniors will be recognized during Wesleyan's Winter Athletcs Senior Night festivities which will take place in between the girls and boys games. Also worth mentioning is a victory on Friday would be the 200th of Coach Azar's head coaching career. Game time is 7:00 PM.
*photos by Jim Worthington


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Amaris Wilson looks for opening vs. Holy Innocents

Friday, January 27
57-48 win over No. 4 GAC secures sixth straight regular season region crown for Lady Wolves
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Carolyn Whitney 'eyes' the basket
It wasn't the prettiest game, at least the first half wasn't, but another second half surge propelled No. 1 Wesleyan to a 57-48 win over No. 4 Greater Atlanta Christian Friday night at Marchman Gymnasium. In a game that was similar to last Friday's come-from-behind 13-point win over Buford, Wesleyan countered a poor first half performance with an explosive second half performance. The first quarter can only be described as sloppy for both sides as GAC led 9-5 at the end of one. Wesleyan's two best defenders, Kelly Hall and Elise Whitney both picked up their second fouls early in the second quarter and sat on the bench for the remainder of the half. GAC had taken a 16-9 lead before the Lady Wolves went on a 9-0 run to take an 18-16 advantage which prompted a time out by the Lady Spartans. The teams then traded baskets and went into halftime knotted at 20. The sloppiness and dumb fouls committed by Wesleyan in the first half stopped as the team stepped up and simply played smarter. Wesleyan scored 23 third-quarter points but GAC kept it close mainly behind the efforts of junior D'Nay Daniels whose game-high 19 points accounted for 40% of GAC's scoring production. Wesleyan led 39-36 going into the fourth. It remained a 3-point game with Wesleyan leading 43-40 before the Lady Wolves went on a 10-3 run to put the game out of reach. Anne Marie Armstrong provided the spark off the bench as she led Wesleyan in scoring with 14 points while connecting on two three-pointers. Sarah Delk came up big in the second half as she also hit two threes and finished with 12 points. LeLe LeSeur was stellar from the free throw line as she connected on nine of her 10 attempts finishing with nine points. Carolyn Whitney scrapped all night while hitting the floor numerous times. She had a fine all around game scoring eight points while grabbing eight rebounds, dishing seven assists and recording five steals. The win improves Wesleyan's record to 20-3 overall, and a perfect 12-0 in region play while GAC falls to 17-6 overall, 8-3 in region action. The win also ensures Wesleyan of it's sixth straight regular season region title and the No. 1 seed from 8-AA South for the region tournament which begins in two weeks. Up next is a matchup with fifth ranked Holy Innocents (19-3) today at 3:30 PM at Marchman.
*photos by Jim Worthington


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Katie Sutzman runs into traffic during win over GAC

Tuesday, January 24
Armstrong, Hall ignite Lady Wolves in 61-40 pasting of No. 10 East Hall
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Anne Marie Armstrong drives in win over East Hall
It was Anne Marie Armstrong from the outside and Kelly Hall on the inside as the two guards combined for 34 points in top ranked Wesleyan's 61-40 region win over tenth ranked East Hall at Marchman Gymnasium on Tuesday night. It was run and gun in the first half as both teams went at it at a dizzying pace with Wesleyan getting the better of it leading 22-9 at the end of the first quarter. Hall scored on three different occasions with nice backdoor cuts while reciving pinpiont accurate passes. The pace slowed a little in the second quarter as the Lady Wolves had trouble finding the basket. A number of point blank layups were missed by numerous players. Nevertheless, Wesleyan led 30-16 at the half. East Hall actually cut the lead to nine midway through the third quarter when the birthday girl took over. Armstrong, who turned 15 today, hit a three pointer to increase the lead to 12 and Wesleyan never looked back. She hit another three, courtesy of a cross-court pass from Carolyn Whitney, at the buzzer to cap off a 9-0 Wesleyan run increasing the Lady Wolves' lead going into the fourth quarter to 21 points. The teams traded baskets during the fourth and the result was the final score of 61-40. Armstrong led all scorers with 19 points including three three pointers, to go with her four steals. Hall added 15 points and five steals for the Lady Wolves who are now 19-3 on the year and 11-0 in region play. Other highlights include LeLe LeSeur's eight points and five steals, Carolyn Whitney's game high nine assists and Sarah Delk's game high 10 rebounds. Wesleyan will next face fourth ranked Greater Atlanta Christian (17-5) on Friday at Marchman. Tipoff is 7:00 PM.
*photos by Jim Worthington


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Kelly Hall looks to pass

Tuesday, January 24
GaSports.com Poll 01-24-2006

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

18-3

2.

Laney

19-2

3.

Model

15-1

4.

Greater Atlanta Christian

16-5

5.

Dodge County

13-2

6.

Holy Innocents

18-2

7.

Screven County

18-2

8.

Buford

17-4

9.

West Laurens

14-6

10.

East Hall

13-7

10.

Putnam County

15-5



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Friday, January 20
C. Whitney surges, Spingola sparks as Wesleyan races past No. 7 Buford 54-41
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Amy Spingola goes for two in win over Buford
It was a tale of two halves for Wesleyan Friday night, a tale much like Jekyll and Hyde. Jekyll being the version of the Wesleyan team that scored only 18 points the entire first half while needing a compass to find the basket. Hyde being the Wesleyan we're used to seeing - running, stealing, pressing and scoring. The Hyde team scored 36 second half points...doubling the output of the first half team. Both of these Wesleyan teams combined for a 54-41 victory over seventh-ranked Buford Friday night.   The second half was as pretty as the first half was ugly. Wesleyan led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter but didn't hit another field goal until the 3-minute mark of the second quarter. Many open looks from the behind the arc didn't fall and Wesleyan was simply being outrebounded on both ends of the court. Buford broke open a tight first half with a nice run to lead Wesleyan 24-18 at halftime. Apparently Coach Azar had a nice chat with her girls at the half because they came out with fire in their eyes. The defense tightened up and the offense opened up aided by a spark off the bench from Amy Spingola. She hit a timely three late in the first half to stop a Buford run and another timely three (kissed off the glass no less) to give Wesleyan a two-point advantage late in the third quarter. She also hit two pressure filled free throws (an area where Wesleyan was abysmal in the first half) to increase the Wesleyan lead in the fourth. She finished the game with a season-high nine points. Carolyn Whitney also had a second half surge and had her best game in a while. She canned big two threes in the second half on the way to scoring a game high 17 points.   She also had six rebounds and five assists. Wesleyan led 35-33 going into the fourth quarter having outscored Buford 18-9. They continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter as the team was finally in synch leading by as much as 16 at one point. Also worth noting for Wesleyan are Elise Whitney and Anne Marie Armstrong who scored 12 points and seven points respectively. Buford is a quality team and Wesleyan can't afford to sleep walk through entire halves again. Fortunately the real Lady Wolves showed up in the second half and showed what Wesleyan basketball is all about. The win ups Wesleyan's record to 18-3 overall, 10-0 in region play while Buford falls to 16-4, 7-3. Wesleyan's next game will be on Tuesday as East Hall will visit Marchman Gymnasium for a 6:00 PM tipoff.
*photos by Jim Worthington



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LeLe LeSeur shoots over Buford defenders

Tuesday, January 17
E. Whitney's 17 leads Lady Wolves as they take out Starr's Mill 63-46
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Elise Whitney scored 17 points and Sarah Delk added 12 points, including 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, as Wesleyan defeated AAAAA Starr’s Mill 63-46 on Tuesday. Anne Marie Armstrong finished with 11 points for the Lady Wolves who are now 17-3. After playing two straight games against teams from larger classifications, the Lady Wolves will be back in region action on Friday night as they host No. 7 Buford (16-3) at 7:00 PM.





