The varsity girls basketball team traveled to Georgia Tech on Friday to compete for the state title. They faced Holy Innocents, a long-time rival, and the same opponent they faced the past 2 years. Wesleyan fell to the Bears twice in the regular season, but they won when it mattered the most, the region championship game. This victory gave them an easier path to the championship.
The Wolves had a large deficit in the first quarter, but they closed the gap in the 2nd quarter. Mikayla Coombs was a main contributor in making it a close game.
Coombs said, “I was just determined to do anything possible to help my team.”
Wesleyan did not lead the Bears until the end of the 4th quarter. Senior Natalie Armstrong and juniors Sutton West and Amaya Register
put in tremendous effort to take the lead. The Wolves finished the game winning 51-49, and the last 2 points were scored on free throws sunk by senior Jameson Kavel. For many of the seniors, this was their second state title, winning the first their sophomore year.
Senior Natalie Armstrong said, “It was different this year because it was our last high school game ever, and we were able to contribute more to the team this year than sophomore year.” Jan Azar is proud of this team, especially the seniors, who have grown up playing together.
“I’m going to miss these seniors,” Azar said. “I’m glad they finished this way.”
This was not only girls’ basketball 12th state title, but Wesleyan’s 50th state title overall. Wesleyan gave students a half day, so they could support the Lady Wolves. There was a great fan turn out, and it was another exciting victory for the Wolves.