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Frerking, Wolves roll past Bremen

NORCROSS -- Despite posting a convincing 75-27 win over Bremen on Friday night in the second round of the Class AA state tournament, Wesleyan's girls were dealing with some mixed emotions after the game.

The bright spot certainly was the victory, one that sends the Wolves (25-4) one step closer to their sixth-straight state championship by putting Wesleyan into the quarterfinals.

Another highlight came from senior Katie Frerking, who finished with 31 points and topped the 1,000-point mark in her career.

But the knowledge that Calhoun's win over Bowdon meant that Wesleyan will have to be on the road for its third-round game next week, meaning that this group of seniors has played its last game at the Norcross private school.

"I've played here for four years and this is a special place," said Frerking, who also had six rebounds. "I'm going to play in college (at Auburn) but there's never going to be anything like I have now."

Wesleyan showed just how special its home court could be as the Wolves vaulted out to a huge lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils 28-2.

Defensive pressure was the key to that tremendous start as the Wesleyan press forced Bremen into 16 turnovers in that decisive first quarter.

"That's our game plan every night," Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar said. "It took some moving into the season some but the girls have finally figured out our press. It was around January that we started to get our rotations figured out and it's a lot of fun to watch right now."

Frerking, who came into the game with 990 points, nearly reached 1,000 in the first period with seven in the quarter.

Paige Mosley, who finished with nine points, was also a big part of the fast start by leading the early onslaught with eight points.

Wesleyan nearly pitched a shutout in the first as Bremen (22-7) didn't get its first points until 26 seconds left when Kalia Johnson scored on a layup.

Wesleyan didn't let up in the second period, extending its lead to 51-8 by the half.

Frerking erupted for 15 points in the second, reaching her milestone with 6:52 left in the second on a backdoor alley-oop pass from Brittany Stevens.

"I thought it was great that her 1,000th point came off an assist from Brittany," Azar said. "They've been playing together since about fifth or sixth grade."

That assist was one of seven for Stevens, who also played well defensively with five steals while scoring four points.

"I knew I was getting close (to 1,000 points), but I didn't realize that I was that close," Frerking said. "To be put in the same category as Holli Wilkins, Anne Marie Armstrong and Nikki Lukhurst is a really great honor."

In all, Wesleyan received points from nine different players, including 10 from Kendra Talley and six more from Landyn Duley, who also had four assists.

Kalia Johnson led Bremen with 10 points, while her twin sister Jamia scored nine.