Both Wellington basketball teams fell to 2-2 on Tuesday night, Dec. 11, after each fell to Andale High School in the season's home opener.
The Lady-Crusaders lost by 17, 37-20 on Tuesday.
"I thought defensively we played good enough to win, we rebounded the ball pretty well," said Head Coach, Kevin Hackerott after the game. Andale is normally an offensively driven team that puts up 60 on the regular. The Indians are a team Wellington can learn from.
"We are struggling to score, that's probably the lightest terms that I can put it in," Hackerott said. At times on the offensive end, the Lady-Crusaders showed a lot of indecision, with passes going to empty spots on the floor, there were also several turnovers.
"When your confidence is shaken, you start doubting everything," the coach said. "The open offense we ran so well last year that really hurt teams we are struggling on." Hackerott said scoring opportunities were there, just not capitalized upon.
"Really early in that first quarter we had some chances to score, and if we could have put them behind it might change the whole complex of the game," he said. Despite the loss, Hackerott said he was proud of his team, and knows they will keep fighting and working hard to get better.
"When you miss the shots that we're missing, and you're having trouble scoring, every little mistake just gets bigger and bigger, it's so vital," Hackerott said. "We just aren't good enough right now to make the little mistakes we're making."
The boys team fell 68-26 and it was over early as WHS was outscored 21-7 after one quarter of play.
Nick Becker, senior, lead the Crusaders in scoring with eight points. Fellow seniors Brian Peck scored six points, and Alex Weiss accounted for five.
Wichita Collegiate School will be in Wellington on Friday, Dec. 14, varsity games start at 6 p.m.