Tuesday, January 17
GaSports.com Poll 01-17-2006

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Laney

18-0

2.

Wesleyan

16-3

3.

Model

15-1

4.

Greater Atlanta Christian

16-4

5.

Dodge County

13-2

6.

Holy Innocents

15-2

7.

Buford

16-3

8.

Screven County

16-2

9.

West Laurens

13-4

10.

East Hall

8-6



Saturday, January 14
Wesleyan done in by missed opportunities as AAA. No. 4 Gainesville prevails 57-53
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Kelly Hall defends vs Gainesville
It was a tight battle between the No. 1 ranked team in AA, Wesleyan and the No. 4 ranked team in AAA Gainesville. The Lady Red Elephants jumped out to an early six point lead to open the game before Wesleyan closed the gap to 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. Wesleyan then went on 16-6 run to opent the second quarter to take a 26-18 lead with about two minutes left. Back to back threes by Gainesville plus a steal and a short jumper knotted the game at 28 at halftime. In the third quarter it was Gaineville who jumped out to an eight point advantage which was closed to five going into the fourth. Wesleyan was down 51-45 with about two minutes left before Sarah Delk made her move. She hit a three from the top of the key. OK it was off the glass but you could hear her call it from the stands so it counted. Then she got a steal on the defensive end and hit a short jumper to cut the lead to one. After another Wesleyan defensive stop, Delk was fouled and made one of two free throws to tie the game at 51. Gainesville was then able to hit free throws down the stretch taking advantage of its 16 fourth quarter trips to the free throw line (compared to Wesleyan's four trips) resulting in the 57-53 final score. Wesleyan had numerous opportunities throughout the game to do damage but just couldn't quite get things done. They had quite a few put backs from rebounds that just wouldn't fall as well as simple layups or short range jumpers. Shots that normally fall, weren't. Those things were coupled with an unusually high turnover rate. Wesleyan simply couldn't afford to do those things against a quality opponent who was out for revenge after last year's three-point win by Wesleyan. Le Le LeSeur led Wesleyan in scoring with 14 points while Delk added 11. The Lady Wolves fall to 16-3 on the year while Gainesville improves to 15-4. Wesleyan will next play at Starr's Mill (11-6), a AAAAA school located in Fayette County, on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.
*photo by Gainesville Times


Friday, January 13
All around effort in rough 76-22 blow out of Rabun County
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Kiersten White on her way to her first career point
Every Wesleyan player scored as the Lady Wolves ran past Rabun County 76-22 Friday night at Marchman Gymnasium. It was Wesleyan's first home game in over a month and only the third home game so far this year. The large crowd was not disapointed as the Lady Wolves displayed their trademark defensive prowess which often times led to converted layups on the offensive end. In a game where bodies were contsantly hitting the floor, Wesleyan battled thier scrappy opponents for rebounds and loose balls. They built leads of 18-8 at the end of the first quarter and 39-12 at halftime. The Wesleyan reserves played the entire fourth quarter and did a fantastic job on both ends of the floor as they outscored Rabun 17-3...the three points coming on a buzzer beater at the end of the game. Elise Whitney led the scoring for Wesleyan as she put up 12 points. Le Le LeSeur added 11 while Michelle Pope and Anne Marie Armstrong chipped in eight apiece. Other highlights included two three pointers by Amy Spingola a steal and layup by Katie Stutzman for two of her four points and freshman Kiersten White's first career point on the Varisty. The Lady Wolves have now won five straight after their four-point loss in the finals of the Deep South Classic. Their record improves to 16-2 overall, 9-0 in Region 8-AA action. Today they hit the road again as they will travel to Gainesville (14-4) to take on the Lady Red Elephants who are ranked No. 4 in AAA. Tipoff is 4:00 PM.
*photos by David Azar and Jim Worthington


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Anne Marie Armstrong on the press

Friday, January 13
GaSports.com Poll and Georgia Sports Writers Association Polls, 01-13-2006

 

GaSports.com Poll

 

Ga. Sports Writers Association Poll

 

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

15-2

Wesleyan

15-2

2.

Laney

16-0

Laney

16-0

3.

Greater Atlanta Christian

14-4

Greater Atlanta Christian

14-4

4.

Model

15-1

Dodge County

11-2

5.

Dodge County

11-2

Model

15-1

6.

Buford

14-3

Buford

14-3

7.

Holy Innocents

14-2

Holy Innocents

14-2

8.

Screven County

14-2

Screven County

14-2

9.

West Laurens

11-4

Pace Academy

12-4

10.

East Hall

8-5

Josey

14-4



Tuesday, January 10
Delk survives concussion, leads No. 1 Wesleyan to 61-43 win over No. 2 GAC
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Alison Watt grabs rebound in win over GAC
In the third quarter Sarah Delk dove for a loose ball, butted heads with a GAC player also diving for the loose ball, and wound up with a mild concussion and a foul called on her to boot. No matter as she returned to score six of her game high 17 points after being evaluated by team trainer Steve Stepp who gave her the OK to play. Delk led the way for the top-ranked Lady Wolves as they cruised past second-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian 61-43 Tuesday night at GAC. GAC led the game 2-0 and never led again as Wesleyan went on a 10-0 run including three drives to the basket by Delk. The lead grew to as much as 12 in the second quarter but GAC was able to chip away at it as the Lady Wolves held a 24-17 halftime lead. In the third quarter, the Lady Spartans were able to get the lead down to four but Wesleyan answered with an 11-0 run to close out the quarter and led 40-29 going into the fourth. This is where the Lady Wolves poured it on as they were still fresh while GAC appeared to fatigue. Le Le LeSeur scored baskets on three of Wesleyan’s next four possessions as the lead continued to grow. Elise and Carolyn Whitney opened the fourth with strong defensive play that allowed Wesleyan to put the game out of reach. At one point Wesleyan led by 26, 61-35, before GAC scored eight straight in the final minute to produce the final score. Elise made five steals to go with her 14 points, and Carolyn had six points, five assists and three steals. LeSeur scored 11, including six in the decisive third quarter. With the win, Wesleyan now assumes sole possession of first place in the region standings. The Lady Wolves are now 15-2, 8-0 in region play while GAC falls to 14-4, 6-1. Up next will be a rare home game. Wesleyan will face Rabun County in a game that was originally scheduled for December 16th but was postponned due to inclement weather in north Georgia. This will be the Lady Wolves' first home game since December 9th and only the third home game of the season so far. They have faced all four of their sub-region opponents this year on the road and will close the season with games against all four of those teams at home plus a home game with Holy Innocents. Tipoff for the Rabun County game is 7:00 PM.
*photos by Gwinnett Daily Post and Jim Worthington


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Sarah Delk shoots two while seeing double

Saturday, January 7
C. Whitney, LeSeur named to Gwinnett Tipoff Club's December-January Teams of the Month
Seniors Carolyn Whitney and LeLe LeSeur were named to the Gwinnett Tipoff Club's December and January Teams of the Month this week. The two attended the Club's banquet last Saturday at South Gwinnett High School along with their parents, Coach Azar and the other honorees from the other high schools in Gwinnett County. This was the third such honor for Carolyn as she also received this award in February 2004 and January 2005. This was the first such honor for LeLe. Congratulations to both girls for earning these honors!



