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Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball:Website Articles 2009-2015

Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball

Monday, October 26

2014-2015 Season News Articles



Thursday, June 4
GSWA names McDonald AA Player of Year, Azar AA Coach of Year, Booker First Team All State
The Georgia Sportswriters Association recently released its All State teams and Wesleyan was well represented. Senior Nikki McDonald was named Class AA Player of the Year along with Coach Jan Azar being named AA Coach of the Year.  McDonald and and junior Cairo Booker were both named First Team All State.  This is McDonald's second selection to the First Team having also earned this honor last season.  Booker is making her first appearance on the GSWA All State team.  McDonald becomes the fifth Wesleyan player to be named classification player of the year by either the Atlanta Journal-Constitution or the Georgia Sportswriters Association which are the two most recognized All State teams in Georgia. She joins Anne Marie Armstrong (2008, 2009), Katie Frerking (2013), Nikki Luckhurst (2002, 2004) and Holli Wilkins (2012) on this distinguished list.    Congratulations to both players and Coach Azar for this well deserved recognition.

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Monday, March 30
McDonald, Booker earn AJC All State honors while Azar selected AA Coach of the Year
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently released its All State teams and Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald and junior Cairo Booker were among the honorees.  McDonald was selected First Team All State while Booker was selected Second Team All State.  Coach Jan Azar was selected Class AA Coach of the Year.  This is McDonald's second selection to the First Team having also earned this honor last season.  Booker is making her first appearance on the AJC All State team.  McDonald becomes the third Wesleyan player to earn First Team All State honors in multiple seasons.  Nikki Luckhurst earned First Team All State in 2002, 2003 and 2004 while Anne Marie Armstrong was named to the First Team in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  Congratulations to both players and Coach Azar for this well deserved recognition.

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Monday, March 30
Wesleyan trio earns Gwinnett County awards from Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Senior Nikki McDonald and junior Cairo Booker were named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All Gwinnett County team as the AJC released its All County Teams of the Year last Friday.  McDonald earned First Team All Gwinnett honors while Booker was named Honorable Mention.  Coach Jan Azar was selected Gwinnett County Coach of the Year.  This is McDonald's second AJC First Team All Gwinnett mention earning this honor last season as a junior.  This is the first such honor for Stevens.  Azar has twice before been honored as Gwinnett Coach of the Year by the AJC having won the award in 2006 and 2012.  Congratulations to both players and their coach.

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Sunday, March 22
Gwinnett Daily Post releases All County Teams with McDonald, Booker, Azar as honorees
Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald and junior Cairo Booker were named All Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post as the newspaper released its All County teams recently. McDonald was selected First Team All County, while Booker was selected to the Third Team. It's the first such honor for Booker while McDonald was named First Team All County last season.



2015 GDP All Gwinnett

Sunday, March 22
McDonald, Azar named Gwinnett Tipoff Club Player, Coach of Year respectively
The Gwinnett Tipoff Club recently released its annual year end awards and Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald was named Co-Player of the Year along with Buford's Camille Anderson. Wesleyan was named Co-Team of the Year along with AAAA state champion Buford. Coach Jan Azar shared Co-Coach of the Year honors with Buford Coach Gene Durden while McDonald and junior Cairo Booker were selected First Team All County. Wesleyan sophomore Natalie Armstrong was selected Second Team All County. This was McDonald's second First Team All County selection having also earned the honor Gwinnett Tipoff Club.

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Monday, March 9
Final AJC All Classification Rankings

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Saturday, March 7
STATE CHAMPS ONCE AGAIN!


Saturday, March 7
Fourth time is charm as Wesleyan knocks off previously unbeaten, No. 1 Holy Innocents 45-31 to secure 11th state championship
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Lauren Frerking and Natalie Armstrong celebrate as final buzzer sounds

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

WESLEYAN LADY WOLVES - 2015 AA STATE CHAMPS 

Photos by Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gwinnett Daily Post



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Wesleyan players react to final horn securing 11th state championship

Monday, March 9
WESLEYAN DYNASTY
Since 2001 Wesleyan has appeared in the state championship game 14 times winning 11 championships with three runner up finishes and one quarterfinal appearance. No other program in the state can claim a run of success that remotely approaches this.

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Cairo Booker slips past Holy Innocents' Sydney Long
Saturday, March 7
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Nikki McDonald looks to drive past Holy Innocents defender

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

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


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

Saturday, March 8
Seniors help Kendrick pull away in fourth quarter, Wesleyan denied 7th straight title
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Lauren Frerking tries to get through Kendrick defense

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

Photos courtesy of Brian Morgan/Gwinnett Daily Post 



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Wesleyan freshman Mikayla Coombs shoots over Kendrick senior Deja Cheatham

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Amaya Register shoots over Holy Innocents's Khayla Pointer
Saturday, March 7
State Championship game pics
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Noni Thompkins stretches for a rebound with Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell

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Natalie Armstrong defends Erika Cassell

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Danielle Summers, Bailey Edwards, Capri Frazier and Katie Stipe cheer
State Championship game pics
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Carrington Coombs, Andrew Azar and Josh Kavel cheer on the Lady Wolves

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2015 CLASS AA STATE CHAMPS

Monday, March 2
State Tournament Brackets

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Friday, February 27
In sync Lady Wolves rout sixth ranked Lovett 60-39, advance to 12th straight state championship game
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Lauren Frerking looks to pass around Lovett's Quinn Barry

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



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

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Nikki McDonald shoots over Lovett's Carrie Mutombo
Saturday, February 28
More Lovett pix
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Amaya Register releases a three point attempt over Lovett's Jenna Brown

Wesleyan Final Four History

2001 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 68, Wilcox County 36 

2002 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 65, Taylor County 40

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

2005 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 89, Dublin 57

2006 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 65, Screven County 45

2007 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 51, Randolph Clay 49

2008 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 89, Savannah Christian 65

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

2010 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 66, Taylor County 44

2011 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 70, Calvary Day 33

2012 Class A Semifinal - Wesleyan 55, Taylor County 40

2013 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 83, Thomasville 34

2014 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 68, Laney 64

2015 Class AA Semifinal - Wesleyan 60, Lovett 39 



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Natalie Armstrong backs down Lovett's Carrie Mutumbo


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

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

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

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Natalie Armstrong shoots over two Brooks County defenders

Friday, February 20
No. 5 Putnam County no match for No. 3 Wesleyan as Lady Wolves reach 15th straight Elite Eight
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Nikki McDonald shoots over Putnam's Brittany Simmons and Ebony Hargrove

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

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Danielle Summers drives on Putnam's Rykia Pennamon

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Cairo Booker drives past Putnam's Wykessia Butts

Saturday, February 21
More Putnam County pix
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Natalie Armstrong shoots over Putnam's Brittany Simmons

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Noni Thompkins scores two of her ten points

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

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Sutton West and Jameson Kavel surround Bowdon's Daniya Stephens

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

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

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

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Cairo Booker attempts to drive on Lovett's Carrie Mutumbo

Saturday, February 14
Region Tournament Brackets

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

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Danielle Summers takes runner jumper over Pace defender

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

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Nikki McDonald shoots over Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell

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

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



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Friday, January 30
No 3 Wesleyan powers past No. 9 Lovett led by McDonald, Booker
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Cario Booker drives baseline during 71-62 win over Lovett

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



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Amaya Register and Bailey Edwards trap Lovett player

Tuesday, January 27
Edwards, McDonald post double doubles, lead Wesleyan to 84-33 thrashing of GAC
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Lauren Frerking passes over three GAC defenders

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



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Natalie Armstrong looks to shoot over GAC post player

Wesleyan routs Kell in respite from region schedule
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Nikki McDonald lays one up vs. Kell

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



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Lauren Frerking battles with Kell defenders

Thursday, January 22
Freshman Register's skills on display as Lady Wolves rout KIPP
Wesleyan had no trouble with KIPP Atlanta on Tuesday night as they posted a 72-11 region win on the road. The Lady Wolves were led by freshman Amaya Register who had the most productive game of her young varsity career. Register scored 12 points, on 62% shooting from the field to go with eight assists, five rebounds and four steals. Nikki McDonald was Wesleyan's leading scorer with 15 points to go with six rebounds. Cairo Booker added 11 points, five steals, four boards and a pair of assists for the Lady Wolves who improve to 15-5 overall, 7-1 in region action. Wesleyan will next face Class AAAAAA Kell on Saturday in the Wesleyan Winter Showcase. The Showcase features eight local teams playing at one venue and is a chance for college coaches to see players with their high school teams. The Lady Wolves will take on Kell at 5:30 PM.

Friday, January 16
Kavel leads Wesleyan romp over Hapeville to earn Azar's 450th career win
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Amaya Register shoots over Hapeville defenders
Wesleyan defeated Hapeville Charter 58-34 Friday night in a region win at Wesleyan and earned Coach Jan Azar the 450th win of her career...all of which occurred at Wesleyan. The Lady Wolves started off slowly and with many substitutions in the first quarter. The teams were tied at 10 entering the second. The team started playing for cohesively and with more energy in the second quarter and outscored Hapeville 24-7 opening a 34-17 lead at halftime. The Lady Wolves won the third quarter 11-9 and the fourth 13-8 to earn the 24-point victory. Sophomore Jameson Kavel led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 13 points including three three-pointers. She also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a solid all around effort. Nikki McDonald, who was honored before tipoff with a plaque commemorating her recently achieved 1000th career point, had 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Lady Wolves. Amaya Register added nine points, a game high eight steals, seven rebounds and two assists. Wesleyan improves to 13-5 overall, 6-1 in region play with the win. They will next face KIPP Atlanta for the second time this season in a region contest at KIPP. Wesleyan won the first meeting 79-17 back on December 9. Tipoff is 6:00 PM next Tuesday at KIPP.

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Jameson Kavel battles for loose ball with Hapeville players

Wednesday, January 14
Five score in double figures as Lady Wolves pound Pace 75-13
Wesleyan had no problem with Pace Academy Tuesday night as they defeated the Knights 75-13 in a romp at Pace. All players saw plenty of playing time as five Wesleyan players scored in double figures.  Nikki McDonald led the way with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals.  Cairo Booker scored 10 points to go with eight assists, eight steals and seven rebounds. Amaya Register added 10 points, and two assists while Capri Frazier scored 10 points and barely missed a double-double as she grabbed nine rebounds. Katie Stipe put up 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. Bailey Edwards chipped in six points and a team high 10 boards. Wesleyan improves to 13-5 overall, 5-1 in region play.  They will next face Hapeville Charter in another region contest Friday night at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Sunday, January 11
Top ranked Holy Innocents pulls away in fourth quarter to grab 59-49 win over No. 3 Wesleyan
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Cairo Booker elevates as Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell defends

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

Junior Varsity

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Natalie Armstrong tries to get around Holy Innocents defense

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

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Bailey Edwards drives as Lovett's Ellie McCollam defends

Wednesday, January 7
Wesleyan bounces back from ugly loss with big win over GAC
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Nikki McDonald posted a double-double vs. GAC
The Lady Wolves were able to put  the memories of Saturday's ugly loss to Loganville behind them as they chalked up a dominating 61-26 region win over rival Greater Atlanta Christian Tuesday night. Wesleyan scored the first eight points of the game en route to a 17-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter.  GAC righted it's ship in the second quarter as Wesleyan outscored the Lady Spartans 15-10 in the period to take a 32-14 lead into halftime. The final dagger came in the third as Wesleyan put the pedal to the floor outscoring GAC 18-2 taking an insurmountable 50-16 lead into the fourth. Nikki McDonald posted another double-double with a game leading 25 points and 14 rebounds to go with five steals.  Cairo Booker scored 10 points and had a game high six assists to go with eight rebounds and a game high six steals.  Lauren Frerking added eight points, five steals, three assists and two boards in her most solid all around performance of the season thus far.  Though this game didn't have quite the drama as some Wesleyan-GAC games in the past, it was a positive for Wesleyan as the team played a solid game and gave great effort for four quarters. Wesleyan improves to 11-4, 3-0 in region with the win and will next face Lovett Thursday night in another region contest. Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Wesleyan.

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

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Lauren Frerking defends Loganville player

Friday, January 2
Lady Wolves claim WNC Holiday Classic title in Asheville, Booker tourney MVP
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2014 WNC Holiday Classic Champs

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



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Tournament MVP Cario Booker during semi final win over Rabun Gap

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Lauren Frerking during title game vs. BHP
Friday, January 2
Pics from Asheville
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Natalie Armstrong defends Asheville Christian player

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

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Cairo Booker splits defenders vs. Asheville Christian


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

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Sunday, December 21
Down double digits early, Wesleyan storms back to pound Alabama power Sparkman 47-31
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Danielle Summers locks down on Sparkman guard
Wesleyan turned what was looking like a blow out loss into a blow out win Saturday afternoon in the War Eagle Classic showcase event at Woodward Academy.   Wesleyan defeated Sparkman, the Alabama Class AAAAAA runner up last season, 47-31 in a game with two faces.  The first face was rather ugly for Wesleyan.  After jumping out to a 5-2 lead early, the Lady Wolves endured a long scoring drought as Sparkman went on a 15-0 run taking a 17-5 lead. Cairo Booker hit a big three-pointer to close out the first quarter to give Wesleyan a little momentum heading into the second with Sparkman, ranked No. 4 in Class 7A in Alabama, leading 17-8. In the second quarter, Wesleyan did a nice job of chipping away at the Sparkman lead while not allowing the Sparkman shooters the open looks they enjoyed in the first quarter.  Wesleyan outscored Sparkman 11-7 in the period cutting the lead to 22-19 at halftime.   The Lady Wolves began the third quarter on a 10-0 run taking a 29-23 lead with 3:45 left in the period.  The team really did a good job closing out on Sparkman's shooters, while controlling the glass and not allowing many second opportunities.   Wesleyan outscored Sparkman 17-3 in the third quarter to take a 36-25 lead into the fourth. Wesleyan won the fourth quarter 11-6 to close out the game.  After being down 17-5 in the first quarter, Wesleyan outscored Sparkman 42-16 the rest of the way.  Nikki McDonald continued her solid play with 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals.  Booker added 15 points, six assists, three boards and three steals as Wesleyan improves to 7-3 on the season.  The team will now get a week off to enjoy Christmas before travelling to Asheville, North Carolina for a Christmas tournament next week.  They will face Asheville Christian on Monday, December 29 at 5:30 PM at UNC-Asheville.

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

Friday, December 19
McDonald's 29 power Wesleyan past Woodward 71-42
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Nikki McDonald scores on a reverse layup in win over Woodward

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



Monday, December 15
Lady Wolves gradually emerge from funk, dismantle Gainesville 49-23
Clearly still in a funk from the previous night's unlikely loss to Buford, Wesleyan finally awoke in the fourth quarter to defeat Class AAAAA Gainesville 49-23 Saturday night at Gainesville. Things started well enough for the Lady Wolves as they took a 14-6 lead at the end of one. Gainesville chipped away at the lead in the second quarter as Wesleyan had trouble finding the basket.  The Lady Elephants outscored Wesleyan 12-6 in the period to pull within two trailing 20-18 at the half.   The third quarter was rather forgettable as neither team was sharp.  A total of seven points were scored by both teams.  Due to Wesleyan upping its defensive pressure, Gainesville scored only one of those points.  Wesleyan led 26-19 heading into the fourth.  In the fourth quarter, the collective funk that had fallen over the team disintegrated.  The Lady Wolves began to click on all cylinders and outscored Gainesville 23-4, scoring almost as many points in the fourth quarter as in the previous three combined.  Wesleyan won going away.  Nikki McDonald led the scoring effort with 17 points to go with five rebounds.  Cairo Booker added 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals, while Lauren Frerking scored nine points to with two boards and two steals.  Natalie Armstrong scored six points while pulling down a team high seven rebounds. Wesleyan improves to 5-3 on the season with the win and will next face Class AAAA Woodward on Friday at Woodward.  Tipoff is 7:00 PM.

Monday, December 15
Buford squeaks past Wesleyan on layup at buzzer
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Cario Booker goes for a steal vs. Buford

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

Photos by Gwinnett Daily Post



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Nikki McDonald shoots over Buford defender

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

Monday, December 8
Wesleyan opens region play with 75-28 win over Hapeville
Wesleyan faced Hapeville Charter in its first region contest of the season and posted a resounding 75-28 road win Friday night at Hapeville.  The Lady Wolves started off hot leading 18-5 after one period.  Hapeville had it's most productive offensive quarter of the game in the second period scoring 10 points.  Wesleyan put up 22 however and took a 40-15 lead into halftime.  The second half mirrored the first as Wesleyan outscored Hapeville 35-13 in the half.  Nikki McDonald posted another double double as she had 15 points, 15 rebounds, five steals, two blocked shots and two assists in a fine all around performance. Natalie Armstrong also had a double double as she scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds to go with a pair of assists. Seniors Danielle Summers and Lauren Frerking each scored 10 points.  Summers also had four steals and two boards while Frerking chipped in three assists.  Sophomores Jameson Kavel and Katie Stipe scored nine points each.  Kavel also had four assists, two rebounds and two steals. With the win Wesleyan improves to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in region.  The Lady Wolves continue region action against KIPP Atlanta in their first ever meeting on Tuesday night at Wesleyan in the Lady Wolves' home opener.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Monday, December 1
Lady Wolves drop first two but save face with win in third game of Parkview round robin
Wesleyan played three games in the Parkview Holiday Classic before the Thanksgiving break with mixed results. The format was a round robin meaning three games against three opponents on a neutral court but not in the traditional "tournament" sense....no winners bracket or champion etc. In Wesleyan's first game against Class AAAAAA Hillgrove, the Lady Wolves got down early. Down by as much as 16 in the first half, Wesleyan battled back to cut the lead to three late in the second half but couldn't make it all the way back as they fell 59-53. Wesleyan also suffered its second knee injury to a player in as many games as freshman point guard Amaya Register went down in the first half...just one game after sophomore guard Mikayla Coombs was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Hopefully Amaya will return to action soon. In game two, Wesleyan faced another Class AAAAAA team in Mays. The Lady Wolves kept it close in the first half trailing only 26-23 at the break but Mays was able to extend their lead in the second half as Wesleyan's shooting went cold. Mays won 57-43. The Lady Wolves salvaged the Parkview event by winning game three another Class AAAAAA school Forest Park. Wesleyan broke a 20-20 tie at halftime outscoring Forest Park 21-14 in the third quarter and held on in the fourth to win 53-46. Senior Elon signee Nikki McDonald had a monster game posting a double double scoring 26 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. After taking a break from games for the Thanksgiving holidays, the Lady Wolves will return to action this Friday, December 5. It will be the first region game of the season for Wesleyan as they will travel to Hapeville to take on the Lady Hornets of Hapeville Charter. Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Thursday, November 20
Wesleyan opnes season with win over South Gwinnett but could come at a cost
Wesleyan opened its 2014-2015 campaign with a 44-27 win over Class AAAAAA South Gwinnett on Wednesday afternoon in the Hilton Tipoff Classic at Norcross High School.  The win however was dampened by an injury to sophomore Mikayla Coombs who went down early in the first quarter with a knee injury. In the first meeting between Wesleyan and South Gwinnett in four years, the Lady Wolves led 11-9 at the end of the first.  The team settled in during the second quarter as South Gwinnett had trouble handling Wesleyan's defense.  The Lady Wolves outscored the Comets 15-3 in the period to take a 26-13 lead into halftime.  The teams played evenly in the third quarter with Wesleyan holding onto a 37-25 lead heading into the fourth.  Nikki McDonald and Cairo Booker led the Lady Wolves' scoring effort with nine points apiece. McDonald also had six rebounds and four steals while Booker had three assists, three rebounds and two steals.  Sophomore Natalie Armstrong contributed eight points, six boards and two blocks while fellow sophomore Bailey Edwards had seven points, two rebounds and two steals.  Coombs scored five points and pulled down two boards in her brief appearance.  Wesleyan is now 1-0 on the season and 4-0 all time vs. South Gwinnett.  The Lady Wolves will next face Class AAAAA Mays in the Parkview Tipoff Classic on Saturday at Parkview.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Monday, July 14
McDonald accepts scholarship offer from Elon
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McDonald from action during 2013-2014 season
Rising Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald has made a verbal commitment to attend and play basketball for Elon University.  Elon, an NCAA Division I university located in Elon, North Carolina, recently moved from the Southern Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association whose members are College of Charleston, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington, Northeastern, Towson and William & Mary. McDonald was an integral member of Wesleyan's 2012 and 2013 state championship teams and the 2014 state runner up team.  She earned first team All State honors as a junior this past season as she led the Lady Wolves in scoring averaging 14.2 points per game.  She also led the team in rebounds per game (7.3), charges taken (19) and 3-point percentage (36.0).  McDonald becomes the 25th player in Wesleyan's girls basketball program to earn a full Division I basketball scholarship and 27th player overall to earn a basketball scholarship.  Congratulations to Nikki on her decision.

Friday, November 8

2012-2013 Season News Articles



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

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


Sunday, March 9
More Kendrick pix2
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Cario Booker tries to get by Kendrick's Deja Cheatham

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Riley Casey drives down the floor in state title game

Thursday, February 27
State Tournament Brackets


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

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Nikki McDonald guards Laney's Wynetta Wright

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

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Keevana Edwards goes for two against Jefferson front line

Monday, February 24
Lady Wolves advance to 14th straight Elite Eight as Calhoun falls 84-48 in second round
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Devyn Lowe drives toward the basket in win over Calhoun

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

 



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Jameson Kavel looks to drive past Calhoun defender

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

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Wesleyan bench celebrates Jameson Kavel drive to the basket

Saturday, February 22
More Union County pix
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Bailey Edwards shoots over Union defender

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Devyn Lowe looks to pass during win over Union County

Tuesday, February 18
Wesleyan comes from behind to take region championship with 55-52 OT thriller over GAC
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Keevana Edwards grabs one of her game-high 10 rebounds

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



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Landyn Duley's game tying layup late in fourth quarter

Wednesday, February 19
Region 6-AA Champs


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2014 Region 6-AA Champs

Sunday, February 16
Region Tournament Brackets

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Monday, February 17
Duley's double double leads Lady Wolves past Westminster in region tourney semis
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Landyn Duley scores two of her 12 points
After yet another long layoff due to snowy weather, Wesleyan finally played a basketball game Monday night as they defeated Westminster 67-52 in the semi-finals of the Region 6-AA Tournament at Wesleyan.  Both teams hadn't played a game since they played each other on the final game of the regular season 10 days ago on February 7th.  Due to two different snow events in the Atlanta area, Wesleyan had only played three games in the past 23 days.  The rust was evident in the first quarter as the teams traded baskets most of the way.  Wesleyan led 12-11 at the end of the one.   The Lady Wolves upped the lead to double digits in the second quarter but Westminster hit a layup as time expired to cut the lead to 31-24 at halfime.  The Lady Wolves had spurts of brilliance in the third with a series of steals and point conversions on the other end.  After a 20-7 run to open the third quarter, Wesleyan's lead grew to 51-31 with about two minutes remaining in the period. Wesleyan led 57-40 heading into the fourth quarter.  The teams traded baskets the rest of the way.  The Wesleyan defense was had issues tonight as Westminster had numerous scores simply by beating the defense down the floor after made Wesleyan baskets.  This can't happen down the road.  Hopefully the rust is gone and the team can get back to business.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs led Wesleyan's scoring effort with 15 points to go with six rebounds, a steal and an assist.  Sophomore Cairo Booker scored 13 points and had three assists, three steals, two boards and one blocked shot. Senior Landyn Duley recorded her first double double of the season tonight as she had 12 points and 10 rebounds including eight on the defensive end. She also had two assists and a steal. Junior Lauren Frerking put up nine points, six boards, two steals and an assist while fellow junior Nikki McDonald chipped in seven points, six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot. Senior Keevana Edwards had five points, four steals, four rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist while freshman Devyn Lowe added four points, four rebounds, four steals, and three assists.   With the win, Wesleyan improves to 22-3 on the season and advances to region tournament championship game where they will face Greater Atlanta Christian which defeated Lovett 51-42 in its semi-final.  Tipoff is 7:00 tomorrow night at Wesleyan. 

Friday, February 7
Regular season draws to a close with road win over Westminster, region tourney next
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Mikayla Coombs floats to two points in win over Westminster

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



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Riley Casey and Lauren Frerking present obstacle for Westminster player

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

Monday, February 3
K. Edwards shines on Senior Night with triple double performance
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Bailey Edwards shoots for two in win over Hapeville

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



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

Saturday, January 25
McDonald unloads five threes as AA No. 1 Wesleyan crushes AAA No. 1 Buford 61-39
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Cairo Booker runs down loose ball in win over Buford

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

 



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Devyn Lowe and Landyn Duley apply defensive pressure to Buford player

Friday, January 24
Wesleyan remains unbeaten in region as threes rain on Lovett
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Bailey Edwards gathers the ball pior to shooting
Wesleyan improved to 5-0 in region and 18-2 overall with an 85-27 win over Lovett at Wesleyan Friday night.  The Lady Wolves raced to a big early lead aided by three first quarter three pointers by Landyn Duley, Nikki McDonald and Devyn Lowe.  The rout was on as Wesleyan took a 26-4 lead into the second quarter.  The offensive onslaught continued in the second quarter as Wesleyan outscored Lovett 25-10 taking a 51-14 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan connected on nine three-pointers by halftime and had a total of 13 for the game as the team shot 52% from behind the arc on 13-for-25 shooting.  The team was also stellar from the free throw line shooting 80% on 8-for10 shooting.  McDonald led with 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.  Lowe scored 16 points and had three steals and two rebounds.  Casey added 14 points shooting 60% from the three point line.  She also had three steals and two assists.  Duley chipped in eight points, four boards, three assists and two steals.  Next up for Wesleyan is Class AAA No. 1 ranked Buford (18-1) as the two sets of Lady Wolves renew their annual rivalry.  Wesleyan has won four straight in the series and 26 of the last 28 meetings between the two.  Wesleyan leads the overall series with Buford 26-7.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM at Wesleyan.

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Riley Casey controls the point

Tuesday, January 21
After slow start Wesleyan gets serious, pounds Westminster 75-33
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Natalie Armstrong gets a rebound and put back against Westminster
An ugly first quarter turned into a blowout as Wesleyan defeated Westminster 75-33 in a region contest Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves found themselves facing an early 8-2 deficit against the game visitors from Buckhead.  Westminster hit a pair of threes early on and Wesleyan was sloppy on the offensive end having trouble locating the basket.  Westminster was slicing through the Lady Wolves' press like a knife through hot butter.  A Coach Azar timeout changed the direction of the game as Wesleyan closed the first quarter on an 8-2 run taking a 10-8 lead at the end of the period.  The offensive flood gates opened in the second sparked by a pair of Taylor Casey three-pointers.  Wesleyan's press also found its footing causing numerous Westminster turnovers which were converted to points on the other end.  Wesleyan outscored Westminster 30-10 in the second taking a 40-18 lead into halftime.  The third quarter mirrored the second as Wesleyan's defense continued to force turnovers which turned into layups on the other end.  The Lady Wolves outscored Westminster 24-8 in the period to lead 64-26 going into the shortened, six-minute fourth.  Credit the Lady Wildcats for coming out fired up and ready to play.  They are a well coached, fundamentally sound bunch.  Wesleyan had three players score in double figures led by freshman Mikayla Coombs' 13 points. She narrowly missed a double-double as she grabbed a game high nine rebounds to go with a steal and an assist.  Senior Keevana Edwards scored 12 points to go with six rebounds, three blocks and two assists.  Junior Nikki McDonald filled the stat sheets with a fine all around performance putting up 12 points, six boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks.  Senior Landyn Duley was also present in many statistical categories with nine points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.  Sophomore Taylor Casey scored eight points which included a pair of threes while also pulling down four rebounds and recording a pair of steals.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 17-2, 4-0 in region while Westminster falls to 7-11, 1-2.  The Lady Wolves will next play Lovett Friday night at 5:30 at Wesleyan.

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Jameson Kavel launches a three from the corner

Tuesday, January 21
Varsity, JV teams attend Wofford-Samford game to support three former Lady Wolves
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Wesleyan Varsity and JV teams pose with Logan, Jordan and Brittany
Yesterday the varsity and junior varsity teams along with coaches, traveled two hours to and from Birmingham to watch former Lady Wolves Logan Morris ('10) and Jordan Frazier ('12) of Wofford, and Brittany Stevens ('13) of Samford as the two Southern Conference schools faced each other in a conference game at Samford. All three former Wesleyan players were in their school's respective starting lineups as Wesleyan grads often accounted for 30% of the players on the floor. Samford won the game 64-52 and all three former Wesleyan players enjoyed full support from the Wesleyan contingent at the game.

