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Wolves work hard to reach semis
Wesleyan girls grab 66 rebounds, force 40 TOs in 92-36 win

MARIETTA - The Wesleyan girls basketball players couldn't make it through warm-ups without some sort of adversity. That was interrupted for a wardrobe change because they came out in the wrong uniforms.

It didn't get much better when seventh-ranked Towns County opened the Class A Elite Eight game by making 4 of 6 shots. Then the Wolves' reigning Miss Georgia Basketball, Anne Marie Armstrong, got three quick fouls and sat most of the half.

The tightly called game led to a flurry of fouls on the state's No. 1 team, but through it all the effort never let up.

Wesleyan (27-4) was intense from start to finish, rolling to a 92-36 win over Towns County (25-6) to reach Wednesday's semifinals at the Macon Centreplex. The Wolves will play Randolph-Clay.

And they'll be coming off an encouraging win despite an off shooting night. They grabbed an amazing 66 rebounds (to Towns' 29), forced 40 turnovers and scored nearly 100 points despite making just one 3-pointer.

A 6-minute, mercy rule fourth quarter likely kept the reserves from hitting the 100-point mark.

"We thought (Towns) was close, we didn't even look at the scoreboard," said Wesleyan's Kennington Groff, who had 14 points and five steals. "We just kept playing hard."

It paid off, cooling Towns' hot start. After the Indians' opening sequence, they missed 18 straight shots and trailed 54-22 at intermission.

They made just 9 of 44 shots (20.5 percent).

"Of all the games we've played this season, I'm most proud of how hard we played in this one," said Wesleyan girls coach Jan Azar, whose team's average margin of victory in the state playoffs is 53.0. "Every single person who went in contributed in some way. That was a fun game because we did not stop (with effort)."

Erin Hall led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds, but all but one Wesleyan player scored.

Chantel Kennedy also had a huge game with 13 points, a team-high 14 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Holli Wilkins (11 points, five rebounds) also hit double figures in scoring.

Wesleyan also got nine points, five rebounds and four steals from Logan Morris and seven points and six rebounds from Grace Leah Baughn.

Despite very limited action, Armstrong had four points, nine rebounds and four assists.