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Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball:Website Articles 2015-2017

Wesleyan Lady Wolves Basketball

Tuesday, November 14
2016-2017 Season News Articles


Friday, April 21
Coombs on the court, Azar at the helm, lead West to 122-81 route of East in Jordan Brand Classic in New York
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Mikayla Coombs shoots East's (and St. Francis') Maya Dodson
It was the last official game that Coach Azar would get to coach Mikayla Coombs and what a game it was.  The Coombs/Azar West squad routed the East 122-81 in the Jordan Brand Classic held last Friday at the Barclays Center in New York.  The West team raced to a 15-0 lead and never looked back in a game that set JBC records for points scored and margin of victory.  This however, wasn't a regular season game being played in January. This was a game between the 24 best high school girls basketball players in the United States, 12 on each squad.  The West All Stars played like a Wesleyan-coached team playing solid defense, sharing the ball and hustling.  It was a fun game to watch.  Wesleyan star and UConn bound Coombs had a really nice game and she put up 12 points (including the first six of the game), a game high seven assists, and three rebounds showing the selfless play that drew UConn Coach Geno Auriemma's attention in the first place.  The tale of the tape was assists. The West squad had 28 team assists while the East had only eight. Coombs was one assist shy of equalling the total of the entire East squad. It was a fun trip to the Big Apple and a great time was had by all.  Many thanks to Nike and the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge for being such hospitable hosts.  It was nice for Coach Azar and Mikayla to go out on (another) winning note.

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Coach Azar and Mikayla at Brooklyn Nets practice facility with Manhattan skyline

Friday, April 21
More JBC pic

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Mikayla and Coach Azar on floor of Barclays Center after the game

Friday, March 31
AJC All State - Coombs State All Classification Player or Year, Class 1A Player of Year, Azar Class 1A Coach of Year
The last of the known post season awards were released today as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its All State Basketball teams for 2017.  Mikayla Coombs again was adorned with numerous awards.  She was named the All Classification State Player of the Year, the Class 1A Player of the Year and First Team All State for Class 1A.  This is Coombs' second player of the year award as she was named Class AA Player of the Year last season.  It's Coombs third All State metion as she was First Team All state last year and  Honorable Mention as a freshman in 2014.  She missed the 2014-2015 season with a torn ACL.  Coach Jan Azar also collected another award as she earned Class 1A Coach of the Year honors, the twelveth time she has been named coach of the year for her team's classification.  Natalie Armstrong and Amaya Register both earned All State Honorable Mention, the second such honor for Armstrong, the first for Register.  Congratuations to this Wesleyan crew for these well deserved awards and for being such admirable representatives of their school. 

2017 AJC All State

Friday, March 31
Coombs and Azar are AJC Gwinnett Player and Coach of Year, Armstrong All County Honorable Mention
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its All Metro Teams today and Wesleyan was well represented.  Mikayla Coombs earned Gwinnett County Player of the Year honors while Coach Jan Azar was the AJC's Gwinnett Coach of the Year.  Natalie Armstrong earned All County Honorable Mention honors.  Well deserved for all three.

2017 All AJC Gwinnett

Friday, March 31
Coombs named Gwinnett Tipoff Club Player of Year, Azar Coach of Year, Armstrong, Register All County
More awards for Wesleyan as Mikayla Coombs was named Player of the Year for the second consecutive season by the Gwinnett Tipoff Club.  Coach Jan Azar was honored as Coach of the Year for the 12th time.  Natalie Armstong and Amaya Register were named All County Second Team.  Congratulations to all.

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Friday, March 31
Wesleyan's Coombs helps East win McDonald's All-American game
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Mikayla Coombs in action during McDonald's All American game in Chicago

From Gwinnett Daily Post 

CHICAGO — Wesleyan's Mikayla Coombs helped lead the East to an 80-74 victory on Wednesday night in the 40th annual McDonalds girls All-American game at the United Center. Coombs, the Daily Post Girls Player of the Year and a UConn signee, scored two points, had three rebounds, two assists and two steals in her 13 minutes of action.



Friday, March 24
Miss Georgia Basketball
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Coombs in action in the Crescom Classic in Myrtle Beach

COOMBS NAMED 2017 MISS GEORGIA BASKETBALL 

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



Miss Georgia Basketball winners

Friday, March 24
Azar named Girls Coach of the Year for Class A-AAAA, Armstrong, Register earn All Metro Honorable Mention
In addition to the Atlanta Tipoff Club naming Mikayla Coombs Miss Georgia Basketball for 2017, Wesleyan coach Jan Azar is being honored as the state coach of the year for Class A-AAAA winning the Garland Pinholster Coach of the Year award.  McEachern's Phyllis Arthur won the award for Class AAAAA-AAAAAAA.  Wesleyan senior, Samford signee Natalie Armstrong and junior Amaya Register were both named All Metro Honorable Mention.  Congratulations to Coach Azar and all three players for this recognition.

2017 Atlanta Tipoff Metro Team of Year

Thursday, March 23
Coombs selected to participate in Jordan Brand Classic All Star game in New York
Wesleyan senior Mikayla Coombs will be among her peers...the nation's elite, as she has been selected to play in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 in New York.  The game will be held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and the NHL's New York Islanders.  This is the second national all star game in which she will be a participant as she will also compete in the McDonald's All American game at the United Center in Chicago on March 29.  That game will be televised on ESPNU.  Below is a list of all participants in the 2017 JBC.
 



2017 Jordan Brand Classic Roster

Tuesday, March 21
Coombs named GACA Class 1A Player of Year, Armstrong, Register earn All State honors, Azar Coach of Year
The post season honors are starting to roll in with the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association naming its All State teams for 2017.  Wesleyan senior and Connecticut signee Mikayla Coombs was named co-Player of the Year alongside fellow McDonald's All American Maya Dodson from St. Francis.  Coombs is on the All State team for Class 1A along with teammate Natalie Armstrong, a Samford signee and junior Amaya Register.  Coach Jan Azar was selected Class 1A Private Coach of the Year.

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Tuesday, March 21
Coombs, Azar honored as Gwinnett Post Player and Coach of Year
For the second straight year, the Gwinnett Daily Post named Mikayla Coombs as its Player of the Year and Coach Jan Azar as its Coach of the Year.  It's the second such honor for Coombs and the eighth such honor for Azar as the Post also bestowed this award in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

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

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Tuesday, March 14
Coombs named Gatorade Player of the Year for Georgia
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Mikayla in action from Saturday's state championship win

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



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


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2017 Class A State Champs

Saturday, March 11
More state championship photos
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Natalie Armstrong shoots over Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer

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Jameson Kavel locks in on Pointer

Saturday, March 11
More state championship photos
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Team erupts after Sutton West gives Wesleyan its first lead

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Coombs defends Pointer

Friday, March 10
2017 State Tournament Brackets

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

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

Photos by AJC 



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

Tuesday, February 28
Lady Wolves storm into Final Four with big quarterfinal win over Prince Avenue
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Jameson Kavel shoots over Prince Avenue's Madison Britt
Wesleyan took on Prince Avenue Christian in a quarterfinal round game of the Class A state tournament and came away with a 63-31 win Tuesday night at Wesleyan.  In only the second ever meeting between the schools and the first since 1999, Wesleyan led from wire to wire.  The lead was 24-4 at the end of the first quarter and 44-14 at halftime.  All players saw playing time in this one as Wesleyan advanced to the semifinal round of the state tournament for the 14th straight year.  Senior Mikalya Coombs, in only three quarters of playing time, amassed 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals.  Senior Natalie Armstrong recorded a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Sutton West put up 10 points, four rebounds and two steals while AC Carter added nine points, five boards and four steals.  Wesleyan improves to 26-4 with the win while Prince Avenue finishes its season with a record of 22-8.  This was the final home game for Wesleyan's eight seniors, Coombs, Armstrong, Jameson Kavel, Capri Frazier, Bailey Edwards, Katie Stipe, Sydney Milliken and Sarah Adams, all of whom have been at Wesleyan since at least middle school.  All of our seniors will be sorely missed.  The Lady Wolves will next face the winner of the quarterfinal game between Darlington and Lakeview Academy which will be played tomorrow night.  Tipoff for the semifinal round game will be at 6:00 PM on Saturday March 4 at Cobb Civic Center.