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Logan, Jordan and Brittany with their former coaches

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

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Cairo Booker tries to squeeze through Brentwood trio

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

Friday, January 10
Packed house sees No. 1 Wesleyan outlast No. 6 GAC 55-49
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Nikki McDonald tries to get past GAC's Lexi Mann

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



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Devyn Lowe shoots over GAC's Grace Jafojo

Tuesday, January 7
Region play begins on high note as Wesleyan whips Lovett 67-28
After playing its last five games in the coastal cities of Charleston and Savannah, the Lady Wolves headed back north to the frozen tundra of Atlanta, GA as temperatures outside hit the single digits locally.  Luckily basketball is played indoors so the cold temperatures outside did not affect the hot recent play of the Lady Wolves.  Wesleyan played its first region game of the season tonight and throttled Lovett 67-28 in a road win. Wesleyan put the defensive clamps on early taking a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Lovett finally got itself going in the second quarter but was still outscored 13-8 in the period.  Wesleyan led 33-10 at the half. Junior Nikki McDonald matched the Lady Lions scoring output in the third quarter as she scored nine points and Wesleyan won the period 25-9.  The fourth quarter was reduced to six minutes.  Te'erica Eason led all scorers as she scored 18 of Lovett's 28 points.  McDonald was Wesleyan's leading scorer with 16 points. She had her second straight double double as she also pulled down a game high 10 rebounds to go with five steals and an assist.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman Devyn Lowe narrowly missed a double double as scored nine points and had nine steals to go with five assists and five rebounds.  Senior Keevana Edwards chipped in seven points and seven boards while sophomore Taylor Casey put up five points and a team high six assists. Junior Lauren Frerking scored four points while freshmen Bailey Edwards and Natalie Armstrong scored four points apiece while grabbing four and five rebounds respectively.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 13-2 overall, 1-0 in region play while Lovett drops to 4-10, 0-1.  The Lady Wolves will next face No. 6 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian on Friday at Wesleyan.  It will be just the third home game of the season for Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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

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Saturday, January 4
Quick trip to the Coast ends with 74-20 drilling of Savannah Country Day
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Mikayla Coombs drives baseline vs. Savannah Country Day defender

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

 



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Landyn Duley shoots over SCD defender

Friday, January 3
Double double by McDonald vaults Wesleyan past Calvary Day
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Nikki McDonald launches a three pointer vs. Calvary Day

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

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

 



Tuesday, December 31
Carolina Invitiational Brackets

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

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



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Lauren Frerking defends Lake Mary player's layup

Sunday, December 29
Late Wesleyan comeback effort falls short as Mt. Tabor (NC) advances to title game
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Nikki McDonald works against Mt. Tabor post player
Two letters describe Wesleyan's semi-final game with Mt. Tabor (NC).  P and U.  It was not a good night for the Lady Wolves as anything that could go wrong did in their 42-37 loss in the semi-finals of the Carolina Invitational at Bishop England High School in Charleston.  Wesleyan started the game with leads of 4-0 and 6-2 before Mt. Tabor closed the first quarter on a 7-3 run to knot the game at 9-9. The wheels came off in the second quarter as Mt. Tabor sat back in a zone defense that Wesleyan simply could not break due to poor three-point shooting.  Wesleyan was one and done on the offensive end as Mt. Tabor's larger interior players would rebound Wesleyan's misses and convert on the other end.  Mt. Tabor outscored Wesleyan 18-7 in the second quarter to take a 27-16 lead into halftime.  The first six minutes of the third quarter were a nightmare as the Lady Wolves simply couldn't score.  Threes rimmed out, layups were missed, turnovers piled up.  Mt. Tabor's lead grew as large as 15 at one point.  With about two minutes left in the period, Wesleyan was down 31-18.  With a flurry of defensive activity, the Lady Wolves awoke from their collective funk and did what they do, cause turnovers from its press which resulted in points.  Wesleyan closed the third quarter on an 8-0 run to cut Mt. Tabor's lead to 31-26 heading into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan won the third quarter  10-4.  The stoppage in play killed all of Wesleyan's momentum however as Mt. Tabor opened the fourth quarter with an uncontested three and then a two and the lead was back to 10 ad 36-26 in this low scoring game.  Again the Lady Wolves clawed their way back into the game but could get no closer than the five-point final margin.  Wesleyan's undoing was mostly self-inflicted as the team simply lacked a collective energy for most of the game.  Hopefully a lesson was learned for this young team that they must come to play every night.  Mikayla Coombs lead the scoring with nine points to go with eight rebounds and five steals.  Landyn Duley scored six points and had three steals and two rebounds while Nikki McDonald added six points, two steals and two rebounds.   The most telling stat of the night was Wesleyan's three point shooting.  Usually one of the team's strong suits, it failed them this night as the team shot a collective 8% from the three point line on 2-for-23 shooting.  This is a game for the team to simply put behind them and move on.  The team will next face Lake Mary from the Orlando area, on Monday at 12:30 PM in the tournaments's 3rd place game of the Carolina Invitational.

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

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Taylor Casey gets tangled up with West Mecklenburg player

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

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Lauren Frerking and Landyn Duley trap Brookwood's Caitlin Cushenberry

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

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

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

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



Saturday, December 7
Balanced scoring, porous defense highlight dominant win over Darlington
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Cairo Booker scored 10 points in 78-55 win over Darlington
Wesleyan dominated Darlington from start to finish Friday night posting a 78-55 road win in Rome.  Though Wesleyan took a double digit lead early the second quarter, a lead that would never go back to single digits, the impressive defense displayed in the 59-26 win over Class AAAAA No. 3 ranked Forest Park earlier in the week was less evident tonight.  Wesleyan led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter.  In the second, the lead grew to double digits.  It seemed each time Darlington would convert on the offensive end, sometimes after breaking Wesleyan's press, a Wesleyan player would counter with a three on the other end. The Lady Wolves outscored the host Tigers 23-9 in the period taking a 40-17 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan's defensive woes continued in the second half as defenders often arrived at the scene late and whistles often blew for reaching fouls or blocking calls. Wesleyan outscored Darlington 25-19 in the third taking a 65-36 lead into the fourth. A telling stat on the night was free throws.  Darlington, ranked No. 9 in Class A, made 27 on the evening which accounted for 49% of its point total.  Wesleyan converted 18 free throws which accounted for 23% of its points on the night. Positives for the game include the number of contibutors Wesleyan had on the offensive end as 11 different players got in the scoring column.  Wesleyan also hit 10 three-pointers on the night.  Freshman Riley Casey had the best game her young varsity career as she had a team high 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.  She was also a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc.  Senior Landyn Duley also had her best game of the season scoring 12 points while swiping a team high five steals to go with a pair of assists. She also canned a pair of threes. Sophomore Cairo Booker had 10 points, four steals and four assists for the Lady Wolves while freshman Devyn Lowe scored nine points and had a team high five assists to go with three boards and two steals.  She was 3-for-6 from the three-point line.  Freshman Mikayla Coombs chipped in eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots while sophomore Taylor Casey added seven points including a pair of threes.  Junior Lauren Frerking and senior Keevana Edwards each chipped in six points for Wesleyan.  Edwards also had five boards and a blocked shot.  Wesleyan improves to 6-0 on the season with the victory.  Despite the margin of victory, the Lady Wolves have some things to shore up defensively which no doubt will get corrected.  Wesleyan does not play again until next Friday when they'll travel to Holy Innocents to take on the Class A No. 2 ranked Lady Bears.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Laruen Frerking goes baseline past Darlington defender

Wednesday, December 4
Defensive minded Lady Wolves slam door on Forest Park with 59-26 blow out
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Landyn Duley pushes past Forest Park defender

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



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Noni Thompkins shoots over Forest Park's Breasia McElrath

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

- John Wooden



Monday, November 18
Parkview Tipoff Classic Brackets

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Tuesday, November 26
Lady Wolves take white bracket championship of Parkview tourney with 57-49 win over Westlake
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Devyn Lowe tries to get past Westlake defender

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



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Parkview Tipoff Classic White Bracket Champs

Thursday, August 29
NCSAA names Frerking National Player of the Year, Azar National Coach of the Year
The National Christian School Athletic Association recently released is All American teams and recent Wesleyan graduate Katie Frerking was named National Player of the Year, the first such award for a Wesleyan player. Coach Jan Azar was named National Coach of the Year by the organization.  This is Coach Azar's second National Coach of the Year award, also earning this distinction in 2006. Frerking also earned First Team All American honors in the NCSAA large school division. In addition to the national awards, Frerking was was named to the NCSAA's Southeast Super Region team as was recent Wesleyan grads Brittany Stevens, Kendra Talley and Paige Mosley.  Congratulations to to Katie, Brittany, Kendra, Paige and Coach Azar for these well deserved honors.

Monday, November 25
McDonald leads Wesleyan to 59-58 overtime thriller over Mountain View in Tipoff Classic semis
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Mikayla Coombs tries to get past two Mountain View defenders

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



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

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

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

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Keevana Edwards battles for rebound



Tuesday, November 19
Wesleyan starts season strong with 74-32 rout of Milton
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Nikki McDonald scored 16 points in win over Milton

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



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Natalie Armstrong goes for rebound during second half

Thursday, August 29
Edwards to continue basketball career at Stetson
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Keevana Edwards
Wesleyan senior Keevana Edwards recently made a verbal commitment to Stetson University where she will continue her academic and athletic careers.  Edwards earned All Region 6-AA honors as a junior last season averaging 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocked shots per game, while helping Wesleyan to its sixth straight state title.  Stetson, located in DeLand, Florida, is and NCAA Division I school participating in the Atlantic Sun Conference along side East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, Northern Kentucky, North Florida, and South Carolina Upstate. Edwards chose Stetson over offeres from North Carolina-Asheville, High Point and Penn.  Congratulations to Keevana on her decision!

Thursday, May 16
Former Wesleyan star Armstrong drafted by WNBA's Atlanta Dream
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Armstrong grabs a rebound at Philips Area in exhibition game vs. Brazil
Former Wesleyan standout Anne Marie Armstrong was selected in the third round of the recent WNBA draft by the Atlanta Dream.  Armstrong, who played college ball at Georgia, is the first Wesleyan graduate (2009) to be drafted by the WNBA.  The Dream are currently in pre-season training camp and recently placed two players on waivers but Armstrong remains on the roster.  Good luck to Anne Marie in her quest to play professional basketball here in the U.S. 

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Armstrong fights for rebound in preseason game vs. Tulsa

Friday, March 29
Gwinnett Tipoff Club honors Wesleyan, Frerking, Stevens, Azar
The Gwinnett Tipoff Club held its year-end banquet last Sunday and Wesleyan was well represented.  Wesleyan was named co-Team of the Year along with AAAAAA state champion Norcross.  Coach Azar shared co-Coach of the Year honors with Norcross Coach Angie Hembree while seniors Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens were selected to the All County team.  Frerking was named First Team All Gwinnett while Stevens earned Second Team honors.  Both players had previously named to the Gwinnett Tipoff Club Team of the Year.  Frerking was Second Team last season while Stevens was Honorable Mention, a category that was not among this seasons awards.

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Friday, March 22
Frerking selected AJC Class AA Player of Year, Frerking, Stevens earn All State accolades

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its All State teams today naming senior Katie Frerking Class AA Player of the Year.  Frerking also was selected First Team All State while fellow senior Brittany Stevens was selected Second Team All State.  Coach Jan Azar was selected Class AA Coach of the Year, her tenth time receiving the Coach of the Year award for her team's classification.  This is Frerking's first selection to the First Team having been selected Second Team All State last season.  Stevens is making her first appearance on the AJC All State team.  Frerking becomes the fourth Wesleyan player to earn the classification state Player of the Year award.  This is the sixth time a Wesleyan player has been named classification nstate player of the year.  Nikki Luckhurst earned this honor in 2002 and 2004, Anne Marie Armstrong was selected in 2008 and 2009 and Holli Wilkins was selected in 2012.  Congratulations to both players and Coach Azar for this well deserved recognition.



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Friday, March 22
Frerking, Stevens named to AJC All Gwinnett team

Seniors Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens were named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All Gwinnett County team as the AJC released its All County Teams of the Year on today.  Frerking earned First Team All Gwinnett honors while Stevens was named Honorable Mention.  This is Frerking's second AJC All Gwinnett mention as she was on the Second Team last season.  This is the first such honor for Stevens.  Congratulations to both players.



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Wednesday, March 20
Wesleyan duo earns Atlanta Tipoff Club honors

Seniors Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens were both named to the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Metro Team of the Year and were honored an awards banquet last night in College Park.  Frerking earned First Team honors while Stevens was named Honorable Mention in this exclusive group of girls basketball players in the metro Atlanta area.  Congratulations to both players.



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Wednesday, March 20
Frerking, Stevens named to Gwinnett Daily Post All County Team

Wesleyan seniors Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens were named All Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post as the newspaper released its All County teams recently.  Frerking was selected First Team All County, while Stevens was selected to the Second Team.  It's the first such honor for Stevens while Frerking was named Second Team All County last season.



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Wednesday, March 20
Final Atlanta Journal-Constitution All Classification Rankings

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Saturday, March 9

SIX STRAIGHT NO DEBATE



No. 1 Wesleyan ties two state records with 76-43 rout of No. 2 Laney
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Brittany Stevens and Katie Frerking hug after winning 4th title together

Seniors lead Lady Wolves to sixth straight state championship, ninth in ten years and tenth in 12 years

Wesleyan has done it again, winning another state championship defeating Laney 76-43 Friday afternoon in the championship game of the 2013 Class AA state tournament at the Macon Coliseum.  This one had all the makings on a heavy weight bout as No. 1 ranked Wesleyan was facing undefeated No. 2 ranked Laney for the title.  Laney had lost in the semifinal round of the state tournament four straight years before finally breaking through this season with a semifinal win over Kendrick last week.  Wesleyan won the opening tip and Brittany Stevens got the Lady Wolves started on the right foot connecting on an early three pointer.  The lead grew to 10-4 as Laney was having difficulty with Wesleyan's press.  Wesleyan also benifitted from four three pointers made in the first quarter by four different players.  In addition to Stevens' three, Landyn Duley, Paige Mosely and CaraMia Tsirigos all connected from behind the arc during the period.  The Lady Wolves ended the first quarter on a 9-6 run taking a 19-10 lead at the end of one.  The three point efficiency didn't continue in the second quarter and the Wesleyan press became discombobulated at times.  More than once a Wesleyan defender was beaten on a long pass down court.  The nine point lead Wesleyan held at the end of the first quarter totally evaporated as Laney's Wynetta Wright hit a jumper with :41 left in the second quarter knotting the score at 25-25.  The tie was short lived however as Cairo Booker made a nice drive to the bucket and scored despite a hard foul to put Wesleyan up 27-25.  Her free throw attempt failed but after a defensive stop, Wesleyan got the ball back.  With under five seconds left in the first half, the Lady Wolves ran a beautifully desinged play as Katie Frerking hit her sister Lauren with a pass around the perimeter.  Lauren launched a three that sailed through the net as the buzzer sounded giving Wesleyan a 30-25 lead going into halftime and most importantly, wrestling the momentum away from Laney.  As has been the case all season, adjustments were made at halftime and Laney paid the price.  Wesleyan scored four quick points to open the second half, both from turnovers, which prompted a Laney time out.  The second half wasn't even a minute old and Laney found themselves down nine at 34-25.  Wesleyan's defensive pressure in the third was more like it was in the first quarter when the early nine point lead was built.  Laney's guards had trouble handling the pressure and turned the ball over on a few occasions.  After overcoming a nine point lead in the first quarter and battling back to tie the game late in the second, the Lady Wildcats found themselves down by nine again.  The lead grew to 42-29 midway through the third quarter.  Wesleyan outscored Laney 23-10 in the period turning a five point lead at halftime into a 18-point lead at the end of the third as the Lady Wolves led 53-35 heading into the fourth.  The Lady Wolves forced nine turnovers in the third.  Wesleyan's full court pressure for three quarters had taken its toll as the Lady Wildcats tired.  The Lady Wolves outscored Laney 23-8 in the fourth and it was over.  Credit the Wesleyan coaches and players for executing an outstaning game plan.  Laney star, 6'4 Khadijiah Cave, a Baylor singee finished the game with 10 points, four of which were from free throws.  She was held below her 23 ppg average and well below the 31 points she put up in Laney's semifinal win over Kendrick.   The Wesleyan defense did an outstaning job limiting her touches as she was not a major factor in the game.   Katie Frerking exploded for 20 second half points after enduring a physical first half scoring eight.  She barely missed a triple double as she scored 28 points, had 11 steals and eight rebounds solidifying herself as one of the best players in Georgia.  Stevens had a double double of her own, her first of the season, as she scored 14 points and had 11 assists.  She also pulled down seven rebounds and had six steals saving her best for last as this was her finest game of the season.  A third senior, Mosely, was the third Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she had 11 points to go with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.  She also had four monster blocked shots and wreaked havoc on the definsive end all game long.  Tsirigos finished the game with three points, five boards and took three huge charges.  She was outstaning defending the big Laney posts.  Sadly, Wesleyan's fifth healthy senior Kendra Talley, went down midway through the first quarter with a knee inury, the extent of which isn't yet known.  She did not return to the game but continued to cheer on her teammates from the sideline for the duration of the game displaying a positive and supportive attitude the entire time despite her extreme disappointment.  Wesleyan's sixth senior, Taylor Blackmon, can relate and she sat with and consoled Talley.  Blackmon suffered and ACL injury last summer and missed her entire senior season but was a tremendous asset to the team all season dispite her inability to be on the floor.  Wesleyan had plenty of non-senior contributions as Duley finished the game with five points, and three steals.  Nikki McDonald added five points, three steals and two rebounds for Wesleyan while Keevana Edwards scored four points and grabbed six rebounds.  Lauren Frerking chipped in three points while Cairo Booker also had three points for the Lady Wolves.  With the win, Wesleyan halted Laney's 30-game win streak and spoiled its quest for an undefeated season.  Laney ends its outstanding season with a record of 30-1.  As for Wesleyan, they finish with a record of 28-4.  The win gives Wesleyan its sixth straight state title which ties the state record held by Hart County which won six straight state titles from 1989-1994.  After winning the Class AA title in 2008 to start this run, Wesleyan was reclassified to Class A and wasn't able to technically defend that AA title.  This title can be considered a successful defense of that AA title with four Class A titles sandwiched in between.  The win also ties the state record for overall girls basketball state championships in Georgia which was held by Taylor County which won its 10 titles in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995 and 2003.  Wesleyan has won state championships in nine out of the last ten years and 10 of the last 12.  No other team has won that many titles in such a condensed amount of time.  Not to be forgotten are Wesleyan's two state runner up finishes.  Over the last 13 seasons, Wesleyan has played in the state championship game 12 times.  Since 2001, the only occasion Wesleyan failed to make it to the state championship game was in a loss in the quarterfinals in 2003.  The level of success accomplished by the Wesleyan girls program during this time is unprecedented in Georgia high school basketball and in team sports in Georgia.  Credit goes to Coach Azar and her incredibly dedicated coaching staff and to all of the hard working, and talented players who have gone through the Wesleyan program over this time period.  Year in and year out, these girls set aside personal goals and accolades for the purpose of Team.  Textbook team basketball was on display today and the result was historic.  We will greatly miss our six seniors, Brittany Stevens, Katie Frerking, Taylor Blackmon, Kendra Talley, CaraMia Tsirogos and Paige Mosely.  But all six will be playing a Division I sport on a full scholarship in college, five in basketball and one in softball.  Quite amazing.   Congratulations to the entire Wesleyan team and coaching staff for a fantastic season and for the historic accomplishments of today.  With their sixth straight championship, Wesleyan left no debate who's tops in the state.

Wesleyan Lady Wolves - 2013 AA State Champions

Photos by Jim Worthington, AJC



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Lady Wolves celebrate state championship win over Laney

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Landyn Duley pulls up for jumper over Laney's Khadijiah Cave
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Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens in attack mode

Wesleyan over the last 13 years

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



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CaraMia Tsirigos nails first half three pointer

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Landyn Duley and Paige Mosely trap Laney player
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Katie Frerking drives as Laney's Aliyah Collier trails

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Brittany Stevens races past Laneys' Donecia Hudson


Saturday, March 9

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2013 AA State Champions

Class AA State Tournament Brackets

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Saturday, March 2
Pressure overwhelms No. 5 Thomasville as Lady Wolves roll 83-34, state championship game next
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Katie Frerking and Kendra Talley trap Thomasville's Ja Dunbar

After a less than stellar effort in the first half, Wesleyan slammed the door in the second and completely overwhelmed No. 5 ranked Thomasville 83-34 in the semi-finals of the 2013 Class AA state tournament Friday night at the Centennial Center on the campus of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.  The Lady Wolves started off strong taking an early 9-1 lead.  Thomasville fought back though going on a 7-4 run to close the lead to 13-8.  Wesleyan countered with its own 12-4 run to close the first quarter taking a 25-12 lead into the second.  Despite outscoring Thomasville 15-10 in the second quarter to take a 40-22 lead into halftime, the Lady Wolves left far too many points sitting on the rim in the period.  There were simply too many missed opportunities for easy buckets evidenced by more than one missed layup and a slew of missed free throws.  Despite the 18-point halftime lead, the Wesleyan coaches were not pleased with the first half effort especially on the definsive end.  Although Thomasville experienced some difficulty with Wesleyan's full court pressure in the first half, it was nothing compared to the second.  Whatever was said in the locker room at halftime worked.  The Lady Wolves clamped down defensively in the third quarter.  There was hustle play after hustle play as the Lady Bulldogs had trouble getting the ball across half court.  When they did manage to do this, the defensive pressure didn't let up and a turnover was often waiting to happen.  Wesleyan outscored Thomasville 24-5 in the third quarter.  All five Thomasville points came from the free throw line.  The Lady Wolves' defense did not allow a single field goal in the period and Thomasville rarely got a second look at the basket.  Wesleyan led 64-27 at the end of three.  In what was a very physical game, the Lady Wolves did not deviate from what they do, apply pressure, force turnovers and capitalize offensively.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes but Wesleyan still managed to score 19 points outscoring Thomasville 19-7 in the final period.  Wesleyan's depth was on display as 11 players scored in this one.  Only one Wesleyan player scored in double figures which is quite unusual when a team puts up 83 points.  That player was Katie Frerking who continued her special season toinight with a double double.  She scored 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to with six steals, three assists and two blocked shots.  She shot 90% from the free throw line going 10-for-11 from the stripe.  She shot 80% from the field on 8-for-10 shooting and was also 1-for-1 from the three point line.   Wesleyan is hardly a one-player act however.  Nikki McDonald scored eight points and had three steals and two rebounds while Landyn Duley also scored eight points and grabbed three boards.  Floor general Brittany Stevens had to sit most of the second quarter on the bench as she picked up her second foul late in the first quarter.  Still she finished with seven points and five assists.  Paige Mosley had a strong night despite also having to sit due to foul trouble.  She put up six points, four assists, three rebounds and three blocked shots.  Kendra Talley added six points, four steals, two rebounds and two assists.  CaraMia Tsirigos finished with four points, five boards and two assists while Keevana Edwards chipped in four points and three rebounds.  Lauren Frerking added four points, two rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot while Cairo Booker scored four points and had three rebounds and two assists.  Taylor Casey capped the evening with a deep three, Wesleyan's final points of the game.  Now back to the defense.  Wesleyan's defense was so stifling, they only allowed Thomasville eight made field goals for the entire game.  Thomasville scored 19 of its 34 points from the free throw line.  Most impressive, Thomasville's first field goal of the second half came with about three minutes left in the game.  They only had two second half field goals and were held to only 12 second half points.  Region 1-AA champion Thomasville ends its season with a 26-3 record. No. 1 ranked Wesleyan improves to 27-4 with the win and advances to the state championship game for the tenth straight year and for the 12th time over the past 13 seasons.  Waiting for Wesleyan will be No. 2 ranked Laney (30-0).  Laney won its semi-final game over No. 3 ranked and previously undefeated Kendrick, 67-44 earlier in the day.  This will be the second ever meeting between the two.  Wesleyan defeated Laney 62-46 in the quarterfinals of the 2006 AA state tournament.  The Lady Wolves will be going for a state record tying sixth straight state title and record tying tenth overall.  Tipoff is Friday, March 8 at 3:00 PM at the Macon Coliseum.

Photos by Jim Worthington, David Azar, Gwinnett Daily Post



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Brittany Stevens drives past Thomasville's Laneisha Douglas

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Nikki McDonald drives around Thomasville's Jennifer Brown
Saturday, March 2
More photos from semi-final win over Thomasville
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CaraMia Tsirigos pulls in one her her five rebounds in win over Thomasville

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Katie Frerking sails to the hoop scoring two of her 29 points

Tuesday, February 26
Wesleyan knocks out No. 4 Calhoun 66-49, advances to 10th straight Final Four
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Katie Frerking looks to pass as Calhoun's Molly Palmer defends
Wesleyan took another step toward the state championship game as they defeated No. 4 ranked Calhoun 66-49 in a hard fought road win Tuesday night at Calhoun in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Class AA State Tournament.  Calhoun held its only lead of the night as they led 2-0 early and the standing room only crowd erupted.  With seemingly most of the town of Calhoun present, it took a few moments for the Lady Wolves to get settled.  Wesleyan ran off the next six points to lead 6-2 however.  Wesleyan built a nine point lead at 17-8 and seemed to be pulling away but as would be the case for most of the first half, Calhoun countered with a run outscoring Wesleyan 5-0 the rest of the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves led 17-13 at the end of the first period.  Calhoun then closed the lead to 17-15 at the beginning of the second quarter.  Wesleyan would pull ahead by five or six and Calhoun would answer.  This was the case for most of the second quarter.  Wesleyan led the Lady Jackets 29-26 with 2:02 left in the second quarter when Lauren Frerking nailed a three from the corner.  After a defensive stop, Katie Frerking hit a baseline jumper, then stole the subsequent inbounds pass and scored on a layup.  In just under two minutes the Wesleyan lead went from three to 10.  The Lady Wolves held a more comfortable 36-26 lead at halftime.  The Lady Wolves established themselves in the early going of the third quarter going on an 11-5 run to take a 47-31 midway through the third.  As was the case in the first half, Calhoun would counter a Wesleyan run with a run of its own.  The Lady Jackets then went on an 8-2 run, courtesy of their ability to get to the free throw line, and cut the Wesleyan lead to 49-39 with just under a minute left in the third quarter.  Similar to how they ended the second quarter, Wesleyan closed out the third with a Katie Frerking jumper, a steal of an inbound pass and a layup but put Wesleyan up 53-39 heading into the fourth.  The Lady Wolves' full court pressure began taking its toll as Calhoun became more impatient in their offensive sets.  They also failed to knock down some of the shots they had made earlier in the game as fatigue was setting in.  Wesleyan outstcored Calhoun 13-10 in the fourth to seal the 66-49 win.  Significantly, Wesleyan never trailed again after being down 2-0 at the beginning of the game.  Also significant, the Lady Wolves maintained at least a 10 point lead the entire second half consistently keeping the Lady Jackets at bay and keeping the partisan crowd calm.  Overall it was a fun and exciting atmosphere to play in.  Every seat was filled as people lined the end zones and were standing whereever there was space.  This was a great experience especially for Wesleyan's younger players that had not previously played in such an environment.  Quite a few seniors had big games for the Lady Wolves. Senior Katie Frerking led Wesleyan with 26 points, 17 of which were scored in the first half.  She also had six steals, six blocked shots, five rebounds and four assists in another outstanding effort.  Senior Brittany Stevens had a nice game as well scoring nine points, dishing five assists and grabbing four rebounds.  Senior Paige Mosley scored seven points while pulling down six boards.  She also had two steals and a blocked shot.  Sophomore Lauren Frerking had a solid game scoring eight points including two timely three pointers that gave Wesleyan breathing room in each instance.  Junior Landyn Duley added eight points for the Lady Wolves including two acrobatic jumpers off of alley oop passes.  She also had three steals.  Junior Keevana Edwards chipped in two points to go with her game high seven rebounds and three blocked shots.  With the loss, Calhoun's 25-game winning streak as well as its season come to an end.  The Region 7-AA champs finish the year with a 26-2 record.  Wesleyan (26-4) now moves on to the Final Four for the 10th straight year where they will face No. 5 ranked Thomasville (26-2).  Region 1-AA champion Thomasville, was a 62-48 winner over Bleckely County in its quarterfinal.  Wesleyan and Thomasville will face off at 7:00 PM Friday at the Centennial Center on the campus of Georgia College and State University.

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Paige Mosley calls for the ball during 66-49 win over Calhoun

Wednesday, February 27
More photos from quarterfinal win over Calhoun
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Landyn Duley guards Calhoun's Daisy Carpenter

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Lauren Frerking eyes Calhoun's Wimberley Roe during first half

Friday, February 22
Wesleyan crushes No. 10 Bremen 75-27, Frerking scores 1000th career point
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CaraMia Tsirigos goes up against Bremen defender
The Lady Wolves got off to another hot start and completely overwhelmed tenth ranked Bremen posting a 75-27 win in the second round of the 2013 AA state tournament Friday night at Wesleyan.  The game was almost a replay of the first round win over Armuchee on Wednesday night as Wesleyan dictated the pace all game long.  It was 26-0 before Bremen scored its first points.  The first quarter ended with Wesleyan holding a 28-2 lead.  Bremen, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AA, had trouble handling Wesleyan's full court pressure in the first half and often didn't make it across half court.  The Lady Wolves outscored Bremen 23-6 in the second quarter and led 51-8 at halftime.  The third and fourth quarters were both reduced to six minutes.  The game was well in hand and Wesleyan played half court defense as opposed to the full court pressure displayed in the first half.  Wesleyan senior Katie Frerking had the highlight of the game as she scored the 1000th point of her career.  This is no easy feat for any player much less one who missed her entire freshman season with an ACL tear and has played on teams with many talented players who can score. She becomes the tenth Wesleyan player to reach the 1000 career point milestone joining Nikki Luckhurst '04, (2393), Anne Marie Armstrong, '09 (2128), Holli Wilkins, '12 (1511), Jenny Hall, '02 (1488), Erin Hall, '10 (1482), Dana Birnie, '01 (1366), Carolyn Whitney, '06 (1322), Grace Leah Baughn, '11 (1208) and Sarah Moye, '05 (1070).  Frerking scored 31 points on the night and actually outscored the entire oppositon for the second straight game.  She also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in a fine all around performance.  Kendra Talley was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she put up 10 points to go with two steals.  Paige Mosley came up big, especially in the early going as she scored nine points while recording two assists, two blocked shots and two rebounds.  Landyn Duley added six points, five assists and three steals for Wesleyan while Brittany Stevens scored four points while dishing a game high nine assists.  The diminutive point guard was second on the team in rebounds with seven and had four steals while doing her usual sensational job running the point.  Cairo Booker and Lauren Frerking each chipped in five points.  They each pullled down two and four rebounds respectively.  CaraMia Tsirigos, Nikki McDonald and Keevana Edwards took care of the glass as they grabbed five, five and six rebounds respectively.  Wesleyan improves its record to 25-4 with the win and advances to the quarterfinals of the state tournament for the 13th straight year.  Wesleyan has never lost in the second round.  For the third straight year Wesleyan eliminated Bremen from the state tournament, each time in the second round.  Bremen ends its season with a record of 22-7.  The Lady Wolves will next face No. 4 ranked Calhoun (26-1), the Region 7-AA champion.  Calhoun defeated Bowdon 81-48 in its second round game and is currently riding a 25 game winning streak.  The game will be played this Tuesday at Calhoun.  Gametime TBA. 

