The Wesleyan Lady Wolves basketball team has advanced to the state championship game for the sixth year in a row after defeating Calhoun and Thomas-ville in the Elite Eight and the Final Four.
On Tuesday, the girls traveled to play against Calhoun, the No. 1 ranked team from region 7-AA. Despite never trailing in the game except at 2-0, the Lady Wolves had their hands full the whole game. The lead fluctuated throughout the first half, ranging from 10 points to 3 points, but led by senior Katie Frerking and her sister, sophomore Lauren Frerking, the first half eventually ended with the girls having a comfortable lead of 10, with a score of 36-26. Katie Frerking, having 17 of her 26 points in the first half, stated, “I have experience, along with the other seniors, and I just knew I needed to go make a play.”
The second half was dominated by the Wolves, but Calhoun pulled within 10 once again in the fourth quarter. However, the girls knew how to carry themselves in this situation and, after applying pressure in the dying moments of the game, pulled away with a 66-49 win. No other player except for Katie Frerking eclipsed 10 points, but Lauren Frerking contributed 8 points and senior Paige Mosley added seven points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Their next game against Thomasville was nowhere near as closely contested. As seen numerous times during the season, the Lady Wolves got off to a very quick start and did not let up. Again, Katie Frerking led the Wolves in scoring with 29 points, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and 14 in the third. Juniors Landyn Duley and Nikki McDonald and senior Kendra Talley added in 8 points each in the rout of Thomasville by a score of 83-34. If the point total was not staggering enough, the Lady Wolves also forced 36 turnovers.
Next week, the girls look to win their sixth state championship in a row, which would tie the record set by Hart County. This is an unusual circumstance because as opposed to previous years, the Final Four and state championship game is separated by a week and not one day. Despite having this long gap in between games, the girls aren’t too worried, with senior Brittany Stevens stating, “Coach Azar always has a plan and we trust our coaching staff to prepare us.” Their opponent is Laney, the number 1 team from region 3B-AA, and they hold an undefeated record of 30-0. Without a doubt, the girls will be tested as they could potentially tie a two-decade-old record.