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

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

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



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Mikayla Coombs shoots over George Walton's Sophie Chapar

Saturday, February 11
Coombs earns Region Player of Year honor for second straight season, Armstrong, Register on All Region Team
Wesleyan senior Mikayla Coombs was voted Region 5-A Player of the Year. The announcment was made after the Region 5-A tournament championship game at Wesleyan. Two other Wesleyan players were named to the All Region team including senior Natalie Armstrong and junior Amaya Register. Congratulations to all three Wesleyan players!

2017 All Region Team
2017 All Region 5-A Team

Saturday, February 11
Coombs' 27 points carry Wesleyan to 59-50 region championship win over No. 1 Holy Innocents
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Mikayla Coombs drops two of her 27 points over Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer
The third time was the charm.  After dropping the two regular season meetings with Holy Innocents last month, each my seven-point margins, Wesleyan earned a satisfying 59-50 win over the top ranked Golden Bears in the championship game of the Region 5-A tournament hosted by Wesleyan.  For the second night in a row, Wesleyan wore dark road uniforms...this time their black unis, while higher seeded Holy Innocents wore its home whites.  And for the second night in a row the "Guest" Lady Wolves prevailed.  Unlike the track meet that ocurred on January 27th, an 81-74 Holy Innocents win, this game took on a defensive personality from the outset.  The teams didn't allow each other much breathing room.  The lead changed hands a few times in the first quarter.  The game was tied at 8-8 before Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer, an LSU signee, hit a long three pointer to give the Golden Bears an 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The lead again went back and forth in the second quarter with Wesleyan outscoring Holy Innocents 15-11 in the period to take a 23-22 lead into halftime.  The halftime lead was exactly half the 46-44 halftime lead Wesleyan held in the last meeting, which lends to how this game was coming down to defense.  The third quarter turned out to be where the game was won.  After allowing Holy innocents to control the offensive glass for much of the first half, the Lady Wolves did a much better job of not allowing them second chances on the offensive end.   As a result Wesleyan outscored Holy Innocents 17-7 in the period with many of the points coming from defensive rebounds turned into fast break points.  Wesleyan took a 40-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  Wesleyan upped its lead as high as 13 points but Holy Innocents had cut it to six with about five minutes to go.  The Lady Wolves withstood numerous Holy Innocents attempts to further cut into the lead and Amaya Register, Sutton West and Mikayla Coombs all did a nice job hitting their free throws down the stretch when the Bears were fouling to stop the clock.  Coombs was spectacular during the game as she put her team on her back and would simply not be denied.  She poured in a game high 27 points and led the team in assists and steals with four apiece.  She also grabbed three rebounds and had a blocked shot.  Register scored nine points and had two steals and an assist and was 6-for-7 from the free throw line on the night.  Jameson Kavel was 3-for-5 from behind the arc on the way to nine points.  Natalie Armstrong added six points, three rebounds and two blocket shots while West scored six points and grabbed a game high four boards.  This was the third straght year for Wesleyan and Holy Innocents to compete for a region championship.  Holy Innocents defeated Wesleyan in the 2015 and 2016 Region 6-AA championship games in contests that were similar to this one, both tight and hard fought by both teams.  Wesleyan improves its record to 24-4 and snaps Holy Innocents' 23-game winning streak in the process, handing them only their second loss of the season and first since November 25th.  The Golden Bears are now 25-2 heading into the state tournament.  Wesleyan will return to action next week when the state tournament begins.  The Lady Wolves should have a first round bye.  Opponent, date and location will be posted along with tournament brackets as soon as this information is available. Congratulations to the Lady Wolves on their region championship.

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2017 Region 5-A Champions

Friday, February 10
Region Tournament Brackets
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Natalie Armstrong drives guarded by Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer

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Friday, February 10
Double doubles by Coombs, Armstrong pace 84-45 semifinal win over No. 7 Landmark Christian
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Amaya Register drives under Landmark's Kyelin Knowles

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



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Mikayla Coombs shoots over Landmark's Hembree Monk

Wednesday, February 8
Lady Wolves open region tournament with rout of Eagle's Landing Christian
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Natalie Armstrong shoots over ELCA defender
Wesleyan won it's opener in the Region 5-A tournament routing Eagle's Landing Christian 68-28 Wednesday night at Wesleyan.  The team wasn't especially sharp but still held an 18-0 lead at the end of the first quarter en route the the big victory.  All players saw playing time as Mikayla Coombs and Sutton West led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 12 points apiece.  Coombs also led the team in assists and steals with seven and six respectively. West also had three steals.  Natalie Armstrong scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds while Amaya Register put up eight points, eight boards, three assists and three steals.  AC Carter added eight points and eight rebounds for Wesleyan which improves to 22-4 on the season.  Eagle's Landing Christian finishes its season with a record of 15-9.  The Lady Wolves advance to the region tournament semifinals with the win and will face No. 7 ranked Landmark Christian (22-3) which won its quarterfinal game over Southwest Atlanta Christian 61-46.  This will be the first meeting between Wesleyan and Landmark since March 2, 2001, an epic battle in the second round of the state tournament which Wesleyan won 52-46.  Wesleyan and Landmark tipoff at 7:00 on Friday night.

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Sutton West shoot over outstretched arms of ELCA post player

Saturday, February 4
Eighth Grade Lady Wolves mount 4th Qtr comeback to win league championship over Marist
Wesleyan's Eighth Grade girls basketball team capped an undefeated season with a 10-point win over Marist in their league championship today at Wesleyan.  The team was down by nine points at the start of the fourth quarter and outscored Marist by 19 points to earn the win.  This group won its fourth straight league title having won championships in fifth, sixth and seventh grade as well.  Congratulations Eighth graders!

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Friday, February 3
Wesleyan honors eight on Senior Night as freshman Carter leads win over Paideia
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Jameson Kavel shoots over Paideia's Christina Walker
Wesleyan closed out the regular season tonight with an 80-24 home region win over Paideia on Senior night. The Lady Wolves led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter and 39-13 at the half.  Freshman AC Carter led the team in scoring with a career high 21 points on 75% shooting from the field.  She was 2-for-2 from behind the arc and 7-for-10 from inside.  She also grabbed a team high six rebounds and had three assists.  Mikayla Coombs scored 12 points to go with six assists, four steals, three rebounds and two blocks.  Katie Stipe connected on a pair of three pointers on the way to 10 points.  Sutton West put up nine points, five rebounds and two assists while Bailey Edwards added eight points and six boards.  Wesleyan ends the regular season with a 21-4 overall record, 8-2 in region.  This is the final regular season home game in the careers of our eight seniors Sarah Adams, Natalie Armstrong, Mikayla Coombs, Bailey Edwards, Capri Frazier, Sydney Millikan, Jameson Kavel and Katie Stipe.  Each have made significant contributions to Wesleyan basketball and their efforts will be greatly missed.  The Lady Wolves do have more home games coming up however as Wesleyan will host the Region 5-A Tournament this week.  First round opponent and date to be announced.