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LeLe and Carolyn at January Gwinnett Tipoff Club Banquet

Saturday, January 7
LeSeur's double-double paces Wesleyan in 80-45 rout of Providence
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Carolyn Whitney gets air
Le Le LeSeur poured in 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Lady Wolves led from start to finish in an 80-45 rout of Providence Saturday night at Providence. The points distribution was balanced as three players scored in double figures. In addition to LeSeur's 20 points, Carolyn Whitney scored 18 to go along with her seven rebounds and six assists. Alison Watt put up 11 points including three first-half three pointers. The Lady Wolves looked good in the win as they carried the momentum gained in the previous night's victory over East Hall to this game. This was Wesleyan's 13th straight victory over Providence dating back to January of 2000 and improves the Lady Wolves' record to 14-2, 7-0 in region play. Wesleyan will next face GAC at GAC on Tuesday at 6:00 PM in a meeting between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in AA.
*photos by Jim Worthington


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Kelly Hall battles for loose Ball vs. Providence

Friday, January 6
Lady Wolves dominate second half, crush No. 8 East Hall 70-28
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LeLe LeSeur looks for a defelction vs. East Hall
The Wesleyan girls don't have short memories and recall all too well what happened the last time they faced East Hall. They were riding a 24-game winning streak before being upset 54-53 in double overtime in the semi-finals of last years region tournament to this very same East Hall bunch. That loss spurred Wesleyan on to it's second consecutive state title. The Lady Wolves made certain that what happened in their last meeting with the Lady Vikings wasn't going to happen in this game as they completely dominated East Hall, ranked No. 8 in the latest GaSports.com poll, 70-28 in an important region game at East Hall. Wesleyan led wire to wire as they built a 25-8 lead at the end of the first quarter mainly behind a suffocating defense.   So efficient was the defense that the Lady Vikings were barely allowed a shot as Wesleyan used a variety of ways to create turnovers. Many times a Wesleyan defender would make a steal on the ensuing full court press coming after a score. Other times an ill-advised cross court pass would be intercepted. The most exciting however would come courtsey of that blonde blur known as Elise Whitney who would so thievishly swipe the ball from behind without her opponent knowing what had happened until the ball was going in Wesleyan's basket on the other end. The letdown the Lady Wolves have experienced in some games this year was brief in this game but occurred nevertheless in the second quarter as East Hall was able to trim five points off Wesleyan's lead trailing 33-21 at halftime. It was only a brief glimmer of hope that was allowed as the Lady Wolves put together an amazing third quarter outscoring East Hall 25-1 to take a 58-22 lead into the fourth quarter. All told, Wesleyan outscored East Hall 37-7 in the second half. This was Wesleyan's most complete game of the season and is hopefully a sign of things to come. Carolyn Whitney led four Lady Wolves who scored in double figures with 15 points. Sarah Delk poured in 14 while Elise scored 12 and Anne Marie Armstrong scored 10. With the victory, Wesleyan improves to 13-2 on the year, 6-0 in region 8-AA action. They will next travel over to Lilburn to face Providence tomorrow night. Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Friday, January 6
Ga Sports Writers Assn. Poll 01-06-2006

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

12-2

2.

Greater Atlanta Christian

12-3

3.

Dodge County

10-1

4.

Laney

10-0

5.

Buford

12-2

6.

Holy Innocents

13-1

7.

Model

14-1

8.

Dade County

8-5

9.

Josey

2-1

10.

Pace Academy

11-3



Wednesday, January 4
Wesleyan weathers Buford's fourth quarter free-throw storm, escapes with 53-48 win
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Elise Whitney defending Buford guard
There is something to be said for making your free-throws and Buford sure did get to shoot a lot of them on Tuesday night as they went 21-for-27 (77%) from the line, accounting for 44% of their total point effort. However it wasn't enough as No. 1 ranked Wesleyan overcame a fourth quarter in which they were outstcored 22-9, to defeat No. 5 ranked Buford 53-48 at Buford. Wesleyan led 44-26 going into the fourth before a bizzare technical was called on Wesleyan for having six players on the court. The clock keeper buzzed in a Wesleyan player but apparently, the referees had not signaled her in. As the player she was substituting for was exiting the court, a technical was called for having six players on the court. Buford sank it's two free throws and the momentum began to swing. Wesleyan held Buford to only 26 points during the first three quarters but Buford made up for it by scoring 22 in the fourth. As quoted by the Gwinnett Daily Post, Le Le LeSeur said "We got a little dismantled in the fourth quarter thinking we had it but you have to come out and play hard in all games". She led all scorers with 20 points to go with her four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Carolyn Whitney scored 11 points while dishing five assists and going five-for-six from the line. Wesleyan as a team shot an abysmal 6-for-18 (33%) from the free throw line. Still a win is a win and any win on the road in this region is tough to come by. Wesleyan just needs to learn put a team away when they have them down. Wesleyan is now 12-2 overall, 5-0 in region play while Buford drops to 12-2, 4-2. Up next for Wesleyan will be another tough region road game as they face No. 8 East Hall on Friday night. Tipoff is 7:00 PM.

Friday, December 30
Late rally falls short as Briarcrest (TN) nips Wesleyan 64-60 in Deep South championship
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Elise Whitney goes for loose ball vs. Briarcrest
For the first three quarters, the Lady Wolves appeared to be experiencing the hangover from last night's dramatic come from behind semi-final round victory over South Gwinnett. Wesleyan finally got it together in the fourth quarter but the 12-point deficit it had to overcome proved to be a little too much as the Lady Wolves fell 64-60 to Briarcrest (TN) in the championship game of the Deep South Classic at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday afternoon. Wesleyan jumped out to an early 8-2 lead but seemed to get a little comfortable as their disciplined opponents battled back. Briarcrest, Tennessee AA state champions in 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004, cut the margin to 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. Briarcrest's Alleisha Easley, an Ole Miss signee, scored eight second-quarter points to help the Lady Saints open a 35-31 lead going into halftime. Wesleyan was sluggish and simply not clicking offensively nor defensively during the first three quarters as they seemed to be the victims of an emotional let down after playing in such an intense game the night before which was a rematch of last year's Deep South championship. Briarcrest outscored the Lady Wolves 16-8 going into the fourth quarter as they opened up a 51-39 lead going into the final period. In the fourth, Wesleyan realized the game was beginning the slip away and upped the defensive pressure. This also opened up the offense as they were able to slice into Briarcrest's lead going on a a 9-3 run to start the period. The Lady Wolves were able to cut the lead to 57-54 with 1:45 to play but could not close the gap any further as the teams traded baskets the rest of the way. LeLe LeSeur led the scoring for Wesleyan with 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds as she was named to the All Tournament team while Easley was named MVP. Kelly Hall scored 11 points while Elise Whitney and Sarah Delk added nine apiece. Wesleyan falls to 11-2 on the year as its nine-game winning streak was snapped. The road to state championships is paved with games like this... games to learn from. This game proves that you've got to bring your "A" game every night because this could be the result if you don't. Wesleyan's next game will be at Buford on Tuesday at 6:00 PM in their first sub-region game of the season.




