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Wesleyan, GAC girls ready for first big test against each other

As they have become accustomed to doing in past years, both the Wesleyan and Greater Atlanta Christian girls basketball teams have played plenty of tough competition over the first half of the season. But both Wolves coach Jan Azar and Spartans coach Cal Boyd know the perhaps the biggest test to date in 2013-14 will come tonight when their teams square off in a key Region 6-AA battle at Wesleyan’s Yancey Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

“They do a good job, and it’s always a good game,” Azar said of GAC. “Our girls and their girls get along well off the court, and it’s always a fun atmosphere.

“We are a little different this year in that eight of our 12 healthy players are freshmen or sophomores. We’re very talented and we’re young and eager, but we’re inconsistent. But I think we’re really starting to come together as a team. We played really good team basketball (in Tuesday’s win over) Lovett, and that’s what good teams are built on.”

Both teams do feature a lot of young talent, but both also have some season veterans to lean on.

Seniors Landyn Duley and Keevana Edwards and junior Nikki McDonald have been quite valuable as leaders for Wesleyan (13-2, 1-0), while GAC (12-4, 1-0) counters with one of the best 1-2 backcourt combinations in all of Class AA in seniors and three-year starters Brianna Cummings and Sydni Means.

Boyd says his dynamic duo is prepared to get a lot of attention from Wesleyan and its fullcourt pressure defense tonight.

“I know Jan’s going to put four girls on Bri and five more on Sydni,” joked Boyd, whose Spartans warmed up for tonight’s game with a big win over Hapeville Charter on Thursday. “But they have lots of experience.They’ve won over 100 games over the last four years. But for us, the key is for our other players — and they’re young — to try to step up.”