Wheeler Slams Meadowcreek With Ease

The Wildcats reached the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA tourney with a big home win Saturday.

Elijah Staley wasn't the only Wheeler player who went to the rim -- and often -- in a second-round state tournament game Saturday night.

But the junior star was perhaps the most stylish for the Wildcats, who pulled away early enroute to a 96-52 win over Meadowcreek.

Wheeler bolted out to a 17-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and kept building on the lead to improve to 20-8 on the seaon.

On Wednesday, the Wildcats will play at home aginst Peachtree Ridge in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals.

For Staley, who's a contestant in the AJC high school basketball slam dunk contest, a sequence at the end of the third quarter ought to get him some more votes.

He missed a layup, but got his own rebound and slammed it in as the Wildcats led 76-36.

Staley, who scored 18 points, and the other Wheeler starters watched most of the fourth quarter from the bench.

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