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Carolyn Whitey drives past Briarcrest defender

Friday, December 30
Clutch plays late lift Wesleyan to title game as AAAAA No. 7 South Gwinnett falls 54-50
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Anne Marie Armstrong battles for rebound
By Will Hammock
Sports Editor
will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com

SNELLVILLE — They were the kind of plays that might be expected from a team that has won two straight state championships. An Elise Whitney steal. An offensive rebound, three-point play and steal from LeLe LeSeur. Two game-winning free throws by Carolyn Whitney. A game-saving block by Sarah Delk. Two game-clinching free throws by Kelly Hall.   Every key play that needed to be made down the stretch was made by a Wesleyan girl as the Wolves defeated host South Gwinnett 54-50 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Deep South Classic. Wesleyan, ranked first in Class AA, beat the Comets just like it did in last year’s Deep South title game, earning a spot in today’s championship game vs. Briarcrest (Tenn.) at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The 11-1 Wolves trailed Class AAAAA’s No. 7 team by five points with 1:55 left before closing the game on a 9-0 run. They made 11 of 12 free throws in the game while South suffered through a 2-for-8 night at the line. “It feels great (to have those clutch plays), especially against a team like South Gwinnett,” Wesleyan girls coach Jan Azar said. “(South’s) so well coached and they play so well together. I really commend our seniors. Even the ones who weren’t on the court, just their presence helped. Those five seniors, they’ve been there, done this and I think that helped.” Neither team led by more than five points in the final three quarters, but South matched that lead on Mandi Dudish’s 3-pointer with 1:55 left for a 50-45 edge. A basket by Anne Marie Armstrong answered quickly, then Elise Whitney made a huge steal against South’s Alex Winchell. On the ensuing trip LeSeur grabbed an air ball shot from a teammate, scored and was fouled to get within a point of South. Her free throw at 1:11 completed the three-point play and tied the game. After a South timeout, LeSeur came up with a steal on the inbounds pass after her and two teammates scrapped for the ball on the baseline. Holding for one last shot, Wesleyan turned to reigning tournament MVP Carolyn Whitney. The senior drove to the basket against Winchell — twice earlier she had been called for charges on similar drives against the South guard — and drew a blocking call on Winchell with 7.5 seconds left. Whitney then calmly made two free throws for a 52-50 edge. “We don’t panic in those situations,” Whitney said. “We don’t get flustered it all.” The Georgia Southern signee missed a free throw as a sophomore in the Region 8-AA final vs. Greater Atlanta Christian that cost her team the game, but she’s been clutch since then. “Every time she’s been in that situation since then, she hasn’t let us down,” Azar said of Whitney. South got a good look at a game-tying shot but Gia Lockett’s layup attempt was swatted away by Delk and recovered by Hall, who was fouled and clinched the win with two more free throws. LeSeur had 15 points and eight rebounds in the win, Carolyn Whitney had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists and Delk had 11 points. Emily Clarke led South with 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting and Lockett added 11 points. “I just don’t think our kids responded well in the end,” South girls coach Mike Allison said. “We made too many turnovers. We made too many mistakes. If we want to be a good basketball team, we’ve got to eliminate those. It seems like every time we play a big game we’ve made too many mistakes at the end that hurt us.”


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Carolyn Whitney goes for steal vs. South

Wednesday, December 28
Lady Wolves advance to Deep South semis with 67-60 win over Spartanburg (SC)
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Alison Watt grabs a loose ball
Wesleyan fended off a late fourth quarter rally as they defeated Spartanburg (SC) 67-60 in their quarterfinal round matchup of the Deep South Classic at South Gwinnett. The teams used the first quarter to feel each other out as defensive pressure applied by both teams contributed to the 9-9 tie at the end of the quarter. Wesleyan then opened the second quarter on an 11-0 run to open a 20-9 lead. The Lady Wolves led by nine at the half and eight going into the fourth quarter before Spartanburg was able to cut it to just four points mostly behind the efforts of Clemson signee Lele Hardy who scored 30 of Spartanburg's 60 points. As the game wound down, Spartanburg was reduced to fouling and Carolyn Whiteny came up big as she hit five of six down the stretch to ice the win for Wesleyan. Wesleyan is a team that prides itself on being just that...a team, and wasn't about to be undone by the efforts of one extremely talented player. The scoring for the Lady Wolves was again balanced led by Anne Marie Armstrong who put together another outstanding performance scoring 21 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing four assists. Le Le LeSeur put up 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady Wolves while Carolyn scored 11 points and had five assists.   Alison Watt added eight points as Amaris Wilson and Kelly Hall chipped in six apiece. With the victory, Wesleyan (10-1) advances to the semi-finals for the third straight year. They will face South Gwinnett (10-2), ranked No. 7 in AAAAA, who was a 53-43 winner over GAC, in a rematch of last year's championship game won by Wesleyan 50-45. Tipoff is 7:00 PM Thursday.

Tuesday, December 27
Armstrong's 23 power Wesleyan past Stonewall Jackson (VA) in Deep South opener
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Anne Marie Armstrong scoring two of her 23 points
Wesleyan freshman Anne Marie Armstrong had her official coming out party Tuesday afternoon as she came off the bench and scored a career high 23 points to lead the Lady Wolves to a 69-50 win over Stonewall Jackson (VA) in their first round game of the Deep South Classic at South Gwinnett High School. Armstrong was outstanding as she seemed to score with ease and in a variety of ways. She nailed a three, glided through the lane numerous times for layups, hit a few short range jumpers and converted free throw opportunities. She also had a monster blocked shot from behind. Armstrong stepped up at a time when the team was trying to get itself in sync after a long layoff. Prior to Tuesday's game, Wesleyan had only played once in the past 18 days. After a slow start in which they trailed early, the Lady Wolves ended the first quarter leading 17-12. The lead grew to as much as 12 points but turnovers and sloppy play allowed Stonewall back in the game having cut the lead to 34-30 at halftime. In the third quarter the lead again grew to double-digits but again Stonewall chipped away at it and Wesleyan only led 45-39 going into the fourth. The Lady Wolves played a better second half than in the first... especially in the fourth quarter where they went on a 12-4 run to open the quarter extending the lead to 57-43. Wesleyan outscored Stonewall 24-11 in the fourth quarter as they finally got rid of the layoff cobwebs and their opponents ran out of gas. In addition to Armstrong's 23 points, she also had six rebounds and four assists in a tremendous all around effort. Le Le LeSeur recorded another double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Kelly Hall added 10 points and five rebounds while Elise Whitney scored eight points. Carolyn Whitney didn't take too many shots this evening going just one for five for three points but she did dish eight assists and had nine boards. Amaris Wilson, Sarah Delk and Alison Watt rounded out the scoring for the Lady Wolves as they contributed five, five and four points respectively. Wesleyan improves to 9-1 on the year while handing Stonewall Jackson it's first loss of the season as they fall to 6-1. The Lady Wolves will next face Spartanburg (SC), a 55-49 winner over Sequoyah, in the quarterfinals. Game time is 4:00 PM Wednesday at South Gwinnett.