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Bailey Edwards drives past Paideia's Kai Carter

Friday, February 3
Our Eight Seniors with their families

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

Saturday, January 28
Wesleyan bounces back with 73-50 blow out of Class AAAAA No. 1 Buford
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Amaya Register drives against Buford's Kya Styles
After a tough loss the night before to Class A No. 1 Holy Innocents, Wesleyan didn't have much time to stew about it as they had to get ready to face Class AAAAA No. 1 ranked Buford on the road just 19 hours later.  The annual battle of Wolves was tight in the first half.  Wesleyan held an eight point lead in the early going but Buford closed it to just two points as Wesleyan led 20-18 at the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter was similar to the first in that Wesleyan would build a decent cushion only to have Buford close out the quarter strong cutting the Wesleyan lead to just a single point at 34-33.  Adjustments were made at halftime and the defense that had not been up to standard for the past six quarters returned. Wesleyan clamped down defensively, especially on the boards. They opened the third quarter scoring the first 20 points of the period, keeping Buford off the scoreboard for the first six minutes.  By then the damage was done.  Wesleyan led 63-43 heading into the fourth and the game was a wrap.  Mikayla Coombs had another stat sheet filled game putting up 26 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals.  Amaya Register had a solid effort with 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.  Jameson Kavel scored nine points while Natalie Armstrong had eight points and eight boards.  Sutton West added eight points, three rebounds and two steals for Wesleyan who upped its record to 19-4 while Buford falls to 21-2.  With the win, Wesleyan now leads the all time series with Buford 29-8 and is 29-3 against the other Wolves since 2000 after dropping the first five games in the series in 1998-2000 when Wesleyan's program was in its infancy.   Wesleyan will next take on Atlanta International in a region contest on Tuesday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Jameson Kavel shoots as Buford's Mary Walters defends

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

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Sutton West drives past Holy Innocents' Jada Farrell

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

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



Tuesday, January 24
McDonald’s Hometown Heroes come to Wesleyan to present Coombs with All American honors at high school assembly
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Mikayla Coombs wearing McDonald's All American jersey
Wesleyan senior and Connecticut signee Mikayla Coombs was paid a visit by representatives of McDonald's Hometown Heroes Monday morning as they presented her with her McDonald's All American jersey in front of the entire high school student body and faculty at an assembly in Austin Chapel on the Wesleyan campus.  Mikayla was joined by her teammates and the varsity girls coaching staff as she received the jersey and award.  She addressed the assembly and remarks were made by Coach Azar as well as representatives from McDonald's Hometown Heroes.  This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment for Mikayla and four our school.  Wesleyan has won more girls basketball state titles than any other girls program in Georgia. Wesleyan has produced a two-time Miss Georgia Basketball winner, multiple State Players of the Year, inumerable All State players and has had 30 players earn college basketball scholoarships.  But this is the first time a Wesleyan girls basketball player has earned the most prestegious honor that can be bestowed on a high school basketball player, McDonald's All American. As good a baskeball player as Mikayla is, she's an even better young lady in how she conducts herself off the court and in the classroom, and is a perfect roll model for younger students.   Many congratulations to Mikayla for this well deserved honor!

Saturday, January 21
Wesleyan rips AA No. 4 Model 81-46 behind solid effort from West
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Mikayla Coombs goes up against Model's Victoria Saxon
Class A No. 3 ranked Wesleyan was paid a visit by Class AA No. 4 ranked Model Saturday afternoon and came away with a resounding 81-46 win in front of a good sized crowd at Wesleyan.  The team traded baskets to start the game before Wesleyan stretched the lead to eight taking a 19-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter.  Wesleyan continued dictating the pace in the second as the visiting Lady Blue Devils began to tire.  The Lady Wolves outscored Model 24-11 in the period which was capped off by a nearly half-court three pointer by Mikayla Coombs at the buzzer.  Wesleyan led 43-22 at the break.  The deeper Lady Wolves kept Model in check the remainder of the game outscoring the Lady Blue Devils 15-10 in the third quarter and 23-14 in the fourth.  Wesleyan did a nice job keeping Model star Victoria Saxon in check most of the night.  Saxon is one of the top ranked juniors nationally.  Sutton West had her finest all around game of the season as she had 18 points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.  Coombs also scored 18 points in a double-double performance to go with a game high 15 rebounds.  She also had five assists, three steals and two blocks.  Amaya Register put up 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal while Jameson Kavel had 11 points to go with five boards, three assists and a steal.  Natalie Armstrong barely missed a double-double scoring nine points while grabbing 12 rebounds.  She also had a game high four blocked shots.  AC Carter added seven points, seven boards, two assists, two steals and a block for Wesleyan which improves to 17-3 on the year.  Model falls to 15-5 with the loss.  The Lady Wolves return to region action on Tuesday when they travel to Southwest Atlanta Christian on Tuesday night.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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

Friday, January 20
Wesleyan earns region win in first-ever meeting with Mt. Vernon
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Bailey Edwards scores two in win over Mt. Vernon

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



Tuesday, January 17
Lady Wolves blow out Woodward 75-33 behind Coombs' 29
Wesleyan took on Class AAAA Woodward Academy Tuesday night and came away with a 75-33 road win.  Wesleyan outscored Woodward 18-7 in the first quarter and 19-14 in the second taking a 37-21 lead into halftime.  The team put the hammer down in the third quarter outscoring Woodward 25-6 after a mediocre first half.  They cruised to the win after a shortened six-minute fourth.  Recently named McDonald's All American Mikayla Coombs, led all scorers racking up 29 points to go with eight steals, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Jameson Kavel put up 16 points including five three pointers.  She also had four steals, two assists and two rebounds.  Sutton West added 13 points, five boards, four steals and a blocked shot for Wesleyan who improves to 15-3 with the win while Woodward falls to 6-10.  The Lady Wolves will return to region play on Friday as they'll face Mt. Vernon on the road in the first meeting between the schools.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

Monday, January 16
Coombs selected as McDonald's All American!
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The 2017 McDonald's All American team rosters were released today and Wesleyan's Mikayla Coombs was selected to the East team.  Being named as a McDonald's All American is the highest honor that a high school athlete can acheive nationally.  Coombs is the first Wesleyan student to ever receive such an honor.  Many outstanding players have come through the Wesleyan girls basketball program, including a two-time Miss Georgia Basketball recipient, numerous State Players of the Year, many All State players, but none had ever been named McDonald's All American.  There were 24 players selected as All Americans including three Georgians.  The other two Georgians are students at St. Francis making the entire Georgia representation from schools that are in Class A.  The McDonald's All American game will be played March 29 at 5:00 PM in Chicago and will be telecast on ESPN2.  Congratulations to Mikayla for achieving this incredible honor.  It is well deserved.  Below is a list of all 24 players including their high schools and college choices.



