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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Wellington basketball teams take second place at Kingman

  • The basketball teams will be back in action tonight (Dec. 11) in their home opener against Andale High School. Varsity games start at 6 p.m. at the high school.
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  • The basketball teams will be back in action tonight (Dec. 11) in their home opener against Andale High School. Varsity games start at 6 p.m. at the high school.
    The season started well for Wellington. Both the Lady-Crusaders and the boys team defeated Medicine Lodge, then Kingman before each falling in the Championship round of the Kingman Eagle Classic last week.
    The boys teams ran into a solid  squad from Haven High School on Saturday night. It was the third game in three nights for each basketball team. Overall, Crusaders Head Coach was pleased with how his team did at the tournament.
    "I'm pretty happy with the way we played last week," said Brian Buchanan. "It would be great to have three wins but I think we ran out of gas...and Haven's a good, quality basketball team." Wellington’s Nick Becker, senior, lead the team in scoring during the Kingman Eagle Classic, he was the top point-getter in two of the three game, his tournament total was 27 points.  Eleven of those points came in the season opener against Medicine Lodge on Dec. 6 at Kingman.
    Wellington nabbed a 10-point victory over the Indians, 37-27. It was a slow start for WHS, but they found a nice rythem on offense between the second and third quarter, scoring 12 points in  each.
    "You never know what to expect on your first game out," Buchanan said.  the Crusaders were 1-0 headed into Friday’s match-up against the tournament host Kingman.
    Wellington had a big first half and lead 25-11 at the break, they remained in control of the contest  through the third quarter, and that’s when things started getting interesting.
    The Crusaders scored 25 points in the final period, and they needed all of them as Kingman scored 29 in the fourth quarter alone. More points than the Eagles had scored in the previous three quarters combined.
    "One thing that was very impressive all week long was how hard our kids played," "...Especially Friday night against Kingman, we seemed to be a step ahead of them until the fourth quarter." Wellington has a wealth of players on the roster this year, that will help down the stretch.
    "This is by far and away the deepest team that we've had since I've been here at Wellington," Buchanan said. "We're able to play 12 different guys, everybody does a good job."
    Score by quarter
    WHS - 14 06 11 07 38
    HHS - 14 09 16 16 55
    Top three scorers
    Braden Miles - 8
    Trevor Nance - 7
    Alex Weiss - 6
    The Lady-Crusaders team lost to Sterling at the conclusion of their Kingman Eagle Classic run.
    Page 2 of 2 - Seniors Savannah Cornejo and Kailey Jenkins helped to lead WHS to a 2-1 start to the year. Cornejo lead the team in scoring two of the three nights, Jenkins was topps in the loss on Saturday with 14 points, she and Cornejo each had 29 for the tournament.
    In the loss to a very young Sterling team, WHS was outscored in each quarter, the biggest was a 21-6 difference in the second.
    Wellington allowed 53 points on Saturday, just four less than what they allowed in the first two games combined.
    Score by quarter
    WHS - 10 06 06 09 31
    HHS - 14 21 07 11 53
    Top three scorers
    Kailey Jenkins - 14
    Shanlyn Hefley - 3
    Carlie Mccomb - 3
    Avery Lewellen - 3

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