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Carolyn Whitney tries to break free

Former players gather for alumni game
Alumni game participants
Some of the former players who participated in the alumni game
Fourteen former Lady Wolves gathered at Marchman Gym on Friday afternoon for the first of what will hopefully be many alumni basketball games. Among the attendees were Courtney Kovanis ('01), Jenny Hall ('02), Keri Paxten ('02), Anna Sheppard ('02), Sara Goodkind ('03), Ashley Watt ('03), Mary Stephenson ('04), Nikki Luckhurst ('04), Laura Luckhurst ('05), Sarah Moye ('05), Erica Smith ('05), Taylor Voelker ('05), Mary Claire Merlino ('05) and Chandrica Smith who attended Wesleyan her freshman year in 2001-2002. The play wasn't as intense as it was when these guys were Wesleyan students and the pace was just a little slower but a good time was had by all. Thanks to all of the former players who attended.














Tuesday, December 20
GaSports.com Poll 12-20-2005

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

8-1

2.

Greater Atlanta Christian

10-1

3.

Laney

10-0

4.

Model

8-0

5.

Buford

11-1

6.

Dodge County

8-0

7.

Holy Innocents

10-1

8.

East Hall

7-1

9.

Josey

2-1

10.

Dade County

6-2



Saturday, December 17
Wesleyan blows past Pickens 68-40
The Lady Wolves made the drive north to Pickens County worthwhile as they raced out to a 21-3 lead en route to a 68-40 victory over their Class AAA opponents Saturday night. It was the first game in eight days for Wesleyan as they had just completed exams. The Lady Wolves were anxious to take the court after such a long layoff which was made even longer as their Friday night game with Rabun County was postponned due to inclement weather Friday morning in north Georgia. Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Wolves with Le Le LeSeur leading the way as she put up 13 points along with eight rebounds.   Anne Marie Armstrong added 12 points while Carolyn Whitney chipped in 11. The win improves Wesleyan to 8-1 on the season with another long layoff coming up. The Lady Wolves will have 10 days off as they do not play again until December 27th when they face Stonewall Jackson (VA) in the first round of the Deep South Classic at South Gwinnett High School. Tipoff is 12:30 PM. In the meantime, the Wesleyan players and coaches will continue their Christmas tradtition of delivering Christmas presents to a less fortunate family. The team will gather on Thursday to spread some Christmas cheer and play Santa for a day. Also coming up will be Wesleyan's first ever alumni basketball game. Many former Lady Wolves will get together on Friday at Marchman Gymnasium for a day of fun and basketball.

Friday, December 16
Rabun County game postponned
Due to inclement weather in north Georgia, tonight's game against Rabun County has been postponned. The game has been rescheduled for Friday, January 13th.

Tuesday, December 13
GaSports.com Poll 12-13-2005

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

7-1

2.

Greater Atlanta Christian

9-1

3.

Buford

10-0

4.

Model

7-0

5.

Laney

10-0

6.

Holy Innocents

9-1

7.

Dodge County

5-0

8.

Dade County

4-2

9.

East Hall

7-1

10.

Josey

2-1



Monday, December 12
E. Whitney's 13 lead Lady Wolves past Union County 71-20
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LeLe LeSeur goes for two vs. Union County
The Lady Wolves got off to a sluggish start to Friday's game scoring an uncharacateristic nine first quarter points while the scrappy Lady Panthers of Union County battled well, scoring eight points themselves. After that it was all Wesleyan as the Lady Wolves outscored Union 62-12 in the ensuing three quarters to post a 71-20 region win, their fifth in a row. Elise Whitney led the way scoring 13 points to go with her six steals, five assists and four rebounds. Twin sister Carolyn scored 10 while dishing six assists and recording three steals. Le Le LeSeur had 10 points, five steals, five rebounds and three assists while Anne Marie Armstrong came off the bench to put up 10 points and had three asssits. Michelle Pope also came off the bench and had her strongest game of the season scoring eight points while grabbing four boards. With the win, Wesleyan improves to 7-1, 4-0 in region play. The team now has a week off for final exams and will not play again until Friday night when Rabun County visits Marchman Gymnasium for a 7:00 PM tipoff.
*photo by Jim Worthington


Tuesday, December 6
Bench leads the way in win over Banks County
The Lady Wolves received a nice lift from some non-starters on Tuesday night as they ran past Banks County 101-29. "Bench production" is an important statistic often displayed when viewing a basketball game on televsion. Usually the team with the better production from their non-starting-five is the one that wins. Tuesday was no exception as several players had very productive games for Wesleyan. Amy Spingola came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points for the Lady Wolves, including three three-pointers. Anne Marie Armstrong delivered 13 points and seven assists while Katie Fulton scored six points connecting twice from behind the arc. The starters didn't fair too poorly either as Elise Whitney recorded her first double-double of the year contributing 13 points and 10 steals. She barely missed a triple-double as she also had eight assists. Carolyn Whitney led all scorers with 18 points to go along with her five assists. Le Le LeSeur put up 13 points while grabbing eight boards. The Lady Wolves improve to 6-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 8-AA action and will next face Union County at Wesleyan at 7:00 PM on Friday.

Girls AA Rankings 12-06-2005

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1.

Wesleyan

5-1

2.

Greater Atlanta Christian

6-1

3.

Model

5-0

4.

Buford

7-0

5.

Dade County

3-1

6.

Holy Innocents

5-1

7.

Laney

5-0

8.

Dodge County

3-0

9.

East Hall

5-1

10.

Josey

1-0



Saturday, December 3
Wesleyan destroys AAAAA No. 9 Chattahoochee 76-32
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Amaris Wilson rebounds
Wesleyan hit the road for an inter-classification game with Class AAAAA Chattahoochee Saturday night and it was well worth the 15 minute trip from Spalding Drive. The Lady Wolves completely dismantled their larger-school opponents in a 76-32 blow out. Chattahoochee, ranked No. 9 in AAAAA, was outmanned from the start. Wesleyan led 25-13 at the end of the first quarter fueled by Kelly Hall's eight first quarter points including two three pointers. The Lady Wolves continued to pour it on in the second quarter as Amaris Wilson came off the bench and scored a couple of timely buckets courtesy of two beautiful passes by Carolyn Whitney. Whitney then added a little excitement with a buzzer-beating three pointer to end the half. Wesleyan led 42-21 at halftime. The Lady Wolves stepped it up defensively in the second half as they held Chattahoochee to just 11 second half points. The defensive pressure applied by the Lady Wolves caused numerous turnovers which resultedin quite a few easy buckets.   Carolyn recorded a double-double as she scored 16 points and had 12 assists to go along with seven rebounds and seven steals... and she accomplished all of this while sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Hall had her breakout game of the year scoring a season high 13 points including three three-pointers. Wilson ended the game with eight points while Elise Whitney added eight points and three assists. Everyone saw playing time in this one as the outcome was never in doubt. Wesleyan led wire to wire.   The Lady Wolves are now 5-1 on the year and will next travel up to Banks County to take on the Lady Leopards on Tuesday at 6PM.