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Saturday, January 14
Bombs away! Wesleyan unloads 13 threes in 70-40 win over Center Point (AL)
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Jameson Kavel launches a three pointer during win over Centerpoint

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



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

Friday, January 13
Lady Wolves notch region win over Galloway
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Bailey Edwards shoots over Galloway's Foster Soloman

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

 



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

Tuesday, January 10
Coach Azar gets career win No. 500 as Wesleyan rolls Paideia 74-28
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Coach Azar surrounded by her team after securing win No. 500
The Lady Wolves travelled to Paideia last night to take on the host Pythons in a region contest and came away with a 74-28 win.  This was the first meeting between the two schools since February 24, 2012, an 83-26 Wesleyan win.  The Lady Wolves led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-5 at halftime.  Freshman AC Carter was Wesleyan's leading scorer and the only player to score in double figures.  She had 18 points and barely missed a double double  as she also grabbed nine rebounds.  Natalie Armstrong had nine points, three rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots and two assists.  Amaya Register had eight points, six steals, and four assists while Mikayla Coombs added seven points, nine rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.  Wesleyan improves to 12-3 overall, 3-1 in region while Paideia drops to 9-6, 3-2.  The win was most significant in that it was the 500th win of Coach Jan Azar's career.  It was also fitting that it came against a school that Wesleyan faced in its very first season of varsity competition in 1997-1998 which is the season Coach Azar started the Wesleyan girls basketball program.  Things have improved somewhat for Wesleyan basketball since the three losses in that season to Paideia by scores of 91-12, 86-22 and 72-32.  The parents of the players were nice enough to present Coach Azar with a bouquet of flowers after the game.  The Lady Wolves will take the court again on Friday when they face Galloway in another region contest at Wesleyan.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Callie Weaver drives past Paideia's Alana Hodges

Thursday, January 5
Early first half hole too deep as No. 2 Holy Innocents bests No. 3 Wesleyan 61-54
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Amaya Register drives as Holy Innocents' Khayla Pointer defends

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



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Natalie Armstrong looks to shoot over Holy Innocents' Kennedy Suttle

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

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

Thursday, December 22
Wesleyan comeback falls short as Norcross prevails 58-53
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Natalie Armstrong scores two of her 14 points over Norcross' Vanessa Blagmon

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



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AC Carter gets past Norcross' Myra Strickland

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

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Mikayla surrounded by teammates after scoring her 1000th career point

Tuesday, December 20
Winder-Barrow uses late surge to down Wesleyan 65-60 in quarterfinal battle
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Mikayla Coombs splits two Winder-Barrow defenders
Winder-Barrow went on a 7-0 run to break a 49-49 tie late in the second half and held on to beat Wesleyan 65-60 in their quarterfinal matchup of the CresCom Bank Holiday Classic in Myrtle Beach.  The teams were tied at 26-26 at halftime and the game had many lead changes.  Wesleyan held a 39-31 lead with 12:39 left in the second half but Winder-Barrow, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA in Georgia, went on a 9-0 run taking a 40-39 lead.  The lead then went back and forth until that 7-0 run ended at the 4:32 mark.  Wesleyan closed the gap to 63-60 after an Amaya Register layup with 18 seconds to play.  Winder-Barrow threw the subsequent inbounds pass out of bounds and Wesleyan got the ball back.  Two three-point attempts were off the mark but the Lady Wolves got the ball back with seven seconds remaining.  Unfortunately another three-point attempt was unsuccessful and Winder-Barrow went on to win this hard fought battle.  Winder-Barrow's Olivia Nelson-Ododa, the No. 1 junior in the country as ranked by ESPN Hoopgurlz, did not disappoint as she led all scorers with 27 points.  Mikayla Coombs was awesome again as she had a double double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.  Register scored nine points and had three assists while Jameson Kavel also put up nine points.  Sutton West and AC Carter chipped in eight and six points respectively.  Wesleyan suffered their first loss of this season with this defeat but has to bounce back quickly as they play again tomorrow against Ferguson High from Miami.  Tipoff is 5:00 PM.

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Amaya Register is fouled on a layup

Monday, December 19
Lady Wolves shake off exam fog to take CresCom Bank opener over Franklin County (KY)
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Mikayla Coombs glides to two of her game high 22 points
The Wesleyan girls basketball team just finished a gruelling week taking first semester final exams and the layoff was evident.  It had been nine days since the Lady Wolves last took the court so the team was a little rusty.  Still, Wesleyan coasted to a comfortable 58-35 win over Franklin County from Frankfort, Kentucky in their first round game of the CresCom Bank Holiday Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Wesleyan jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and enjoyed a comfortablde lead for most of the first half.  The Lady Wolves led 25-17 with 2:51 to go in the first half before closing on an 8-3 run to take a 33-20 lead into halftime. In the second half, Wesleyan would continually build leads as large as 16 and 18 points but Franklin County often answered with a timely three pointer.  The Wesleyan lead never got back to single digits and the team enjoyed a comfortable tournament opening win.  Mikayla Coombs led the Lady Wolves in scoring with 22 points including going 3-for-5 from three point range.  She also led the team in rebounds with eight to go with three assists, two steals, and two blocks.  Amaya Register was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she had 11 points to go with a team high six assists and five rebounds.   Jameson Kavel added nine points four rebounds and two assists for Wesleyan while Sutton West put up nine points, six boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks.  Wesleyan improves to 9-0 on the season with the win and will face Winder-Barrow in the quarterfinals.  Winder-Barrow is ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA and features the No. 1 ranked junior in the country in 6-5 Olivia Nelson-Ododa.  Tipoff is 2:15 PM tomorrow.

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Sutton West goes baseline against Franklin County's Josie Thacker

Saturday, December 10
Wesleyan improves to 8-0 in 56-18 romp over St. Pius
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Mikayla Coombs finishes fast break during win over St. Pius
After a slow start, Wesleyan rolled to a 56-18 win over Class AAAA St. Pius Saturday night at St. Pius.  Playing in the gym that Coach Azar spent her four years of high school back in the 1980's, the Lady Wolves put on a defensive display shutting down the St. Pius offense for the most part.  The Golden Lions scored the first two points of the game after a scoreless first two minutes.  Wesleyan then outscored St. Pius 13-2 the rest of the first quarter taking a 13-4 lead into the second.  In the second quarter, the Lady Wolves shook off the early cobwebs of the first qurater and completetly overwhelmed the host Lions.  Wesleyan outscored St. Pius 24-2 in the period taking a 37-6 lead into halftime.  Each team played plenty of players in the second half.  Mikayla Coombs led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 16 points to go with seven steals, six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.  She also wreaked defensive havoc with a whopping 17 deflections.  Sutton West was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures with 12 points.  She also had three rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal.  Jameson Kavel added eight points, a team high nine boards, three steals and two assists while Amaya Register chipped in seven points, four steals, three assists, two rebounds and two blocks.  Natalie Armstrong added six points, seven boards, three steals and two blocks for Wesleyan whichimproves to 8-0 on the season with the win.  The team will have a week off from games (not practice of course),as they will be consumed with final exams.  They will then travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next Saturday to participate in the Cresom Bank Holiday Classic to face some highly rated teams from all over the country.  Wesleyan won't take the court again until Monday, December 19 when they face Franklin County from Frankfort, Kentucky in the first round.  Tipoff is 5:15 PM.

