LILBURN - Carolyn Whitney went scoreless the entire second half until Wesleyan needed a big basket.
The Georgia Southern signee then answered with one of the biggest shots of her stellar career as Wesleyan won the Region 8-AA championship 62-59 over Greater Atlanta Christian on Saturday.
With 1:26 left in the fourth quarter, and Wesleyan down 59-58, Whitney hit a 3-pointer that put Wesleyan up for good as she led the Wolves to the 8-AA title.
"She is a great player," Wesleyan girls coach Jan Azar said. "She has to, and will play better. She is an amazing player. When she leads, we play well."
Both teams came out in the first period and shot well from the floor. GAC scored all 14 points in the first quarter from inside the paint, while Wesleyan used its up-tempo style of basketball to create easy baskets. Elise Whitney had four steals and four assists in the first period, as she led the Wolves to a 17-14 first quarter lead.
Elise Whitney finished the game with 12 points and seven steals.
Midway through the second quarter, Kelly Hall capped off Wesleyan run with an NBA range 3-pointer to increase the lead to 30-19 at the half.
Hall started the second half hot, hitting another deep 3-pointer to give the Wolves a 33-19 lead. But then GAC began to get its offense rolling.
With momentum clearly in the Spartans' favor, GAC's D'Nay Daniels took the ball coast-to-coast and converted a three-point play with 5:32 left in the third period, cutting the lead to seven.
Daniels finished with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds.
To begin the fourth quarter, Julio Stephens hit a turn-around jump shot that made the score 47-42, then Sally Carroll hit a deep 3-pointer to cap off a 7-0 scoring run, making the game 47-44. Wesleyan's Sarah Delk ended the GAC run by converting a three-point play of her own. Delk finished the game with 11 points.
But GAC crawled its way back into the game and took a 58-57 lead on another three-point play by Daniels with 2:16 left in the game. After trading possessions, Wesleyan needed a basket, and with 1:26 left in the game, Carolyn Whitney hit a 3-pointer from the baseline to give the Wolves a 60-58 lead.
The senior guard finished the game with 10 points and 11 assists.
With Wesleyan up by two, GAC sent LeLe LeSeur to the line and the Bucknell signee calmly hit one of two free-throws, but Sally Carroll's desperation heave fell short and gave the Wolves the region championship.
East Hall 61, Buford 29
LILBURN - East Hall stunned Buford 61-29 in the third place game of the Region 8-AA Tournament on Saturday.
Lisa Coleman led the Vikings with 18 points.
Vicky Wilson led Buford with seven points.