The Wellington High School gym turned into Turnover City for a brief time on Feb. 15; unfortunately for the home fans, their team was the mayor. Clearwater stole the victory at WHS 50-38.
It was the third time these teams have met this season, they were tied at once win a piece coming into Friday night. Clearwater won the season series with a big night from Bryna Vogel, junior, who had a game-high 26 points.
Clearwater had control of the game all night long, not letting Wellington lead at any point. Turnovers aren't a stat that is kept track of in high school games, but Wellington just couldn't maintain possession of the ball on Feb. 15, leading to more offensive opportunities for CHS, which they capitalized on.
The contest was close in the early goings, Wellington was only down by two when the first quarter ended. The Lady-Indians began to pull away in the second, outscoring WHS 11-5. Wellington was down 23-15 at the half.
The turnovers really started becoming an issue in the second half, after the third quarter, the Lady-Crusaders were down 35-22. The home team did outscore the Clearwater in the final quarter, but the 16-point performance wasn't enough with Clearwater netting 15, locking in the victory.
The ladies in red did have a couple players who had solid nights on offense. They were lead in scoring by Kailey Jenkins, senior, with 12 points. Carlie McComb, junior, accounted for nine points, and Avery Lewellen, junior, had eight points.
With the loss, Head Coach, Kevin Hackerott and company move to 11-7 on the season and will travel to Augusta on Feb. 19. The next, and last home game will be Feb. 21.
Score by quarter
WHS 10 05 08 16 38
CHS 12 11 12 15 50
Bryna Vogel, CHS 26
Kailey Jenkins, WHS 12
Carlie McComb, WHS 9
Brooke Winter, CHS 9
Boys lose by 10
Score early, score often; that was the philosophy of the Clearwater boys team as they broke double-digits in each quarter at Wellington on Feb. 15, beating the Crusaders for the third time this season.
Clearwater jumped out to a quick lead at WHS, and when the first quarter ended they were up 14-6. The offense would continue for CHS in the second, putting up another 12 points to go up 26-13 at halftime.
Adding an additional 12 points in the third quarter, Clearwater was well on their way to a "W." A fourth quarter, 19-point surge from the Crusaders wasn't enough to overcome the hole that had already been dug through the first three quarters.
Wellington falls to 5-13 on the season with a 51-41 loss to the Indians on Friday. Leading the Crusaders in scoring for the third game in a row was Trevor Nance, sophomore, with 11 points. The boys will be in Augusta on Feb. 19.