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

Friday, December 9
Wesleyan destroys AAA No. 5 ranked Morgan County 81-46
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Jameson Kavel looks to pass around Morgan County's Autumn Woodard
Wesleyan rolled to its seventh straight win with a convincing 81-46 win over Class AAA No. 5 ranked, and defending AAA state champion Morgan County Friday night at Wesleyan.  The Lady Wolves started fast racing to 24-6 lead at the end of the first quarter mostly behind a suffocating defense for which Morgan had no answer.  The lead grew to 41-16 at the half and 60-34 end the end of the third.  Twelve Wesleyan players hit the scoring column in this one led by a double-double performance by Mikayla Coombs.  Coombs scored a season high 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to go with three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.  Natalie Armstrong also turned in a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Sutton West added nine points, three blocks and two rebounds while Bailey Edwards put up six points and six rebounds.  Jameson Kavel chipped in five points, six rebounds and four assists.  With the win Wesleyan improves to 7-0 on the season.  The Lady Wolves hit the road tomorrow night as they travel inside I-285 to face Coach Azar's alma mater, St. Pius.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM.

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Natalie Armstrong defended by Morgan County's Taylor Wilson

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

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Capri Frazier is back after season ending injury last year

Saturday, December 3
Wesleyan posts three players on Atlanta Tipoff Club presason All Metro team
Wesleyan seniors Mikayla Coombs and Natalie Armstrong, who have committed to Connecticut and Samford respectively, and junior Amaya Register, have been named to the Atlanta Tipoff Club preseason All Metro Team.  Below is the entire presason Metro Team.

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Saturday, December 3
Pace no match for Wesleyan in home opener
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Amaya Register flies over Pace's Ellie Luetters
Wesleyan played its first home game of the young season Saturday night posting a 62-28 win over former region rival Pace Academy.  The schools, both members of Region 6-AA for the past two years, are now in separate classifications with Pace choosing to play up in Class 3A while Wesleyan was reclassified to Class 1A.  The result was a familiar one as the Lady Wolves dictated the tempo.  Wesleyan led 18-0 at the end of the first quarter.  The lead grew to 35-8 at the half and 56-23 at the end of three.  The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes.  All players saw playing time in this one.  Jameson Kavel was Wesleyan's leading scorer with 13 points on 3-for-8 shooting from behind the arc.  She also had three assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.  Mikayla Coombs put up 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and two blocks while Amaya Register had nine points, five steals, four assists, two boards and a blocked shot for Wesleyan which improves to 5-0 on the season with the win.  Pace falls to 4-2.  Wesleyan will play its first region opponent of the season when WD Mohammed visits Yancey Gymnasium on Tuesday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

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Natalie Armstrong outstretches Pace's Julia Ross

Sunday, November 20
Coombs' 25 points lead Wesleyan past Tattnall County in Effingham Thantksgiving Classic
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Amaya Register hit five threes in win over Tattnall County

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



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Mikayla Coombs drives past Tattnall County defender

Sunday, November 20
Lady Wolves head East but West leads them past Effingham County
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Katie Stipe drives guarded by Effingham's Emma Hartzog

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



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

Friday, November 18
Edwards signs scholarship with Young Harris
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Bailey Edwards in action from 2016 AA state tournament vs. Heard County
Wesleyan senior Bailey Edwards recently signed a full scholarship offer to play basketball at Young Harris College.  Edwards is the third member of the current senior class to sign basketball scholarships joining teammates Mikayla Coombs (Connecticut) and Natalie Armstrong (Samford).  Edwards has been a member of the Wesleyan varsity for four years as has been in the program since middle school.  She joins older sister Keevana ('14) who eared a basketball scholoarship to Rollins College.  Young Harris is an NCAA Division II school located in the north Georgia mountains and is a member of Peach Belt Conference.  Congratulations to Bailey on her college choice!

Saturday, November 12
Lady Wolves open season with 66-53 win over Hillgrove
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Mikayla Coombs goes baseline past Hillgrove defender
Wesleyan kicked off the 2016-2017 season with a 66-53 win over Class 7A Hillgrove in a game played at Norcross High School on Saturday afternoon.  The Lady Wolves' rust was evident as they struggled a bit in the first half to find any sort of rhythm.  Wesleyan held an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The Lady Wolves created some breathing room for themselves in the second quarter building a 28-17 lead at halftime.  The full court press had a positive effect in the third quarter causing Hillgrove to committ numerous turnovers.  Wesleyan outscored Hillgrove 25-14 in the period pushing the lead to 53-31 entering the fourth quarter.  The game was somewhat sloppy but season openers usually are.  Mikayla Coombs led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 19 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Amaya Register was the only other Wesleyan player to score in double figures as she put up 11 points.  She also had four assists and three steals in limited playing time as she was plagued by foul trouble for much of the game.  Jameson Kavel added eight points, a team high five assists, six rebounds and four steals for Wesleyan while freshman AC Carter scored eight points to go with six boards.  Natalie Armstrong grabbed a team high 10 rebounds to go with six points.  The Lady Wolves at 1-0 on the young season and will not play again until Friday when the team travels to Savannah to take on Effingham County on Friday and Tatnall County on Saturday.

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Sutton West lays on up over Hillgrove

Friday, September 16
Armstrong commits to Samford
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Armstrong in action from last season
Wesleyan senior Natalie Armstrong recently gave a verbal committment to sign a full basketball scholarship with Samford University in Birmingham.  After receiving numerous offers Armstrong  narrowed her choice to Samford and Belmont University in Nashville.  Armstrong averaged 10 points and eight rebounds for Wesleyan last season.  She earned first team All Region and second team All County honors as well.  She becomes the second Wesleyan player to play for Samford joining Brittany Stevens ('13).  Stevens is in her senior year at Samford.  Congratulations Natalie on your decision!

Sunday, July 24
Coombs accepts scholarship offer from UConn
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Coombs in action at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix last December
Rising Wesleyan senior Mikayla Coombs recently announced that she will continue her basketball and academic career at the University of Connecticut.  This announcement ends a long recuiting process for Coombs who received her first scholarship offers during the summer between her eighth and ninth grade years.  It's no secret that she had been well sought after as all of the top programs in the country were courting her.  Connecticut extended their scholarship offer after Coombs' sophomore season and had been recruiting her aggresively ever since.  Legendary UConn coach Geno Auriemma has been seen at several Wesleyan games over the past two seasons.  Coombs chose Connecticut over offers from many major programs including Stanford, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia.  UConn, located in Storrs, Connecticut, has won four conesecutive national championships and holds the record for most national titles with 11.  Auriemma has been the coach of all 11 title winning teams.  Coincidentally, her high school team also holds the state of Georgia record for most state championships with 11.  With this decision behind her, Coombs can now focus on finishing her high school career on a high note by helping her team achieve its goal of winning Wesleyan's 12 state championship.  Congratulations Mikayla on your decision.

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

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



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Monday, March 7
Holy Innocents outlasts Wesleyan 66-64 in OT to claim state title
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Wesleyan players express disappointment after heartbreaking overtime loss

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

Photos by Kyle Hess (Gwinnett Daily Post)



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

Tuesday, March 15
More state championship game pics.

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

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

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

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Jameson Kavel and Mikayla Coombs are greeted by teammates as they exit the game
Sunday, February 28
More GAC pics
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Amaya Register shoots over GAC's Kennedi Williams

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Natalie Armstrong passes around GAC's Caria Reynolds

Friday, February 26
2016 Class AA Tournament Brakcets.

