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Wesleyan to face Lovett for title

Staff Photo: John Bohn The Wesleyan School's Taylor Blackmon (23) steals the ball from Southwest DeKalb's Nicole Razor (11) during the second period of the girls basketball Wesleyan Turkey Tip-Off game Tuesday evening.

Staff Photo: John Bohn The Wesleyan School's Taylor Blackmon (23) steals the ball from Southwest DeKalb's Nicole Razor (11) during the second period of the girls basketball Wesleyan Turkey Tip-Off game Tuesday evening.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn The Wesleyan School's Katie Frerking (3) takes a shot over Southwest DeKalb's Shayla Rivers (3) during the second period of the girls basketball game in the Wesleyan Turkey Tip-Off Tuesday evening.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Wesleyan's Jordan Frazier (12) takes a shot while closely covered by Southwest DeKalb's Nicole Martin during the first period of the girls basketball Wesleyan Turkey Tip-Off game Tuesday evening.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn The Wesleyan School's Brittany Stevens (5) drives the ball past Southwest DeKalb's Shalya Rvers (3) during the second period of the girls basketball game in the Wesleyan Turkey Tip-Off Tuesday evening.

NORCROSS -- The Wesleyan girls haven't been challenged yet, but that figures to change tonight in the championship game of its Turkey Tip-Off.

The Wolves, who have won four straight state titles and are ranked No. 16 nationally by ESPNU, will face Lovett for the title at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the Yancey Gymnasium.

While Wesleyan coasted by Southwest DeKalb 68-38 on Tuesday night in the semifinals, Lovett defeated Hillgrove 51-39 in a battle of state-ranked teams.

Despite a third straight lopsided victory, Wesleyan coach Jan Azar wasn't happy afterwards.

"That was ugly," she said. "We didn't play with any effort. We'll have to play a lot harder. Lovett is a good team."

Furman signee Holli Wilkins led five double-figure scorers for Wesleyan against Southwest DeKalb with 19 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Katie Frerking also had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 10 points, and handed out a team-best five assists.

Jordan Frazier had 15 points for the Wolves, ranked No. 1 again in Class A. Joshlyn Belcher scored 12, all on 3-pointers.

Down 7-0 before the game was two minutes old and behind 18-9 at the quarter break, Southwest DeKalb cut the Wesleyan lead to 18-15 early in the second period. But the Wolves then ran off 13 straight points and pushed their lead to 37-19 at halftime.

Wilkins had 15 points in the first half, while Belcher and Frazier combined for 17 thanks to five 3-pointers. Belcher had a trio of shots from behind the arc for nine first-half points and Frazier scored eight with a pair of 3-pointers.

Wesleyan began the second half with nine straight points and built its lead to 53-26 going into the fourth quarter. Frerking had seven points in the third quarter.

The Wolves should get a real test, though, from Lovett, which was ranked No. 6 in the preseason Class AA coaches poll for Ga.PrepCounty.com.

Touted freshman Te'Erica Eason scored 20 points and UT-Chattanooga signee Tatianna Jackson added 16 in Lovett's semifinal victory over Hillgrove, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA.

The Lions led 25-16 at halftime and were up 39-25 going into the final quarter. Celina Rodrigo, who has signed with Wake Forest, had 15 points for Hillgrove.

Hillgrove will play Southwest DeKalb for third place at approximately 4 p.m. today. Nekia Sockwell was the Panthers' only double-figure scorer against Wesleyan with 10 points.

Brookwood 72,

Hardaway 49

Brookwood will play Douglas County for fifth place today at 2:30 p.m. after defeating Hardaway 72-49 on Tuesday.

Courtney Gardner scored 25 points for Brookwood, which was ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA going into the season after 25 victories a year ago. Rebecca Walker added 18 points and Allilah Jackson scored 13.

Douglas County, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA, defeated Mays 73-56 in its second-round game. Brookwood was edged by Southwest DeKalb 52-50 on Monday, while Douglas County lost to Lovett 66-57.