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Seniors go out on top, Wolves' future remains bright

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. Wesleyan's Jordan Frazier reaches over Savannah Christian's Adrienne DeFilippis (20) to steal the ball on Saturday during the Class A state finals in Macon.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. Wesleyan's Jordan Frazier reaches over Savannah Christian's Adrienne DeFilippis (20) to steal the ball on Saturday during the Class A state finals in Macon.

MACON — When the Wesleyan seniors came off the court one by one, Erin Hall got an extra long hug from coach Jan Azar.

The Wake Forest recruit started in her fourth state championship game Saturday and was a winner for the third straight time.

Hall, like most of her Wesleyan teammates, didn't have her normal shooting performance, scoring nine points in the 65-49 victory over Savannah Christian for the Class A title.

That left Hall, who picked up three first-half fouls, just short of moving into third place on the Wesleyan career scoring list ahead of cousin Jenny Hall and behind only Nikki Luckhurst and Anne Marie Armstrong.

It hardly mattered, though.

"It's been a great four years, especially the last three," Hall said. "Winning a third straight state championship is a great way for us seniors to go out."

Wesleyan had six seniors this season and three of them started in the title game.

But the future could be as bright as the past and present for Wesleyan, which has won seven girls titles in nine years.

Holli Wilkins and Jordan Frazier, both sophomores, led Wesleyan in scoring against Savannah Christian, with Wilkins getting 17 points and Frazier adding 16.

Grace Leah Baughn, a starter, was the only junior on this season's team, but the sophomore and freshmen classes were some of the Wolves' best ever. Wesleyan's talent pool doesn't stop there, either, with girls getting their start in the fifth grade.

"It's our turn next season to be leaders," Wilkins said. "We want to win another championship."

"Not just another championship, but two more," Frazier said.

"Our sophomores and freshmen are a special group," Hall said. "They play with so much heart and go at it 100 percent all the time. They definitely have what it takes to keep things going."

Katie Frerking, considered Wesleyan's future star, was lost for the season when she injured a knee in the opening game. But Brittany Stevens, a fellow freshman, started some games at point guard, and the sophomore class included 6-foot-3 Kaelyn Causwell in addition to Wilkins and Frazier.

That means plenty more problems for the rest of Class A.

"To come against them the next five years is going to be tough," Savannah Christian coach Toy Byrd said. "As long as they are in Class A, it will be hard for anybody to touch them."

Hall, her Wesleyan career over, agreed.

"There is a lot of talent coming behind us," she said.

"Some of our seniors didn't have their best games," Azar said of the championship victory over Savannah Christian. "It made me feel good how excited they were for the other players when they did well. They were so happy for each other.

"We start our players in the fifth grade, so they grow up together on and off the court. It is like a family, with the older girls the big sisters."

Asked about her team being able to add on to its run of success, Azar sounded confident.

"The young ones are going to carry this on we hope," the coach said.