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Thursday, February 25
After slow start Wesleyan pummells Heard County 79-22 to reach 13th straight Final Four
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Mikayla Coombs swoops to two of her 22 points
Wesleyan got of to a slow start and then pounded Heard County 79-22 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Class AA state tournament at Georgia College in Milledgeville. The teams traded baskets for the first few minutes. Heard led 6-5 midway through the first quarter. Wesleyan then closed the period on a 7-0 run to take a 12-6 lead into the second quarter. That was part of what turned out to be a 31-3 run that put the game away. The Lady Wolves led 36-9 at halftime over the Region 5-AA champion Lady Braves. Wesleyan outscored Heard County 32-4 in the third quarter to take a 68-13 lead into the shortened six-minute fourth. All Wesleyan players saw action in this one and 11 Lady Wolves hit the scoring column. Mikayla Coombs continued her hot play posting a double-double with 22 points and 10 steals to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Cairo Booker was the only other Wesleyan players to score in double figures as she put up 16 points to go with eight steals and two assists. Jameson Kavel had eight points, three steals and three assists while Sutton West also scored eight points and had four rebounds and two steals. Natalie Armstrong added six points and a team-high eight boards, while Amaya Register chipped in six points, four assists and three steals. With the win, Wesleyan qualifies for its 13th straight appearance in the Final Four and 15th Final Four overall. The Lady Wolves are now 26-4 on the season while Heard County finishes its season at 23-6. Wesleyan will next face region foe Greater Atlanta Christian in the semifinals. GAC posted a 67-53 win over Rabun County in its quarterfinal round game. This will be the fourth meeting this season between the schools with Wesleyan winning the previous three. Game time is 3:00 PM Saturday at Georgia College.

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

Friday, February 26
More Heard Co pics
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Cairo Booker guarded by Heard's Madison Whitehead

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Sutton West fights through

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

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



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Mikayla Coombs slaps hands with teammates as she exits the game

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Doubling up Vidalia's Gabrielle Chambliss
Saturday, February 20
More Vidalia pics
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Natalie Armstrong goes toward basket after grabbing a rebound

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Katie Stipe hits from long range


Tuesday, February 16
Lady Wolves rout Darlington 86-36, advance to 16th straight Sweet 16
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Cairo Booker drives past Darlington's Keara Evans
Wesleyan had no trouble with Darlington in their first round game of the 2016 Class AA Tournament. The Lady Wolves dominated play against Darlington, the No. 3 seed out of Region 7-AA, posting a decisive 86-36 win. Wesleyan led 30-12 at the end of the first quarter and 59-22 at halftime. The Lady Wolves' smothering defense was the main culprit to Darlington's offensive troubles causing numerous turnovers. The lead grew to 75-28 entering the shorted six-minute fourth quarter. All Wesleyan players saw playing time. Three Wesleyan players tied for leading scorer honors. Wesleyan's lone senior Cairo Booker, playing in her last game in Yancey Gymnasium, scored 15 points and had two rebounds and two assists while going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Mikayla Coombs put up 15 points to go with seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Amaya Register also scored 15 points while grabbing seven boards, dishing five assists and swiping five steals. Jameson Kavel added 12 points while going 4-for-10 from three point range. She also added two rebounds, two steals and two assists. Katie Stipe scored eight points while going 2-for-4 from long range. She also contributed four steals, and three assists. Natalie Armstrong added six points, seven boards and two blocks for Wesleyan while Callie Weaver also scored six points while going 2-for-3 from behind the arc. She also had two steals and an assist. With the win, Wesleyan improves its all time record against Darlington to 6-0 including 4-0 in state tournament games. Wesleyan is now 24-4 on the season while Darlington ends its season 19-10. The No. 3 ranked Lady Wolves will next take on No. 8 Vidalia (23-4). Vidalia defeated East Laurens 78-56 in its first round game tonight. This will be the first meeting between the schools. The game will be played in Vidalia on Friday. Game time has not yet been announced.

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

Friday, February 12
Coombs voted Region 6-AA Player of the Year, three other Lady Wolves voted All Region
Wesleyan junior Mikayla Coombs was voted Region 6-AA Player of the Year.  The announcment was made during the Region 6-AA tournament championship game at Pace Academy.  Three other Wesleyan players were named to the All Region team including senior Cairo Booker, junior Natalie Armstrong and sophomore Amaya Register.  Congratulations to all four Wesleyan players!

Friday, February 12
Holy Innocents takes region title 59-55, Wesleyan eyes State
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Mikayla Coombs blows past Holy Innocents' Kalia Hubbard
Wesleyan suffered a tough 59-55 loss to Holy Innocents in the Region 6-AA tournament championship Friday night at Pace Academy.  As is usually the case in its battles with Holy Innocents, Wesleyan got down early before battling back.  The  No. 2 ranked Lady Bears led 13-7 before Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run taking a 15-13 lead.  Holy Innocents hit a putback after a rebound as time expired to knot the game at 15-15 at the end of the first quarter. Holy Innocents then got a lead and stretched it to seven behind a a pair of three-pointers.  They maintained that seven point lead at halftime, going into the lacker room with a 31-24 halftime lead.  In the third quarter, Wesleyan was able to cut the lead to four only to see Holy Innocents counter and up its lead to nine.  Holy Innocents was up 43-34 at the end of the third.  The lead grew to 11 at one point before a collective fire was lit under the No. 1 ranked Lady Wolves led by Region 6-AA Player of the Year Mikayla Coombs.  A few defensive stops and a few Coombs drives to the basket and a pair of threes cut Holy Innocents' led to just two points at 55-53 with under a minute to play.  Wesleyan couldn't draw any closer and Holy Innocents won its second straight Region 6-AA title. Cairo Booker led the Wesleyan scoring effort with 18 points.  She was instrumental in keeping Wesleyan in the game inthe first half.  She also had four assists.  Coombs posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Natalie Armstrong put up eight points and three rebounds while Amaya Register added six points and two boards.  Holy Innocents improves its record to 21-5 with the win while Wesleyan drops to 22-4.  The teams will now be on opposite sides of the brackets for the upcoming state tournament.  Wesleyan will play its first round game at home on Tuesday.  Opponent and game time to be announced.

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Cairo Booker passes over two Holy Innocents defenders

Thursday, February 11
Region 6-AA Tournament Brackets

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Friday, February 12
Register leads No.1 Wesleyan to 47-36 region tourney semifinal win over No. 8 Greater Atlanta Christian
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Amaya Register
Top ranked Wesleyan faced eighth ranked Greater Atlanta Christian in the semifinals of the Region 6-AA tournament at Pace Academy Thursday night and came away with a 47-36 win.  The Lady Wolves' performance was uneven to say the least.  Trailing 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, tournament No. 2 seeded Wesleyan outscored GAC 12-2 in the second quarter taking a 23-15 lead into halftime.  The Lady Wolves clearly upped their defensive intensity during the period.  There was no letup in the third as Wesleyan only allowed No. 3 seeded GAC five points outscoring the Lady Spartans 15-5 to take a commanding 38-20 lead into the fourth.  Amaya Register was the only Wesleyan player who scored in double figures leading the scoring effort with 13 points including going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.  She also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals.  Cairo Booker scored nine points to go with three rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Jameson Kavel added six points and three rebounds for Wesleyan while Bailey Edwards put up six points and 10 boards.  Natalie Armstrong added six points and a team high 15 rebounds while Mikayla Coombs chipped in five points, 11 boards and three assists.  Wesleyan improves to 23-3 overall,12-1 vs. region opponents.  GAC drops to 15-9.  This was Wesleyan's sixth straight win over GAC and ups its record in the series to 27-13.  Wesleyan will next face top seeded Holy Innocents in the region championship.  Holy Innocents, ranked No. 2 in Class AA, defeated fourth seeded Lovett 54-34 in its semifinal to setup the matchup.  Tipoff is tonight at 7:00 PM at Pace.

