Wellington had a rough shooting night at a bad time Friday, as the team fell to Winfield 55-36.
The loss may be even more costly as starter Austin Dunn was injured in the opening minutes. He suffered an ankle injury and missed the rest of the game. He was to have x-rays done Friday night or Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.
While Wellington struggled to make a basket, and to get very many rebounds, Winfield was lighting up the scoreboard. Winfield started the game with an 8-0 run and led 20-5 at the end of the first quarter. Winfield’s Will Adler was responsible for much of that run, scoring 14 of his game – high 26 points in the opening quarter.
The long bright spot for the Crusaders came in the second quarter when the team put together a 14-0 run and climbed their way back into the game. Four different players scored in the run, and Connor Phelps had seven of those points.
Wellington trailed 24-19 at the half, and got to within four with a minute left in the quarter when Phelps converted a three-point play.
Then the wheels fell off for the Crusaders.
Winfield scored seven points in the final minute of the quarter, and scored four more unanswered points to start the final quarter to take a 41-26 lead early on.
“We had a rough shooting night,” coach Brian Buchanan said, adding that the run late in the third was too much for his team to overcome.
He credited his team with fighting back after trailing by 17 early in the second quarter.
Phelps led Wellington with 13 points. Trevor Nance and Wesley Gilmore each had six and Colin Reichenberger scored five for the Crusaders.
Jacob Dennett scored 12 for Winfield.