The Wesleyan girls’ and boys’ basketball teams reached the region finals, but different outcomes unfolded for the teams. While the girls managed to pull out the wins, the boys fell behind, earning the region runner-up title.
First, the girls played against Westminster in the region semifinal. Despite a slow start, the Lady Wolves picked up the pace in order to jump to a 36-17 lead. They did not let up for the rest of the game, closing it out with a score of 72-35. Senior Katie Frerking led the field with 16 points and seven assists, while sophomore Nikki McDonald added 11 points and five rebounds.
With this win, the Lady Wolves proceeded to the finals against Greater Atlanta Christian, an opponent they faced twice early in the season. The Spartans gave the girls the biggest challenge of all their region opponents and it showed at the beginning of the championship game.
Similar to the Westminster game, the girls managed to pull away, securing the game by a score of 67-48. Again, Frerking led the field with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The only other player for the Lady Wolves to achieve double digits was senior Kendra Talley, who scored 10 points.
Despite the girls having a relatively easy time winning the region championship, the boys had a much different experience. The Wolves also played against Westminster in the region semifinal. The game was very tight and it came down to the final seconds for it to be decided.
Wolves sophomore Jaylen Clarke sealed the game with four free throws, ending it with a score of 52-49. Senior Charles Mack led the game in points, scoring 19, and senior Will Clifton contributed 16 points. After improving from the regular season and playing a great game, head coach Ryan Hodges said, “This time of year, you have to do that. You want to be playing your best basketball.”
The Wolves then faced off against Greater Atlanta Christian, a team they lost to twice before by deficits of 42 and 40. This game was much closer compared to the other two, but the boys lost by a score of 61-45. Clarke led the field for Wesleyan this time, pouring in 19 points, while Clifton added 15 points.
The Lady Wolves, undefeated in their region, will be the No. 1 seed in the state tournament coming up. With the runner-up title, the Wolves will also receive a good spot in the state tournament. Going into the tournament, the boys finished with a record of 11-15 and the girls finished with a record of 23-4. Both teams look to move far in their respective state tournaments.