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.
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 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.