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Katie Frerking goes past Bremen defender. She had 31 points.

Wednesday, February 20
Career high 35 by Frerking leads Wesleyan to 85-29 first round rout of Armuchee
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Landyn Duley drives past Armuchee's Heather Shore

Wesleyan wasted little time establishing itself and the tempo of the game as they ran over, around and past Armuchee posting an 85-29 win in the first round of the 2013 AA state tournament.  The Lady Wolves' full court pressure at times made it difficult for Armuchee to get the ball across half court. Wesleyan benefitted from numerous turnovers from their press and converted them to points on the offensive end.  The Lady Wolves led 25-9 at the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter nearly mirrored the first as Wesleyan outscored Armuchee 25-8 taking a 50-17 lead into halftime.  The full court press was removed in the second half but that didn't mean Wesleyan's defensive intensity waned.  The Lady Wolves pressure did not allow Armuchee to do what it does best, shoot from the outside.  The Lady Indians did not enjoy many open looks at the basket.  This was evident in Wesleyan outscoring Armuchee 24-6 in the third quarter taking a 74-23 lead at the end of the period.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule.  Wesleyan was clicking on all cylanders and Armuchee simply had no answer.  The Lady Wolves really seem to be peaking at the right time.  Katie Frerking scored a career high 35 points in only three quarters of play as she sat out the entire fourth quarter.  She also had a team high seven rebounds along with five assists and five steals.  Kendra Talley scored nine points to go with her five steals, two assists and two rebounds.  Paige Mosley had eight points, four steals and two boards while Keevana Edwards scored eight points while pulling down six rebounds.  Brittany Stevens added six points, four assists and three steals while Nikki McDonald scored seven points and had two steals.  Landyn Duley chipped in four points, four rebounds and three assists.  Armuchee, the No. 4 seed out of Region 7-AA, ends its season with a 14-14 record.  The Lady Wolves improve to 24-4 and advance to the Sweet 16 round of the state tournament.  Wesleyan is now 13-0 all time in state tournament first round games.  They will next face Bremen (22-6), the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AA.  Bremen, ranked No. 10 in the most recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, was a 69-42 winner over Union County in it's first round game.  This will be the third straight year Wesleyan and Bremen have met in the second round of the state tournament.  Wesleyan defeated Bremen 91-27 in the 2011 Class A tournament and 71-34 in the 2012 Class A tournament.  Both were reclassed to AA this year.  The game will be played at Wesleyan Friday night, game time TBA.



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Brittany Stevens saves the ball from going out of bounds in win over Armuchee

Tuesday, February 19
Lady Wolves post 18-1 record against state tournament qualifiers from all classifications

Wesleyan prides itself by playing tough schedules each season and playing good teams from various classifications.  The Lady Wolves have a 18-1 record against teams that qualified for the state tournament in their respective classifications.

Vs. Class AAAAAA (3-0)

Defeated Alcovy, Duluth, Brookwood

 

Vs. Class AAAAA (1-0)

Defeated Southwest Dekalb in preseason scrimmage 

 

Vs. Class AAA (3-0)

Defeated Buford twice, defeated Decatur 

 

Vs. Class AA (9-0)

Defeated Greater Atlanta Christian three times, Westminster three times, Lovett twice and Model 

 

Vs. Class A (2-1)

Defeated Holy Innocents, Darlington, lost to SW Atlanta Christian

 



Saturday, February 16
Frerking's double-double leads Wesleyan to 67-48 region championship win over GAC
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Katie Frerking shoots for two of her 21 points while GAC's CiCi Buford looks on

No. 1 seed Wesleyan won the region 6-AA tournament championship Friday night with a resounding 67-48 drubbing of No. 2 seed Greater Atlanta Christian at Westminster's Turner Gymnasium.  The Lady Wovles got going early jumping out to a 10-4 lead and upped it to 20-10 by the end of the first quarter.  After cutting the Wesleyan lead to eight at 22-14 at the 6:29 mark of the second quarter, the Lady Wolves went on a 10-3 run to open a 32-17 lead with 3:22 left in the period.  Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in AA, closed the second quarter on a 10-4 run capped off by a beautifully run play that used up the final seconds of the period ending with a Katie Frerking three pointer just before the buzzer.  Wesleyan led 43-21 at the half.  The Lady Wolves lost a little of their intensity in the second half after building the large first half lead.  Still they outscored GAC 14-13 in the third quarter and led 57-34 heading into the fourth.  The lead in the fourth quarter grew to as large at 25 before GAC, ranked No. 7 in AA, managed to close it to the final 67-48 margin.  The Lady Wolves played perhaps their best and most focused game of the year...especially the first half.  They had no trouble breaking the GAC press when it was attempted.  There was crisp ball movement, good decision making and most importantly, relentless clean defense throughout.  Katie Frerking lit up the stat sheet with 21 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, four assists and three blocked shots.  The Lady Spartans simply didn't have an answer for her or for the deeper Lady Wolves for that matter.  Kendra Talley added 10 points, two rebounds and two assists while floor general Brittany Stevens ran the offense superbly as she scored seven points to go with her game high seven assists, six steals and four rebounds.  Paige Mosley and CaraMia Tsirigos scored six and five points respectively.  Keevana Edwards added three points and six boards for Wesleyan while Nikki McDonald chipped in four points and four rebounds.  Wesleyan shot a solid 75% from the free throw line on 15-for-20 shooting.  Tonight's region tournament championship is Wesleyan's eighth.  Wesleyan won region tournament championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  With the win, the Lady Wolves up their record to 23-4, 10-0 in region games while GAC falls to 20-7, 7-3.  The All Region Team was announced tonight with three Wesleyan players named.  Junior Keevana Edwards and senior Brittany Stevens were named to the All Region team while senior Katie Frerking was named Region Player of the Year.  Wesleyan will host its first round game of the state tournament and will face Armuchee (14-13), the No. 4 seed from region 7-AA.  Armuchee lost a tough battle with Dade County 48-46, in the consolation game of the Region 7-AA Tournament in Rome.  This will be the second ever meeting between Wesleyan and Armuchee.  The only previous meeting was also a first round state tournament matchup on February 23, 2007 at Armuchee.  Wesleyan won that one 63-43.  The game will be played Wednesday but tipoff time has not yet been determined.

Photos by Brian Morgan



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2013 Region 6-AA Champions

Sunday, February 10
Region Tournament Brackets

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Wednesday, February 13
Wesleyan advances to region championship with 72-35 demolition of Westminster
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Kendra Talley in acton from January 28 meeting with Westminster
No. 1 seed Wesleyan advanced to the championship game of the Region 6-AA Tournament with a 72-35 semi-final round win over No. 4 seed Westminster tonight at Westminster.  Wesleyan led from start to finish.  The lead was 16-7 at the end of the first quarter and 36-17 at halftime.  The Lady Wolves doubled up Westminster in the third quarter outscoring the Wildcats 28-14 to take a 64-31 lead into the shortened 6-minute fourth.  Katie Frerking led Wesleyan with 20 points, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots.  Nikki McDonald added 11 points, four steals, three rebounds and two blocked shots while Brittany Stevens scored eight points to go with her two assists and two steals.  Keevana Edwards chipped in eight points and five boards while Cairo Booker put up seven points.  Nine Wesleyan players hit the scoring column in a game that was never in doubt.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 22-4 on the year and 9-0 against region opponents.  The Lady Wolves advance to the region tournament championship game on Friday where they'll face No. 2 seed Greater Atlanta Christian which won its semi-final game 38-33 over Lovett.  This will be the fourth time Wesleyan and GAC have faced off for the region title.  GAC won the meetings in 2004 and 2008 while Wesleyan took the 2006 title. Gametime is 7:00 PM Friday at Westminster.

Friday, February 8
Lady Wolves clinch region tournament No. 1 seed with rout of Westminster
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Brittany Stevens is guarded by Westminster's Liza Linginfelter
Wesleyan rolled to a 62-27 home region win over Westminster Friday night in the final regular season game of the season.  The Lady Wolves raced to a 29-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 42-6 at halftime.  Katie Frerking led with 13 points and four rebounds.  Kendra Talley put up 12 points, six rebounds and three assists while Landyn Duley scored 11 points to go with her eight boards.  Keevana Edwards added eight points, three rebounds and two steals while Brittany Stevens scored six points, while she pulled down four rebounds and dished three assists.  Paige Mosley chipped in six points, four boards, three steals and three assists in a solid all around effort.  Tonight was Senior Night and all six Wesleyan seniors were honored in a ceremony at halftime.  This was the last scheduled home game in the careers of seniors Brittany Stevens, Katie Frerking, Kendra Talley, CaraMia Tsirigos, Paige Mosley and Taylor Blackmon who has been sorely missed all season as she suffered a season ending knee injury last summer.  All six seniors have made significant contributions to Wesleyan baskeball and all will be missed.  Most impressive is all six seniors have received full athletic scholarships to NCAA Division I schools next year.  All will be playing basketball with the exception of Tsirigos who will be playing softball.  With the win, the Lady Wolves finish the regular season with a record of 21-4 and a perfect 8-0 record against region opponents.  Wesleyan has secured the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Region 6-AA tournament next week and will play the winner of the game between No. 4 seed Westminster and No. 5 seed Hapeville Charter.  The region tournament will be held at Westminster.  Game time and opponent will be posted as soon as they're known.

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Landyn Duley drives past Westminster defender


Friday, February 1
Balanced scoring paces Wesleyan to big win over Hapeville Charter
Wesleyan had 13 players fill the scoring column during an 80-20 road region win over Hapeville Charter Friday night.  Katie Frerking led the Lady Wolves with 21 points, four assists and three rebounds.  Kendra Talley added 10 points, three assists and three steals while Lauren Frerking scored nine points to go with three rebounds.  Brittany Stevens put up six points, six assists and five steals while Paige Mosley added six points, five rebounds and three assists.  Kayla Pierce added six points for the Lady Wolves while Nikki McDonald chipped in four points and seven rebounds.  CaraMia Tsirigos had a game high nine rebounds to go with her four points and three assists.  The Lady Wolves were stellar from the free throw line shooting 88% on 16-for-18 shooting.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 20-4 overall, 7-0 in region.  Wesleyan reached the 20-win mark in the regular season for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.  With a maximum of 25 regular season games allowed by the GHSA, winning at least 20 games in the regular season is a pretty difficult task.  The only time the Lady Wolves failed to win at least 20 games in the regular season over the last 13 seasons was in 2006-2007 when they finished 19-6.  Wesleyan will go for win No. 21 Friday night when they close out the regular season at home against Westminster.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Saturday, January 26
Defense fuels AA No. 1 Wesleyan to 44-40 triumph over AAA No. 1 Buford
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Brittany Stevens looks to drive past Buford's Maya Dillard

Wesleyan and Buford met for the second time this season with Wesleyan again winning the battle of Lady Wolves, this time posting a 44-40 victory in a defensive oriented game Saturday night at Buford.  This was the only scheduled meeting between the Gwinnett County rivals but it turned out to be their second meeting of the season.  The two met last month in the fifth place game of Peachstate Battle of the Southeast tournament at Holy Innocents with Wesleyan winning 59-53.  Tonight Wesleyan had to travel to Buford to face the No. 1 ranked team in AAA that was out for revenge on its home floor.  Neither team scored for the first two minutes of the game before Buford broke the ice.  Wesleyan countered and the teams went back and forth.  Wesleyan led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.   With Brittany Stevens and Katie Frerking with relegated to the bench with two fouls apiece and Buford enjoying an 8-2 advantage in fouls called against, Buford opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run to open an 18-12 lead with 4:57 to go in the second quarter.  Wesleyan countered that with it's own 9-1 run the rest of the second quarter and led 23-19 at halftime following a Lauren Frerking three pointer with :06 to go in the half.   Once Wesleyan regained the lead late in the second quarter, it was never relinquished.  Wesleyan led throughout the third quarter but never by more than five.  Buford cut the lead to one as Wesleyan led 27-26 with 4:05 to go in the third quarter of this low scoring defeinsive slugfest.  Wesleyan outscored Buford 6-3 the rest of the third quarter to take a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter.  Buford cut the lead to two at the 6:50 mark of the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan then went on a 7-0 run opening up the biggest lead of the game for either team at 41-32 with 3:46 to play.  Buford was able to cut the lead to four late in the game but Wesleyan's earlier 7-0 run was the difference and put the game on ice.  This was a defensive battle throughout and should help each team in its quest for a state championship.  Wesleyan should be proud of its effort playing a tough and talented opponent on its home floor and coming away with its second win of the season over the No. 1 ranked team in AAA.  Most impressive was Wesleyan's effort on the boards.  Wesleyan outrebounded the much taller Buford squad 30-14.  That rebounding effort was a major key to Wesleyan's win as Buford was often limited to one shot on their offensive possessions.  Katie Frerking and Paige Mosley did an outstanding job guarding Georgia Tech signee Kaela Davis holding her to just nine points, well below her average.  Frerking finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds, five steals, and three assists.  Landyn Duley had her best outing of the season and is starting to come into her own after recovering from a foot injury incurred during softball season.  She scored eight points while connecting on two of three attempts from three point range.  Stevens put up seven points and three assists for Wesleyan while Keevana Edwards added six points and five boards.  Mosley finished with four rebounds for Wesleyan.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 18-4 on the season while Buford falls to 14-4.  Wesleyan has now won four straight over Buford and holds a 26-7 lead in the series with dates back to 1998.  Wesleyan will get back to region play this week as they'll face No. 4 Greater Atlanta Christian on Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.



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CaraMia Tsirigos dribbles past Buford's Maya Dillard and Kristina Nelson

Friday, January 25
Lady Wolves remain unbeaten in region with 51-31 rout of Lovett
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Keevana Edwards guards Lovett's Carrie Mutombo

Wesleyan travelled to Lovett for a region game Friday night and came away with a 51-31 win over the defending AA state champions.  After spotting the Lions a 3-0 lead, the Lady Wolves scored 18 of the next 23 points in the game and led 18-8 after one.   The lead increased to 29-14 by halftime as Lovett had trouble handling the Wesleyan press.  Wesleyan outscored Lovett 12-8 in the third quarter and 10-9 in the fourth.  The Lady Wolves led by 20+ for most of the second half and were never threatened after opening up the double digit lead in the first quarter.  Katie Frerking had 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot for the Lady Wolves and was the only Wesleyan player to score in double figures.  Keevana Edwards had a nice game posting nine points, a team high seven rebounds, and three steals.  Brittany Stevens scored seven points, grabbed six boards, led the team in assists with five and had four steals in a solid all around effort.  Nikki McDonald added six points and three rebounds for Wesleyan while Kendra Talley chipped in five points and two boards.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 17-4, 5-0 in region play.  The AA No. 1 ranked Lady Wolves will next take on AAA No. 1 ranked Buford for the second time this season.  Wesleyan posted a 59-53 win over their fellow Lady Wolves on December 29 during the Peach State Battle of the Southeast at Holy Innocents.  Tipoff is 5:00PM tomorrow night at Buford.

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Landyn Duley shoots over Lovett's Taylor Brown



Tuesday, January 22
Second half defense stifles Westminster, Lady Wolves roll 68-28
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Nikki McDonald battles for a rebound with Westminster players
After a sluggish first half, Wesleyan clamped down in the second and posted a 68-28 region win over Westminster Tuesday night at Westminster.  Wesleyan led from start to finish but they the team was far from sharp in the first half.  Quite a few points were left on the rim as layups and putbacks were hard to come by.  Couple that with defensive lapses that led to easy Westminster scores, and you have an unpleasant first half.  Wesleyan led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter and 37-21 at halftime.   Whatever was said in the locker room at halftime worked as the Lady Wolves played inspired defense which then led to offense.  Wesleyan crashed the defensive boards with gusto often limiting the host Wildcats to one shot.  The result was usually a fast break leading to points.  Wesleyan outscored Westminster 21-5 in the third quarter taking a 58-26 lead into the fourth.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule.  Wesleyan outscored Westminster 10-2 in the fourth quarter.  After allowing 21 first half points, Wesleyan held Westminster to a mere seven in the second half.  All Wesleyan players saw playing time and ten Lady Wolves hit the scoring column led by Katie Frerking's 15 points.  Frerking also had four rebounds, three steals, three assists and a blocked shot.  Nikki McDonald was the only other Wesleyan player in double figures as she scored 10 points to go with five steals and two blocked shots.  Keevana Edwards had eight points and eight rebounds while Lauren Frerking also scored eight points and had two boards.  CaraMia Tsirigos put up six points, four steals and two assists.  Brittany Stevens added six points, a team high four assists, and two steals in limited playing time due to foul trouble.  Cairo Booker chipped in six points and three steals while Paige Mosley scored five points and grabbed five boards for Wesleyan.  With the win the Lady Wolves improve to 16-4 overall, 4-0 in region play.  Wesleyan will next face Lovett on Friday at 5:30 PM at Lovett.

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Hope Morgan shoots over Westminster defender

Sunday, January 20
K. Frerking's 32 points lead Wesleyan to 69-61 win over Tennessee power Bradley Central
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Katie Frerking shots over Bradley Central's Baylee Carroll

Wesleyan took a brief break from region games as they took on Bradley Central from Cleveland, Tennessee Satruday night at the Girls Night Out event at Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville.  The Girls Night Out event featured some of the best teams in Georgia and around the Southeast and proceeds went to the Kay Yow Foundation.  After trailing by double digits in the first half, Wesleyan roared back in the second half to post a 69-61 win over Bradley Central, ranked No. 4 in Class AAA which is Tennessee's largest classification.  The Lady Wolves opened an early 6-2 lead before Bradley Central began its first half three-pointer barrage closing the lead to 6-5.  The Lady Wolves went on a 10-3 run and built a 16-8 first quarter lead but Bradley Central's Whitney Donaldson hit a pair of wide open three pointers to keep it close.  Bradley Central ended the first quarter on its own 10-3 run as Wesleyan held on to a narrow 19-18 lead entering the second quarter.  The Lady Wolves' defense was porous in the second quarter to say the least and offensively, Wesleyan simply couldn't locate the basket.  Bradley Central hit another pair of threes by Kayla Withrow and Brooke Copeland during a 12-0 run to start the second quarter and Wesleyan found itself down 30-19 around the four minute mark of the period.  Wesleyan had been outscored 22-3 since holding that 16-8 lead in the first quarter.  Nikki McDonald answered a Bradley Central three pointer with a three pointer of her own cutting the lead to 30-22.  Bradley Central was sitting back in its 2-3 zone and something had to change for the Lady Wolves.  Enter freshman Taylor Casey.  Casey nailed a three pointer, got fouled behind the three point line on another three attempt, calmly sank all three free throws, and hit another three late in the second quarter to bring Wesleyan within two at 37-35 at halftime.  After being down 11, Wesleyan closed the first half on a 16-7 run and Casey played a big role in the comeback effort.  The third quarter was tight as the lead changed hands often with neither team holding a lead larger than two points.  Wesleyan made defensive adjustments at halftime which made a big difference.  Bradley Central held a 49-48 lead with around five seconds remaining in the quarter when Brittany Stevens raced upcourt and nailed a three pointer at the buzzer giving Wesleyan a 51-49 lead entering the fourth quarter.  The fourth quarter was all Wesleyan defense and Katie Frerking.  The Lady Wolves did a tremendous job on the defensive glass often limiting Bradley Central to one shot.  Frerking did the offensive damage in the period scoring 16 of her game high 32 points while going 6-for-6 from the free throw line which helped put the game away for Wesleyan.  This was an entertaining back and forth game as the Lady Wolves built an early lead, found themselves down double digits, then up double digits, and then finally put the game on ice with defense and free throws.  After allowing Bradley Central five three pointers in the first half, Wesleyan limited them to just one in the second.  In addition to Frerking's game high 32 points, she also had eight rebounds, four steals, three blocked shots and two assists.  Stevens scored 14 points for Wesleyan while dishing three assists and grabbing two rebounds and two steals.  Casey finished the game with nine points and two boards while McDonald had eight points, four rebounds and three steals.  Paige Mosley added three points and five rebounds while Keevana Edwards chipped in two points and four boards.  CaraMia Tsirigos added three points, three steals and two rebounds for the Lady Wolves who upped their record to 15-4 with the win.  Wesleyan handed Bradley Central only its second loss of the season as they fell to 18-2.  Wesleyan will go back to region play on Tuesday as they face Westminster for the first time this season.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Westminster.



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Nikki McDonald gets sandwiched by two Bradley Central defenders

Monday, February 18
AJC All Classification Rankings - 02-18-2013

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Tuesday, January 29
Azar earns career win No. 400 as Wesleyan handles GAC 60-49
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Cairo Booker gets past GAC's Clarke Permanter
Coach Jan Azar earned the 400th win of her career as top ranked Wesleyan took down No. 4 Greater Atlanta Christian 60-49 Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  As has been the pattern of late, Wesleyan started slowly.  GAC opened the game with a three pointer and raced to an early 12-5 lead.   Wesleyan closed the first quarter on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 12-11 heading into the second quarter.  Wesleyan continued its run in the second  outscoring GAC 12-2 since the Lady Spartans held that early 12-5 lead.  Wesleyan led 17-14 lead at the 4:54 mark of the second quarter.  With 4:54 to play in the second quarter, Wesleyan led 24-20 but GAC went on a 5-0 run to take the lead at 25-24.  Katie Frerking hit two free throws with :14 left to put the Lady Wolves up 26-25 at halftime.  GAC began the second half exactly as it began the first, with a three pointer, and led 28-26 early in the third quarter.  Wesleyan then went on an 11-0 run capped off by Cairo Booker's three point play to give the Lady Wolves a 37-28 lead with 5:11 to go in the third quarter.  GAC answered with a 7-0 run of its own to reduce Wesleyan's lead to 37-35 with 3:40 to go in the third.  Wesleyan ended the third by outscoring GAC 10-4 down the stretch taking a 47-39 lead into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan upped its lead to 11 points midway through the fourth quarter before a GAC run closed the lead to six at 55-49 with just under two minutes to play.  This was as close as the Lady Spartans would get however.  Wesleyan ate about 45 seconds off the clock when Frerking scored  on a pass down low.  She then went 3-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch as Wesleyan pulled away for the 60-49 victory.  Frerking recorded Wesleyan's first double double of the season as she scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to go with three assists and three steals.  Brittany Stevens had nine points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds for the Lady Wolves while Cairo Booker, who definitely made her presence known on the defensive end, had big contributions offensively as well.  She scored nine points and grabbed two offensive boards.  Paige Mosley did a great job cleaning the glass as she pulled down a game high 12 rebounds while scoring eight points.  Keevana Edwards added six points and five boards for the Lady Wolves while Landyn Duley scored five points to go with three assists, two steals and two rebounds.  Kendra Talley, Nikki McDonald and Lauren Frerking rounded out Wesleyan's scoring with four, two and two points respectively.  Depth was the difference in tonight's win as Wesleyan received 22 points from its bench while GAC had no bench points.  Coach Azar, in her 16th season, has recorded all 400 of her wins at Wesleyan, the only school in which she has been a head coach.  Her record (and the Wesleyan girls program's record) now stands at 400-85, an 82% winning percentage.  After Wesleyan's inaugural season in 1997-1998 when the team finished with a 4-16 record, her teams have gone 396-69.  19% of her career losses ocurred in that first season which is the only losing season the Wesleyan girls have ever had.  With the win, Wesleyan takes control of Region 6-AA remaining undefeated with a 6-0 region record to go with their 19-4 overall record.  GAC drops to 16-6, 4-2 in region play with both losses coming against Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves will next face Hapeville Charter on Friday night at Hapeville. Tipoff is 6:00 PM. 

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Coach Azar surrounded by her team after 400th career win

Tuesday, January 15
Lady Wolves dominate first ever meeting with Hapeville Charter
Wesleyan had no trouble with Hapeville Charter in their first ever meeting in a Region 6-AA contest Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves led from start to finish posting a 74-14 win over the visitors from Hapeville.  Katie Frerking led Wesleyan with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.  Nikki McDonald had 16 points, six rebounds and three assists while Keevana Edwards put up eight points and eight boards.  Taylor Casey chipped in eight points for Wesleyan while Kendra Talley and Landyn Duley put up six points apiece.  Wesleyan's three point percentage was a solid 50% as the team went 5-for-10 from behind the arc.  Team free throw shooting was abysmal as they only shot 23% on a 3-for-13 effort from the line.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 14-4 overall, 3-0 in Region 6-AA action.  Up next is a trip down to Fayetteville where Wesleyan will face Bradley Central from Tennessee.  The game is part of the Girls Night Out day-long event at Starr's Mill High School.  Tipoff is 6:30 PM.   A link to Google Maps to find Starr's Mill can be found on the Directions link on the left side of this page.

Monday, January 14
AJC All Classification Rankings - 01-14-2013

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Saturday, January 12
Comeback attempt fall just short as Class A No. 1 SW Atlanta Christian tops Wesleyan 49-46
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Brittany Stevens looks to go by SWAC defender
The good news: all Wesleyan players had their arms, legs and heads in tact after a team limb check upon the conclusion of the game.  The bad news: Class A No. 1 ranked SW Atlanta Christian snuck by Wesleyan 49-46 in a physical game Saturday night at Southwest Atlanta Christian.  The game, which was a rematch of last year's Class A state championship game won by Wesleyan, pitted the current No. 1 ranked teams in Class A and AA.  SWAC came out the aggressor and pushed the tempo to breakneck pace.  Wesleyan was one and done on the offensive end too often in the first quarter as SWAC raced to an early 7-0 lead.  Wesleyan found itself in a 12-5 hole at the end of the first period.  It took that first quarter for the Lady Wolves to adjust to the physicality of the game.  Wesleyan found itself down by 11 at one point in the second quarter but battled back to go into halftime only down 27-20.  The Lady Wolves outscored SWAC 16-15 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to six.  SWAC led 42-36 heading into the fourth.  Atter a couple of timely steals late in the game, Wesleyan closed the gap to 49-46 with nine seconds remaining.  Katie Frerking raced up the court after a missed SWAC freethrow and got the ball to Landyn Duley who launched what would be the game tying three pointer at the buzzer.  The shot looked to be on target but rimed out and SWAC escaped with the three point win.  After the intial feeling out period in the first quarter, the Lady Wolves did a good job adjusting to how the game was being played out and outscored the Lady Warriros 41-37 the rest of the way.  One significant benefit that can be taken from this game is that it made the team tougher which should pay dividends down the road.  Katie Frerking was Wesleyan's high point person with 13 to go with two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot.  NIkki McDonald added 10 points, three rebounds and two steals for Wesleyan while Keevana Edwards put up six points and grabbed a team high seven boards.  Southwest Atlanta Christian now has close wins over the No. 1 ranked teams in AAA (Buford) and AA (Wesleyan).  They have a very talented team and should be considered a heavy favorite to win the Class A private school state championship.  Southwest Atlanta Christian improves to 13-1 with the win while Wesleyan falls to 13-4.  Wesleyan will next face Hapeville Charter at Wesleyan in the first ever meeting between the schools, in a region game on Tuesday.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Paige Mosley guards SWAC's Amy Griffin

Friday, January 11
First meeting in five years delivers No. 1 Wesleyan a 74-63 road win over No. 2 GAC
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Cairo Booker defends GAC's Jasmine Hill
A rivalry that had been in hibernation for nearly five years awoke in front of a large, boisterous crowd Friday night as No. 1 Wesleyan defeated No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian 74-63 at the Long Forum on the campus of Greater Atlanta Christian.  The meeting between the two Gwinnett private schools was the first since February 2008 which was the last time the two were in the same classification.  With Wesleyan's reclassification back to AA this year, this was the first of what could be a few meetings this season. The first quarter began at a very fast pace as the teams exchanged three pointers to open the scoring.  Wesleyan led 11-7 early before ending the first quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 17-9 lead into the second quarter.  The Lady Wolves' lead increased to 21-10 before GAC went on a 16-4 run which was due mainly to lapses in Wesleyan's defense.  The team was not on the same page defensively allowing  a GAC player to get behind the defense on a few occasions en route to an uncontested layup.  GAC also hit a pair of uncontested three pointers and held a brief 26-25 lead before Wesleyan answered immiediately with a Brittany Stevens three pointer to regain the lead 28-26, a lead they would never relinquish.  That three pointer was part of a 7-0 run that increased Wesleyan's lead to 32-26.  The Lady Wolves had a few chances to push their lead even higher but costly turnovers allowed GAC to close the second quarter on a 4-0 run, narrowing the Wesleyan margin to 32-30 at halftime.  Wesleyan took control in the third quarter led by Katie Frerking's 10 points scored in the period.  The Lady Wolves did a better job defensively in the period and were able to create more turnovers which fueled its offense.  Wesleyan outscored GAC 20-13 in the third to open up a 52-43 lead.  Throughout the fourth quarter, Wesleyan's lead fluctuated between six and 11 points.  GAC got no closer than 61-55 with 2:40 remaining at which time the Lady Spartans had to start fouling in an attempt to stop the clock to get the ball back.  Wesleyan did a nice job converting its free throws down the stretch going 13-for-16 from the line in the fourth quarter.  Katie Frerking led all scorers with 23 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. She also shot 83% from the free throw line on 5-for-6 shooting.  Nikki McDonald was outstanding as she scored a career high 22 points and had five reboounds and three steals.  She also shot a stellar 87% from the free throw line on 7-for-8 shooting.  Stevens finished the game with 13 points, and three boards and was 4-fo-5 from the free throw line.  Overall, nine Wesleyan players found the scoring column while displaying its depth.  Worth noting, Wesleyan shot 75% from the free throw line as a team on 22-for-29 shooting.  Most of those free throws were attempted during the second half as the team shot at the basket with the raucous GAC student section in the background trying desperately to distract the Wesleyan shooters to no avail.  It was a fun atmosphere and a competitive game and its a shame these schools hadn't squared off in such a long time.  Wesleyan improves to 13-3 overall, 2-0 in region, with the win.  GAC has its 11 game winning streak snapped with the loss as they fall to 13-2, 1-1.  Wesleyan ends its week long trek through the minefield highly ranked teams tomorrow night as they travel to Class A No. 1 ranked Southwest Atlanta Christian in a rematch of last year's Class A state championship game won by Wesleyan 68-44.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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CaraMia Tsirigos looks to pass two GAC defenders

Tuesday, January 8
No. 1 Wesleyan races past No. 8 Lovett 64-30 in battle of reigning state champs
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Lauren Frerking lays one up over Lovett defender

Wesleyan and Lovett got together Tuesday night in a matchup between the reigning Class A and AA state champions.  Wesleyan, the reigning Class A champion since moved up to AA, had its way with reigning AA champion Lovett as they downed the Lions 64-30 in the region opener for both teams.  Lovett hung with the Lady Wolves during the first quarter.  After the teams tied five times in the period, Wesleyan scored the last four points opening a15-11 lead at the end of one.  A preview of what was to come in the third quarter was on display in the second quarter as Wesleyan began to clamp down defensively.  Wesleyan opened the quarter on a 9-2 run and held Lovett to only seven points while scoring 15 themselves.  The Lady Wolves took a 30-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.  Wesleyan played perhaps its best quarter of basketball in the third as they applied suffocating defense which generated its offense.  Numerous steals and numerous layups resulted in Wesleyan oustscoring Lovett 26-7 in the period opening a 56-25 lead heading into fourth quarter.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule.  Katie Frerking put in another strong performance with 25 points, three assists and three rebounds.  Nikki McDonald had what might have been her best all around game of the season as she barely missed a double-double scoring 14 points while grabbing eight rebounds.  She also had two steals and two blocked shots.  Brittany Stevens scored seven points and had five assists and two steals for Wesleyan.  Paige Mosley had four points and three rebounds while Kendra Talley also scored four points to go with two boards.  Keevana Edwards added six rebounds, four points, four steals and two blocked shots in a strong all around effort.  Lauren Frerking and Cairo Booker rounded out Wesleyan's scoring with four and two points resepectively.  The Lady Wolves did a nice job defending Virginia signee Sydney Umeri who finished the game with eight points, half of which were scored in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.  With the win, Wesleyan snaps its two game losing skid and improves its record to 12-3 overall, 1-0 in region play.  Lovett falls to 8-7, 0-1.  Up next Wesleyan will travel over to No. 2 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian in another region matchup.  This will be a renewal of what was once a very intense and heated rivalry.  Wesleyan and GAC have not met in nearly five years when Wesleyan was last in AA and the two teams were in the same region.  The two rivals are back in the same classification and region and it's again a battle of No. 1 and 2 ranked teams as it was numerous times in the 2000's.  Wesleyan leads the series with GAC 17-12.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM Friday at GAC.

