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Frerking leads unbeaten Wolves past Brookwood

NORCROSS -- The Wesleyan girls suffered a blow when Kennesaw State signee Taylor Blackmon was lost for the season because of knee surgery, but the Wolves haven't let the loss derail them.

Of course, it's easier to make up for the loss of a Division I college basketball recruit when you have four more, as well as a number of talented underclassmen.

Katie Frerking, who is headed to Auburn, had 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in three quarters as Wesleyan remained unbeaten with a 64-24 rout of visiting Brookwood at Yancey Gymnasium on Friday night.

Class AAAAAA Brookwood came in with a good record, but the Broncos (7-4) were no match for the taller Wolves (9-0). Wesleyan has won four straight Class A state titles and appear capable of a fifth championship in a row despite the move up to Class AA.

"We don't have the speed we've had in the past, so we're trying to capitalize on our length," coach Jan Azar said. "We're a different team, but I like what we have. We're playing hard and we're starting to put things together."

The Wolves, who had been in a shooting slump, shot 46 percent and that meant a long night for the cold-shooting and badly out-rebounded Broncos.

Wesleyan, which sent four players to Division I last season, pushed a 17-6 first-quarter lead to 39-11 at halftime and was up 56-28 going into the shortened fourth quarter.

Brookwood lost the rebounding 20-6 in the first half and 28-13 for the game while also committing 21 turnovers.

The 6-foot-1 Frerking had 11 points at intermission, seven coming in the first quarter, and scored nine in the third before sitting out the rest of the game.

Nikki McDonald, a 6-foot sophomore, had 12 points and five rebounds. Senior point guard Brittany Stevens, headed to Samford, scored eight points and 5-foot-11 senior Paige Mosley, who signed with Towson, had five rebounds and six points. Presbyterian signee Kendra Talley contributed four points and four rebounds.

Wesleyan had nine players score. Taylor Casey, a freshman, hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

"It will take us a while to jell, but I think we can be a very good team again," Azar said. "We just have to put the pieces together. The chemistry is coming."

Rebecca Walker had seven points to lead Brookwood and fellow senior Courtney Gardner scored six.

The loss of Blackmon, a quick guard with a good outside shot, left the Wolves with a void. But Azar hopes it will be filled when junior Landyn Duley fully recovers from a foot injury that ended her softball season early.

"She's got a great shot," Azar said. "She's played a little in a couple games now and she should help us."

Brookwood boys 54, Wesleyan 41

The Brookwood boys improved to 9-2 with a 54-41 victory over Wesleyan, which received a game-high 15 points from senior standout Will Clifton.

Kendall Joseph led Brookwood's balanced attack with nine points. Deion Dedeaux had eight points and four assists, while Khalil Abdullah pulled down eight rebounds.

Wesleyan (3-7) jumped to a 7-2 lead, but Clifton drew his second foul and Brookwood scored 11 straight points to end the first quarter. The Broncos pushed the lead to 24-15 at halftime as Clifton sat again with three fouls.

The Broncos, up 39-27 after three quarters, had the lead cut to 43-38 before ending the game on an 11-3 run. Clifton led Wesleyan's second half comeback attempt with 13 of his 15 points.