Friday, February 5
Booker scores 1000th career point as Lady Wolves end regular season with rout of Pace
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Cairo Booker goes baseline vs Pace's Regan Bates

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

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



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Cairo Booker surrounded by teammates after scoring 1000th career point

Tuesday, February 2
Fourth quarter surge propels Holy Innocents to 57-54 win over Wesleyan
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Natalie Armstrong is unable to secure rebound from Holy Innocents' Erica Cassell

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



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Amaya Register drives as Erica Cassell defends

Tuesday, February 2
Seventh Grade Lady Wolves win league championship
Congratulations to Wesleyan's Seventh Grade girls basketball team for winning the league championship with a 23-15 win over Marist on Saturday.

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League Champs!

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

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Mikayla Coombs scores two of her 16 points over Buford defenders

Friday, January 29
Lady Wolves handle No. 10 Lovett 61-33
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Natalie Armstrong scores over Lovett's Ellie Mccollam
Lovett visited Yancey Gymnasium Friday night for a region game and exited as they have in the previous 14 meetings with Wesleyan, on the short end. Wesleyan took it to the No. 10 ranked Lady Lions 61-33 in a game that was only close during the first moments of the first quarter. Wesleyan led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter and 38-9 at halftime. The lead grew to 55-19 entering the shortened six-minute fourth quarter. Mikayla Coombs notched another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to go with four steals, three assists and one block. Natalie Armstrong also posted a double-double scoring 12 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Sutton West added 12 points and three rebounds for the Lady Wolves while Cairo Booker scored 11 points to go with six assists and five steals. Wesleyan upped its all-time record with Lovett to 15-0 with the win and improves to 20-2 overall on the season and 10-0 in region play. Lovett falls to 15-7, 5-4. Up next is the annual intra classification battle with those other Lady Wolves of Buford. Buford, the defending Class AAAA champion, comes into the game currently ranked No. 2 in AAAA. They are 19-3 on the season and currently riding an 11-game winning streak. Tipoff is 5:30 PM at Wesleyan.

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Sutton West scored two of her 12 points vs. Lovett

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

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

Saturday, January 23
Lady Wolves dominate Fellowship Christian
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Amaya Register shoots over Fellowship's Olivia Karam

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



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Maya Timberlake guarded by Fellowship's Olivia Karam

Tuesday, January 19
Edwards' double-double paces Wesleyan to region win over KIPP
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Bailey Edwards grabs a rebound Tuesday night vs. KIPP Atlanta
Wesleyan had no trouble with visiting KIPP Atlanta as the Lady Wolves posted an 82-18 win in a region contest Tuesday night at Wesleyan. Bailey Edwards had a big night notching a double-double scoring 15 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. She also had four assists and two steals in a fine all around performance. Katie Stipe led all scorers as she scored a season high 17 points including five three-pointers. She also contributed four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jameson Kavel put up 11 points, seven assists and four steals while Cairo Booker chipped in 12 points, five steals, two boards and two assists. Wesleyan ups its record to 17-2 overall, 8-0 in region play. Up next is a non-region contest with Fellowship Christian on Saturday. Tipoff is 2:30 PM at Wesleyan.

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

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

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Natalie Armstrong grabs a rebound over two Lady Red Devils

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

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

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

Saturday, January 9
Kavel's timely threes lift No. 1 Wesleyan to 58-52 win over No. 2 Holy Innocents
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Cairo Booker shoots around Holy Innocents' Erika Cassell and Aaliya Milord

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



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Jameson Kavel slips past Holy Innocents' Kennedy Suttle

Friday, January 8
Lovett overwhelmed by Lady Wolves' early onslaught as No. 6 Lions fall 74-32
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Jameson Kavel defends Lovett's Sydney Johnson
The battle of top 10 teams was over before it started as No. 1 Wesleyan rode the wave of an 18-0 start and throttled sixth ranked Lovett 74-32 tonight at Lovett. The Lady Wolves were not pleased with their sluggish performance against Greater Atlanta Christian Tuesday night after a two week layoff.  A noticably sharper team was on display against Lovett.  Wesleyan raced to an 18-0 lead before Lovett got on the board.  Wesleyan's agressive defense, crisp offense and and domination of the defensive glass contributed to the hot start. The lead was 22-2 at the end of the first quarter and 35-9 at halftime.  The full court press was gone by the second half but that didn't lessen the effort which was on full display the entire game.  The lead grew to 60-23 entering shortened six-minute fourth quarter.  Eleven Lady Wolves entered the scoring column tonigtht led by Amaya Register's team-high 13 points.  She added five assists and three steals.  Jameson Kavel scored 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from behind the three point line, and had five steals. Kavel wasn't the only sharp shooter for Wesleyan tonight as Katie Stipe scored 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from behind the arc.  Mikayla Coombs added 10 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks for the Lady Wolves while Cairo Booker put up nine points, six boards, five steals and four assists.  As a team, Wesleyan shot 52% from the three point line connecting on 11 threes by six different players.  Wesleyan improves to 12-2 overall, 4-0 in region while Lovett falls to 12-5, 2-2.  Wesleyan is now 14-0 all time vs. Lovett.  With the win over Lovett, the Lady Wolves passed their first test of this busy weekend against AA top 10 teams.  Up next is a meeting with No. 2 ranked Holy Innocents.  This is the first meeting between the state's top two ranked Class AA teams since last season's state championship game won by Wesleyan.  Wesleyan will be playing its third straight game on the road vs. a tough region opponent.  Tipoff is 6:00 PM at Holy Innocents.

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Sydney Milliken drives past Lovett's Sydney Johnson

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

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Mikayla Coombs lays one in over GAC's Caria Reynolds

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

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Natalie Armstrong battles with New Trier's Jeannie Boehm

Monday, December 21
Wesleyan takes another close one on the chin as Dillard (FL) prevails 54-52
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Cairo booker looks to shoot as Dillard's Destiny Frazier defends
Teams come out here to face the best and toughest competition in the U.S. and these are the types of games you get.  Wesleyan lost a tough one this afternoon in another tight contest at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.  Dillard, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, handed Wesleyan its second loss of the tournament and the season, 54-52 Monday afternoon at Mesquite High School. The first quarter was frankly ugly as neither team could get into any kind of rythym.  Wesleyan took a 5-4 lead going into the second quarter.  The second quarter saw the game open up significantly.  The teams changed leads throughout the period.  With the game tied at 22-22, Dillard's Jacaira Allen, a Mississippi State signee, hit a three with two seconds left giving the Lady Panthers a 25-22 lead at the half.  The teams traded leads throughout the third quarter with Wesleyan outscoring Dillard 15-13 in the third as the Lady Panthers held a 38-37 lead going into the fourth. In the final period, Wesleyan dug itself a hole getting down by as much as six as Dillard led 48-42 with 3:48 left.  Jameson Kavel hit a three to cut the lead to 48-45.  Wesleyan got a defensive stop and cut the lead to 52-50 with 22 seconds left but couldn't convert a turnover by Dillard.  Each team scored one more time and Dillard came with a hard fought 54-52 win.  Turnovers and missed layups plagued the Lady Wolves throught out this game.  Fatigue could have been a factor as Wesleyan had to battle through Dillard's full court man to man defense the entire game.  Cairo Booker again led Wesleyan's scoring effort with 16 points to go with two steals.  Mikayla Coombs had another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with three blocks and two assists. Jameson Kavel added nine points, eight rebounds and two assists for Wesleyan while Amaya Register chipped in seven points, six boards and three assists.  Wesleyan falls to 9-2 on the year with the loss.  The Lady Wolves will play their final game of the tournament tomorrow as they face New Trier out of Chicago.  Tipoff is tomorrow at 1:00 PM Mountain/3:00 PM Eastern.