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Cairo Booker forces Lovett's Te'Erica Eason to change direction



Monday, January 7
Atlanta Journal-Constitution releases first rankings since preseason
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its first rankings since the preseason poll with Wesleyan retaining its place atop the AA poll. Wesleyan has defeated seven teams that are in the top 10 in their respective classifications posting wins over Class A No. 2 Holy Innocents (56-40), Class A No. 3 Darlington (77-46), AA No. 7 Model (62-56), AAA No. 1 Buford (59-53), AAA No. 9 Decatur (51-37), AAAAA No. 9 Creekview (67-44) and AAAAAA No. 10 Mill Creek (58-42).  A busy week awaits Wesleyan as they face AA No.8 Lovett tomorrow night and AA No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian on Friday in region games.  They will then travel to Class A No. 1 Southwest Atlanta Christian on Saturday night in a rematch of last season's Class A state championship game which Wesleyan won 68-44.

Saturday, January 5
Wesleyan drops a pair to Alabama AAAAAA powers Shades Valley, Hoover
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Katie Frerking draws a foul from Hoover's Breiana Cochran on Saturday

The Lady Wolves took a trip west to Birmingham over the weekend and took on two of Alabama's highest ranked Class AAAAAA schools in Shades Valley and Hoover.  Although both games ended in losses for Wesleyan against the two Alabama powers, they could have just as easily ended in wins.  Wesleyan took on Shades Valley, the No. 2 ranked team in Class AAAAAA in Alabama on Friday night at Shades Valley in the first meeting between the schools.   Shades Valley is a very deep and talented team with tremendously quick guards.  Wesleyan found itself down 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and was in a 20-11 hole midway through the second.  The Lady Wolves ended the first half on a 10-0 run to take a 21-20 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan opened the third quarter promisingly enough scoring the first four points of the period taking a 25-20 lead, then Shades Valley started unloading threes.  The Mounties then outscored Wesleyan 17-8 for the remainder of the third quarter run taking a 37-33 lead into the fourth.  Shades Valley maintained a 5-7 point lead for most of the fourth quarter.  The lead was still seven with 1:39 to go in the game.  Wesleyan had to resort to fouling to send Shades Valley to the line but the home team knocked down its free throws which inflated the score.  Shades Valley won 54-42 in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.  Katie Frerking led Wesleyan with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.  Nikki McDonald added seven points while CaraMia Tsirigos scored six points had had a team high seven rebounds. 

On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Wolves faced Hoover, the No. 3 ranked team in Class AAAAAA in Alabama.  The game was held at Pete Hanna Center on the Samford University campus which is where Wesleyan senior Brittany Stevens will be playing for the next four years.  This was the second meeting between Wesleyan and Hoover.  The two faced each other in December 2010 when Wesleyan won a 47-46 thriller at St. Pius High School in Atlanta.  Like Shades Valley, defending Alabama Class AAAAAA champion Hoover, was a very deep and talented team.  Four Hoover seniors have signed Division I scholarships.  Two players have signed with Alabama while one is going to Vanderbilt and one to South Alabama.  Unlike Shades Valley with its quick, guard oriented team, Hoover was stacked with large post players.  The action in the first quarter was somewhat slow as the teams seemed to be sizing each other up.  Hoover led 8-5 after one.  Wesleyan kept it close in the second as the teams each scored 11 points in the period.  Hoover led 27-21 at halftime.  The Lady Wolves had trouble putting the ball in the hole in the third quarter as Hoover opened a 43-32 lead by outscoring Wesleyan 16-11 in the period.  Wesleyan upped the pressure to open the fourth quarter and had success with it as they went on a 6-0 run to close the Hoover lead to 43-38 with six minutes to play.  Still, after that run, Wesleyan struggled on the offensive end unable to convert scoring opportunities.  Hoover's larger posts often limited Wesleyan to one shot while grabbing the rebound off a Wesleyan miss.  Down the stretch, Wesleyan had to foul to stop the clock and Hoover did a nice job converting its free throws going 8-for-12 in the fourth pulling out a 52-46 win.  Wesleyan should be proud by the fact that it overcame a large third quarter deficit and gave itself an opportunity to win.  Hoover led 35-21 at one point during the third quarter and it appeared Wesleyan was on the verge of being run out of the arena.  Wesleyan outscored Hoover 25-17 from that point.  One particular bright spot in this game for Wesleyan was its free throw shooting.  The team shot 85% as a team on 17-for-20 shooting from the line.  Brittany Stevens led Wesleyan with 13 points while Katie Frerking scored eight and Kendra Talley put up seven.  Wesleyan falls to 11-3 on the year with the loss.  All three Wesleyan losses have been at the hands of teams from out of state.

Despite the dissapointing results from this weekend's trek to Birmingham, games like this are truly beneficial to the team as it prepares for region play and ultimately a state title defense in March.  The Lady Wolves will next take the court on Tuesday night against defending AA state champion Lovett.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM at Wesleyan.



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Kendra Talley, Brittany Stevens guard Shades Valley's Morgan Williams on Friday

Saturday, December 29
Tsirigos' late three-pointer propels Wesleyan to 59-53 comeback win over AAA No. 1 Buford
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Keevana Edwards comes down with one of her five boards in 59-53 win over Buford

This was no lazy, sleep late and watch cartoons Saturday morning.  Two of the top teams in the state regardless of classification battled it out...for fifth place recognition, in the Peachstate Battle of the Southeast at Holy Innocents. The Lady Wolves of Buford and Wesleyan squared off at 9:45 AM this morning with AA No. 1 ranked Wesleyan pulling out a 59-53 come from behind victory over their fellow Lady Wolves.  Unlike its two previous games of the tournament, Wesleyan came out ready to play.  After Buford, ranked No. 1 in AAA, scored the first two points of the game, Wesleyan scored the next nine opening a quick 9-2 lead mainly from turnovers off the press.  The lead grew to 10 at 19-9 with about two minutes left in the first quarter before Buford closed the period with an 8-2 run narrowing Wesleyan's lead to 21-17 at the end of the quarter.  Buford's Kaela Davis, a Georgia Tech signee, caught fire in the second quarter scoring 11 of Buford's 13 points in the period.  Buford briefly led by three at one point before Wesleyan tied it up at 30-30 heading into the break.  Buford outscored Wesleyan 13-9 in the second quarter.  Wesleyan's offense hit a wall in the third period and the defense suffered lapses as Buford's superior height advantage took a toll.  During four successive possessions, a Wesleyan miss on the offensive end resulted in a rebound from one large Buford post player, an outlet to a guard and a long pass downcourt to another large post.  Buford opened an 10-point lead as a result.  Buford won the third quarter outscoring Wesleyan 13-7 in the period.  Wesleyan however, cut the lead to 44-37 going into the fourth quarter.  At around the six minute mark of the fourth quarter, Buford enjoyed a 48-39 lead and things seemed bleak for Wesleyan.  Then things changed.  Wesleyan scored cutting the Buford lead to seven.  Wesleyan then got a defensive stop and Brittany Stevens drained a three pointer to cut the lead to four.  After another defensive stop, Katie Frerking nailed a three to cut the Buford lead to 48-47 with 4:41 to play and Wesleyan was back in it.  Just when things were looking up, Wesleyan's floor general Stevens, was whistled for her fifth foul.  Frerking took over point guard duties and Wesleyan continued its solid defense and forced another stop.  With less than two minutes remaining CaraMia Tsirigos hit the biggest shot of her career as she drained a three from the top of the arc to put Wesleyan ahead for good, 50-48.  The teams exchanged baskets keeping the lead at two.  After a Buford defensive stop, Davis was fouled and made one of two free throws to cut the lead to one.  Wesleyan did a nice job moving the ball around to eat some clock before Frerking was fouled.  She calmy sank both free throws to put Wesleyan ahead 54-51.  Buford got the ball back and Davis took control driving the lane but Wesleyan sophomore Nikki McDonald was there to draw the charge and Davis fouled out with 1:33 to play.  Wesleyan did a good job playing keep away before Frerking was again fouled.  She missed the first free throw but made the second giving Wesleyan a four point lead and most imprortantly, making it a two possession game with under a minute left.  Wesleyan was able to run out the clock finishing the game on a 20-5 run after Buford had built that 48-39 lead.  After being outscored by Buford in the second and third quarters, Wesleyan made the fourth quarter the difference outscoring Buford 22-9.  Frerking came up huge as she was 5-for-6 from the free throw line excorsizing the demons of the heartbreaking 61-60 first round overtime loss to Bolingbrook.  She put the team on her back as she scored 14 points in the fourth quarter slashing through the lane and finishing strong at the hoop.  She led all scorers pouring in 26 points.  She also had five steals, three rebounds and three assists proving why she's one of the best players in the state.  Stevens finished the game with nine points, three assists and three steals but perhaps her most important contribution was being the calming presence when her team was down nine in the fourth quarter, then hitting the huge three pointer that cut the Buford lead to four.  Tsirigos finished the game with nine points including two threes, and five boards.  Paige Mosley added six points and three rebounds while McDonald scored five points and had two rebounds.  Keevana Edwards did a great job as she battled the much larger Buford posts all game. She had five rebounds while chipping in three points.  She, along with Tsirigos and McDonald had the tough task of dealing Buford's three post players listed at 6'4, 6'4 and 6'5 respectively.  All three did a fine job defensively under the boards.  Worth noting, Buford's Davis had 15 points at halftime.  After defensive adjustments were made, Wesleyan held her to zero field goals in the second half and only four points, all from free throws.  She finished with 19 points.  Notre Dame signee Christina Nelson, finished with eight points.  Purdue signee Bree Harrocks was held to six points while Elon signee MacKenzie Darrah and Lipscomb singee Maya Dillard finished with five and two points resepectively.  Wesleyan has now won three straight over Buford and has won 25 of the last 27 meetings between the two schools after dropping the first five games in the series.  Wesleyan now holds a 25-7 edge in the series with their Lady Wolves counterparts.  Wesleyan improves to 11-1 on the season while Buford drops to 6-3.  The teams will meet again in their regularly scheduled game on January 26 at Buford.  It should be another enjoyable battle.  Wesleyan's next game will be in Birmingham as they will take on Shades Valley, the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAAAAA in Alabama.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM Friday night at Shades Valley.  Wesleyan will then face perinnial Alabama power Hoover on Saturday at 2:00 PM.  That game will be held at Samford University.



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Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens smother Buford's Maya Dillard

Friday, December 28
Lady Wolves bounce back with 52-43 win over Alcovy at Peachstate
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Katie Frerking shoots over two Alcovy defenders

Wesleyan got back on the winning track Friday morning with a 52-43 triumph over Alcovy in an early 9:15 AM game in the Peachstate Holiday Classic at Holy Innocents. The early stages of this game mirrored yesterday's game with Bolingbrook (IL) as Wesleyan could simply not buy a bucket.  Katie Frerking was whistled for two quick fouls in the first quarter and had to sit most of the first half.  Alcovy led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.  Alcovy maintained a lead of 4-8 points for most of the second quarter and held a 22-14 lead with about 1:30 to play in the period.  The Lady Wolves awoke from their collective fog and went on an 8-0 run to close out the first half.  The score was knotted at 22-22 when the teams hit the locker rooms.  Coach Azar threw on the press to start the third quarter and it paid immediate dividends.  The Lady Wolves seized the lead for the first time on a pair of Brittany Stevens free throws at the 6:17 mark of the third quarter.  That was the beginning of a 10-0 Wesleyan run.  Wesleyan took a 32-22 lead with 4:52 to play in the third.  Alcovy wouldn't go away quietly though as they mounted their own 12-6 run cutting the Wesleyan lead to 38-34 with 1:42 to play in the third.  Wesleyan held a 43-38 lead heading into the fourth.  Wesleyan was able to up the lead back to 10 during the fourth quarter and outscored Alcovy 9-5 as the Lady Tigers seemed to give out of gas.  Once Wesleyan took the lead at the beginning of the third quarter, they never relinquished it.  Katie Frerking scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Wesleyan while Stevens scored 14 points.  Kendra Talley chipped in eight points and three assists while Paige Mosley added seven points and six boards for the Lady Wolves.  Keevana Edwards kept the glass clean with five boards to go with her four points.  Nikki McDonald also had six rebounds for Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves improve to 10-1 on the year and will next face the winner of old nemiseses Buford and St. Francis.  We get to sleep a 1/2 hour later tomorrow morning as that game will tipoff at 9:45 AM.



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Paige Mosely rises up over Alcovy's Kaci Palo


Thursday, December 27
Bolingbrook (IL) mounts late comeback, Wesleyan falls 61-60 in OT
Wesleyan suffered its first loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion Thursday afternoon in the Peachstate Holiday Classic at Holy Innocents.  After trailing for most of the game, Bolingbrook (IL) mounted a late fourth quarter rally and defeated Wesleyan 61-60 in overtime.  Things did not start well for the Lady Wolves as they were down 13-4 early.  Wesleyan closed out the first quarter on an 8-0 run shrinking Bolingbrook's lead to 13-12 to end the period.  Wesleyan settled into the flow in the second quarter outscoring Bolingbrook 11-4 in the period to take a 23-17 lead into halftime.  Things went back and forth in the third as Bolingbrook cut Wesleyan's lead to just three as the Lady Wolves led 38-35 heading into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and after a Katie Ferking layup with about 50 seconds remaining in the game, the Wesleyan lead was six.  Bolingbrook's Aysia Bugg hit a pair of three pointers late for the visitors from Chicago, and sent the game into overtime.  The dejected Wesleyan squad battled in the overtime period but fell short as Bolingbrook came away with the victory.  This was the second meeting between the two schools as they met last year in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix with Bolingbrook pulling out a 58-43 win.  This is one that got away from Wesleyan though as free throws were the difference in the game.  Bolingbrook made theirs while Wesleyan struggled from the line.  Bolingbrook shot 72% from the line while Wesleyan shot only 50% as a team.  Four Wesleyan players scored in double figures led by Katie Frerking's season high 25 points.  Nikki McDonald added 11 points for the Lady Wolves while Brittany Stevens and Paige Mosley scored 10 points apiece.  Wesleyan drops to 9-1 on the season and next has an early game tomorrow morning in their first ever meeting with Alcovy (6-3), a Class AAAAAA school from Covington out of Region 2-AAAAAA.  Tipoff is 9:15 AM at Holy Innocents.

Friday, December 21
K. Frerking's 20 lead Lady Wolves to 64-24 rout of Brookwood
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Paige Mosley drives baseline past Brookwood's Caitlin Cushenberry

The Lady Wolves celebrated the end of exam week with a rout of Class AAAAAA Brookwood 64-24 Friday night at Wesleyan in the first meeting between the two Gwinnett County schools.  Wesleyan started off quickly gaining turnovers from its full court press which were often turned into points.  The Lady Wolves led 17-6 at the end of the first quarter. The game blew open with defense in the second quarter as Wesleyan outscored Brookwood 22-5 in the period.  Converting turnovers on the defensive end into points on the offensive end was key in building a 39-11 lead at halftime.  Wesleyan continued its dominance in the third quarter putting up 17 points to Brookwood's seven.  The lead grew to 56-28 heading into the shortened fourth quarter.  There were plenty of positives to come out of this game.  Wesleyan's shooting percentage improved over recent games as the team shot 46% from the field on 23-for-50 shooting.  Three-point shooting improved as well.  The team as a whole shot 44% from three point land on 4-for-9 shooting as three players connected from behind the arc. Freshman Taylor Casey was 2-for-2 while Brittany Stevens and Nikki McDonald each connected from long range once. Katie Frerking led all scorers putting up 20 points along with four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.  McDonald had 12 points and four rebounds for Wesleyan while Stevens scored eight points.  Keevana Edwards and Paige Mosley each scored six points and grabbed three rebounds while Casey chipped in six points as well.  This was Wesleyan's most solid performance of the young season and is hopefully a sign that the team is starting to jell.  Perhaps the slew of former teammates and alumni in the stands provided inspiration.  In attendance tonight, home from college, were Anne Marie Armstrong ('09), Erin Hall, Logan Morris, Kennington Groff, Megan Poole and Grace Cowart ('10), Missy Byrd, Kaelyn Causwell and Holli Wilkins ('12) as well as 2012 team manager Kristen Davis.  The team improves to 9-0 on the year and will enjoy the next few days off to celebrate Christmas with their families.  Brookwood falls to 7-4.  Wesleyan will next face  Bolingbrook in the top division of the Peachstate Holiday Classic at Holy Innocents on Thursday.  This will be the second meeting between Bolingbrook, out of Chicago, and Wesleyan.  The two met last year at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix with Bolingbrook prevailing 58-43.  Tipoff is 1:45 PM.



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CaraMia Tsirigos looks to pass around Brookwood's Ansley Jones

Saturday, December 15
Lady Wolves remain undefeated with 14-point win over Decatur
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Cario Booker defends Decatur's Jayla Morrow
In their first meeting in nearly five years, Wesleyan downed Decatur 51-37 at Decatur Saturday afternoon.  The game started well enough for Wesleyan as they raced to a 9-0 lead.  However, after Brittany Stevens was whistled for two quick fouls and was relegated to the bench, the offense stalled and Decatur closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run taking a 12-11 lead into the second quarter.  The Lady Wolves collected themselves in the second quarter and outscored Decatur 16-7 in the period opening up an eight point cushion at halftime leading 27-19.  Despite trailing 6-0 in the fouls called department late in the third quarter, Wesleyan was able to stretch the margin to 11 while taking a 41-30 lead into the fourth.  The Lady Wolves won the fourth quarter outscoring Decatur 10-7 as much of the quarter was spent moving the ball and protecting the lead.  Unfortunately, Wesleyan continued to struggle from the field shooting only 31% going 16-for-51.  A positive that can be taken away from this contest is improved free throw shooting by the Lady Wolves.  After shooting a dismal 38% from the free throw line last night in a win over Holy Innocents, Wesleyan improved dramatically in that category shooting 75% on 15-for-20 shooting.  Katie Frerking was the only Lady Wolf to score in double figures in this low scoring affair.  She put up 12 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and had three blocked shots.  She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.  Brittany Stevens added eight points, three assists and three steals in limited playing time due to early foul trouble.  Paige Mosley added seven points while CaraMia Tsirigos and Keevana Edwards scored six points apiece.  Edwards also had six rebounds and two steals, while Tsirigos had three boards.  Taylor Casey added five points, all in the third quarter, to give Wesleyan a much needed offensive boost.  Wesleyan improves to 8-0 on the season with the win while Decatur falls to 6-2 in the schools first meeting since Feburary of 2008 when both were in region 6-AA.  Decatur remained in that region in the four years since while Wesleyan was in Class A.  As Wesleyan moved back to AA this year, Decatur was reclassified to AAA.  Wesleyan will next face Class AAAAAA Brookwood (7-3) next Friday at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Brittany Stevens looks to pass in second half in win over Decatur


Friday, December 14
Wesleyan overcomes poor shooting and Class A - Private No. 6 Holy Innocents
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Paige Mosley battles for position with two Holy Innocents players
Wesleyan continuned its romp over ranked opponents as they downed Class A - Private No. 6 ranked Holy Innocents 56-40 Friday in front of a big Lower School Night crowd at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves broke open what was a tight game early in the first quarter  by ending it on a 8-0 run to close the period leading 15-5.  Wesleyan kept Holy Innocents at a safe distance in the second quarter outscoring the Lady Bears 15-11 in period taking a 30-16 lead into halftime.   During halftime, the Wesleyan players and coaches took the floor with all of the Lower School boys and girls basketball players as they conducted ball handling drills.  The team got a brief 3-minute visit to the locker room before the second half began.   The second half was more tightly contested with Wesleyan winning the third quarter 14-13 and the forth 12-11.  Much of Wesleyan's offensive ineffectiveness was its own doing.  The team shot only 38% from the free throw line on 7-for-18 shooting and shot 36% from the field.  Lots of points were left on the rim.  They didn't play their best...and still won by 16 over a ranked team that will likely complete for the Class A private school state championship in March.  Katie Frerking led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 18 points to go with her five rebounds and five steals.  Brittany Stevens had 12 points, seven steals and a pair of assists and rebounds.  Kendra Talley also scored 12 points, and had two steals and two boards while Paige Mosley added eight points and two steals.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 7-0 on the year while Holy Innocents falls to 8-2.  Wesleyan now holds a 12-1 series edge over Holy Innocents.  The Lady Wolves next face Decatur (6-1) tomorrow at Decatur.  Tipoff is 3:00 PM.

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Nikki McDonald tries to get past Holy Innocents defender

Saturday, December 8
Wesleyan takes 58-42 road win over AAAAAA No. 5 Mill Creek
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Brittany Stevens soars in second half of 58-42 win over Mill Creek

Wesleyan stayed undefeated on the season with a 58-42 road win over Mill Creek, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.  Wesleyan jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the game's opening moments, then didn't score for close to four minutes as Mill Creek took a 5-4 lead.  Wesleyan then finished the quarter on a 6-0 run in the last minute of the period to lead 10-5 at the end of one.  The Lady Wolves broke the game open in the second quarter converting turnovers into points behind a flurry of defensive activty.  Wesleyan outscored the Lady Hawks 22-10 in the second quarter to lead 32-15 at the half.  In the third quarter the lead grew as large as 21 on a few occasions.  The scoring was even as Wesleyan led 45-28 heading into the fourth.  The fourth quarter was similar with the teams trading baskets in what was a physical game.  Wesleyan chose to pull the ball out and run some clock as the lead was safe.  Katie Frerking and Nikki McDonald led Wesleyan's scoring effort with 13 points apiece.  Frerking just missed a double-double as she also contributed nine rebounds along with five assists and three steals.  McDonald was 3-for-7 from behind the arc and also had a pair of assists to go with a pair of steals.  Brittany Stevens added 11 points, four steals and two assists for Wesleyan while Paige Mosely chipped in nine points and four rebounds.  Kendra Talley had six points, three rebounds and three steals while Keevana Edwards continued her hard play with seven boards and 11 deflections.  Wesleyan is now 6-0 on the season and won its third straight game over Mill Creek upping the series recoord with the Lady Hawks to 3-1.  Wesleyan has six days off until its next game with Class A - Private No. 6 ranked Holy Innocents.  Tipoff is 7:00 PM Friday at Wesleyan.



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Nikki McDonald shoots one of her three treys on the night


Friday, December 7
Lady Wolves steamroll Class A - Private No. 2 Darlington 77-46
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Kendra Talley shoots for two of her 14 points
The cobwebs finally seem to be gone as Class AA No. 1 ranked Wesleyan routed Class A - Private No. 2 Darlington 77-46 Friday night in the Lady Wolves' home opener at Yancey Gymnasium.  After a few opening moments of missed shots Paige Mosley got Wesleyan going scoring the Lady Wolves' first six points.  Wesleyan rolled to a two touchdown lead at the end of the first quarter, 21-7.  The Lady Wolves applied full court defensive pressure which caused numerous Darlington turnovers resulting in Wesleyan points.  The Lady Tigers appeared gassed toward the end of the second quarter.  Wesleyan outscored Darlington 23-8 in the period taking a 44-15 lead into halftime.  The Wesleyan lead increased to 40 in the third and the press was put away for the night.  Darlington was able to get more open looks in the half-court as a result.  Still the Lady Wolves won the quarter 26-19 leading 70-34 heading into the fourth.  The final period was reduced to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule.  Lighting it up once again was Katie Frerking who led all scorers with 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the field.  She also had four steals and a pair of assists.  Kendra Talley scored 14 points and added two steals while Mosley contributed 10 points, two blocked shots and 2 steals.  Brittany Stevens chipped in eight points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds.  Keevana Edwards added six points and four boards for the Lady Wolves.  Nikki McDonald led the Wesleyan rebounding effort with seven to go with her four points and three steals.  Tonight's game was the first time in the five games Wesleyan has played so far, that the team had a noticable rhythm.  They played trademark Wesleyan basketball with the defense generating the offense.  The Lady Wolves improve to 5-0 on the season and next face AAAAAA No. 5 ranked Mill Creek tomorrow afternoon at Mill Creek.  Wesleyan won last year's meeting 64-51.  Tipoff is at 5:00 PM.

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Katie Frerking scores over Darlington's Rachel Simon

Saturday, December 1
No. 1 Wesleyan outlasts No. 8 Model 62-56
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Katie Frerking guards Model's Timia Reynolds
Class AA top ranked Wesleyan handed AA No. 8 ranked Model its first loss of the young season 62-56 Saturday afternoon at Model.  The first quarter was back and forth as the teams were knotted at 19-19 heading into the secord quarter.  Wesleyan had trouble finding the basket in the opening moments of the second quarter as Model went on a 7-0 run to open a 26-19 lead at the 6:28 mark.  Two Katie Frerking freethrows cut the lead to 26-21 and Wesleyan closed the second quarter by outscoring Model 16-5 to take a 35-31 lead into halftime.  The teams continued to exchange blows in the third quarter as the Lady Wolves won the scoring battle 21-17 opening up a 56-48 lead.  The Wesleyan lead waffled between eight and six the rest of the way.  Significantly, once Wesleyan overtook Model midway through the second quarter, they never relinquished the lead.  Katie Frerking led Wesleyan in scoring, rebounds and steals with 18, seven and five respectively.  Kendra Talley tallied 11 points and six rebounds while Paige Mosely was the third Wesleyan player to score in double figures with 10 points to go with her five rebounds.  Brittany Stevens added nine points, four assists and four steals for the Lady Wolves while Nikki McDonald chipped in six points, four steals and three boards.  The win over Model was Wesleyan's third in three meetings with the Lady Blue Devils.  The Lady Wolves won a first round state tournament game at Model in 2005 and a second round  state tournament contest, also at Model, in 2008.  A win is a win and Wesleyan will take it.  However, there is much room for improvment.  The Lady Wolves missed quite a few shots in the paint and shot a very poor 36% from the free throw line on 7-for-19 shooting.  While they did chalk up a win over a top 10 team, Wesleyan is clearly in early season form as the team isn't quite on the same page at times.  Games like this only help the team improve.  Wesleyan improves to 4-0 on the season while Model falls to 2-1.  Wesleyan's next game will be with another Rome area opponent, Darlington.  It will be the Lady Wolves' home opener.  Tipoff is 7:00 PM Friday at Wesleyan.

