Friday night featured some big games, not the least of which was the Wesleyan girls’ long-awaited showdown at Greater Atlanta Christian. The Region 6-AA teams hadn’t met since 2008, and by most accounts, the Wolves’ 74-63 win over the Spartans was worth the wait.
Auburn commitment Katie Frerking led the five-time defending champion Wolves with 23 points, while Nikki McDonald added 22 and Brittany Stevens 13, as the Wolves retained the region lead. The Spartans got 17 from Cosette Mahre and 14 from Brianna Cummings and CiiCii Buford.
The Wolves (13-3, 2-0) led GAC (13-2, 1-1) by eight after a quarter and 11 early in the third, and 13-of-16 foul shooting down the stretch kept the Spartans at arms length.
“I think we were around the basket more in the second half,” Wolves coach Jan Azar said. “We went to the basket more.”
Here are other Friday highlights:
– Blake Willoughby’s basket with 38 seconds left and Rachel Dutton’s free throw with four to go lifted St. Vincent’s girls to a 43-41 victory over visiting Toombs County in 2-AA, according to the Savannah Morning News. The Saints stormed back from 10 points behind with about five minutes left, as Tara Poston finished with 19 points and Willoughby 10.
– Region 7-AA tightened up considerably as Pepperell boys’ toppled leader Dade County 63-62, thanks to DeSean Ware’s two free throws with four seconds left, according to the Rome News-Tribune. Ware scored 16 in support of Darrius Fugh’s and Kyle Henderson’s 19 apiece, and the Dragons now are tied with Calhoun for the region lead at 4-1.
– Kellie Goza’s 17 points was too little to stop Greene County from ending the Jefferson girls’ three-game win streak, 37-34, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.
– Brad Stewart’s 17 points, John Gaines’ 14 and Ellison Burns’ 11 helped Benedictine’s boys lead Toombs County by 20 points en route to winning 67-59 in 2-AA, the Morning News reported. Melvin Blount’s 14 and Gary Terrell’s 12 led Toombs.
– Christian McFather and D.Q. Dennis bucketed 15 apiece as Coosa stopped its three-game losing streak by beating Armuchee 57-49 in 7-AA, the News-Tribune reported. Billy Bell and Isaac Bradley chipped in 10 for the Eagles, who led by three after three quarters.
– Makhala Jackson’s 15 points and Shakala Mills’ 11 propelled McIntosh County Academy’s girls past Bacon County 51-12 in 2-AA, according to the Morning News. The Buccaneers led 35-5 at halftime and never looked in winning a third straight.