CUMMING -- Ann Marie Armstrong is gone, but the Wesleyan girls are hardly devoid of talent. In fact, the Wolves may have more of it than ever.
"This is by far the deepest team I've every had," coach Jan Azar said.
No one who watched the South Forsyth Turkey Shootout would argue with that.
Wesleyan, coming off its sixth state title, lost touted freshman Katie Frerking for the season in the tournament opener and barely used junior Grace Leah Baughn because of a troublesome back.
It barely mattered.
With senior sharpshooter Erin Hall and 6-foot sophomore Holli Wilkins leading the way, the Wolves defeated North Cobb 60-53 on Saturday night to win the tournament with their third straight victory.
Hall, who has signed with Wake Forest, was named the MVP, but it was Wilkins who dominated as she used the Turkey Shootout as her coming-out party.
Wilkins, whose father, Gerald, had a long NBA career, recorded her third consecutive double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds to go with 21 points. She had 65 points and 39 rebounds in the tournament.
"Holli has really stepped up her game and we need her on the boards," Azar said. "She did a great job."
Hall, meanwhile, has taken over as the Wolves' unquestioned leader with Armstrong now playing at Georgia. The 5-foot-9 guard had 56 points in the tourney, with a high-game of 24 in the semifinals, and contributed four assists -- one less than Aysia McKenzie -- in the title game.
"Erin is a great shooter, but she does much more for us than just shoot," Azar said.
Hall had 12 of her points in the first half as Wesleyan overcame an early eight-point lead by Class AAAAA North Cobb (2-1) to go up 31-30 at halftime and the Wolves led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter.
The defending Class A state champions used 11 players -- six of them sophomores and freshmen -- and all of them made contributions.
Sophomore center Kaelyn Causwell, who is 6 foot 3, grabbed 10 rebounds and sophomore guard Jordan Frazier had six points.
If Frerking, who inherited Armstrong's No. 3, hadn't torn her left ACL, the Wolves would be even deeper. But Wesleyan is certainly deep enough.
"We have some very talented young players and they will get a chance to play," Azar said. "It's disappointing to lose Katie, but she'll be back next year and some of the others will get to play more with her out."
Wesleyan boys 79, Roswell 64
Wesleyan overcame a 36-point outing by Roswell's Chris Wilkinson with a big second half and defeated the Hornets 79-64 for fifth place in the Turkey Shootout.
Griffin Schamp and Wes Carver each scored 19 points for the Wolves (2-1), while Ty Teague had 12 points and Andrew Frerking scored 10.
Frerking, less than 24 hours removed from football, hit a pair of 3-pointers and had all of his points in the second half as Wesleyan went on a 49-point spree after trailing 31-30 at intermission.
Wilkinson had 23 points in the first half for Roswell, making seven 3-pointers. The senior guard added two shots from behind the arc in the second half.