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Paige Mosley shoots over Model's Carla Clemmons


Friday, November 30
Former Wesleyan teammates face off on collegiate hardwood
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Coole, Coach Azar, Groff, Causwell, Wilkins, Armstrong, Coach Frazier
Six former Lady Wolves currently playing college basketball, faced off with former teammates recently.  Current Georgia players Anne Marie Armstrong (Wesleyan class of 2009) and Kaelyn Causwell (Wesleyan class of 2012), shared the court with current Furman freshman Holli Wilkins (Wesleyan class of 2012), Wednesday night in Athens.  Another former Wesleyan player, Kennington Groff (class of 2010), is the Georgia women's basketball team's manager.  Also in attendance was former Wesleyan player Megan Coole (class of 2010) a junior at Georgia.  Coach Azar, Coach Frazier and some current Wesleyan players made the short trip to Athens Wednesday night to support their former teammates.  In another meeting of Wesleyan grads, current Wofford junior Logan Morris (Wesleyan class of 2010) and Wofford freshman Jordan Frazier (Wesleyan class of 2012) faced off against Kennesaw State redshirt junior Chantel Kennedy (Wesleyan class of 2009).  Like the Georgia-Furman trio, these three were all members of Wesleyan's 2009 state championship team. 

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Chantel Kennedy, Logan Morris, Jordan Frazier

Friday, November 23

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Thursday, November 22
Wesleyan claims Roswell Infiniti Classic championship with squeaker over Duluth
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Brittany Stevens shoots over Duluth's Aliyah McGriff

In a sloppy performance, Wesleyan squeaked by Duluth 45-42 in the championship game of the Roswell Infinity Classic at North Forsyth Wednesday night.  After a back and forth first quarter, Duluth took a12-10 at the end of the quarter.  Duluth led 21-18 with 3 minutes to play in the second quarter before Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run holding Duluth scoreless for the rest of the period.  Wesleyan led 26-21 at the half. Duluth closed the gap to at the begininng of the third quarter, tied it up at 33 and then took a 35-33 lead with a layup to close out the quarter.  The teams traded leads several times in the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan 39-38 with 3:58 to play.  After a Wesleyan foul, Duluth converted two free throws to regain the lead 40-39.  The Lady Wolves scored on the subsequent possession as did Duluth on its next possession.  A Katie Frerking drive to the basket put Wesleyan up 43-42.  After a Wesleyan defensive stop, Brittany Stevens was called for a offensive foul.  Another Wesleyan defensive stop and another offensive foul called on Wesleyan, this time on Katie Frerking.  On Duluth's next possession, Wesleyan committed a foul on a put back after a Duluth miss.  With 39 seconds remaining, the Duluth player missed the front end of a one and one.  Katie Frerking was fouled on a drive to the basket and calmly sank both free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining to give Wesleyan a 45-42 lead.  Duluth then called a time out.  Upon the Duluth inbound, Wesleyan applied too much on the ball defensive pressure for Duluth to even get a shot off and the clock ran out.  The Lady Wolves escaped with a 45-42 win to capture the tournament championship.  Wesleyan clearly hasn't jelled as a team yet but the season is young and games like this can only help them improve.  Katie Frerking was the leading scorer with 20 points.  She also had six steals and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.  Kendra Talley was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures and she put up 11 points while shooting 83% from the free throw line on 5-for-6 shooting.  She also contributed four rebounds.  Paige Mosley added six points and three rebounds while Stevens added four points, six steals, four boards and two of Wesleyan's three assists.  Wesleyan improves to 3-0 on the season while Duluth falls to 2-1.  The Lady Wolves now have a few days off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.  Then it's back to work next week to prepare for AA No. 8 ranked Model.  Wesleyan and Model will face each other Saturday December 1 at Model.  Tipoff is 4:00 PM.



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2012 Roswell Infiniti Classic Champs

Tuesday, November 20
K. Frerking's 25 lead Lady Wolves to 67-44 win over AAAAA No. 7 Creekview
Class AA No. 1 Wesleyan advanced to the championship game of the Roswell Infiniti Classic with 67-44 semi-final win over Class AAAAA No. 7 Creekview Wednesday afternoon at North Forsyth.  In the first meeting between the schools since December 2007, Wesleyan took a 13-12 lead in a sloppy first quarter.  The Lady Wolves shook off the first quarter woes and took control of the game outscoring Creekview 22-7 in the second period to take a 35-19 lead into halftime.  The deep Wesleyan squad continued to step on the gas in the third outscoring the Grizzlies 20-10 and took a 55-29 lead into the fourth.  The game was out of reach at that point as Wesleyan played all 13 team members.  Katie Frerking had her high point game of the young season as she torched Creekview with 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field.  She shot 50% from the three-point line going 2-for-4.  She also had four steals, three rebounds and two blocked shots.  CaraMia Tsirigos was second in scoring for Wesleyan with 11 points and four rebounds.  Brittany Stevens scored 10 points while grabbing five rebounds and swiping three steals.  Nikki McDonald added six points and four steals.  The Lady Wolves shot a solid 72% from the free throw line as a team and also recorded 19 team steals.  Wesleyan is now 2-0 on the year and advances to play the winner of the semi-final game between Milton and host North Forsyth.  Tipoff is tomorrow night at 7:30.

Monday, November 19
Super Six sign scholarships

The parents of all six Wesleyan senior girls basketball players no longer have to worry about paying for college courtesy of their daughter's athletic prowess.  All six seniors signed their respective letters of intent this past Thursday in a signing ceremony held at Yancey Gymnasium.  Five of the seniors will be playing basketball at the next level while one will play softball.  All six have received full athletic scholarships to NCAA Division I schools.  Congratulations to all six seniors on this incredible accomplishment.

  • CaraMia Tsirigos - Indiana University, Softball 
  • Kendra Talley - Presbyterian College, Basketball
  • Brittany Stevens - Samford University, Basketball
  • Taylor Blackmon - Kennesaw State University, Basketball
  • Katie Frerking - Auburn University, Basketball
  • Paige Mosley - Towson University, Basketball


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Pictured from left: K. Frerking, Talley, Tsirigos, Blackmon, Stevens, Mosley

Saturday, November 17
Wesleyan opens season with rout of Roswell in first round of Roswell Infiniti Classic
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Keevana Edwards defends in first half of 66-33 win over Roswell
The Wesleyan Lady Wolves got the 2012-2013 season off to a rousing start with a 66-33 demolition of Class AAAAAA Roswell in the first round of the Roswell Infiniti Classic at North Forsyth Saturday afternoon.  It was the first meeting between Wesleyan and Roswell, located just 12 miiles apart.  Katie Frerking got herself going early on with three drives to the basket in the first quarter netting six points.  Class AA No. 1 ranked Wesleyan led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.  The lead grew to 28-0 midway through the second quarter before Roswell got on the scoreboard.  Wesleyan led 35-11 at the half as seven Lady Wolves scored in the period.  Wesleyan continued to roll in the third quarter outscoring Roswell 23-11 taking a 58-22 lead into the fourth.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes per the 30-point lead rule.  All 15 Wesleyan players got playing time in this game which was never close.  Nine Wesleyan players hit the scoring column led by Katie Frerking who scored 15 points and had three assists and three rebounds.  Nikki McDonald scored nine points and had three boards while Kendra Talley and Keevana Edwards scored eight points each.  Edwards also led Wesleyan in rebounds with eight.  Brittany Stevens added seven points for Wesleyan while Cairo Booker scored six points and led Wesleyan in the steals category with four.  Lauren Frerking scored five points while grabbing five rebounds. CaraMia Tsirigos contributed four points and six boards while Paige Mosley chipped in four points and three boards.  With the win, Wesleyan is 1-0 on the season and advances to the semi-final round to face Creekview which won its first round game over Peachtree Ridge.  This will be the fourth meeting between Wesleyan and Creekview which were both part of Region 6-AA back in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons.  Creekview is now in Class AAAAA and is ranked No. 7 in the AJC preseason poll.  Wesleyan leads the series 3-0.  Tipoff is 4:30 PM Tuesday at North Forsyth.

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Lauren Frerking shoots over Roswell's Greer Hampton


Thursday, November 15
Mosley commits to Towson
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Paige Mosley
Wesleyan senior Paige Mosley recently made a verbal committment to accept a full basketball scholarship to Towson University in Towson, Maryland, near Baltimore.  Mosley enrolled at Wesleyan this past summmer after moving to Atlanta from Warner Robbins where she attended Houston County High School.  She chose Towson after receiving offers from College of Charleston, Elon, Tennessee Tech, Alabama-Birmingham and Kennesaw State.  Towson, an NCAA Division I school, competes in the Colonial Athletic Association along with Delaware, Drexel, George Mason, Georgia State, Hofstra, James Madison, Northeastern, Old Dominion, North Carolina-Wilmington and William & Mary.  Mosley becomes the sixth member on this year's Wesleyan girls basketball team to accept a full athletic scholarship to an NCAA Division I school.  Five of those are basketball scholarships as Mosley joins Kendra Talley (Presbyterian), Brittany Stevens (Samford), Taylor Blackmon (Kennesaw State) and Katie Frerking (Auburn) on the hardwood next year.  The sixth member, CaraMia Tsirigos, will be crushing homers in the Big Ten next year, playing softball at Indiana.  Congratulations to Paige on her decision!

Monday, November 12
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Preseason All Classification Rankings

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Wednesday, October 24
War Eagle! Frerking makes commitment to Auburn
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Katie Frerking
Wesleyan senior Katie Frerking made a commitment Monday night to Auburn University to sign a full basektball scholarship.  After a long recruiting process, Frerking came to her decision Monday night after receiving offers from North Carolina State, Richmond, SMU, Pittsburgh, James Madison, Lehigh, Samford and others.  She is the fifth member of Wesleyan's basketball senior class to receive a Division I athletic scholorship joining Kendra Talley (Presbyterian), Brittany Stevens (Samford), Taylor Blackmon (Kennesaw State) and CaraMia Tsirigos (Indiana, softball).  Frerking averaged 8.5 points, 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocked shots last season as she contributed to Wesleyan's fifth straight state title.  She had a dominant performance in the state championship game with 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots helping Wesleyan roll to a 68-44 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian.  She earned Second Team All State honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association.  Frerking is the first Wesleyan player to accept a scholarship offer to Auburn which is Coach Azar's alma mater.  Congratulations to Katie on her decision.

Friday, October 19
Blackmon heading to Kennesaw State to continue basketball career
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Taylor Blackmon
Wesleyan senior Taylor Blackmon has accecpted a scholarship offer to play basketball for Kennesaw State University.  Blackmon has been a key member of Wesleyan's previous three state championship teams.  She averaged six points, two steals and two assists last season for the Lady Wolves.   Kennesaw State, an NCAA Division I university, competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference with East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, Northern Kentucky, South Carolina Upstate and Stetson.  Blackmon will be the second Wesleyan alum to play for Kennesaw State as she'll join former teammate Chantel Kennedy on the Owls' squad.  Kennedy, a 2009 Wesleyan graduate, transferred to Kennesaw State last year from Colorado State.  Blackmon becomes the fourth Wesleyan senior to commit to an NCAA Division I school joining Brittany Stevens (Samford), Kendra Talley (Presbyterian) and CaraMia Tsirigos (Indiana, softball).  Congratulations to Taylor as she continues her athletic and academic career.

Tuesday, July 3
Stevens to continue career at Samford
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Brittany Stevens

Wesleyan rising senior Brittany Stevens has made a verbal committment to Samford University in Birmingham.  Stevens made the committment last week after considering offers from Wofford and Elon.  She has run the point for Wesleyan since her freshman year and is a member of Wesleyan's last three state championship teams.  Stevens averaged seven points and three assists last season as a junior.  With this committment, she becomes the second player from Wesleyan's class of 2013 to commit to a full basketball scholarship to an NCAA Division I school joining Kendra Talley who committed to Presbyterian College in April.  Samford competes in the Southern Conference which includes Appalachian State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, College of Charleston, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, North Carolina-Greensboro, Western Carolina and Wofford.  Stevens will join several former Wesleyan teammates who are on scholarship at Southern Conference schools, Logan Morris and Jordan Frazier (Wofford), Holli Wilkins (Furman), as well as Wesleyan basketball alumni who played at SoCon schools and have since graduated, Carolyn Whitney and Elise Whitney (Georgia Southern) and Sarah Moye (College of Charleston).  Congratulations to Brittany on her college choice!



Wednesday, April 25
Talley gives early commitment to Presbyterian
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Kendra Talley
Wesleyan junior guard Kendra Talley has made a commitment to the Presbyterian College women's basketball program.  Talley has been a member of the last three state championship teams.  She will be the third Wesleyan player to sign with Presbyterian, joining Dana Birnie (2001) and Anna Sheppard (2002).  Congratulations to Kendra on her big decision.

Tuesday, October 9

2011-2012 Season News Articles



Tuesday, May 1
Azar to be inducted into Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame

From Gwinnett Daily Post (March 21, 2012)

The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame's third class, headlined by two football stars, a Parkview trio and a successful basketball coach, was finalized this week by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.

This year's most recognizable inductees, who will be honored during the Gwinnett Braves home game on May 5, are two accomplished NFL football players, Brookwood grad Jason Elam and South Gwinnett product David Greene. They will be joined by three people with Parkview ties -- longtime Panther coach and athletic director Karl Bostick, wrestler Scott Hage and multi-sport standout Susan Brandau --as well as current Wesleyan girls basketball coach Jan Azar.

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation is extremely excited about our third annual hall of fame celebration," said David Seago, who heads up the GCPS Foundation's Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "It will be a Saturday evening event this year (the first two were at Sunday G-Braves' games), which will give us the opportunity to make it a more festive environment and logistically easier for the honorees and fans.

We have a great class selected, which again represents some of the great talent we have had come through this county. The event not only gives us the opportunity to recognize those athletes, but also raise money to benefit the students of our great school system."

Elam had the longest NFL career of any Gwinnett product before retiring after the 2009 season. He kicked for 17 NFL seasons, the last two with the hometown Atlanta Falcons after 15 seasons with the Denver Broncos. He made 436 of 540 career field goals (80.7 percent) and tied an NFL record with a 63-yarder in 1998.

Greene spent four seasons in the NFL, but his greatest accomplishments came at the college level. The Georgia Bulldog great left college with the most career victories by any NCAA starting quarterback and threw for a SEC record 11,528 yards with 72 touchdown passes.

The Parkview inductees include Brandau, a multi-sport star in high school who played college basketball at Duke, and Hage, Georgia's first four-time state champion high school wrestler in the state's highest classification. Hage also was a three-time NCAA qualifier at West Virginia.

Bostick's success came as a coach and athletic director, overseeing the bulk of Parkview's Gwinnett-best 49 state championships. His own boys soccer and cross country teams won 11 of those titles.

Azar's championship run is still going at Wesleyan. Her girls basketball teams have won nine state championships in the past 11 seasons, including the last five in a row.

The Class of 2012 joins an already impressive hall of fame that began in 2010 with inaugural inductees Terry Harvey of Dacula, Matt Stinchcomb of Parkview, Cindy Brogdon of Greater Atlanta Christian, Ida Neal-Smith of Central Gwinnett and boxer Ezzard Charles, a Lawrenceville native.

The second class in 2011 featured current Greater Atlanta Christian basketball coach and Central grad Eddie Martin, Central's Ted Roof, Duluth's George Rogers, Norcross' Mary Ellen Blanchard Warta and Norcross' natives Ivey and Red Wingo, former major league baseball players.



Tuesday, April 24
Gwinnett Tipoff Club names Wesleyan team of year, Azar coach of year

The Gwinnett Tipoff Club held its annual year end banquet Sunday and Wesleyan was well represented.  Wesleyan was selected Team of the Year as they were the only Gwinnett County team to bring home a state championship this season.  Coach Azar was named Coach of the Year.  Holli Wilkins and Katie Frerking were selected to the All County team while Taylor Blackmon, Kaelyn Causwell, Jordan Frazier and Brittany Stevens were all named All County Honorable Mention.  Frerking was also honored as Wesleyan's scholar athlete.  Congratulations to all.  



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Monday, April 2
Wesleyan ranked No. 18 nationally in final ESPN poll

Now that all of the state tournaments from across the country have been completed, ESPN released its final national rankings last week.  Wesleyan finished ranked No. 18 in the country upon winning its fifth straight state title and ninth overall.  This is the highest end-of-season national ranking that Wesleyan has achieved.  The Lady Wolves were ranked No. 35 in the final ESPN rankings in 2009 and No. 20 in the 2011 final national rankings.  The only other teams from Georgia ranked in the ESPN top 50 were McEachern, which finished ranked No. 2 in the country after completing an undefeated season (33-0) and winning the Class 5A championship, and Norcross.  Norcross (26-6) ended the season ranked No. 23 after losing in the semi-finals of the 5A state tournament to McEachern.  It's the second straight season Wesleyan has ended the season ranked higher nationally than their larger neighbor across the street.  Three of the Lady Wolves' four losses were to teams that finished ranked in the ESPN Top 50, Bolingbrook, IL (No. 4), Good Counsel, MD (No. 25) and Bob Jones, AL (No. 32).  All high schools in the United States are included for consideration in the national rankings regardless of what classification a school is assigned by the high school athletic association in the state in which it competes, whether it is a public school or a private school or if a school is elligible to compete for state championships in its respective state due to the school's standing regarding its athletes.  In short, these rankings are based on the opinions of representatives of ESPN and no school anywhere in the country is excluded from consideration.  Congratuations to the Lady Wolves for their highest ever season-ending national ranking!



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Monday, April 2
Azar named GSWA Coach of Year, Wilkins, Frerking, Frazier earn All State

The Georgia Sportswriters Association released its All State Team on Sunday and Wesleyan coach Jan Azar was voted Class A Coach of the Year.  Senior Holli Wilkins was selected to the First Team while junior Katie Frerking was selected to the Second Team and senior Jordan Frazier was selected Honorable Mention.  Morgan Batey of Pace Academy was named player of the year despite not being selected as her region's player of the year.  Her team lost in the first round of the state tournament.  Congrats to Holli, Katie, Jordan and Coach Azar.



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Tuesday, March 27
Wilkins selected Class A Player of Year, Frerking, Frazier earn AJC All State, Azar Coach of Year

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its All State teams Sunday naming senior Holli Wilkins Class A Player of the Year.  Wilkins also was selected First Team All State.  Junior Katie Frerking was selected Second Team All State while senior Jordan Frazier was named All State Honorable Mention.  Coach Jan Azar was selected Class A Coach of the Year, her ninth time receiving the Coach of the Year award for her team's classification.  This is Wilkins' first selection to the First Team having been selected Second Team All State last season and Honorable mention in 2010 as a sophomore.  Frerking and Frazier are making their first appearances on the AJC All State team.  Wilkins becomes the third Wesleyan player to earn the classification state Player of the Year award.  Nikki Luckhurst earned this honor in 2002 and 2004 and Anne Marie Armstrong was selected in 2008 and 2009.  Congratulations to all for this well deserved recognition.



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Tuesday, March 27
Azar, Wilkins, Frazier, Frerking recognized on AJC's All Gwinnett Team

Seniors Holli Wilkins and Jordan Frazier, junior Katie Frerking and Coach Jan Azar were named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All Gwinnett County team as the AJC released its All County Teams of the Year on Sunday.  This is Wilkins' second AJC All Gwinnett mention as she was on the Second Team last season.  This is the first such honor for Frazier and Frerking.  Coach Azar was also honored as the AJC's Gwinnett County Coach of the Year in 2006.  Congratulations to all four.



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Tuesday, March 27
Wesleyan trio named All County by Gwinnett Daily Post, Azar voted Coach of Year

Wesleyan seniors Holli Wilkins and Jordan Frazier and junior Katie Frerking were named All Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post as the newspaper released its All County teams recently.  Wilkins was selected First Team All County, while Frerking was selected to the Second Team and Frazier was named Third Team All County for the second straight year.  It's the first such honor for Frerking while Wilkins was named Second Team All County last season.   Coach Jan Azar was voted Gwinnett County Coach of the Year by the Gwinnett Daily Post for the fifth time.  She was also recognized with this honor in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2010.  Congratulations to all three Lady Wolves and Coach Azar!



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Thursday, March 15
Final Atlanta Journal-Constitution All Classification Rankings

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Saturday, March 10
DRIVE FOR FIVE COMPLETE


Wesleyan routs SW Atlanta Christian 68-44 to take fifth straight state championship and eighth in last nine years
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Wesleyan's seniors are awarded 2012 state championship trophy

Wilkins, Frerking lead Wesleyan to big win in state championship game 

Wesleyan won its fifth straight state title, eighth in the last nine seasons and ninth over the last 11 seasons after posting a 68-44 shellacking of Southwest Atlanta Christian in the Class A state championship game at the Macon Coliseum Saturday afternoon.  For a while it was looking like someone was going to have to come up with an answer to a question posed by six year old Andrew Azar.  "What happens if nobody scores?".  After the opening tipoff, neither team could find the basket after each team had at least four offensive possessions leading to the question by the Wesleyan kindergartener.  Finally Katie Frerking came up with the answer as she hit a three-pointer from the corner to put Wesleyan up 3-0 at the 4:46 mark of the first quarter.  Southwest Atlanta Christian immediately answered on the other end.  Brittany Stevens put Wesleyan up 5-2 with a drive to the basket but Southwest Atlanta Christian again answered with a three-pointer tying the game at 5-5.   This would be the closest they would come to having a lead and the game would not be tied again as Wesleyan went on a 10-0 run to end the first quarter leading 15-5 at the end of the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves started the second quarter as they had ended the first, scoring while preventing Southwest Atlanta Christian from scoring.  At the 4:47 mark of the second quarter, Wesleyan led 27-6 completing a 22-1 run that spanned the first and second quarters.  This essentially put the game out of reach.  The No. 2 ranked Lady Warriors continued to play hard as they constructed a 9-4 run of their own cutting the lead to 31-15 after a three-point play by South Florida signee Shavontae Naylor with 1:40 left.  The No. 1 ranked Lady Wolves answered outscoring Southwest Atlanta Christian 6-4 to end the second quarter leading 37-19.  Wesleyan opened the third quarter on a 7-2 run taking a 44-21 lead.  The Lady Wolves outscored Southwest Atlanta Christian 14-12 in the third to take a 51-31 lead into the fourth.  Wesleyan also led by 20 points heading into the fourth quarter in its semi-final win over Taylor County.  In that game however, Taylor County went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth, closing to within 10 points of Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves made sure that didn't happen again as they hit the gas to start the fourth.  Wesleyan outscored the Lady Warriors 16-4 taking a 67-35 lead with about three minutes to go in the game as they cleared the bench.   And when the buzzer sounded, only one team out of 70 or so in was left standing and for the fifth straight year it was Wesleyan.  Junior Katie Frerking came up absolutely huge in this game.  She scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had six assists, four steals and two blocked shots.  It was truly an outstanding performance.  She got her team going when there appeared to be a lid on the basket early in the game, and never let up.  After a quiet first half, Wilkins caught fire in the second.  She finished her final game in a Wesleyan uniform scoring 19 points and snagging eight rebounds.  Jordan Frazier scored nine points, and had three assists, three steals and two rebounds.  Brittany Stevens finished with eight points and five assists while Kaelyn Causwell added six points, ten rebounds and six blocked shots.  Josh Belcher chipped in three points, three boards, two assists and two steals.  Missy Byrd finished her Wesleyan career with two points on a beautiful alley-oop pass from Stevens.  With the win, Wesleyan finishes the year with a record of 29-4 while Southwest Atlanta Christian falls to 29-4, ending its 22-game winning streak.  This was the last game in the careers of Wesleyan's four seniors Wilkins, Frazier, Causwell and Byrd who will attend Furman, Wofford, Georgia and Air Force respectively on basketball scholarships.  With its ninth state title, Wesleyan moves into at tie for second place on the all time list of state girls basketball championships.  Taylor County has the most with 10.  Wesleyan and Seminole County each have nine.  Hart County and Greater Atlanta Christian round out the top five with eight titles each.  No school has won so many championships over such a short period of time.  With its fifth consecutive state title, Wesleyan becomes only the third school in Georgia history to accomplish that feat.  Hart County holds the record for most consecutive girls basketball state championships with six as they won the Class AAA title in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.  Taylor County won five straight while bouncing around three classifications.  They won titles in Class C, Class B and Class A in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972.  Wesleyan's run of five straight began with the Class AA title in 2008 followed by Class A titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  No team, boys or girls, comes close to matching Wesleyan's eight state championships in nine years.  Since first qualifying for the state tournament in its fourth season of varsity competition in 2001, Wesleyan has made it to the state championship game in 11 of 12 seasons.  The Lady Wolves won titles in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012 and were state runner up in 2001 and 2007.  The only season Wesleyan failed to reach the state championship game was 2003 when they lost in the quarterfinals.  Wesleyan runs its state tournament winning streak to 25 games and now has an overall record of 55-3 in the state tournament.  Wilkins, Frazier and Causwell join former teammate Grace Leah Baughn as the only players in Gwinnett County history to win four basketball state championships.  We will greatly miss our four seniors but look forward to keeping up with all of them at the collegiate level.  Congratulations to each and every player and coach for his or her contributions to this program and this accomplishment and for upholding Wesleyan's basketball traditions.

Wesleyan Lady Wolves - 2012 Class 1A State Champions

Photos by Gwinnett Daily Post and Jim Worthington



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Katie Frerking battles for loose ball with two SACA players

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Brittany Stevens shoots around SACA's Alexis Carter
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Jordan Frazier races past SACA's Amber Baker

All Time Girls State Basketball Championships (winners of at least four)

  1. Taylor County - 10
  2. Wesleyan - 9
  3. Seminole County - 9
  4. Hart County - 8
  5. Greater Atlanta Christian - 8
  6. Berrien - 6
  7. Cherokee - 6
  8. Jeff Davis - 6
  9. Collins Hill - 5
  10. Northeast, Macon - 5
  11. Brooks County - 4
  12. Clinch County - 4
  13. Dodge County - 4
  14. Gainesville - 4
  15. Glennville - 4
  16. Lowndes - 4
  17. Miller County - 4
  18. Morrow - 4
  19. Northside, Warner Robins - 4
  20. Pickens - 4

 



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Holli Wilkins being pursued by SACA's Brandi Wilkey

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Kaelyn Causwell and Katie Frerking hug after win
Sunday, March 11
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Hannah Hoskin and Missy Byrd celebrate win over SACA

Wesleyan season by season results

  • 1997-1998 - 4-16
  • 1998-1999 - 14-10
  • 1999-2000 - 16-10
  • 2000-2001 - 31-2 - State Runner Up
  • 2001-2002 - 28-4 - State Champion
  • 2002-2003 - 26-4 - Lost in Quarterfinals
  • 2003-2004 - 28-5 - State Champion
  • 2004-2005 - 31-2 - State Champion
  • 2005-2006 - 30-3 - State Champion
  • 2006-2007 - 26-8 - State Runner Up
  • 2007-2008 - 30-3 - State Champion
  • 2008-2009 - 29-4 - State Champion
  • 2009-2010 - 28-4 - State Champion
  • 2010-2011 - 31-2 - State Champion
  • 2011-2012 - 29-4 - State Champion


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2012 Class 1A Champions

Monday, March 12

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Wednesday, March 7
Wesleyan takes down No. 5 Taylor County 55-40, state championship game next
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Kaelyn Causwell goes up for a shot in 55-40 semi-final win over Taylor County

A W is a W and at this time of year it's survive and advance or lose and go home.  Wesleyan didn't earn any style points in its 55-40 win over No. 5 Taylor County in the semi-finals of the Class A state tournament at the Macon Coliseum Wednesday night.  Things started off well enough as the Lady Wolves built an early 13-2 lead and closed the first quarter on a 7-2 run to lead 20-4 at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan's front court duo of Jordan Frazier and Brittany Stevens both got flagged with two fouls apiece and had to sit the remainder of the first half on the bench.  This affected Wesleyan's abiltiy to pressure Taylor County's guards who were then able to get the ball to their two 6'0 post players.  Desptie this change of pace, Taylor only outscored Wesleyan 10-8 in the second quarter.  Wesleyan led by two touchdowns, 28-14, at the half.  Taylor County closed the gap to 12 at one point during the third quarter but Wesleyan outscored the Lady Vikings 20-14 in the period ending with a Josh Belcher three-pointer just before the buzzer to give Wesleyan a 48-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  The Lady Wolves got sloppy in the early going of the fourth quarter turning the ball over on three consecutive posessions, all of which Taylor County capitalized.  With 6:05 left in the game, Taylor County finished a 10-0 run cutting the Wesleyan lead to 48-38.  Katie Frerking ended the Taylor County run with a drive to the hoop upping Wesleyan's advantage to 12 points.  At this point, Wesleyan did one of the things it does best and that's eat clock.  The Lady Wolves were successful in running off large chunks of time on several possessions.  After Taylor's 10-0 run, they only scored two points for the remaining six minutes of the game.  Wesleyan ended the game outscoring Taylor 7-2 down the stretch.  Taylor Blackmon led a balanced Wesleyan scoring attack as she put up 13 points, three steals and two rebounds.  Kaelyn Causwell had her best game since early in the season scoring 10 points while blocking four shots and grabbing three rebounds. Holli Wilkins put up 10 points and four steals.  Josh Belcher barely missed a double-double as she scored nine points and had a team high nine boards.  Frerking added six points and four rebounds while Frazier had a team leading six assists to go with her four points and four rebounds.  The win over Taylor County certainly wasn't the shooting clinic the Lady Wolves put on in their quarterfinal win over Darlington, but a 15-point win over a team entering the game with a record of 27-1 isn't too bad.  Sometimes you just have to win ugly.  With the win Wesleyan improves its record to 28-4 on the season and advances to its ninth straight state title game.  Taylor County ends its season with a 27-2 record.  Top ranked Wesleyan will take on second ranked Southwest Atlanta Christian in the state championship game.  This is the first meeting between the two since December 21, 2006, a 46-35 Wesleyan win.  Wesleyan holds a 4-0 record in the series.  Southwest Atlanta Christian posted a 68-39 win over Charlton County in its semi-final game.  Wesleyan and Southwest Atlanta Christian will play for the Class A state championship Saturday at 11:00 AM.  The game will be televised on GPTV.

