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Wesleyan girls' defense too much for Mill Creek

Photo: Brian Kamer Wesleyan's Holli Wilkins (32) shoots over Mill Creek guard Alesia Fagan (25) during Saturday afternoon's game.

Photo: Brian Kamer Wesleyan's Holli Wilkins (32) shoots over Mill Creek guard Alesia Fagan (25) during Saturday afternoon's game.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Wesleyan's Taylor Blackmon (23) looking for an open lane against Mill Creek gaurd Nadiya Miller (15) during Saturday afternoon's game.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Mill Creek guard Jasmine Carter (32) drives for a layup against Wesleyan's Taylor Blackmon (23) during Saturday afternoon's game.

NORCROSS -- There's a reason why Wesleyan is the four-time defending state champions.

No matter who takes the floor for the Wolves, the same philosophy rings true -- defense, defense, defense.

And, Saturday was no different as Wesleyan jumped out early on Mill Creek, holding off the Hawks for a 64-51 win.

"We like to get after it," said Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar. "We've been out of action for more than a week, so there were some things I wasn't happy with in this game. But, it will get better the more we play."

Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in Class A, fell down 4-0 before scoring the next 10 points. Holli Wilkins' rebound, put-back and subsequent free throw after being fouled put the Wolves up 10-4. Later in the first quarter, Jordan Frazier snatched a steal and finished with a layup, putting Wesleyan up 14-6.

The defensive pressure continued to mount for the Wolves as they held Mill Creek, the No. 4 team in Class AAAAA, to just three points the rest of the quarter, taking a 19-9 lead at the end of the frame.

The Wolves (5-0) continued to stretch their lead through the midway point of the second quarter when Wilkins knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Wolves a 27-11 lead. However, Mill Creek didn't go away quietly as it fought its way back to within 12 points when Alesia Fagan knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring the Hawks to within 34-22 at halftime.

Mill Creek (2-2) closed the lead to nine points to begin the third quarter on a Tamarr Williams' 3-pointer, but that would be as close as the Hawks would get.

Neither team was able to amount much of an offensive attack in the third quarter, in what Azar called chaos.

"Things got a little bit out of control," she said. "We're going to continue to do what we do (pressure), but we have to be a little bit more under control."

Taking a 44-32 lead into the final quarter, Wesleyan continued to increase its lead, putting the game out of reach as it broke Mill Creek's press for easy layups. By the time the Wolves were up by 19 points, Mill Creek started to knock down 3-pointers, getting them to within 13 points before the end of the game.

"I'm not pleased with their open shots," Azar said. "But, things like that happen when you haven't played in a while."

Wilkins finished with a game-high 25 points and six rebounds, while Jordan Frazier had 14 points, three steals and three assists.

For Mill Creek, Kathleen Haxton had 12 points, while Jasmine Carter had 10 points and four rebounds.