By James Jordan
Wellington Daily News
The Wellington High School boys team will play the winner between Kingman and Conway Springs Saturday night for the Kingman Tournament championship. The game is to start at 7:40.
Friday the Crusaders beat Medicine Lodge 51-39. Thursday the Crusaders opened the season with a 54-46 win over Haven.
The game with Medicine Lodge was close in the first half. Wellington led by as many as seven in the first quarter, but Medicine Lodge stormed back and took a 20-17 lead at the half on a three-pointer by Dane Hrencher at the buzzer.
Connor Phelps hit two three-pointers to start the second half, with in a few seconds of each other, and Wellington grabbed a three-point lead. Wellington closed the quarter on a 9-2 run and led by eight going into the final quarter.
"He is just that kind of player," Coach Brian Buchanan said of Phelps three-pointers. "Whenever we need a big shot, he makes it."
The baskets by Phelps turned the momentum in favor of the Crusaders and they never relinquished control.
Austin Dunn added two three pointers in the second half, and Medicine Lodge couldn't get its offense going.
Trevor Nance led Wellington with 17 points, followed by Dunn with 12 and Phelps with eight.
Medicine Lodge's 6-foot-10 center Scott Angell scored 18, but Wellington managed to keep his number of shots in check for the most part. Hrencher had 12 for Medicine Lodge.
Buchanan said the team settled down more in the second half. They were able to create turnovers, get deflections and disrupt Medicine Lodge's offense, especially in the second half.
Buchanan missed the opener because of illness.