Photos by Gwinnett Daily Post and Brian Morgan



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Jordan Frazier (12) and Taylor County's Keshundra Jackson go after a loose ball

Thursday, March 8
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Katie Frerking lays one up over Taylor County's Artisha Holston

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Taylor Blackmon shoots for two of her game high 13 ponits vs. Taylor County

Saturday, March 3
Wesleyan dismantles Darlington 95-41, storms into 9th straight Final Four behind Wilkins' 30
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Holli Wilkins scores two of her 30 points in quarterfinal win over Darlington
Total domination.  The Lady Wolves continued their romp through the state tournament with a 95-41 blitzing of No. 7 Darlington Saturday afternoon at Marietta High School in the quarterfinal round of the Class A state tournament.  The Lady Wolves opened the game bombing away from long range.  Four different players connected from behind the arc during the quarter for a total of six three-pointers nailed in the the first quarter alone, three by Holli Wilkins.  Wesleyan led 27-8 at the end of the first quarter.  Too much Wilkins in the second as she dropped another three on the way to nine points in the period.  Jordan Frazier and Brittany Stevens also connected from long range in the second as the Lady Wolves took a 50-16 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan hit a total of nine threes in the first half.  Darlington got themselves going in the third quarter scoring 19 points in the period which is more than in the first half combined.  However, Wesleyan scored 26 behind 10 more from Wilkins.  It was 76-35 Wesleyan heading into the six-minute fourth quarter.  The Lady Wolves outscored Darlington 19-6 in the final period as eight different players hit the scoring column.  Darlington, the region 6-A runner up, simply had no answer for Wesleyan's swarming pressure defense which caused 36 turnovers.  Ten different Wesleyan players got in the scoring column led by Wilkins' double-double performace.  She scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an outstanding effort.  She was 4-for-4 from three-point range in the first half and Darlington simply couldn't guard her.  She scored from inside and outside while continuously baffling the Lady Tiger defense.  Wilkins is the first Wesleyan player to reach the 30-point mark in a game since Anne Marie Armstrong scored 34 points against Westminster on January 10, 2009, over three years ago.  Frazier continued her late surge with an outstanding performance of her own and a record breaking one at that.  While scoring 18 points, she also had a whopping 15 steals and seven assists.  Her reemergence of late has been a huge reason for the Lady Wolves' dominance thus far in the state tournament.  She's averaging 21.3 points per game during the tournament.  Her 15 steals tonight broke the school record of 14 set by Jenny Hall on January 11, 2000 against Whitefield Academy.  Hall, who set the record in her sophomore year at Wesleyan, is now married and recently had her first child just to give some perspective on how long that record stood.  Katie Frerking had a big game scoring 13 points while pulling down seven rebounds.  Taylor Blackmon had nine points and three steals while Brittany Stevens scored eight points and dished six assists.  Josh Belcher added  eight points and six boards for Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves advance to their ninth straight Final Four with the quarterfinal win over Darlington.  The Lady Tigers finish their season with a 27-4 record and appear to be a program on the rise with their first Elite Eight appearance.  Congratulations to Coach Hembree and his players on their fine season.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 27-4 and will next face No. 5 ranked Taylor County in the semi-finals.  Taylor (26-1) is riding a 19-game winning streak which dates to a 44-42  December 22 loss to Rutland.  This will be the third meeting between Wesleyan and Taylor County, the other two contests also ocurring in the semi-finals of the state tournament.  Wesleyan defeated Taylor 65-40 on March 4, 2002 and 66-44 on March 10, 2010.  Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM Wednesday at the Macon Coliseum.

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Katie Frerking unloads from long range in the third quarter

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Brittany Stevens about to cross over Darlington's Bailey Brock
Sunday, March 4

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Jordan Frazier races downcourt after one of her 15 steals

Tuesday, February 28
On to 12th straight Elite Eight as Frazier's double-double lights up Bremen
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Jordan Frazier scored 25 points and had 10 steals in 2nd Round win over Bremen
Wesleyan wasted no time in establishing itself Tuesday night in a 71-32 Sweet 16 round victory over Bremen in the Class A state tournament at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves raced out to a 27-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 57-13 at halftime.  The third and fourth quarters were shortened to six minutes each as Bremen outscored Wesleyan 19-14 in the second half.  Jordan Frazier continued her late season surge as she put up a double-double scoring 25 points while swiping 10 steals.  She collected all of her steals by halftime along with 22 of her points.  She also had three rebounds while only playing about two minutes in the second half.  Most notable, Frazier was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the three-point line.  Kaelyn Causwell scored eight points while grabbing six rebounds and recording two steals.  Katie Frerking added seven points and two rebounds while Brittany Stevens scored seven points and had four assists and two steals.  Josh Belcher added five points, four assists, and four boards while Landyn Duley had five points and two rebounds.  Taylor Blackmon, Holli Wilkins and Nikki McDonald scored four points apiece.  Blackmon and McDonald each grabbed two boards while Wilkins grabbed a team high eight.  Another positive on the night, the Lady Wolves shot 76% from the free throw line going 16-for-21. With the win, Wesleyan advances to the Elite Eight round of the state tournament for the 12th straight year.  The Lady Wolves are now 26-4 on the year while Bremen finishes its season 19-7.  This was the last game in Yancey Gymnasium for Wesleyan's four seniors, Holli Wilkins, Jordan Frazier, Kaelyn Causwell and Missy Byrd.  These four have made a lasting mark on Wesleyan basketball and will be missed at Yancey.  Hopefully we'll have three more games with them.  Wesleyan will next face No. 7 ranked Darlington (27-3) in the quarterfinals.  Darlington won its second round game 63-58 over Towns County.  Tipoff is 4:00 Saturday at Marietta High School.

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Holli Wilkins shoots over Bremen's Kayla Chapman

Friday, February 24
Frazier drops 21 on Paideia as Lady Wolves cruise to 83-26 win, Sweet 16 next
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Landyn Duley goes baseline past Paideia's Ana Leon
Wesleyan opened the 2012 Class A state tournament with a resounding 83-26 drubbing of Paideia Friday night at Wesleyan.  All suspense was gone early as the Lady Wolves took a 26-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter mirrored the first as Wesleyan outscored Region 9-A runner up Paidiea, 25-3 taking a 51-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.  The third and fourth quarters were both reduced to six minutes as Wesleyan won the second half 32-19.  All healthy Lady Wolves saw lots of playing time in this one as Wesleyan led start to finish.  Jordan Frazier had her best all around game of the season as she scored 21 points and had six assists, nine steals, three rebounds and a blocked shot.  Holli Wilkins, despite having to sit much of the first half with two fouls, ended up with 14 points, three rebounds and two steals.  Brittany Stevens added eight points, four steals and three assists while Taylor Blackmon and Nikki McDonald scored seven points apiece.  Blackmon also had five steals.  Kaelyn Causwell and Katie Frerking each scored six points while grabbing 10 rebounds apiece.  Causwell also had three steals in her best all around game since early in the season.  After a somewhat slow beginning, Wesleyan really kicked it in gear in the first half and put their dismal performance in last week's region championship game in the rear view mirror.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 25-4 on the season and advances to the Sweet 16 round of the state tournament.  Paidiea ends its season at 20-9.  For the second straight season the Lady Wolves will take on Bremen in the second round.  Bremen won its first round game 44-40 on the road at Wilkinson County.   The game is scheduled for Tuesday.  Tipoff time is TBA.

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Missy Byrd grabs a rebound despite her view being obstructed

Sunday, February 19
Region title transferred as St. Francis pulls 52-45 upset
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Holli Wilkins squeezes between SW Atlanta Christian's and Marietta's finest

St. Francis posted a 52-45 upset of Wesleyan in the championship game of the Region 5-A tournament Saturday night at Wesleyan.   The early stages of the game set the tone for Wesleyan as they were whistled for five fouls in the first two minutes of the game.  This seemed to have an effect on the pace of the game as well as Wesleyan's abiltiy to relax and play their usual style of play.  St. Francis took an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.  St. Francis' lead grew to 14 at one stage in the second quarter before Wesleyan cut it to 12 at halftime.  St. Francis led 30-18 at the half.  Wesleyan outscored St. Francis 16-11 in the third quarter cutting the lead to seven.  Going into the fourth quarter St. Francis held a 41-34 lead.  Wesleyan twice cut the lead to three during the fourth quarter, the latest with 1:09 to go after two Holli Wilkins free throws reduced St. Francis' lead to 48-45.  Wesleyan got a steal at midcourt and had a chance to tie it but a Jordan Frazier three point attempt fell just short.  Wesleyan then had to foul to stop the clock and St. Francis made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win, its first ever win over Wesleyan in 13 tries.  Wilkins was the only Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she put up 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals.  Katie Frerking had six points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.  Josh Belcher scored five points and four assists while Brittany Stevens added four points and two assists.  St. Francis again was led Marietta transfer Keyona Hayes, Southwest Atlanta Christian transfer Nigia Greene and Fayette County transfer Candice Williams.  Wesleyan did not play their best game tonight for sure but a loss in the region tournament is hardly a recipe for disaster in the state tournament.   After all, Wesleyan posesses more state titles than region titles.  In 2004, 2005 and 2008, the Lady Wolves lost in the region tournament but ended the season with state championships.  The All Region 5-A Team was announced after the game and Wesleyan's Stevens and Katie Frerking were named to the All Region team.  Wilkins was named Region Co-Player of the Year along with Pace Academy's Morgan Batey.  Wesleyan is now 24-4 on the season, 11-1 vs. region opponents and will turn to its own history and prepare for the upcoming state tournament.  The Lady Wolves will face Paideia (20-8) on Friday night in the first round.  Tipoff is 7:00 PM at Wesleyan. 

Photos courtesy of Jim Worthington



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Katie Frerking looks to pass around St. Francis' Brittany Outlaw

Friday, September 23

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Friday, February 17
Wesleyan destroys No. 10 Holy Innocents 74-26, region finals next
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Nikki McDonald goes for loose ball with Holy Innocents' McKenzie Bolden
Top ranked Wesleyan completely overwhelmed tenth ranked Holy Innocents posting a 74-26 win in the semi-finals of the Region 5-A tournament at Wesleyan Friday night.  The Lady Wolves raced to a 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and completely blew the game open outscoring Holy Innocents 28-2 in the second to take a 48-9 lead into halftime.  The game was out of reach at this point and all Wesleyan players saw lots of playing time.  Wesleyan outscored Holy Innocents 26-17 in the second half.  Holli Wilkins scored 21 points, had four rebounds and two steals in about 2 1/2 quarters of playing time.  Brittany Stevens scored nine points and had three assists, three steals and three rebounds.  Josh Belcher added nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from behind the three point line.  She also pulled down five boards,had two assists and a blocked shot.  Missy Byrd added eight points and four rebounds while Katie Frerking scored six points, had seven rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.  Kaelyn Causwell added four points and a game leading eight boards while she also dished two assists and had two steals and a blocked shot.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 24-3 on the season, 11-0 vs. region opponents.  Holy Innocents drops to 21-6.  The Lady Wolves will next face No. 5 ranked St. Francis in the region tournament championship game tomorrow night.  This will be the third meeting of the season between the two schools.  Wesleyan won the first meeting 67-54 at Wesleyan, then defeated St. Francis at their place 62-50 10 days ago.  Gametime is 6:00 PM.

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Lauren Frerking looks to pass during second half of win over Holy Innocents

Tuesday, February 14
Lady Wolves use big first half to coast to region tourney quarterfinal win over Galloway
Wesleyan buried Galloway 54-14 Tuedsay night in the quarterfinals of the Region 5-A tournament at Holy Innocents.  Wesleyan held leads of 26-1 at the end of the first quarter and 42-1 at halftime.  Kaelyn Causwell and Katie Frerking shared high scorer honors scoring 10 points apiece.  Causwell added four rebounds and two steals while Frerking added two steals, one assist, one rebound and one blocked shot.  Holli Wilkins scored seven points and grabbed two boards while Josh Belcher and Nikki McDonald each scored six points.  Belcher added six rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocked shots while McDonald chipped in three boards, a steal and an assist.  Jordan Frazier scored five points and had three assists and two steals while Hannah Hoskin put up four points.  With the win, Wesleyan advances to the semi-final round of the region tournament and the team automatically qualifies for the state tournament for the 12th straight season.  The Lady Wolves improve to 23-3 overall, 10-0 versus region opponents.  Wesleyan will face No. 10 ranked Holy Innocents (21-5) on Friday at 7:00 PM at Wesleyan.  Holy Innocents was a 42-33 winner over Providence in its quarterfinal round game.

Tuesday, February 14

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Friday, February 10
Wesleyan puts 13 players in scoring column in regular season finale win over Pinecrest
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Kaelyn Causwell looks to pass over Pinecrest's Sarah Stubbs

Wesleyan wrapped up its regular season Friday night with a 73-21 win over Pinecrest at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves led 32-1 at the end of the first quarter and 55-7 at halftime.  Wesleyan then outscored Pinecrest 18-14 in the shortened 12 minute second half.  Holli Wilkins led the scoring as she had 12 points to go with six rebounds.  Missy Byrd scored 10 points and had five rebounds while Nikki McDonald added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven steals.   Kendra Talley tallied seven points while the Frerking sisters chipped in six points apiece.  Katie pulled down three rebounds while Lauren had two.  All 13 Wesleyan players scored in what was the final regular season game.  The Lady Wolves finish the season 22-3 and a perfect 9-0 vs. region opponents.  The will next face a yet to be named opponent in the first round of the region tournament on Tuesday night at Holy Innocents.  Opponent and gametime will be posted as soon as they're known.

Wesleyan Final Regular Season Records

Reg Season Record

W

L

1997-1998

4

15

1998-1999

14

9

1999-2000

15

9

2000-2001

24

1

2001-2002

21

4

2002-2003

21

3

2003-2004

21

4

2004-2005

24

1

2005-2006

22

3

2006-2007

19

6

2007-2008

23

2

2008-2009

21

4

2009-2010

20

4

2010-2011

23

2

2011-2012

22

3



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Nikki McDonald scores two of her 10 points vs. Pinecrest

Tuesday, February 7
Wilkins' double-double powers Wesleyan to 62-50 road win over No. 5 St. Francis
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Brittany Stevens defends St. Francis' Candice Williams

Big time players come up big in big moments.  Holli Wilkins was just that and did just that Tuesday night as Wesleyan led wire to wire defeating No. 5 ranked St. Francis 62-50 on the road.  Missy Byrd got the Lady Wolves going early scoring the game's opening basket and four of Wesleyan's first six points.  Wilkins got going as well connecting on a three-pointer in addition to a couple of other field goals while scoring seven points in the quarter.  Wesleyan led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan's effort on the boards was very evident in the second quarter as St. Francis was not getting second looks at the basket after misses on the offensive end.  The Lady Wolves outscored St. Francis 12-5 in the second quarter to taking a 25-15 lead into halftime.  Katie Frerking got hot in the second half connecting on a three in the third quarter while scoring five of Wesleyan's 16 third quarter points.  St. Francis briefly cut the lead to seven early in the fourth quarter but Wesleyan quickly pushed it back to double figures with scores on back to back offensive posessions.  That would be as close as St. Francis would get.  The teams battled to a 21-21 duel in the fourth.  For the second straight meeting with St. Francis, Wesleyan held the lead for the entire game.  The Lady Wolves' depth was again on display as eight players scored for Wesleyan compared to just four for St. Francis.  Wesleyan's bench scoring was again a major factor as it was in the meeting with Buford 10 days ago.  Wesleyan's bench outscored the St. Francis bench 16-0 tonight much as it did when it outscored the Buford bench 18-0 in their January 28th meeting.  Wilkins' contributions were huge as she scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds, 10 of which were on the defensive end.  She was unaffected by the physical play on the interior and was composed throughout like a true winner.  Katie Frerking had a second half surge scoring all 11 of her points in the second half.   She had a terrific all around game as she also grabbed six rebounds, had four blocked shots and three assists.  Brittany Stevens added seven points and five rebounds for Wesleyan while Josh Belcher also scored seven points while pulling down eight boards and dishing two assists.  Jordan Frazier chipped in five points and four assists while Kaelyn Causwell scored four points and had four boards.  Byrd finished with four points and six rebounds while Taylor Blackmon had three points and three assists.  The bulk of  St. Francis' scoring came from transfers Nigia Greene (Southwest Atlanta Christian), Candice Williams (Fayette County) and Miami singee Keyona Hayes (Marietta).  Greene led the Lady Knights' scoring effort with 21 points while Hayes scored nine and Williams put up seven.  With the win Wesleyan secures the No. 1 seed for the region tournament which will be held next week.  The Lady Wolves improve to 21-3 overall, 7-0 in region while St. Francis drops to 19-5, 6-2.  Wesleyan will wrap up the regular season Friday night at home against Pinecrest.  Tipoff is 6:30 PM.



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Taylor Blackmon shoots over St. Francis' Abby Grant

Monday, February 6
Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade Lady Wolves bring home two championships
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2012 Seventh Grade League Champs

The Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade Wesleyan girls basketball teams each won their respective league championships over the weekend, each winning a hard fought close game.  The Seventh Grade Lady Wolves defeated St. Pius 26-25 Saturday morning in its league tournament championshp game at Wesleyan.  The Eighth Grade Lady Wolves topped Holy Innocents 44-41 in its league tournament championship game held at Pace Academy.  Both teams completed their seasons with records of 21-2.  Both team's accomplishments are a testament to the time, hard work and dedication that Wesleyan girls basketball players put in throughout the Program.  Success in Middle School breeds success in the future.  Congratulations to both teams on your championship seasons.



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2012 Eighth Grade League Champs

Friday, February 3
Lady Wolves dismantle Mt. Pisgah 78-30
Wesleyan defeated Mt. PIsgah 78-30 in a region game Friday night at Mt. Pisgah.  Taylor Blackmon and Kendra Talley led Wesleyan in scoreing with 15 points apiece.  Talley also had five steals and four rebounds while Blackmon recorded five steals.  Kaelyn Causwell scored nine points, had three rebounds and three blocked shots while Nikki McDonald chipped in seven points.  Brittany Stevens put up six points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds while Jordan Frazier added five points and a game-high eight steals along with two assists and two boards.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 20-3 overall, 7-0 in region.  Up next, Wesleyan faces No. 5 ranked St. Francis (19-4) on Tuesday in a region game at St. Francis.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Kendra Talley and Taylor Blackmon combined for 30 points in win over Mt. Pisgah

Tuesday, January 31
Wesleyan teams enjoy Georgia-Tennessee game, watch Wesleyan alum Armstrong in action
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Anne Marie Armstrong (Wesleyan '09) shoots over Tennessee's Taber Spani

Members of Wesleyan's 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams enjoyed a trip to Athens Sunday afternoon to watch Georgia take on Tennessee in an SEC showdown between two nationally ranked teams.  They also enjoyed watching Wesleyan graduate Anne Marie Armstrong play for the Lady Dogs.  Armstrong currently leads Georgia in assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and is third in scoring.  Unfortunately, 21st ranked Georgia came up short against the 8th ranked Lady Vols but a good time was had by all.

Photos courtesy of Jim Worthington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Members of Wesleyan's middle school, JV and Varsity teams at Ga-Tenn game

Tuesday, January 31
Home win streak reaches 25 with rout of Rockdale County on Senior Night
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Brittany Stevens shoots over Rockdale County's Kayla Collins

Wesleyan led start to finish as they beat Rockdale County 54-44 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates.  The Lady Wolves started off well enough taking a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The lead grew to as much as 14 in the second quarter.  A defensive lapse by Wesleyan in the closing seconds of the quarter allowed a Rockdale layup as time expired.  Wesleyan led 34-26 at the half.  Wesleyan outscored Class 4A Rockdale 13-10 in the third taking a 47-36 heading into the fourth quarter.  The fourth quarter was uneventful as Rockdale scored eight points during the period to Wesleyan's seven.  Holli Wilkins led Wesleyan in points and rebounds with 14 and seven respectively.  She also had four steals, two assists and a blocked shot.  Brittany Stevens scored 10 points to go with five steals, five rebounds and three assists.  Josh Belcher scored nine points and was 3-for-9 from the three-point line.  She also pulled down five boards and had two steals and two assists.  Taylor Blackmon added eight points for the Lady Wolves while Kaelyn Causwell scored six and had three rebounds.  Jordan Frazier chipped in five points, four assists and three boards. The Lady Wolves overcame a very physical game in which Rockdale County attempted 17 freethrows, connecting on 10.  Wesleyan did not attempt a single free throw the entire game.  The biggest positive from tonight's game was the Lady Wolves' three-point shooting.  Wesleyan shot 53% from behind the arc on 8-for-15 shooting.  Four players connected from the arc tonight.  Belcher sank three threes while Stevens went 2-for-2.  Blackmon also nailed two of her three three-point attempts while Frazier connected on her only three-point attempt.  Despite its uneven performance, Wesleyan won its 25th straight home game, a streak that is two years running.  The Lady Wolves improve to 19-3 with the win while Rockdale County falls to 17-5.  Wesleyan next faces Mt. Pisgah on the road in a region game Friday night at 6:00 PM at Mt. Pisgah.  Although it wasn't the last home game for Wesleyan's four seniors, Winter Sports Senior Night was held after the girls game.  All senior athletes and managers who participate in girls and boys basketball, girls and boys swimming, wrestling and cheerleading were honored.  Wesleyan's four senior players, Holli Wilkins, Jordan Frazier, Kaelyn Causwell and Missy Byrd, along with managers Davis Brooks and Kristen Davis, were all honored for their years of contributions to the Wesleyan girls basketball program.  We will miss all six of these individuals as they head off to college next year.  The four players have all received full basketball scholarships at the NCAA Division I level.  Wilkins will attend Furman while Frazier heads off to Wofford.  Causwell will attend Georgia and Byrd will fly off to the US Air Force Academy.  Congratulations and thank you to all six seniors.

Photos courtesy of Brian Morgan 



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Landyn Duley looks to drive past Rockdale County's Shebreta Alexander


Sunday, January 29
Wilkins leads Wesleyan to 60-49 triumph over Buford in battle of top ranked teams
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Holli Wilkins scored a game high 22 ponts in 60-49 win over Buford

Wesleyan won the battle of Lady Wolves for the second straight year posting a 60-49 win over Buford Saturday night in a standing room only Yancey Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus.  Class 1A No. 1 ranked Wesleyan started the game in the right fashion similar to the hot start they got off to in last year's meeting.  Holli Wilkins canned a three pointer from the corner to give Wesleyan an early 3-0 lead.  The lead quickly increased to 8-2 despite Kaleyn Causwell being whistled for her second foul at the 6:52 mark of the first quarter.  If Wesleyan was going to beat Buford, a team that features three players listed at 6'4, one who's 6'3 and another at 6'2, they were going to have to do it without the 6'4 Causwell who had to sit all but 1:08 of the entire first half.  Still, Wesleyan held Buford, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, to only two field goals in the first quarter taking a 13-5 lead at the end of one compliments of a deep three pointer by Josh Belcher.  The teams traded blows in the second quarter as Buford's 6'3 Mackenzie Darrah got hot scoring six points in the period.  Buford outscored Wesleyan 14-12 in the second quarter as Wesleyan took a 25-19 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan went into a attack mode in the third quarter as Wilkins scored six points in the period to equal the quarter output of Kaela Davis who also scored six points for Buford in the period.  With time running down, Taylor Blackmon hit a three pointer off the glass just before the buzzer to give Wesleyan a 41-30 lead going into the fourth quarter.  With Wesleyan holding a nine-point lead, Katie Frerking, who injured her ankle in the previous evening's game against Providence, drew what would be the fifth foul on Davis, relegating her to the bench with 6:53 to play in the game.  This was significant as Davis, a Tennessee committment, was Buford's leading scorer, a gamble Buford took by keeping Davis in the game with four fouls up to that point.  Brittany Stevens nailed a three pointer shortly thereafter and the lead was up to 13 at 46-33.  Buford went on a 7-1 run to cut the lead to 47-40 on a three point play by Tennessee signee Andraya Carter.  Wesleyan broke Buford's press on two subsequent posessions after defensive stops and the lead grew back to 11 at 51-40 courtesy of back to back Wilkins drives to the basket.  The teams exchanged baskets down the stretch and Buford would get no closer as the three time defending 2A state champions went down to the three time defending 1A as well as 2008 2A state champion Wesleyan.  The biggest difference in this game was team depth as Wesleyan's was on full display.  Wesleyan's bench outscored Buford's 18-0 as only four Buford players scored compared to nine for Wesleyan led by Wilkins game high 22 points and five rebounds.  She was also a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.  Taylor Blackmon scored eight points for Wesleyan while Jordan Frazier also scored eight points while leading the team in rebounds with seven.  Not bad for a 5'4 guard.  She also had four steals and two assists and was herself, a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line in what was her finest all around performance since the team returned from the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.  Missy Byrd scored seven points and had two rebounds and two steals in a game where she scrapped and clawed and was a defensive pest to the larger Buford squad.  Stevens ended the game with five points and a game high three assists.  Frerking's presence was huge in a game where it seemed doubtful she'd even play.  While scoring two points, she also had an assist, a steal, a blocked shot and three rebounds, Her presence was known especially on the defensive end.  After injuring her ankle the previous night, it seemed unlikely she'd play tonight but she she was determined and gutted it out.  She's a true competitor.  Wilkins contibutions cannot be denied as she had to battle a very physical and much larger interior and without the assistance of the taller Causwell who played less than four minutes in the game as a whistle would blow within seconds of her appearance on the court.  She took it like a champion though and never lost her composure which is admirable.  Also coming up big for Wesleyan were CaraMia Tsirigos and Nikki McDonald.  Tsirigos hit a long three pointer in the third quarter from the top of the arc that pushed Wesleyan's lead back to double digits and iginted the crowd.  She also had three boards and a steal and played great defense the entire night.  McDonald did a nice job guarding Davis.  She also chipped in two points and four big rebounds, three on the offensive end.  Belcher finished the game with three points  and two steals.  The 6'2 Davis led Buford in scoring with 17 points.  Darrah added 13 for Buford while Carter scored 11 and Kristina Nelson, a 6'4 transfer from Greater Atlanta Christian, scored eight.  Wesleyan was a solid 77% from the free throw line tonight as the team shot 24-for-31.  Buford also had a solid night from the line shooting 83% on 20-for-24 shooting.  Interestingly, Buford never held a lead in this game as Wesleyan led wire to wire.  After Wesleyan's initial six-point cushion at the start of the game, the closest Buford would get is when they briefly cut the lead to seven early in the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan now holds a 24-7 edge in the series with Buford which dates to 1998.  Buford won the first five games in the series, Wesleyan won the next 22.  Buford broke a nine year losing streak in 2009 and won again in 2010 in overtime.  Wesleyan took the 2011 game at Buford and has now won two straight with tonight's win.  It was a great atmosphere for basketball as the gym was packed and the Wesleyan contingent all dressed in black that contributed to a successful "blackout".   Wesleyan has now won 24 straight home games and improves to 18-3 on the year while Buford falls to 14-7.  Wesleyan will next face Class 4A Rockdale County (17-4) in a non-region game on Tuesday.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM at Wesleyan.

Photos courtesy of Brian Morgan and Jim Worthington



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Jordan Frazier races downcourt as Buford's Andraya Carter defends

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CaraMia Tsirigos nails a deep three during the third quarter
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Missy Byrd gets tied up with host of Buford players
 

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Holli Wilkins soars for two of her game-high 22 in win over Buford

Friday, January 27
Lady Wolves take 22nd straight from Providence
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Josh Belcher gets ready to shoot in win over Providence
Wesleyan had no trouble with Providence in a 59-23 rout Friday night at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves outscored Providence 23-10 in the first quarter and then upped the defensive pressure.  Wesleyan did give up a single point in the second period outscoring the visiting Lady Stars 14-0 to take a 37-10 lead at halftime.   Providence remained scoreless until late in the third quarter behind a couple of threes.  Wesleyan scored 17 points in the quarter compared to Providence's six.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes with Wesleyan outscoring Providence 6-4.  Holli Wilkins was high point player once again scoring 15 points while grabbing five rebounds.  She also had three steals.  Brittany Stevens was all over the stat sheet as she had10 points, six steals, four assists, and three rebounds.  Taylor Blackmon and Josh Belcher each scored six points while Kaelyn Causwell scored five points and grabbed five boards.  Lauren Frerking chipped in five points to go with her three blocked shots.  Jordan Frazier chipped in six steals and five assists.  This was Wesleyan's 22nd straight win over Providence, a streak that dates back to January 2000.  Wesleyan now leads the series with Providence 23-6.  The Lady Wolves improve to 17-3 overall, 6-0 in region play with the win. Up next, 1A No. 1 ranked Wesleyan takes on 2A No. 1 ranked Buford tomorrow night at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 7:30 PM.

