NORCROSS -- Wesleyan rolled in its drive for five state titles as it demolished Paideia, 83-26 Friday in the Class A first round.
In a rematch of the 2008 AA State Championship game, the Wolves again showed why they are one of the more dominant girls basketball teams in the state.
By the middle of the first quarter, it was pretty much decided that the Wolves were going to win, as their first-quarter score was the same amount of point the Pythons scored the entire game.
"We haven't played in a week," said Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar. "It's hard to not pull them (with a big lead), but you have to get them some game time."
The Wolves, coming off their first loss to a Georgia team (St. Francis) since Dec. 23, 2010 against Norcross, came out aggressive early, getting six steals by Jordan Frazier, who also finished the game with 21 points. The Wolves also had seven different players score in that quarter.
"Depth is huge for us," Azar said. "We have 10 kids who have started for us, so we're confident with who we throw in there."
By halftime, Wesleyan led 51-7 and upped the lead to 69-15 by the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Paideia showed some fight, pressing Wesleyan into mistakes.
"You have to hand it to them," Azar said. "They played hard the entire game and challenged us with the press."
Holli Wilkins had 14 points to help lead the charge, while Kaelyn Causwell and Katie Frerking each had 10 rebounds.
Wesleyan (25-4) will again play at home on Tuesday against Bremen, which upset Region 7 No. 1 seed Wilkinson Co., 44-40.