Wesleyan girls continue setting 6-AA pace

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.

4 comments Add your comment

K-man

January 13th, 2013
11:42 pm

Why Shouldn`t Wesleyan win the championship year after year after year? There is absolutely no reason at all what-so-ever they should ever fail! They can recruit players year after year….and defeat other public schools that have to follow the rules. They are SUPPOSED to win!

bballfan

January 14th, 2013
2:08 pm

Quit wining you little baby. Everyone think these private schools go out and recruit. I guess you think folks just have $20-25K/yr to shell out. You may get little assistance but you still cover the bulk of the tuition. It just cracks me up how folks think private schools go out and recruit and because you’re a great athlete that they will cover the tuition. It doesn’t work like that.

bballfan

January 14th, 2013
2:12 pm

Folks just hate to see lower classifications go out and whip these 5A and 6A schools in basketball. Families sacrifice and pay tuition to make sure their kids are getting a solid educational foundation to prepare them for college. Good talent just happens to land at these private schools because it’s a decision made by the parents.

NEGAbballobserver

January 14th, 2013
5:00 pm

I just heard a rumor that Delano Spencer from GAC transferred to a school in Florida.. Any truth to this rumor?