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Kendra Talley looks to pass around Providence defender


Tuesday, January 24
Wesleyan remains undefeated in region with win over Pinecrest
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Lauren Frerking drives past Pinecrest defender

Wesleyan coasted to an 80-8 win over PInecrest Tuesday night at Pinecrest.   Everyone saw playing time in this one and the Lady Wolves only pressed for the first four minutes of the game.  Wesleyan held a 34-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 53-5 at halftime.  The second half consisted of two six minute quarters in which Wesleyan outscored PInecrest 27-3.  Holli Wilkins led Wesleyan's effort with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals.  Kendra Talley scored 11 points and had three assists, two steals and two rebounds.  Nikki McDonald added 10 points and five boards while Jordan Frazier put up eight points and had five steals and two assists.  Caramia Tsirigos chipped in seven points while grabbing five boards.  Wesleyan is now 16-3 overall, 5-0 in region action.  Up next, a second meeting with Providence.  Wesleyan won the first meetintg 66-23 on January 10th at Providence.  Tipoff is 7:00 PM Friday at Wesleyan.

 

 

 

 

 



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CaraMia Tsirigos had seven points and five rebounds in win over Pinecrest

Saturday, January 21
Bob Jones (AL) squeaks by Wesleyan in final seconds
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Katie Frerking drives past Bob Jones defender

Wesleyan took one on the chin tonight in a heartbreaking 49-46 loss to USA Today No. 10 ranked Bob Jones of Madison, Alabama.  It was a tight, low scoring game throughout.  For the second straight night, Brittany Stevens was called for two fouls early and had to ride the bench for most of the first half.  Kaelyn Causwell also picked up two early fouls and Katie Frerking tweaked her knee early and iced it for most of the first half.  At one point the foul differential was 7-1 in Bob Jones' favor.  All of these things contributed to having to play half-court basketball as opposed to the pressing up tempo style preferred by Wesleyan.  Bob Jones led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter totals were almost identical to the first quarter.   Bob Jones led by three at halftime 28-25 outscoring Wesleyan, ranked No. 18 in the nation by ESPN, 14-13 in the second period.   Bob Jones went into an intentional stall midway through the third quarter while clinging to a 33-31 lead using an unconventional tactic which kept the game low scoring and slow paced.  Despite this tactic, Wesleyan won the third quarter, narrowly outscoring Bob Jones 16-15 in the period.  Bob Jones led 43-41 heading into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan endured another quarter of cat and mouse in the fourth quarter but finally was able to press which seemed to rattle the visitors from Alabama causing several turnovers.  Then came the drama.   Bob Jones led 45-44 with a little over a minute left and were in their stall when a half court trap by Wesleyan caused a travel violation by Bob Jones.  The Lady Wolves worked the clock down to 25 seconds and Coach Azar called a time out.  Out of the time out, they ran the play that was drawn to perfection as Holli Wilkins faked her defender and converted a layup to put Wesleyan up 46-45 with 10 seconds to play.  Bob Jones quickly inbounded the ball and one of their guards raced down the court weaving through the Wesleyan defense and hit a layup of her own with 6.6 seconds left to take a 47-46 lead.  Coach Azar called a time out and set up a fullcourt inbounds play.  Wilkins launched the ball downcourt.  Taylor Blackmon was the intended receiver but the pass was intercepted by Bob Jones.  Wesleyan was forced to foul and Bob Jones sank the subsequent free throws.   Down 49-46 with 1.2 seconds left, Wesleyan called another time out to set up another full court launch but the attempt fell short and Bob Jones escaped with the narrow win. The good news is that Frerking returned in the second half and seemed at full strength not favoring her knee at all.  The Lady Wolves can use this game as an educational tool as this group really hadn't played in a game like this with the late game situations that occurred.  They'll learn from it and move on.  Nothing to hang your head about in a 3-point loss to the No. 10 team in the nation.  Wilkins again led the scoring for Wesleyan as she put up 19 points and also led the team with seven rebounds.  Blackmon was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she scored 10 points while dishing two assists.  Stevens added six points and two assists while Jordan Frazier scored five points and had three steals.  Wesleyan falls to 15-3 on the year while Bob Jones improves to 24-2.  The Lady Wolves return to their region schedule on Tuesday as the travel up 141 to play Pinecrest.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.



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Holli Wilkins defends Bob Jones' Jasmine Jones

Friday, January 20
Wilkins, Frerking post double doubles as No. 1 Wesleyan tops No. 2 St. Francis 67-54
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Jordan Frazier guards St. Francis' Nigia Green, a transfer from SW Atl Christian
Top ranked Wesleyan took down second ranked St. Francis 67-54 Friday night in front of a packed house at Wesleyan.  Things started off just as Wesleyan had wanted.  The Lady Wolves scored the first nine points of the game which seemed to stun the visitors.  Brittany Stevens was called for two quick fouls, the second coming around the 5:00 mark of the first quarter.  She was relagated to the bench for the rest of the first half.  St. Francis took advantage outscoring Wesleyan 11-8 the rest of the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves led 17-11 however at the end of one.  Holli Wilkins picked up her second foul at around the 6:00 mark of the second quarter and joined Stevens on the bench until halftime.  St. Francis again took advantage cutting the Wesleyan lead to just two points at 23-21.  Josh Belcher hit a much needed three pointer with under 10 seconds to go in the second quarter giving Wesleyan a little breathing room while taking a 26-21 lead into halftime.  Katie Frerking was a big reason Wesleyan was able to sustain two starters having to sit as she scored nine first half points.  St. Francis closed the gap to 29-27 opening the third quarter on a 6-3 run mostly aided by free reign of the basket.  St. Francis' Keyona Hayes, a Miami signee, scored frequently off her own misses despite Wesleyan's best efforts under the glass.  Wilkins had seen enough.  She went on her own 7-0 run to give Wesleyan a 36-27 lead.  Stevens nailed a three shortly thereafter and the Lady Wolves opened up a double digit lead at 39-27.   The lead grew to 16 points after a 10-4 run upping Wesleyan's advantage to 49-33.  The Lady Wolves led 51-40 heading into the fourth quarter. St. Francis could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.  Wesleyan outscored St. Francis 16-14 in the fourth.  Wilkins and Frerking both came up big for Wesleyan in this game, each posting a double double in points and rebounds.  Wilkins led all scorers with 20 points while pulling down 11 rebounds.  Frerking scored 14 points while also grabbing 11 boards.  Taylor Blackmon had a solid all around game scoring nine points while recording six steals.  Despite limited playing time due to early foul trouble, Stevens still managed to score seven points, all in the second half, and also had two assists.  Jordan Frazier added six points, four assists and four steals for the Lady Wolves while Kaelyn Causwell scored six points, had three boards, three blocked shots, two steals and two assists.  Belcher also had a nice all around game scoring six points while dishing a team high four assists.  She also had four steals.  With the win, Wesleyan takes over first place in region 5-A.  The Lady Wolves are now 15-2, 4-0 in region action while St. Francis falls to 16-3, 5-1.  Wesleyan, ranked No. 18 nationally by ESPN, will next fact Bob Jones High from Madison, Alabama.  Bob Jones is ranked No. 10 in the nation in the USA Today national prep poll.  Game time is 4:30 PM tomorrow at Starr's Mill High School.

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Taylor Blackmon scored nine points and had six steals vs. St. Francis

Tuesday, January 17
All 15 Lady Wolves score in rout of Mt. Pisgah
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Kaelyn Causwell soars for rebound vs. Mt. Pisgah

Wesleyan had its largest offensive output in over six years as they beat Mt. Pisgah 98-25 in a region contest Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves led 32-2 at the end of the first quarter and 61-10 at halftime.  The 4th quarter was shortened to six minutes as Wesleyan outscored Mt. Pisgah 37-15 in the second half.  All 15 Wesleyan players scored in the game led by Holli Wilkins' 13 points and four rebounds.  Jordan Frazier had a double double scoring 11 points to go with 10 steals.  She also had four assists.  Katie Frerking had 10 points and four rebounds while Nikki McDonald scored nine points and had three steals.  Kendra Talley put up nine points, three steals and three assists while Josh Belcher scored eight points to go with three boards.  All players saw plenty of playing time with the starters only playing in the first half.  The 98 points is the most scored by a Wesleyan team since the 2005-2006 squad scored 101 against Banks County on December 6, 2005.  That game was played prior to the six-minute 4th quarter rule was input if a team has a lead of 30 or more going into the quarter.  Wesleyan improves to 14-2 overall, 3-0 in region action with the win.  Up next, the top ranked Lady Wolves will face No. 2 St. Francis (16-2) in the first meeting of the season between the two.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM Friday at Wesleyan.

Photos courtesey of Jim Worthington



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Holli Wilkins scores two of her 13 points against Mt. Pisgah

Sunday, January 15
Strong first half propels Lady Wolves to 60-50 triumph over Oak Hill (VA)
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Jordan Frazier races down court as Oak Hill defends

Behind the strength of a strong first half,  Wesleyan defeated Oak Hill Academy from Mouth of Wilson, Virginia 60-50 Saturday night in the fifth of six games played as part of the Peach State Battle of the Southeast at Wesleyan.  Things started off positively enough for Wesleyan as the raced to an 8-0 lead before Oak Hill got its first points.  The Lady Wolves built upon that early lead stretching it to 20-11 at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan built a 12-point lead in the second quarter but with the score 30-18 Oak Hill went on a 8-2 run to pull within six at 32-26.  Wesleyan then finished the quarter on its own 7-0 run to take a 39-26 lead into halfimte courtesy of a Brittany Stevens three pointer at the buzzer.  Wesleyan simply went cold in the third quarter as Oak Hill scored the first nine points of the period to pull within four at 39-35 while the Lady Wolves could not find the basket.  Holli Wilkins broke the scoring drought at about the 3:00 mark of the third.  Oak Hill won the third quarter outscoring Weselyan 14-5 to pull within 44-40 entering the fourth quarter. The visiting Lady Warriors could not get the margin down any more than the four-point differential the rest of the game. The Lady Wolves did a nice job making their free throws down the stretch to help preserve the vicotory.  Wilkins led the Wesleyan scoring effort as she put up 15 points to go with her six rebounds and three steals.  Stevens had a strong all around game scoring 12 points while dishing six assists.  Taylor Blackmon scored eight points and had three rebounds while Katie Frerking also scored eight points and had four assists.  Jordan Frazier added seven points and five steals while Kaelyn Causwell chipped in four points and a game leading seven boards.  While not getting to the line that often, Wesleyan made the most of their free throw opportunities shooting 84% on 11 of 13 shooting from the line.  The Lady Wolves improve to 13-2 on the season with the win while handing Oak Hill only its second loss on the year as they drop to 21-2.  Wesleyan will next face Mt. PIsgah on Tuesday in a region contest.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Photos courtesy of Brian Morgan



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Holli Wilkins finds Oak HIll's post player to be a tall order


Tuesday, January 10
Lady Wolves surge in second half to blow out Providence 66-23
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Nikki McDonald defends in second half of 66-23 win over Providence

Wesleyan beat Providence for the 21st straight time Tuesday night posting a 66-23 victory over the host Stars.  The Lady Wolves continued their sluggish ways of late only posting 13 points in both the first and second quarters respectively.  Wesleyan led 13-5 at the end of the first quarter and 26-13 at halftime.  Whatever was said during the brief visit to the locker room worked as they seemed like a different team.  The defensive intensity which hadn't been up to usual Wesleyan standards over the past 2 1/2 games, returned with a vengeance in the third quarter.  The Lady Wolves played with much more of a sense of purpose while applying full court pressure.  The result was a quarter in which Wesleyan outscored Providence 22-1.  They went on to outscore the Lady Stars 18-9 in the shortened six-minute fourth quarter.  This second half performance appears to be the wake up call the team needed as they collectively seemed more themselves in the second half than they had since returning from Phoenix.  Holli Wilkins led the Wesleyan scoring effort posting 15 points to go with her three assists, three rebounds and three steals.  Katie Frerking scored 10 points and had five steals and four rebounds.  Taylor Blackmon added eight points, seven steals and six assists and a solid all around performance.  Josh Belcher had eight points and six rebounds while Kaelyn Causwell chipped in six points, four boards and two blocked shots.  Wesleyan improves to 12-2 overall with the win, 2-0 in region play.  They will next face Oak Hill Academy out of Virginia in the Peach State Battle of the Southeast.  Tipoff is 4:00 PM Saturday at Wesleyan.



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Josh Belcher gets tangled with Providence's Jessie Kowalewicz

Saturday, January 7
Blackmon leads No. 1 Wesleyan past No. 6 Pace 49-21
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Missy Byrd drives past Pace's Morgan Batey
In another uncharacteristically low scoring game, top ranked Wesleyan defeated No. 6 ranked Pace Academy 49-21 Saturday night at Wesleyan in a rematch of last year's state championship game.  Wesleyan led 10-4 at the end of the first quarter.  Pace sat back in its zone defense and Wesleyan simply wasn't hitting much from the outside.  Still the Lady Wolves outscored Pace 15-4 in the second quarter to take a 25-8 lead into halftime.  Instead of heading into the locker room, the Wesleyan players and coaches remained on the floor as all of the boys and girls who participate in Wesleyan's Lower School basketball league took the court.  the The lower school students performed ball dribbling skills directed by the coaches and assisted by the varsity girls players.  This was all set to music.  All of the kids did a great job and had a lot of fun.  A large crowd was on had as it was Lower School Night and give the youngsters a big round of applause during the performance and at its conclusion.   The interuption from the normal routine must have done some good for the Wesleyan players as they produced their most productive quarter of play in the third quarter.  The offense got going and the defense continued doing its thing as Wesleyan outscored Pace 18-3 in the period taking a 43-11 lead into the fourth quarter.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes per the 30+ point lead mercy rule.  Taylor Blackmon was Wesleyan's leading scorer and the only Lady Wolf to reach double figures as she had 13 points.  Katie Frerking barley missed a double double as she scored nine points, had 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals.  Holli Wilkins added six points and three rebounds while scored five points and had seven steals.  Nikki McDonanld chipped in five points and three steals while Kaelyn Causwell scored four points and had three boards.  Wesleyan improves to 11-2, 1-0 in region play while Pace slips to 7-4, 2-2.  The Lady Wolves will next face Providence on Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Providence.

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Kaelyn Causwell is sandwiched between Pace defenders

Tuesday, January 3
Rusty Wesleyan overcomes long layoff and AAA No. 2 ranked St. Pius
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Brittany Stevens drives to the basket in 44-34 win over St. Pius

The Lady Wolves hardly rang in the new year with a bang as they defeated St. Pius 44-34 in an ugly low scoring game Tuesday night at St. Pius.  It had been 12 days since Wesleyan last took the court in their final game of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, a 61-48 win over Incarnate Word Academy from St. Louis.  The long layoff was evident in the sluggish play of Wesleyan as well as the success St. Pius had in slowing down the pace of the game.  The Golden Lions led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter as Wesleyan had trouble finding any offensive rhythm.  The Lady Wolves found a smidgen of offense in the second quarter as they outscored St. Pius 12-3 in the period to take a 20-13 lead at halftime.  St. Pius, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AAA, won the third quarter 10-8 closing the gap to 30-25 heading into the fourth.  The Golden Lions trimmed the lead to 32-30 after a 7-2 run at about the five minute mark of the fourth quarter.  After spending most of the night looking for any offensive cohesion, the Lady Wolves decided to eat some clock by moving the ball around the perimeter looking for an open lane.  During this time, St. Pius committed numerous fouls on Wesleyan's offensive posessions trying to get Wesleyan to the line.  Class A top ranked Wesleyan got to the line but the strategy didn't pay off as they made their free throws down the stretech increasing the lead to 40-30.  Free throw accuracy was the only real bright spot tonight as the Lady Wolves were 80% from the free throw line going 24 for 30 for the game in a rare instance where they actually had more attempts than their opponent. Holli Wilkins was the only Wesleyan player who scored in double figures as she scored 16 points including going 9 for 10 from the line.  Taylor Blackmon scored seven points while Missy Byrd, Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens each scored six.  Frerking led the team with eight rebounds while Byrd grabbed seven.  Wesleyan is now 10-2 on the year with the win while St. Pius drops to 10-2.  The Lady Wolves will next face Class A No. 6 ranked Pace Academy on Saturday in a rematch of last year's state championship game won 65-43 by Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 4:00 PM at Wesleyan.  Immediately following the game, members of former Wesleyan teams will be honored.  This season marks Wesleyan's 15th season of varsity competition.  Wesleyan's inaugural varsity team, the 1997-1998 Lady Wolves will be honored.  The 2001-2002 Lady Wolves squad that brought home the very first state championship will be honored as well.

Photos courtesy of Brian Morgan



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Katie Frerking dribbles out of trouble in second half action


Friday, December 23
Lady Wolves finish Nike TOC 2-2 with 61-48 win over No. 21 Incarnate Word (MO)
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Wesleyan finished its participation in the highest division of the 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions with a 61-48 defeat of Incarnate Word Academy from St. Louis.    Things started off well for Wesleyan as they built a 5-0 lead behind a three pointer from Holli Wilkins and a field goal from Kaelyn Causwell.  However, Causwell was called for two fouls before the game was even three minutes old which left Incarnate Word's 6'3 Taylor Manuel, a Purdue signee, free to roam the paint for the first half... or so one might think. Missy Byrd came in and along with CaraMia Tsirigos teamed up to shut her down in the first half.  Wesleyan led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter but Incarnate Word, ranked No. 21 in the nation by USA Today and 35th by ESPN, oustscored the Lady Wolves 14-7 in the second quarter to take a 24-23 lead at halftime.  Wesleyan began the second half with a 12-0 run that gave them a 35-23 lead and control of the game.  Back to back threes by Incarnate's Nia Roth brought the lead back down to six.  Causwell, now back in the game, then converted and old fashioned three point play on the other end to get the Wesleyan lead back to nine and Incarnate Word would get no closer.  Causwell, Bryd and Tsirigos did an outstanding job defending Incarnate's big post player Manuel holding her to just seven points. Wilkins again led Wesleyan in scoring with 20 points to go with seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. Causwell scored nine points and had two rebounds and a blocked shot.  Josh Belcher also scored nine points and had three boards. Katie Frerking added six points, four assists, two steals, two rebounds and two blocked shots. Brittany Stevens chipped in four points, four assists and rebounds while Taylor Blackmon had six points, two assists, two steals and two boards.   With the win Wesleyan finishes with a 2-2 record in the top division of the Nike TOC.  The Lady Wolves are 9-2 overall and will now enjoy the Christmas holidays and a 12 day layoff before facing AAA No. 2 ranked St. Pius on Tuesday January 3rd at St. Pius.

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Wednesday, December 21
No. 1 Bolingbrook (IL) surges in second half to take down Wesleyan 58-43
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Missy Byrd playing solid defense on Connecticut signee Morgan Tuck

No. 11 Wesleyan battled hard for four quarters but Bolingbrook's eight Division I signees as well as its decided advantage at the free throw line led to Wesleyan's ultimate demise Wednesday afternoon in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. The Lady Wolves went toe to toe with Bolingbrook for most of the first quarter before a late quarter surge upped the Lady Raider lead  16-10 heading into the second quarter.  Bolingbrook, ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today and No. 6 by ESPN, had increased its lead to 30-20 with under a minute to go in the second quarter when Wesleyan scored on an offensive posession, got a steal and then a Brittany Stevens uncontested layup at the buzzer to pull within 30-24 at halftime. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie for the first six minutes of the third quarter but the much taller and bigger Lady Raiders used a late 7-2 run to take a 39-28 lead into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan was outscored 19-15 in the fourth quarter.  Interestingly, Bolingbrook and Wesleyan each converted the same amount of field goals in the game, 14.  The difference in this game was the amount of trips to the free throw line the bigger Bolingbrook squad took.  The Lady Raiders converted 26 of 34 free throw attempts compared to Wesleyan's 13 for 20.  Connecticut signee Morgan Tuck had 17 attempts herself with 12 of her game high 20 points coming from the charity stripe. Holli Wilkins recorded a double double for Wesleyan scoring 15 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Brittany Stevens added nine points and two assists while Jordan Frazier chipped in six points, two rebounds and two steals. This was a game of missed opportunities as Wesleyan failed to convert baskets and free throws at inopportune moments.  But credit Bolingbrook for the many Wesleyan shots that had to be altered simply due to the size of the defender.  No shame in losing to such a talented team.  Wesleyan is now 8-2 on the year and will next face either MacArthur from the Dallas area or Incarnate Word from St. Louis tomorrow at 1:30



Tuesday, December 20
Lady Wolves bounce back with 54-39 win over Christ the King (NY)
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Katie Frerking had a double double against Christ the King.
Though it wasn't pretty, Wesleyan bounced back from yesterday's loss with a convincing 54-39 win over Christ the King from Queens, New York.  For the second straight game, Wesleyan got off to a slow start with Christ the King leading 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves began the second quarter with a 9-0 run to gain a 20-14 lead, one which they would not relinquish. Christ the King would draw within two by halftime as Wesleyan held a two point lead at halftime for the second straight game.  This time the lead was 26-24.  Wesleyan made some adjustments at halftime which were evident in how the team came out to play in the third quarter.  The Lady Wolves started the period on a 7-0 run to quickly push the lead to nine at 33-24.  Wesleyan doubled up the Royals 20-10 in the third quarter as the lead grew to 12 going into the final period.  The score being 46-34.  Both teams played a sloppy, turnover filled fourth as only 12 total points were scored in the period.  Holli Wilkins was the high-point person for the Lady Wolves as she put up 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals.  Katie Frerking continued her solid play during the tournament as she recorded a double double scoring 14 points while pulling down 12 boards. She also had five monster blocked shots in a fine all around performance.  Jordan Frazier added seven points, eight steals and seven assists while Brittany Stevens chipped in six points, four rebounds and four steals. Wesleyan improves to 8-1 on the season with the win and will next face Bolingbrook from Bolingbrook, Illinois tomorrow at 12:00 PM Mountain Time.  Bolingbrook is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in the USA Today poll and No. 6 in the ESPN poll. 

Monday, December 19
No. 13 Good Counsel (MD) outlasts No. 11 Wesleyan 71-64 in Nike TOC opener
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Taylor Blackmon drives past Good Counsel defender
In a back and forth game that could have gone either way, Good Counsel (MD) defeated Wesleyan 71-64 in the first round of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona.  Wesleyan scored the game's first two points and Good Counsel scored 17 of the next 19 to take an early 17-4 lead. Good Counsel's guards were simply too good to be bothered by Wesleyan's press which was why their lead balooned so quickly. Coach Azar changed defensive strategy and the Lady Wolves chipped away at the lead closing the first quarter on a 14-8 run to cut Good Counsel's lead to 25-18 at the end of the first. Wesleyan took control in the second quarter and getting defensive stops while converting on the offensive end.  Wesleyan outscored Good Counsel 16-7 in the second quarter taking a 34-32 lead into halftime.   The Lady Wolves started the third quarter cold as ice as Good Counsel gained leads as high as seven.  The ship was righted toward the end of the period as Wesleyan cut the lead to just two.  Good Counsel led 50-48 heading into the fourth quartrer.  Turnovers and missed opportunities plagued the Lady Wolves in the final period.  Good Counsel built a lead as high as nine but Wesleyan would not go away quietly but could get no closer than five points.  Good Counsel won behind the strenth of their two outstanding guards in Virginia-bound senior Faith Randolph and junior Lindsey Spann.  The backcourt tandem combined for 45 points scoring 23 and 22 respectively which accounted for 63% of their team's scoring.  Wesleyan's scoring attack was balanced as usual with four players scoring in double figures led by Holli Wilkins' 15 points.  Brittany Stevens scored 11 points while Katie Frerking and Jordan Frazier added 10 points each.  Josh Belcher chipped in eight points while Kaelyn Causwell scored six and Taylor Blackmon four.  It was a tough night for the Lady Wolves who didn't play their absolute best but came up against a very good team on the national stage which is what this whole experience is all about. Wesleyan will next face Christ the King out of New York City.  Gametime is 10:30 AM Mountain Time.

Saturday, December 10
Balanced scoring paces Lady Wolves to 78-31 demolition of Westminster
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Josh Belcher is fouled by Westminster's Sam Battey
On the ball pressure in the first quarter is all that was needed to give Wesleyan a sizable cushion in early.  The Lady Wolves defeated Westminster 78-31 in a non-region game Saturday night at Westminster.  This one was never close as Wesleyan led 23-0 before Westminster got on the scoreboard.  This was due to Wesleyan's defense generating its offense as numerous steals resulted in Wesleyan scores.  Wesleyan put up 34 points in the first quarter alone as they took a 34-2 lead into the second.  The full court press was pulled for the rest of the game.  Wesleyan doubled up Westminster in the second quarter outscoring the Wildcats 18-9 to take a 52-11 halftime lead.  Taylor Blackmon hit three three's in the third quarter and Josh Belcher connected once from long range in the period as Wesleyan won the third 21-12 taking a 73-23 lead into the shortened six-minute fourth.  Wesleyan had a very balanced scoring attack tonight as 14 of the 15 players on the roster scored.  Leading the way was Holli Wilkins with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals.  Josh Belcher scored 11 points and had two assists and two steals.  Blackmon ended the night with nine points, four steals and three assists.  Missy Byrd had her best game of the season scoring eight points to go with two steals and two boards.  Kaelyn Causwell added eight points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots for the Lady Wolves while Brittany Stevens scored six points and had three assists and two steals.  Nikki McDonald  chippped in five points and two boards while Katie Frerking scored four points, had a team high five assists, grabbed four rebounds, had two steals and two blocked shots.  Wesleyan improves to 7-0 on the season with the win while Westminster is having a rough go of things falling to 0-4.  Wesleyan will have the next nine days off as they will be taking exams next week and will be preparing for the upcoming prestegious Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.  Widely considered the best high school tournament in the cuountry, the Nike TOC features nationally ranked teams from across the nation.  The Lady Wolves jumped five spots in ESPN's national rankings this week as they're now ranked No. 11 in the country.  The team flies to Phoenix next Sunday, December 18 and will take the court on Monday the 19th against Our Lady of Good Counsel  at 10:30 AM Mountain Time, (12:30 PM Eastern).  Good Counsel, from Olney, Maryland which located just outside Washington, DC, is ranked No. 13 in the country in this week's ESPN rankings.

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Kendra Talley just misses a rebound taken by Westminster's Catherine Johnston


Wednesday, December 7
GaSports.com and GSWA Polls, 12-07-2011

No.

SCHOOL

W-L

1. Wesleyan

6-0

2. Southwest Atlanta Christian

4-1

3. St. Francis

6-1

4. Calvary Day

3-0

5. Pace Academy

3-1

6. Darlington

5-1

7. Towns County

4-2

8. Holy Innocents

6-1

9. Bryan County

3-1

10. Turner County

1-0



Tuesday, December 6
Win streak at 27 with 72-34 rout of AAA No. 10 North Hall as Stevens has big night
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Brittany Stevens
Wesleyan travelled to North Hall and dealt the home team a 72-34 loss Tuesday night in a non-region game.  North Hall, out of Region 8-AAA, hung with the Lady Wolves during the first quarter as Wesleyan led 19-11 at the end of one.  Wesleyan  then upped the defensive pressure outscoring the Lady Trojans 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 39-17 lead at halftime.  North Hall tried to slow things down in the third quarter as Wesleyan won the period 14-9.   The Lady Wolves finished things off with a 19-8 fourth and won going away.  Holli Wilkins had another big night scoring 20 points while pulling down nine rebounds.  Brittany Stevens had her most balanced effort of the young season as she contributed in every facet scoring 14 points and dishing six assists in addition to five steals and three rebounds.  She was also 3 for 4 from behind the three point line.  Josh Belcher also connected from long distance going 3 for 6 from behind the arc.  She ended the night with 13 points, five assists, five boards and four steals in another solid all around effort.   Kaelyn Causwell added eight points, five rebounds and three blocked shots while Taylor Blackmon scored eight points along with two steals and two boards and also hit two threes.  Wesleyan improves to 6-0 on the year while posting its 27th straight win.  The Lady Wovles handed North Hall its first loss on the year as the Lady Trojans fall to 3-1.  Wesleyan will next face Westminster in what will soon be a region contest as Wesleyan will be in Region 6-AA next year with Westminster, Lovett, Greater Atlanta Christian and Hapeville Charter the GHSA announced today.  Tipoff is 5:00 PM Satruday at Westminster.

