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Wesleyan girls beat Hawks, remain unbeaten

HOSCHTON --Only six games into the basketball season, the Wesleyan girls have been great at times and sloppy at others.

Throughout those highs and lows, they keep winning, though.

The Class AA Wolves took their revamped team on the road Saturday and defeated Class AAAAAA Mill Creek 58-42. They improved to 6-0 with a second-quarter surge that was too much for the Hawks.

Wesleyan (6-0) closed the second quarter on a 16-3 run for a 32-15 halftime edge that it kept at double digits the rest of the way.

"The second quarter, we started clicking on all cylinders," Wesleyan girls coach Jan Azar said. "At the end of the first, we played pretty well. We've got to put more of those spurts together. But we've always been a team of spurts. ... Those two runs were game-changers."

Some up-and-down play early in the season isn't a surprise for the Wolves, who lost seven players (including four Division I players) to graduation off last season's state championship team. Even the current roster isn't at full strength with Landyn Duley still out with a foot injury and Taylor Blackmon out for the season with a knee injury.

That said, the Wolves still have plenty of talent as they pursue a sixth straight state title. They aren't a finished product by any means, but they're working hard at it.

"They're playing hard," Azar said. "It's ugly now sometimes, but as long as they're playing hard and trying to do what we ask of them, I'm OK with it. I've been pleased with our effort."

Wesleyan took control of Saturday's game with its second-quarter effort, with the help of Nikki McDonald and Katie Frerking, who combined for 11 of the 16 points during the late first-half run. McDonald, who hit a pair of 3-points in that surge, had 13 points and Frerking had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Brittany Stevens (11 points) and Paige Mosley (nine points, six rebounds) also contributed offensively, while CaraMia Tsirigos came off the bench with eight rebounds.

Mill Creek hung tough in the second half, cutting the lead to 11 points late with solid play from its reserves. The Hawks fell to 5-4, but their schedule has been brutal with two losses to Parkview and one to Norcross, both unbeaten teams.

Nadiya Miller led Mill Creek with nine points and Madison Phillips came off the bench with seven points and four rebounds. Meredith Schulte and Kathleen Haxton added six points each.

Mill Creek boys 45, Wesleyan 38

Trevon Shaw had 14 points points to lead three double-figure scorers Saturday as the Mill Creek boys defeated Wesleyan 45-38.

The Hawks (7-2) also got 10 points each from Elijah Bryant and T.J. Christopher.

Wesleyan (3-4) was led by 21 points from Will Clifton.