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Mikayla Coombs shoots over Dillard's Amber Lee

Saturday, December 19
Lady Wolves bounce back with 52-45 over Homewood-Flossmoor (IL)
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Jameson Kavel shoots over Homewood-Flossmoor's Monique Pruitt
After yesterday's disappointing overtime loss to Long Beach Poly, a game in which the winners didn't grab their first lead of the game until one minute left in overtime, and a game where Wesleyan shot 42% from the free throw line, the Lady Wolves turned the tables posting a 52-45 win over Homewood-Flossmoor from Chicago in their second game of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.  Again playing at Mesquite High School and jumping out to an early 4-0 lead, things went sideways for Wesleyan as Homewood-Flossmoor went on a 13-0 run and Wesleyan found itself on the wrong end of a 13-4 deficit.  Perhaps learning from yesterday's game in which Long Beach Poly overcame a large early deficit at the hands of these very Lady Wolves, Wesleyan did not panic and righted the ship. Wesleyan put together its own 13-0 run seizing a 17-13 lead early in the second quarter.  The Lady Wolves outscored Homewood-Flossmoor 15-12 in the period taking a 30-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the third quarter, each time Homewood-Flossmoor seemed to seize momentum inching closer to gaining the lead, Wesleyan would answer with a short run keeping a safe 6-8 point lead.  The Lady Wolves upped the lead to nine as they headed into the fourth quarter up 41-32. Wesleyan led 46-36 with 4:16 left when the Lady Vikings went on a 9-4 run behind a pair if three pointers.  Wesleyan's lead was trimmed to 50-45 with 1:18 left. The Lady Wolves did a nice job moving the ball around running time off the clock.  Homewood-Floosmoor finally foulded Cairo Booker who sank both free throws with 25 seconds left to put the game on ice for Wesleyan.  Most fitting for Wesleyan, what won the game today was the same thing that lost the game yesterday, free throws.  After shooting a poor 42% from the line in yesterday's loss, Wesleyan shot a stellar 82% from the free throw line this afternoon on 14-for-17 shooting.  Cairo Booker, Wesleyan's lone senior, displayed tremendous leadership.  She scored a game high 15 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and three steals.  She also took a timely charge shot 90% from the free throw line on 9-for-10 shooting.  Mikayla Coombs notched another double-double scoring 12 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Jameson Kavel added nine points, six steals, five rebounds and two assists. Natalie Armstrong chipped in eight points and four rebounds.  Wesleyan improves to 9-1 on the season with the win while Homewood-Flossmoor drops to 4-2, both losses ocurring here in Phoenix. The team enjoyed a nice post game dinner along with coaches and parents at Culinary Dropout near the Arizona State University campus.  There are no games scheduled for tomorrow and the Lady Wolves will enjoy the day off taking in a game between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. The Lady Wolves return to action on Monday at 2:30 Mountain, 4:30 Eastern, as they face Dillard High School from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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Cairo Booker battles for loose ball

Friday, December 18
Long Beach Poly steals one from Wesleyan in OT in Nike TOC opener
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Cairo Booker drives toward basket during first half

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



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Mikayla Coombs shoots over Long Beach Poly defender

Saturday, December 12
Another double-double by Armstrong sends Lady Hawks up the (Mill) Creek
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Natalie Armstrong scoring two of her 24 as Aspyn Watts of Mill Creek defends

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

 http://www.niketournamentofchampions.com/events/schedule.cfm?id=66



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Amaya Register about to dump the ball of down low

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

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Katie Stipe makes a pass to the corner

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

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



Friday, December 4
Lady Wolves post first region win of season, rout Hapeville behind Booker's 22 points
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Cairo Booker scores two of her 22 points in Friday night's win over Hapeville

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



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

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

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Natalie Armstrong grabs one of her 14 rebounds

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

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Mikayla Coombs elevates over Morgan County defenders

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

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

Saturday, November 21
2015-2016 Lady Wolves debut with big win over Druid Hills in first round of Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff
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Sutton West lays one up over Druid Hills defender
Wesleyan began its defense of its AA state title with a lopsided 76-4 win over Druid Hills in its season opener.  Wesleyan, host of the Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff, led Druid Hills 50-0 at halftime as the Red Devils were simply outmatched.  Senior and recent Wofford signee Cairo Booker led Wesleyan with 11 points, five steals and three rebounds.  Natalie Armstrong barley missed a double-double scoring eight points will pulling down 11 rebounds. Amaya Register added nine points to go with her team highs in steals (6) and assists (5).  Bailey Edwards added eight points and five rebounds for the Lady Wolves while Capri Frazier and Sydney Milliken put up seven points apiece.  Mikayla Coombs, playing in her first game since suffering a season ending ACL tear in the first game of last season, had seven points, three steals and two rebounds and most importantly, mad it through the first game of the season unscathed!  The scoring effort for Wesleyan was evenly spread as Katie Stipe had six points from a pair of three pointers while Jameson Kavel had five.  Caroline Burke, Sutton West and Callie Weaver rounded out the Wesleyan scoring effort four points and two points each respectively.  Wesleyan is now 1-0 on the season and will face Central Gwinnett, a 43-41 winner over Riverwood in its first round game,in the semifinals on Monday.  Tipoff is 5:30 PM in Yancey Gymnasium.

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Caroline Burke shoots over a Lady Red Devil

Monday, November 2
Wesleyan Turkey Tipoff Brackets

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

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Cairo Booker in action last night

Friday, November 13
Booker makes it official, signs letter of intent with Wofford
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Booker with Coach Azar at signing ceremony
Wesleyan's lone senior Cario Booker signed her official letter of intent today to continue her academic and basketball career at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The school held a singing ceremony in her honor in Yancey Gymnasium on the Wesleyan campus which was attended by fellow students, teammates, coaches and faculty.  Congratulations Cairo!

Thursday, October 8
Booker commits to Wofford
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Booker in action in Asheville from last season
Wesleyan senior Cairo Booker made a commitment this week to play basketball for Wofford College.  Booker helped lead Wesleyan to an 11th state championship last year, averaging 11.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 steals. She will be the third Wesleyan girls basketball player to play for Wofford, a Southern Conference school, joining Logan Morris (Wesleyan Class of 2010) and Jordan Frazier (Class of 2012).  Booker also is a standout in track and field, placing third in the 400-meter race last season at the state high school meet. She won the 400 state championship as a sophomore.

Saturday, December 19
After yesterday's disappointing overtime loss to Long Beach Poly, a game in which the winners didn't grab their first lead of the game until one minute left in overtime, and a game where Wesleyan shot 42% from the free throw line, the Lady Wolves turned the table posting a 52-45 win over Homewood-Flossmoor from Chicago.


 
 
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