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Brookwood girls fall, Wesleyan rolls in holiday tourney

NORCROSS -- When Rebecca Walker swished a late 3-pointer, it looked like Brookwood's second-half comeback might pay off with a spot in Tuesday's semifinals of the Wesleyan Turkey Tip-Off.

Instead, it will be the Southwest DeKalb girls facing the host Wolves at 7:30 p.m. in the Yancey Gymnasium.

Three Brookwood players fouled out and SWD scored the game's last five points to beat the Broncos 52-50 on Monday in the first game of Wesleyan's inaugural event.

Walker's 3-pointer with 1:22 left broke a 48-all tie and SWD's Jasmine Coleman missed the second foul shot after making the first with 24 seconds left. But the Panthers got the rebound and Nekia Sockwell drained a 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds on the clock to put her team back ahead.

SWD's Nicole Martin was 1-for-2 at the foul line with 8.4 seconds left and Brookwood couldn't get off a shot in time to tie the game.

Walker, a 6-foot-2 junior, led Brookwood with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Courtney Gardner had 14 points before fouling out.

Casey Kelly led SWD with 14 points and Sockwell scored 12. The Panthers reached the Class AAAA quarterfinals last season.

Behind 30-24 at halftime and down by eight shortly afterwards, Brookwood went on a 17-3 run to go up 43-37 at the end of the third quarter. But SWD battled back, tying the game at 45 and 47.

Brookwood went into the season ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA by the coaches in the GACA/Ga.PrepCountry.com poll off its 25-3 record a year ago. But the Broncos lost 61-31 in their opener on Saturday to No. 2 McEachern, which had beaten two-time defending Class AAAAA champ Norcross three days earlier.

"I was proud of the way we came back and played in the third quarter," Brookwood coach Scott Terry said. "We lost so much experience and we're going to have to grow up fast. I tournament like this will help us."

Brookwood will play Hardaway in the first consolation game at 3 p.m. today.

Wesleyan 94, Hardaway 32

Holli Wilkins and Joshlyn Belcher led five double-figure scorers with 15 points each as Wesleyan, ranked No. 16 nationally by ESPNU, routed Hardaway 94-32 to advance to the semifinals.

Jordan Frazier had 13 points, Brittany Stevens 12 and Katie Frerking 10 for the Wolves, who have won four straight state titles and are ranked No. 1 in Class A. Frerking added nine rebounds and Wilkins seven.

Wesleyan scored the last 12 points of the first quarter to go up 23-7 and built the lead to 46-17 at halftime. Frazier had 10 points in the first half.

In the first semifinal, Lovett will face Hillgrove at 6 p.m. Lovett, No. 6 in Class AA, defeated Douglas County 66-57, while Hillgrove, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA, downed Mays 62-48. Douglas County is ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA.