The Wesleyan Wolves are champions again, and for the sixth consecutive season it wasn’t even close.
Wesleyan got 28 points from Katie Frerking and routed second-ranked Laney 76-43 in the Class AA final Friday at the Macon Centreplex to become the second girls basketball team in state history to win six straight championships, matching Hart County’s streak from 1989-1994. It was the ninth title in 10 seasons for the Wolves and the 10th in 12 years.
“Every time we come here it seems like the first time,” Wesleyan coach Jan Azar said. “There’s nerves, and everybody’s excited. One of my freshmen came in this morning and said, ‘Coach Azar, it’s my first state championship game.’ That just reminded me that for some of these kids it’s their first, and for the majority of them it’s their first time contributing to a state championship. They’ve sat and waited their turn, and it was their turn today.”
During the Wolves’ current six-year run, no state final has been closer than 16 points and the average margin of victory has been 29. But Laney (30-1), which entered Friday’s game as the state’s only undefeated girls team in any classification, appeared it could make a game of it, especially early.
The Wildcats trailed 19-10 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Wesleyan 15-6 over the next seven minutes to tie the game 25-25 on a put-back by Wynetta Wright with 44 seconds to play in the half.
It was all Wesleyan (28-4) after that. The Wolves scored the final five points of the first half and then outscored Laney 46-18 the rest of the way.
Frerking dominated as top-ranked Wesleyan pulled away. She scored 20 points in the second half and broke the school record for points in a season with 653, two more than Anne-Marie Armstrong had in the 2006-2007 season.
“She decided at halftime that this was it, and it was either now or never,” Azar said. “She was getting banged around a lot, and she had to decide if she was going to worry about getting banged around or if she was going to take home the state championship. She decided to take home the state championship.”
Wesleyan guard Brittany Stevens had 14 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals, and Paige Mosely had 11 points.
Khadijiah Cave led Laney with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Laney (43): Destiny Brewton 4, Aliyah Collier 7, Simone Smith 8, Kjadijiah Cave 10, Monteria Harris 2, Wynetta Wright 9, Natarea Tanksley 3, Gemiya Bowman, Jazzmine Youngblood, Johna Whitehead, Jonkota Samuels, Donecia Hudson, LaTonya Smith, Albreona Collier, Jasmine Holman.
Wesleyan (76): Katie Frerking 28, Brittany Stevens 14, Landyn Duley 5, Keevana Edwards 4, Paige Mosley 11, Lauren Frerking 3, Cairo Booker 3, Nikki McDonald 5, Cara Mia Tsirigos 3, Hope Morgan, Kayla Pierce, Taylor Casey, Kendra Talley.