Chatt_Carolyn
Carolyn Whitney defends

Friday, December 2
After slow start, Wesleyan rolls to 76-23 win over Lumpkin County
The Lady Wolves got themselves going in the second quarter after getting out to a sluggish 13-9 lead at the end of the first. Wesleyan then outscored Lumpkin County 63-14 the rest of the way en route to a 76-23 win over the host Lady Indians. Four players scored in double figures for Wesleyan led by Carolyn Whitney's 15 points. Le Le LeSeur added 14 points for the Lady Wolves while Anne Marie Armstrong chipped in 11 and Elise Whitney contributed 10. Wesleyan improves to 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in Region 8-AA action as they face Chattahoochee, ranked No. 9 in Class AAAAA, tonight at Chattahoochee. Tipoff is 6PM.

Tuesday, November 29
Five score in double figures as Lady Wolves rout Dawson County 77-28
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Sarah Delk drives
Five players scored in double figures as the Lady Wolves won their home opener against Dawson County 77-28 Tuesday night. Wesleyan came out of the gate on fire as they raced to an 11-0 lead before Dawson got on the board. Smothering defense led to points off of turnovers and Wesleyan led 27-6 at the end of the first quarter. Le Le LeSeur scored 10 second quarter points often benefitting from some tasty dishes from Carolyn Whitney. Wesleyan led 51-15 at the half. The Lady Tigers were simply no match for Wesleyan tonight as the Lady Wolves won going away as every player saw lots of playing time. LeSeur led all scorers with 18 points, 16 of them coming in the first half. She also contributed 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman Anne Marie Armstrong had the biggest night of her young career as she scored 13 points, and had four assists to go with three steals and three rebounds. Elise Whitney had her strongest performance of this young season scoring 12 points along with five steals and two assists. Sarah Delk and Carolyn Whitney rounded out the players who scored in double figures as they contributed 12 and 10 points respectively. Delk also had five rebounds and three steals while Carolyn had five assists and five steals. Amaris Wilson had a very strong night as she scored four points to go with six rebounds and two steals. With the win, Wesleyan improves to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in region play. The Lady Wolves will next travel to Lumpkin County to take on the Lady Indians on Friday at 7:00 PM.

Dawson_Sarah Anne Marie

Tuesday, November 22
C. Whitney scores 1,000th career point as St. Pius outlasts Wesleyan
Carolyn 1000th career point
Lady Wolves surround Carolyn after scoring her 1,000th career point
The good news: Carolyn Whitney reached the 1,000 career-points milestone, becoming the fifth player in Wesleyan history to do so. The bad news: Wesleyan lost a hard fought battle with St. Pius Tuesday night in the championship game of the Loop/Lee Sports Holiday Classic at Parkview. The 53-40 final score does not belie how close this game was as St. Pius maintained between a one-point and five-point advantage throughout most the game...the 13-point final score being the result of late fouling by Wesleyan and free throw conversions by the Lady Golden Lions. St. Pius raced out to an early 9-2 lead thanks to the interior dominance of their 6'5 junior center Kelly Cain. The Lady Wolves then upped their defensive intensity and interior play of their own and cut the lead to 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Lady Wolves began to outrun their opponents and closed the lead to just a single point, 24-23, at halftime. St. Pius, ranked No. 3 in AAAA, opened the lead to five points in the third quarter but once again, Wesleyan cut it to one point...on five different occasions, the latest being 32-31 with just over a minute to go in the third quarter. The Lady Wolves could never take the lead though after squandering numerous chances. St. Pius led 38-33 going into the fourth. Neither team could find the basket early in the fourth quareter as fatigue began to set in. Wesleyan is not in it's mid-season shape yet and it took a toll offensively. The Lady Wolves, ranked No. 1 in AA, made plenty of defensive stops in the fourth but their seemed to be a lid on the rim on the offensive end as they went 2 for 12 in the fourth quarter. St. Pius was able to pull away at the end as they converted free throws down the stretch that were the result of Wesleyan fouls attempting to stop the clock. More good news: the Lady Wolves looked much better in this loss than they did in their first two games of this tournament, both wins. They committed fewer turnovers and played as a more cohesive unit. The main issue for Wesleyan in this game was having to alter their normal up-tempo style of play and having to deal with a 6'5 center on the other team who is getting attention from the likes of Duke, Tennessee and Georgia just to name a few. Wesleyan posts Le Le LeSeur and Sarah Delk were constantly having to alter their shots due to Cain's presence. As well as LeSeur and Delk played, they can't make themselves grow from 5'll to 6'5.   Cain led her team in scoring with 13 points while grabbing 18 rebounds. LeSeur led all scorers with 16 points and just missed a double-double as she recorded nine boards. She was also named to the All Tournament team. Carolyn Whitney scored 10 points and had three assists while Elise Whitney added six points, five rebounds and three steals. Delk had her best game of the young season as she finished with eight points and five rebounds. The Lady Wolves fall to 2-1 on the year as they have a week off between games. They will next face Dawson County on Tuesday, November 29 in their home opener. Tipoff is 6PM.

Parkview Tourny Brackets

Sunday, November 20
Carolyn Whitney named to AJC's Super Five Gwinnett Girls Team
Carolyn Whitney was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Gwinnett Super Five Girls Pre-season team. This cool photo was taken last week and was in today's Gwinnett section of the AJC.

