Staff Photo by: Brendan Sullivan Wesleyan's Jordan Frazier (12) goes up for a break away layup against Bremen during girls high school basketball action in the second round of Class AAAAA playoffs at Wesleyan High School on Tuesday. Wesleyan defeated Bremen 71-34.
NORCROSS -- Bremen won the tip against Wesleyan and for the first minute of the game, the Blue Devils struggled to get the ball away from midcourt, finally missing a shot and giving Wesleyan its first possession.
By the end of the second minute, the Wolves were up 11-0 and well on their way to a 71-34 win over Bremen in the second round of the Class A state girls basketball tournament. The win advances top-ranked Wesleyan to the state quarterfinals against Darlington at Marietta on Saturday.
But as much as it was an all-around domination from Wesleyan, the first half alone was a showcase and re-emergence for Jordan Frazier.
The senior scored 22 of her game-high 25 points in the first half with nearly half of them coming off her 10 steals. With the score never close, Frazier kept badgering every Bremen player and picking off pass after pass, leading to plenty of open layups. Her 10 steals came four shy of the school record for steals in a game held by Jenny Hall.
"We are a pressing team," Frazier said. "This game it was right on point and the steals were there."
The 25 points were a career high for the Wofford-bound Wolves guard, who hadn't played well during portions of the regular season.
"Ever since the break, my game really hasn't been on point," Frazier said, "but since the first round of the playoffs, my game has gotten back on track, which is good for our team."
She did everything right Tuesday, including grabbing three rebounds despite her 5-foot-4 height. She hit four 3-pointers and was 1 of 1 from the free throw line. Her 14 second-quarter points were almost half of Wesleyan's 30 as the Wolves went from up 27-5 to a lead of 57-13.
Frazier played a part of the shortened third quarter, extolled by fans to go for the steals record, but only came away with her final 3-pointer as Wesleyan eased up its pressure on the Blue Devils.
"I was told by my coach I had three minutes to break the steals record," Frazier said. "I didn't really think about it, so it didn't happen."
By the end of the night, 10 different Wesleyan players scored, but only Frazier broke double figures. Kaelyn Causewell scored eight and grabbed six rebounds, while Katie Frerking, Brittany Stevens and Joshlyn Belcher all scored seven. Stevens' points all came from the free throw line and she and Belcher each added four assists. Holli Wilkins led the Wolves in rebounds with eight to go with her modest four points.
Add that to Frazier's return and Wesleyan cruised back into the quarterfinals.
"This is what it's really about," Frazier said of playoff basketball. "Everybody should give their all, give all they can."