Saturday, December 3
Wilkins pours in 25 as sloppy Wesleyan bests AAAAA No. 4 Mill Creek 64-51
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Jordan Frazier races down court in win over Mill Creek

Lady Wolves break program's all time record for consecutive wins with 26th straight

Despite a sluggish effort, Wesleyan defeated Mill Creek 64-51 Saturday night in a battle of Gwinnett powers at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves' 10 day layoff was evident in their uneven play throughout the game.  Mill Creek began the game with a 2-0 lead due to a technical foul being issued during warm ups as the Wesleyan cheerleaders unknowingly were on the court too close to where Mill Creek was doing its pregame warm up.  Mill Creek, ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA, then received the ball to open the game after the technical foul free throws were shot.  They scored on that possession and Wesleyan was in a 4-0 hole before then even touched the ball.  Brittany Stevens started the Wesleyan scoring with a three pointer and the Lady Wolves were off and running.  Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in Class A, closed the first quarter on a 19-5 run to take a 19-9 lead at the end of one.  The Lady Wolves' lead increased to 30-11 midway through the second quarter before sloppy play paved the way for many Mill Creek trips to the free throw line.  Wesleyan couldn't get out of its own way and far too many fouls were committed by a variety of players allowing Mill Creek to close the gap to 34-22 at halftime.  The teams played evenly in the third quarter as Wesleyan's primary ball handlers Jordan Frazier and Stevens had to sit for much of the period due to foul trouble.  The teams played to at 10-10 tie in the third as Wesleyan led 44-32 at the beginning of the fourth.  Mill Creek got the lead to single digits for the first time since early in the first quarter courtesy of a 5-2 run to open the fourth.  Wesleyan's lead was 46-37 at this point.  That would be as close as Mill Creek would get however.  The poised and veteran Lady Wovles went back on the attack as Holli Wilkins had a series of drives to the basket and Wesleyan had some defensive stops to get its lead back up to 19 at 60-41.  The lead was 16 when Mill Creek hit a three at the buzzer to close the final margin to 64-51.  Wilkins was the catalyst in Wesleyan getting its inital breathing room in the first quarter as well as thwarting any ideas of a Mill Creek comeback in the fourth.  She led all scorers with a season high 25 points to go with six rebounds.  Frazier added 14 points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals in an outstanding all around game.  Katie Frerking had another solid performance as she scored 10 points to go with her four assists and four boards.  Taylor Blackmon also had a good night putting up eight points, four rebounds and two assists.  Stevens added five points, four boards and two assists.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 5-0.  This was Wesleyan's 26th straight win which breaks the team record of 25 set during the 2000-2001 season.  The streak spans the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons and dates back to a 58-57 last second loss to reigning AAAAA champion Norcross in the Cresent Bank Holiday Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC in December 2010.  Several Wesleyan teams had put together long winning streaks that had come close to the record of 25 that stood for 11 years.  The 2001-2002 Lady Wolves won 20 straight.  The 2004-2005 team missed tying the streak by one game as they strung togehter 24 straight wins.  The 2007-2008 team put together a 22-game winning streak.  And there was a 21-game winning streak that began in the 2009-2010 season and ended at the same Myrtle Beach tournament where the current streak began.  Wesleyan will next face North Hall on Tuesday night.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM at North Hall.



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Taylor Blackmon had eight points, four boards, two assits in win over Mill Creek


Wednesday, November 23
Wesleyan wins inaugural Turkey Tipoff with 59-32 take down of AA No. 6 Lovett
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Lovett's Tatianna Jackson tries to get past Brittany Stevens and Katie Frerking

Wesleyan had its best performance of the young season Wednesday night as they dominated Lovett winning the inaugural Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff 59-32.  Lovett scored the game's first two points.  That would only lead they would enjoy however as Wesleyan rattled oft the next 11 points.  Lovett stopped the Lady Wolves 11-0 run with a three pointer which was immediately answered by back to back threes by Josh Belcher to increase Wesleyan's lead to 17-5.  Wesleyan led 19-5 at the end of the first quarter.  The three-point barrage continued as Jordan Frazier connected from behind the arc upping the Wesleyan lead to 22-5 over the No. 6 ranked team in Class AA.  Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in Class A, opened the second quarter with a 14-2 run to increase its lead to 33-7 about halfway through the second quarter.  Then the Lady Wolves' offense went cold and Lovett went on a 10-2 run of its own closing the gap to18 with Wesleyan leading 35-17 at the half.  The Lady Lions opened the third quarter outscoring Wesleyan 10-6 chipping the Wesleyan lead to 14 points.  That would be as close as Lovett would get the rest of the night however.  Wesleyan called timeout with about 30 seconds left in the third quarter.  After the timeout the Lady Wolves did a nice job moving the ball around the perimeter running the clock down to three seconds when Belcher hit a short jumper.  The Lady Wolves led 45-28 heading into the fourth.  Katie Frerking opened the fourth quarter with three straight drives to the basket to increase the Wesleyan lead to 51-28.  Wesleyan would outscore Lovett 14-4 in the final period to post the final 59-32 result.  Frerking led all scorers with 15 points.  She also had six rebounds and three blocked shots.  Kaelyn Causwell had the most solid game of the short season as she scored 14 points, grabbed seven boards and had four blocked shots.  Most importantly, she stayed out of foul trouble which had plagued her in earlier games.  Holli Wilkins added 12 points and five steals while Belcher chipped in eight points.  Frazier had six points and four assists while Brittany Stevens contributed four assists and three steals.  Frerking and Frazier were named to the All Tournament Team while Wilkins earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors.  With the win, Wesleyan improves to 4-0 while Lovett falls to 4-1 on the season.  Wesleyan has the next ten days off before facing Class AAAAA No. 4 ranked Mill Creek.  The two will tipoff at 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 3 at Wesleyan.



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Katie Frerking led Wesleyan with a game high 15 points vs. Lovett

Wednesday, November 23

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Wednesday, November 23
Lady Wolves rip Southwest Dekalb 68-38 behind Wilkins' 19
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Holli Wilkins gets Southwest Dekalb's Felicia Penn airborne

Wesleyan defeated Southwest Dekalb 68-38 Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff.  It was a sloppy effort overall but Wesleyan led wire to wire.  The Lady Wolves jumped out to an early double digit lead holding a 18-7 edge late in the first quarter.  Southwest Dekalb scored the last two points of the first quarter and the first six of the second quarter going on an 8-0 run to close the Wesleyan lead to18-15.  The Lady Wolves then went on a 13-0 run of their own as the lead ballooned to 31-15.  The teams traded baskets for the rest of the second quarter with Wesleyan taking a 37-19 lead into halftime.  Wesleyan scored the first nine points of the third quarter to stretch its lead to 46-19 essentially putting the game out of reach.  Powered by Katie Frerkints seven points in the period, Wesleyan took a 53-26 lead into the fourth quarter.  Welseyan outscored Southwest Dekalb 15-12 in the fourth quarter to reach the final 30-point margin.  Holli Wilkins led all scorers with 19 points while recording a double double.  She also had 12 rebounds and three steals.  Frerking had a great all around game recording a double double of her own scoring 10 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.  She also led the Lady Wolves with five assists and had two steals and two blocked shots.  Jordan Frazier added 15 points, five steals, three rebounds and two assists.  Josh Belcher had another three-point barrage as she nailed four from behind the arc scoring 12 points.  She also had three rebounds and two assists.  Kaelyn Causwell added five points, four boards and two blocked shots.  Despite the lopsided win over its Class AAAA opponent, this was by far Wesleyan's sloppiest performance.   The Lady Wolves committed 22 turnovers on the night.  They'll have to put forth a much cleaner effort in the tournament championship game tomorrow night against Lovett.  Lovett, ranked No. 6 in AA, defeated Hardaway, ranked No. 5 in AAAAA, 51-39 in its semifinal.  Wesleyan improves to 3-0 on the season with the victory.  Tipoff for the Turkey Tipoff championship is 5:30 PM tomorrow at Wesleyan.



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Brittany Stevens in action against Southwest Dekalb

Monday, November 21
Wesleyan crushes Hardaway 94-32 in Turkey Tipoff first round



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Josh Belcher connects on one of her five three pointers

When the Wesleyan gilrs get themselves going it's just fun to watch.  That's what Monday night's first round game of the Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff was, fun to watch.  The Lady Wolves took down Hardaway from Columbus, 94-32 on a night when five Wesleyan players scored in double figures.  Kaelyn Causwell started things off for Wesleyan as she scored the first five points of the game including a traditional three point play.  Early foul trouble limited her playing time however.  Hardaway kept it close as Wesleyan led 11-7 midway through the first quarter.  A 6-0 Wesleyan run prompted a timeout by the Golden Hawks.  Wesleyan then closed the quarter with six unanswered points to take a 23-7 lead at the end of the frist quarter.  The Lady Wolves' scoring output in the second quarter was identical to the first as they put up 23 points in the period while holding Hardaway to ten.  Wesleyan led 46-17 at the half.  Holli Wilkins heated up in the third quarter scoring ten points in the period as Wesleyan outscored the Golden Hawks 29-14 and led 75-31 going into the fourth.  The relentless pace at which Wesleyan plays finally took its toll as the Lady Wolves scored 19 points in the shortened, six-minute fourth quarter while allowing Hardaway just a single point.  Wilkins scored 15 points in the game while grabbing seven rebounds, five steals and two assists.  Josh Belcher also scored 15 points courtesy of five three-pointers.  She also had six boards, three steals and two assists.  Jordan Frazier added 13 points five steals and three assists while Brittany Stevens scored 12 points.  Katie Frerking barely missed a double double as she had 10 points and nine rebounds to go with three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.  Kendra Talley scored nine points off the bench while Causwell finished with seven points, four boards, and two blocked shots in limited playing time due to foul trouble.  Wesleyan improves to 2-0 on the year while Hardaway falls to 1-1.  Hardaway, out of Region 1-AAAA, is a solid team full of good athletes, good ball handlers and possesses speed and depth...and they lost by 62, which says more about this Wesleyan team and its potential rather than anything else.  Do not be surprised to see this Hardaway team in the AAAA state tournament.  Again, when this Wesleyan team get itself going, they're fun to watch.  Wesleyan will next face Southwest Dekalb, a two-point winner over Brookwood, in the semi-finals.  Tipoff is tomorrow night at 7:30.  

 



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Landyn Duley in fourth quarter action vs. Hardaway


Saturday, November 19
Wilkins scores 1000th career point as Lady Wolves roll over Spain Park (AL) in opener
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Holli Wilkins shoots over Spain Park defender

Holli Wilkins scored the 1000th point of her Wesleyan career late the fourth quarter of the Lady Wolves' 76-29 blow out of Spain Park from Birmingham, Alabama.  The game was one of four played at Berkmar High School Saturday as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer benefit.  The Lady Wolves started slowly as they had numerous looks at the basket but nothing would fall.  Finally Taylor Blackmon came off the bench and hit a baseline jumper and Wesleyan was off and running.  Kaelyn Causwell also came off the bench to score six first quarter points as Wesleyan led 24-5 at the end of one.  Jordan Frazier, Josh Belcher and CaraMia Tsirigos all nailed three pointers in the second quarter as the Lady Wovles increased their lead to 49-12 going into halftime.  After scoring three first half points, Wilkins got herself going in the second half scoring six points in the third and fourth quarters respectively including her momentous 1000th.  She finished with a game high 15 points along with eight rebounds.  Kaelyn Causwell is the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she scored 10 points.  Brittany Stevens added seven points and seven assists.   Josh Belcher scored eight points while Tsirigos and Katie Frerking chipped in seven points apiece.  Blackmon finished with six points.  All 15 Wesleyan players saw action in this one which was never close.  Wilkins joins an elite group as she becomes the ninth Wesleyan girls player to reach the 1000 career point milestone.  The other members of Wesleyan's 1000-point club are Nikki Luckhurst ('04), Anne Marie Armstrong ('09), Jenny Hall ('02), Erin Hall ('10), Dana Birnie ('01), Carolyn Whitney ('06), Grace Leah Baughn ('11) and Sarah Moye ('05).  Congratulations to Holli on her achievement.  The Lady Wolves are 1-0 on the young season and will next face Hardaway from Columbus in the frist round of the Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff.  This is the first Thanksgiving tournament hosted by Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 7:30 PM Monday.

 Wesleyan Girls Basketball 1000 Point Club

  1. Nikki Luckhurst - 2393
  2. Anne Marie Armstrong - 2128
  3. Jenny Hall - 1488
  4. Erin Hall - 1482
  5. Dana Birnie - 1366
  6. Carolyn Whitney - 1322
  7. Grace Leah Baughn - 1208
  8. Sarah Moye - 1070
  9. Holli Wilkins - 1001 


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Holli Wilkins and teammates celebrate her 1000th career point

Thursday, November 17
Wesleyan ranked No. 16 nationally in ESPN pre-season poll

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Wednesday, November 16
Lady Wolves ranked No. 1 in Ga.Prepcountry.com/GACA Coaches pre-season poll

                                                       Ga.Prepcountry.com / GACA STATE RANKINGS

 

Class 1A

Class 2A

Class 3A

Class 4A

Class 5A

1.

Wesleyan Buford Washington County Forest Park Norcross
2. Pace Academy Greater Atlanta Christian Columbia Fayette County McEachern
3. St. Francis Laney Sandy Creek Statesboro North Gwinnett
4. SW Atlanta Christian Morgan County St. Pius Clarke Central Mill Creek
5. Calvary Day Thomasville Carrollton Douglas County Hillgrove
6. Towns County Lovett Dalton Chamblee Campbell
7. Darlington East Hall Crisp County Redan North Cobb
8. Holy Innocents Rabun County Cartersville Creekview Alpharetta
9. Bryan County Kendrick Allatoona Miller Grove Parkview
10. Turner County Northeast, Macon Westover Alcovy Brookwood


Tuesday, November 15
Wesleyan prepares for regular season with 62-48 scrimmage win over Marietta
The last time Wesleyan and Marietta met was December 2007 in the championship game of the Deep South Classic.  Class AA No. 1 ranked Wesleyan defeated Class AAAAA No. 1 ranked Marietta 69-66 in overtime to take the title in a classic.  Tonight's scrimmage didn't provide quite the drama of that night four years ago but it did give the Lady Wolves a chance to work off some rust.  Visiting Wesleyan defeated Marietta 62-48 in a somewhat sloppy effort.  Holli Wilkins led all scorers with 19 points while Jordan Frazier and Katie Frerking added 16 and 15 points respectively.  The 2011-2012 season kicks off on Saturday as the Lady Wolves will face Spain Park from Hoover, Alabama at 4:00 PM in the Coaches vs. Cancer event hosted by Bermkar High School.

Friday, November 11
Four Wesleyan seniors sign Division I scholarships
In a signing ceremony held at Yancey Gymnasium Thursday afternoon, Wesleyan's four senior girls basketball players all signed their letters of intent to receive full basketball scholarships each to an NCAA Division I school.   Kaelyn Causwell will join former Wesleyan teammate Anne Marie Armstrong on the Lady Bulldogs of the University of Georgia next year.  Holli Wilkins will be playing for Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.  Jordan Frazier will join former Wesleyan teammate Logan Morris at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Missy Byrd will be heading out West as she will not only play basketball but will also be serving our country upon graduation, as she has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Congratuations to all four Wesleyan seniors for their resepective college choices. 

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Wesleyan's four scholarship singning seniors with their coaches

Wednesday, July 27
Causwell commits to Georgia
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Kaelyn Causwell
Wesleyan rising senior Kaelyn Causwell has committed to continue her education and her basketball career at the University of Georgia where she will join former Wesleyan teammate and current Lady Bulldog, Anne Marie Armstrong.

“I’m excited because I’ve always wanted to go to Georgia,” Causwell said. “Anne Marie goes there and she’s had a big influence on me. Every time I go there Coach Landers is nice and welcoming. I know he has a reputation of being a tough coach who yells a lot, but in the end that’s what makes me go harder on the court. 

“I really love the school. The campus is nice. The coaches are nice and the players are nice.”

Causwell chose Georgia over Auburn which was a close No. 2.  She also considered South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Temple.

We in the Wesleyan community are excited she chose Georgia for more selfish reasons.  She'll be right up the road in Athens so it will be easy to watch her play in person.  Many of Georgia's games are broadcast locally on television and we'll get to watch her play again with Anne Marie for a season.

Congratulations to Kaelyn in her decision and for earning a basketball scholarship to an NCAA Division I school that competes in the SEC.  She'll face plenty of challenges while playing in one of the toughest conferences in women's college basketball but she will be more than prepared based on her high school experience. 



Thursday, August 11
Wilkins to continue career at Furman
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Holli Wilkins
Wesleyan senior Holli Wilkins recently made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.  She chose Furman's scholarship offer over offers from Tennessee-Chattanooga, Old Dominion, William and Mary and Davidson.  Wilkins averaged 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds as a junior while leading Wesleyan to it's fourth straight state championship.  Congratulations Holli!

Friday, September 23
2010-2011 Varsity Schedule

DATE

DAY

TIME

OPPONENT

LOCATION

11-15-2011  Tue 5:30 PM  Marietta (scrimmage)  Marietta
11-19-2011  Sat 4:00 PM  Spain Park  Berkmar
11-21 - 11-23-2011  Mon-Wed    THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT  Wesleyan
12-03-2011  Sat 4:00 PM  Mill Creek  Wesleyan
12-06-2011  Tue 6:00 PM  North Hall  North Hall
12-10-2011  Sat 5:00 PM  Westminster  Westminster
12-19 -12- 23-2011  Mon-Fri    NIKE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS  Phoenix, AZ
01-03-2012  Tue 6:00 PM  St. Pius  St. Pius
01-07-2011  Sat 4:00 PM  Pace Academy  Wesleyan
01-10-2011  Tue 6:00 PM  Providence  Providence
01-14-2011  Sat TBA  PEACHSTATE BATTLE OF SOUTHEAST  Wesleyan
01-17-2011  Tue 6:00 PM  Mt. Pisgah  Wesleyan
01-20-2011  Fri 6:00 PM  St. Francis  Wesleyan
01-21-2011  Sat 6:30 PM  Bob Jones (AL)  Starr's Mill
01-24-2011  Tue 6:00 PM  Pinecrest  Pinecrest
01-27-2011  Fri 7:00 PM  Providence  Wesleyan
01-28-2011  Sat 7:30 PM  Buford  Wesleyan
01-31-2011  Tue 6:00 PM  Rockdale County  Wesleyan
02-03-2011  Fri 5:30 PM  Mt. Pisgah  Mt. Pisgah
02-07-2011  Tue 6:00 PM  St. Francis  St. Francis
02-10-2011  Fri 6:30 PM  Pinecrest  Wesleyan
02-15 - 02-18-2011  Wed-Sat TBA REGION TOURNAMENT  
02-24 - 03-11-2011   TBA  STATE TOURNAMENT  Various Locations


Wednesday, September 28
Frazier makes commitment to Wofford
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Jordan Frazier
Wesleyan senior Jordan Frazier made a commitment Monday to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  She will attend Wofford on a full basketball scholarship joining former teammate Logan Morris who graduated from Wesleyan in 2010.  Frazier chose Wofford over offers from College of Charleston, Kennesaw State and Towson.  Wofford competes in the Southern Conference with Tennessee-Chattanooga, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Elon, Furman, Western Carolina, The Citadel and Samford.  Over the next four years, she will be competing against current teammate Holli Wilkins who recently committed to Furman.  Frazier averaged 8.5 points, five steals and four assists per game last season.  She earned All Region and All County honors as well as being named  Atlanta Tipoff Club Metro Team of the Year Honorable Mention.  Congratulations to Jordan on her big decision!

Wednesday, October 19
Byrd off to wild blue yonder with commitment to Air Force Academy
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Missy Byrd
Senior Missy Byrd has chosen to continue her academic and basketball careers at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.  Byrd selected Air Force over offers from Kennesaw State and Mercer.  Air Force competes in the Mountain West Conference with Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Texas Christian, Nevada-Las Vegas, and Wyoming.  With this commitment, Byrd becomes the fourth girl from her senior class to commit to an NCAA Division I school joining fellow seniors Kaelyn Causwell (Georgia), Holli Wilkins (Furman) and Jordan Frazier (Wofford).  Congratulations to Missy on her decision and her bright future!

Tuesday, October 9

2010-2011 Season News Articles



Wednesday, April 20
Baughn signs with Pepperdine
Wesleyan's lone senior Grace Leah Baughn has made it official.  She's goin' to California as she signed her letter of intent with Pepperdine University on Monday afternoon.  It will be rough going for Baughn as she'll have to tread the mean streets of Malibu every day for the next four years in pursuit of academic excellence, basketball success and a good tan.  She brings much experience to the Waves who compete in the West Coast Conference with Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Portland, St. Mary's, San Diego, San Franciso and Santa Clara.  We're all very excited for of Grace Leah and wish her much success as she moves on to the next level not only in basketball, but in life. 

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Grace Leah poses with Wesleyan teammates at her Pepperdine signing ceremony

Tuesday, December 13
No. 11 Wesleyan to face 13th ranked Good Counsel in Nike TOC opener

The Nike Tournament of Champions brackets were recently released pitting ESPN No. 11 ranked Wesleyan against No. 13 ranked Good Counsel from Olney, Maryland.  See below for tournament brackets.  Keep up with action all throughout the tournament at this link.  http://www.niketournamentofchampions.com/events/detail.cfm?id=44



Wednesday, April 20
Baughn, Wilkins named First Team All State by Georgia Sports Writers Association

The Georgia Sportswriters Association recently released its All State Team and Wesleyan's Grace Leah Baughn and Holli Wilkins were both named to the First Team.  State runner up Pace Academy, produced the GSWA's player of the year, Morgan Batey, as well as coach of the year, Regina Tate.  Congrats to Grace Leah and Holli.

                     2011 GSWA  CLASS A  ALL STATE

                      Player of the Year – Morgan Batey, Pace Academy

                      Coach of the Year – Regina Tate, Pace Academy

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Player

School

Morgan Batey Pace Academy Atania Graddic Turner County
Grace Leah Baughn Wesleyan Keyona Hayes St. Francis
Holli Brooks Gordon Lee Shaniqua Holston Taylor County
Kelsey Ellis Calvary Day Kelly Reid Savannah Christian
Holli Wilkins Wesleyan Brea Walker Pacelli

                                           HONORABLE MENTION

Player

School

Player

School

Symone Ball

Eagle’s Landing Christian Akeyvya Jones Chattahoochee County
McKenzie Bolden Holy Innocents Olivia Melvin Bryan County
Lindsay Evans Darlington Jordan Moss Towns County
Nigia Greene Southwest Atlanta Christian Tinetta Smith Wilkinson County
Jasmine Grier Commerce    


Friday, April 1
Baughn named North Georgia Player of Year, Baughn and Wilkins on GACA All State

The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association recently released its All State teams with Grace Leah Baughn and Holli Wilkins among the honorees.   Baughn was voted North  Georgia Player of the Year.  She was also named All State along with Wilkins.  This is the first selection to the GACA All State team for both players.    Congratulations to all for this well deserved recognition.

       2011 GACA CLASS A  ALL STATE TEAM

Player of the Year

Morgan Batey, Pace Academy

North Georgia Player of the Year

South Georgia Player of the Year

Grace Leah Baughn, Wesleyan

D’Ambria Thomas, Pelham

Player

School

Player

School

Gabby Arencibia

Towns County Rachel LeGear Calvary Day
Morgan Batey Pace Academy Olivia Melvin Bryan County
Grace Leah Baughn Wesleyan Kierra Miley Webster County
Kassidy Blevins Gordon Lee Jordan Moss Towns County
Holli Brooks Gordon Lee Kelly Reid Savannah Christian
Ebony Brown Southwest Atlanta Christian Terar Stewart Darlington
Kelsey Ellis Calvary Day D’Ambira Thomas Pelham
Lindsay Evans Darlington Alexis Watson Seminole County
Randi Freiss Savannah Christian Holli Wilkins Wesleyan
Antania Graddic Turner County Courtney Williams Charlton County
Nigia Greene Southwest Atlanta Christian Haley Zwecker Pace Academy
Shaniqua Holston Taylor County    


Tuesday, March 29
Baughn, Wilkins earn AJC All State honors, Azar selected coach of the year

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its All State teams Sunday and Grace Leah Baughn, Holli Wilkins and Coach Jan Azar were among the honorees.   Baughn was selected First Team All State while Wilkins was selected Second Team All State.  Azar was named Class 1A Coach of the Year, her eighth time receiving the Coach of the Year award for her classification.  This is Baughn's first selection to the AJC All State team while Wilkins is appearing on the All State team for the second time.  She was named Honorable Mention in 2010.   Congratulations to all for this well deserved recognition.

 

2011 ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION CLASS A ALL STATE

Player of the Year – Morgan Batey, Pace Academy

Coach of the Year - Jan Azar, Wesleyan

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Player

School

Morgan Batey Pace Academy Nigia Greene SW Atlanta Christian
Grace Leah Baughn Wesleyan Olivia Melvin Bryan County
Holli Brooks Gordon Lee Kelly Reid Savannah Christian
Kelsey Ellis Calvary Day D’Ambria Thomas Pelham
Keyona Hayes St. Francis Holli Wilkins Wesleyan

HONORABLE MENTION

Player

School

Player

School

Gabby Arencibia Towns County Kerra Miley Webster County
Lindsay Evans Darlington Ciera Staten Echols County
Jacquetta Green Macon County Brooke Stephens Glascock County
Shaniqua Holston Taylor County Brea Walker Pacelli
Rachel LeGear Calvary Day Courtney Williams Charlton County


Tuesday, March 29
Baughn selected Co-Player of Year by Gwinnett Tipoff Club, Azar named Co-Coach of Year

The Gwinnett Tipoff Club held its annual year end banquet Sunday and Wesleyan was well represented.  Wesleyan was selected Team of the Year along with the other two state champions from Gwinnett County, Buford and Norcross.  Coach Azar, Buford's Gene Durden and Norcross' Angie Hembree were named Coaches of the Year.  Grace Leah Baughn was selected Co-Player of the Year along with Buford's Andraya Carter and Norcross' Diamond DeShields.  Holli Wilkins was selected to the All County team while Taylor Blackmon, Kaelyn Causwell, Jordan Frazier, Katie Frerking and Brittany Stevens were all named All County Honorable Mention.  Baughn was also honored as Wesleyan's scholar athlete for the second time.  Congratulations to all.  

     2011 Gwinnett tipoff club awards

COACHES OF THE Year

PLAYERs OF THE Year

Jan Azar

Wesleyan

Grace Leah Baughn

Wesleyan

Gene Durden

Buford

Andraya Carter

Buford

Angie Hembree

Norcross

Diamond DeShields

Norcross

TEAMS  OF THE YEAR

Wesleyan, Buford, Norcross

PLAYER

SCHOOL

PLAYER

SCHOOL

ALL COUNTY TEAM

Chandler Alverson Greater Atlanta Christian Shan’Taja Latimore Central Gwinnett
Freddie Banks Meadowcreek Katie Mallow Brookwood
Alicia Brookins Mill Creek Kristina Nelson Greater Atlanta Christian
Lexie Brown North Gwinnett Kayla Nolan Duluth
Katie Carroll Parkview Tina Odume South Gwinnett
Jasmine Carter Mill Creek Teanna Robinson Berkmar
Kaela Davis Buford Jalisa Tucker Hebron
Dearica Hamby Norcross Mellisa Turvy Peachtree Ridge
Jazmine Jackson Brookwood Holli Wilkins Wesleyan
Ariel Johnson North Gwinnett Bria Young Collins Hill

HONORABLE MENTION

Autumn Adams Brookwood Constance Harrison Buford
Angel Alexander Meadowcreek Caryn Ivey Central Gwinnett
Kiara Barker South Gwinnett Erika Joseph Parkview
Taylor Blackmon Wesleyan Anna LaCavera Grayson
Tynisha Bledsoe Mountain View Alesha Mann Archer
Rachel Brucks North Gwinnett Shamicka Martin Berkmar
Emily Buck Collins Hill LaBrea McKay Meadowcreek
Shakeyla Carrington Grayson Oreadu O’dez Collins Hill
Tori Carter Norcross Colette Oneda South Gwinnett
Kaelyn Causwell Wesleyan Katie Powell Duluth
Gabby Cole Peachtree Ridge Kimberleigh Rivers Shiloh
Shayla Cooper Norcross Kayla Rogers Archer
Shannon Cranshaw Greater Atlanta Christian Brittany Stevens Wesleyan
Brianna Cummings Greater Atlanta Christian Ka’Vonne Towns Berkmar
Mackanzie Darrah Buford Rebecca Walker Brookwood
Alex DeMercy Norcross Khaleah Wallace Dacula
Maya Dillard Buford Kaylen Ward Shiloh
Whitney Edwards Hebron Kenisha Watkins Berkmar
Jordan Frazier Wesleyan Annie Wheeler North Gwinnett
Katie Frerking Wesleyan Peyton Whitted North Gwinnett
Courtney Gardner Brookwood Sheresse Williams Buford
April Green Dacula Tamarr Williams Mill Creek
Nia Hardy Central Gwinnett Bri Williams Norcross


Tuesday, March 29
Baughn, Wilkins selected to AJC's All Gwinnett Team

Senior Grace Leah Baughn and junior Holli Wilkins were named First Team and Second Team All Gwinnett County as the Atlanta Journal-Consitution released its All County Teams of the Year on Sunday.  This is the first such honor for each.  Congratulations to Grace Leah and Holli.

2011 ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION  ALL GWINNETT COUNTY TEAM

Player of the Year – Diamond DeShields, Norcross

Coach of the Year – Angie Hembree, Norcross

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Player

School

Grace Leah Baughn Wesleyan Katie Carroll Parkview
Lexie Brown North Gwinnett Jazmine Jackson Brookwood
Andraya Carter Buford Katie Mallow Brookwood
Kaela Davis Buford Kristina Nelson Greater Atlanta Christian
Diamond DeShields Norcross Holli Wilkins Wesleyan

 



Tuesday, March 29
Wesleyan trio named All County by Gwinnett Daily Post

Wesleyan senior Grace Leah Baughn and juniors Holli Wilkins and Jordan Frazier were named All Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post as the newspaper released its All County teams recently.  Baughn was selected FirstTeam All County, while Wilkins was selected to the Second Team and Frazier was named Third Team All County.  It's the first such honor for all three Wesleyan players. Congratulations to all three!  

2011 GWINNETT DAILY POST  ALL COUNTY TEAM

Player of the Year – Diamond DeShields, Norcross

Coach of the Year – Ashley Phillips, Mill Creek

Player

School

FIRST TEAM

Grace Leah Baughn

Wesleyan
Lexie Brown North Gwinnett
Andraya Carter Buford
Kaela Davis Buford
Kristina Nelson Greater Atlanta Christian

SECOND TEAM