Air Carolyn

Saturday, November 19
Parkview gameplan 'stalls' out, Wesleyan squeaks by 55-53 in OT
Parkview_Elise
Elise Whitney applies defensive pressure
It wasn't pretty but Wesleyan escaped Parkview Saturday night with a hard fought 55-53 overtime victory over the hosts in the semi-finals of the Loop/Lee Sports Holiday classic. Both teams began the game in full court presses and never let up as the game was played at a frenzied pace for the entire first half. The Lady Wolves never found an offensive rhythm in the first half as turnovers and missed opportunities in the paint plagued the entire team. Parkview took a six point lead at halftime. The lead grew to as large as 14 points in the third quarter mainly behind the three-point shooting of their two sophomore guards. As the third quarter wound down, Wesleyan cut the lead to eight and upped it's defensive pressure. Parkview went several minutes toward the end of the third quarter and the early moments of the fourth without scoring. To start the fourth quarter, Parkview decided they had enough of Wesleyan's comeback attempt and went into a stall. This took place with over seven mintues left in the game. Parkivew was able to run a couple of minutes off the clock but had a hard time getting any shots off. Wesleyan committed a foul here and there, sent a Lady Panther to the line and would get the rebound from the subsequent miss. Wesleyan got into gear at this point as Carolyn Whitney connected on a short jumper. The Lady Wolves tied the score a few moments later on a Le Le LeSeur putback with about one minute to go in regulation. Wesleyan had possession for the final shot with 38 seconds left, ran the clock down and had a decent look underneath the basket. Again LeSeur had the shot underneath but no call was made after it appeared there was contact. On to overtime knotted at 48. Wesleyan quickly took a 50-48 lead but Parkview came right back with a three to go up 51-50 at the partisan home crowd erupted. All Wesleyan did at this point was turn to freshman Anne Marie Armstrong who calmly sank a three from the corner to put the Lady Wolves back up by two, 53-51. After a defensive stop, Carolyn Whitney was fouled and nailed both free throws to give Wesleyan a 55-51 lead with around 15 seconds left. Parkview was able to score again but simply ran out of time as Wesleyan escaped with a 55-53 win. This was a great comeback for a team that was out of synch most of the game.   Winners find a way to win and that's what took place tonight. They did what it took. LeSeur led all scorers with 20 points while Carolyn put up 17. Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in AA, improves to 2-0 on the year and advances to the tournament championship game where it will meet St. Pius, ranked No. 3 in AAAA. Tipoff is Tuesday night at 6:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 16
Lady Wolves roll over Towers in Parkview Tourney opener 65-45
Towers
Lady Wolves on defense vs. Towers
Wesleyan opened the 2005-2006 season on a winning note last night as they defeated Towers 65-45 in a first round match up in the Loop/Lee Sports Holiday Classic at Parkview. It was a typical first game of the season for Wesleyan as they were sloppy at times and definitely not at their mid-season form....yet. There were signs of things to come as the defense caused turnovers and converted points while the offense was in synch at times and out of synch at times. Still it was enough to post a 20-point victory over a team from a larger classification. Towers plays in AAA. Leading the way for Wesleyan was Carolyn Whitney who scored a game-high 17 points to go with seven assists. LeLe LeSeur added 14 points for the Lady Wolves who will next face host Parkview, a 91-46 winner over Lamar County in it's first round game. Tipoff is 5PM on Saturday at Parkview.






It's official! Whitneys, LeSeur all sign Division I basketball scholarships
Whitneys-LeLe signing
Elise, Carolyn & LeLe prepare to sign letters of intent
Wesleyan seniors Elise Whitney, Carolyn Whitney and LeLe LeSeur all signed letters of intent to play basketball in college next year in a ceremony held in Chapman Library on the Wesleyan campus last Friday. Elise and Carolyn both signed letters of intent to play at Georgia Southern University while LeLe signed with Bucknell University.    All of their teammates, coaches and many faculty members along with many students witnessed the event. This is Wesleyan's first ever class with three Division I signees. Congratulations to all three players for quite an achievement!

Wednesday, November 9
Lady Wolves ranked No. 1 in pre-season polls
Wesleyan enters the 2005-2006 rankings where they ended the 2004-2005 rankings, No. 1 in AA. This is according to GaSports.com and the Georgia Sports Writers Associattion. A lot of respect is given to Region 8-AA and the South sub-region in particular as four of the top six ranked teams in the GaSports.com poll are from 8-AA South, No. 1 Wesleyan, No. 3 GAC, No. 5 East Hall and No. 6 Buford. The same four are ranked in the GSWA poll as Wesleyan is No.1 while GAC is No. 4, East Hall No. 9 and Buford No. 9. Below is the pre-season AA girls top 10 accoriding to both polls.

No.

GASPORTS.COM RANKINGS

GEORGIA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION RANKINGS

1.

Wesleyan

Wesleyan

2.

Dade County

Dade County

3.

Greater Atlanta Christian

Dodge County

4.

Holy Innocents

Greater Atlanta Christian

5.

East Hall

Dublin

6.

Buford

Josey

7.

Model

Laney

8.

Josey

East Hall

9.

Dodge County

Buford

10.

Armuchee

Early County

10.

West Laurens

 



Tuesday, October 11
LeSeur commits to Bucknell
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Le Le LeSeur
Wesleyan senior Le Le LeSeur has decided to head north to continue her scholastic and basketball career. Le Le has made a verbal commitment to sign a full scholarship to play basketball at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Bucknell is located in the middle of the state and is 190 miles from Pittsburgh to the west and 190 miles from Philadelphia to the east. Bucknell is an NCAA Division I school and is a member of the Patriot League which includes schools such as Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, and Lehigh. Le Le was selected All Gwinnett County Honorable Mention by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last season and was a major factor in Wesleyan's 11-point victory over Dade County in the 2005 AA state championship game as she came off the bench to score 15 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. With her verbal commitment to Bucknell, Le Le becomes the seventh Wesleyan player in the programs' brief eight-year history to sign a full scholarship to play basketball in college. She is following in the footsteps of former Wesleyan players Dana Birnie (Class of 2001) and Anna Sheppard (Class of 2002) who played at Presbyterian College, Nikki Luckhurst (Class of 2004) who is playing at Tulane University, Sarah Moye (Class of 2005) who is playing at the College of Charleston and fellow class of 2006 teammates Elise and Carolyn Whitney who recently committed to Georgia Southern. Congratulations to Le Le on her decision!


Wednesday, October 5
Carolyn and Elise Whitney commit to Georgia Southern
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Elise Whitney
Wesleyan seniors and twin sisters, Carolyn and Elise Whitney have decided to stick together for four more years. The Whitney twins have each made verbal commitments to sign full scholarships to play basketball at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Georgia Southern is an NCAA Division I school and is a member of the Southern Conference which includes schools such as Tennessee-Chattanooga, Furman, Western Carolina, North Carolina-Greensboro, Davidson and the College of Charleston where they will get to face off against former teammate Sarah Moye who is in her freshman year there this year. Carolyn was selected Second Team All State last season while Elise earned All State Honorable Mention accolades. Both have been major contributors in Wesleyan's back to back state championships in 2004 and 2005.   Carolyn and Elise become the fifth and sixth Wesleyan players, in the programs' brief eight-year history, to sign full scholarships to play basketball in college. They are following in the footsteps of Dana Birnie (Class of 2001) and Anna Sheppard (Class of 2002) who played at Presbyterian College, Nikki Luckhurst (Class of 2004) who is playing at Tulane University and the aforementioned Sarah Moye (Class of 2005) who is playing at the College of Charleston. Congratulations to Carolyn and Elise on their decision!


