The Wellington High School girls team got off to a great start and beat Medicine Lodge 56-28 Friday at the Kingman tournament. The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 11-0 lead early, and led by as many a 21 halfway through the second quarter.
The Lady Crusaders will play for third place against either Conway Springs or Kingman at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The game was a stark contrast to the loss to Haven in the opener Thursday.
“We were just like deer in the headlights in that first game,” Wellington coach Eric Adams said. “Haven is good, the are a state contender.”
Medicine Lodge was not on that level, but Wellington was also playing at a different level Thursday.
Carlie McComb hit two three-pointers in the first quarter, but it was her first one that got the team going on its early run.
“Getting that three to start, and some turnovers, that spirited us,” Adams said.
Wellington was able to utilize its full court press, and able to use its defense to create offense, and that kept Medicine Lodge from ever getting into a rhythm.
In the decisive 16-6 first quarter, six different athletes scored for Wellington. The team subbed a lot, playing as many as nine throughout, and their defense stifled Medicine Lodge throughout.
Wellington used its full court pressure through most of the game.
Adams said when you run that type of style, you need to play about nine players to keep players fresh.
The Lady Crusaders started the second quarter on a 9-0 run, and Medicine Lodge did not get a field goal until about a minute left in the half.
The third quarter started on a 10-0 run, and Wellington had its largest lead of the game at 43-12.
Nine girls scored for Wellington. McComb led the Lady Crusaders with 14, Lauryn Snipes added nine and Taylor Zimmerman scored eight.