No. 1 Wesleyan rolls in opener

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

NORCROSS — There was bad news and worse news for the Warren County girls basketball team on Friday. The bad news? The team bus got lost on the way to Wesleyan for their first-round Class A playoff game. The worse news? The driver eventually found the school.

Once the game began, about 20 minutes after its scheduled tipoff time, it didn’t take long for the outcome to be determined. Wesleyan scored the first 18 points of the contest and went on to a 77-32 win over the visitors from Warrenton. The No. 1-ranked Wolves (27-2) will now host the winner of the Prince Avenue-Bremen game in the second round Tuesday night.

“Besides the third quarter, there wasn’t much to get excited about,” Wesleyan coach Jan Azar said. “That’s not where we need to be for the state tournament, but we will correct that.”

Wesleyan missed too many easy looks in the first half, despite running off to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter. The Wolves, who led 34-12 at the half, then scored the first 16 points of the third quarter with some aggressive defense and better shooting. The outburst gave Wesleyan the 30-point third quarter lead (57-15) needed to shorten the final period to six minutes.

“That third quarter was more like us,” Azar said.

The Wolves passed the ball more effectively, took better shots and played more aggressively on defense in the third period.

The Wolves had four girls score in double figures: junior Holli Wilkins (14 points, seven rebounds), senior Grace Leah Baughn (13 points, five rebounds), sophomore Brittany Stevens (12 points) and sophomore Katie Frerking (11 points).

“I thought Katie stepped up and started shooting the ball,” Azar said. “She can score and she did a good job.”

Junior Jordan Frazier scored five points and was outstanding at moving the ball; she had six assists. Junior Kaelyn Causwell came off the bench with nine rebounds and four blocks.

Warren County (16-11) proved to be a scrappy team with limited offensive skills. The Screaming Devils, who rely on only two seniors, actually outrebounded Wesleyan 34-32. Tianca Evans (13 points, eight rebounds) was the only player to score in double figures for Warren County.