GAC3_Carolyn2
Carolyn Whitney

Whitney twins a powerful force on the court
Carolyn & Elise GDP summer article
Carolyn & Elise battle at Adidas Top Ten Camp
By Christine Troyke
Staff Writer
Gwinnett Daily Post
christine.troyke@gwinnettdailypost.com

On the court, Carolyn and Elise Whitney look very much like the twins they are, playing with a quick ferocity that threatens to dislodge the bright blonde hair knotted haphazardly atop their heads.
As they sit at a plastic table inside the Suwanee Sports Academy, the subtle differences become more obvious.
Carolyn is a little more exuberant, her voice just a bit easier to pick up in the din of the Adidas Top Ten girls basketball camp. Elise, the elder sister by about 10 minutes, is slightly more soft-spoken.
As they sit, one having just beaten the other’s team in the first game of this prestigious tournament, you get the sense that with a little more time, you could be confident in greeting them individually without the benefit of jersey numbers.
But they are rarely apart.
Carolyn began playing basketball when she was about 6.
“I started out watching my older sister Meg play rec league,” she said. “Then I just fell in love with it.”
“She was the big tomboy and I, like, didn’t want to play at first,” Elise said.
But she got toted along to all of Carolyn’s AAU practices anyway, so soon she started playing as well.
More than a decade later, they continue to do virtually everything together.
They are on the same AAU team, one that will have them traveling to New Orleans next week. They play basketball and softball together at Wesleyan. They have the same friends.
“So pretty much we’re always together,” Carolyn said.
Couldn’t that get on your nerves?
“Yeah,” they both said, laughing, “sometimes.”
Well, they had a chance to part ways at the three-day Adidas camp, however briefly.
They were placed on different teams and were not rooming together at the athletes’ hotel.
“I don’t know how that happened,” Carolyn said.
They were smiling easily Wednesday evening, but there was little levity during the first game less than an hour earlier, played against the nation’s top talent. Under the watchful eyes of more than 200 college coaches and scouts, it was Carolyn’s Lions drubbing Elise’s 49ers. But Elise did can a 3-pointer with her sister’s hand in her face.
“You have to play well or you’ll just get creamed,” Elise said.
“At first it really scared me,” Carolyn said, “and I didn’t play well. Then once I started having fun, started not even thinking about it, then you play like you can.”
Make no mistake, these two can play.
Carolyn had the better stats last season, averaging 11.5 points per game. She was second in the county with 5.5 assists a game. But they have both helped Wesleyan claim back-to-back state championships and return as seniors with designs on a triple crown.
The Whitneys may epitomize Wesleyan’s team this year.
The Wolves lost some size — Sarah Moye’s presence will certainly be missed — but they should be quicker and, if you can believe it, deeper.
“Each year it gets harder and harder because everyone is gunning for us,” Elise said. “Everyone brings their ‘A’ game and we can never let up, even for a second.
“You can never have a bad night.”
There haven’t been too many of those during the Whitneys’ tenure at the Norcross private school. The Wolves have lost a collective 11 games in the last three years, aggressively pursuing greatness.
It’s the way the Whitneys have always played.
“We’ve always played, like, really hard and in your face,” Carolyn said.
Even against each other. Maybe especially.
Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar makes them play against each other every day in practice.
They play at home, too.
“Not just for fun,” Elise said. “We play one-on-one. It’s usually really competitive. It usually ends up with us throwing the ball at each other.”
There are no referees here.
“That’s when I beat Carolyn,” she said with a laugh.
But following this year, these two 5-foot-8 guards might be on diverging paths.
They’re going to try to stay together and play basketball at the same college, but that may not be in the cards.
“I want her to go to the best school she can go to,” Elise said. “If we get to go together, that would be great. But if not, then I’ll just say ‘Good job’ and I’ll try to get my own.”



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Wesleyan's 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, JV and Varsity teams

Wednesday, May 25
Wesleyan Girls Program posts Five-year record of 379-58, Varisty is 144-17
It's time again to check in on the Wesleyan girls basketball program. The varsity Lady Wolves won their third state championship over the past four years this past season en route to a record of 31-2. The JV Lady Wolves went 13-5 this year while the Eighth Grade and Seventh Grade teams finished with records of 14-6 and 18-3 respectively. The combined record for the Wesleyan girls program for the 2004-2005 season was an impressive 76-16, a winning percentage of 83%. Even more impressive is the combined total record of all four teams in the Wesleyan girls program over the past five years. Since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, Wesleyan girls basketball teams have won 87% of the games they have played, a combined record of 379-58. During this time, the varsity has earned three state championships, a state runner up finish, a Deep South Classic title, a Deep South Classic runner up showing, five regular season region titles and three region tournament championships while compiling a record of 144-17 (90%). When the Lady Wolves do lose, it's alomst guaranteed to be at the hands of a top notch team. Of those 17 losses, 11 came against teams that won a combined 12 state championships in Georgia over that five year span, Jefferson (2001 Class A Champs), Central Gwinnett (2001 AAAA Champs), Collins Hill (2001, 2002 & 2005 AAAAA Champs), Stephenson (2004 AAAAA Champs), Gainesville (2001, 2003 & 2004 AAA Champs), Parkview (2003 AAAAA Champs), and GAC (2001 & 2002 AA Champs). Two of the other six losses came to teams that were state runners up, Paideia (2002 AA Runner Up) and Redan (2005 AAAAA Runner Up). Of the last four losses, one was to Holy Innocents which made the Final Four in AA in 2003 and 2004. One was to East Hall which made the Sweet 16 in AA in 2005. The final two losses came against teams from Tennessee, Cookeville and Riverdale, both of whom have reputations as being among the best in their state. All of these teams possess some pretty impressive resumes. Congratulations to every player who has participated in Wesleyan girls basketball over this time. Continiue to work hard in the off season and you will be rewarded. Just look to the past...

Tuesday, August 2
2005-2006 Varsity Schedule

DATE

DAY

TIME

OPPONENT

LOCATION

Nov. 16 – 22

Wed – Tues.

TBA

Southern Company Classic

Parkview

November 29

Tuesday

6:00 PM

Dawson County

Wesleyan

December 2

Friday

7:00 PM

Lumpkin County

Lumpkin County

December 3

Saturday

5:00 PM

Chattahoochee

Chattahoochee

December 6

Tuesday

6:00 PM

Banks County

Banks County

December 9

Friday

7:00 PM

Union County

Wesleyan

December 16

Friday

7:00 PM

Rabun County

Wesleyan

December 17

Saturday

6:00 PM

Pickens

Pickens

December 20

Tuesday

TBA

Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents

Dec. 27 – 30

Mon. – Fri.

TBA

 Deep South Classic

Brookwood / South Gwinnett

January 3

Tuesday

6:00 PM

Buford

Buford

January 6

Friday

7:00 PM

East Hall

East Hall

January 7

Saturday

6:00 PM

Providence

Providence

January 10

Tuesday

6:00 PM

Greater Atlanta Christian

Wesleyan

January 14

Saturday

4:00 PM

Gainesville

Gainesville

January 17

Tuesday

6:00 PM

Starr’s Mill

Starr’s Mill

January 20

Friday

6:00 PM

Buford

Wesleyan

January 24

Tuesday

6:00 PM

East Hall

Wesleyan

January 27

Friday

7:00 PM

Greater Atlanta Christian

Greater Atlanta Christian

January 28

Saturday

3:30 PM

Holy Innocents

Wesleyan

February 3

Friday

7:00 PM

Providence

Wesleyan

Feb. 6 – 10

Mon. – Fri.

TBA

Region 8-AA Tournament

TBA

Feb. 17–Mar. 4

 

TBA

AA State Tournament

TBA



2004-2005 Season News Articles


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Five Years of Excellence 3

Saturday, March 26
Moye, Whitneys earn All State, Azar coach of the year