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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Wellington girls beat Winfield

  • The Wellington Lady Crusaders won the fourth quarter in a grind it out defensive struggle against Winfield Friday and emerged with a 54-45 win.
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  • The Wellington Lady Crusaders won the fourth quarter in a grind it out defensive struggle against Winfield Friday and emerged with a 54-45 win.
    The game was close most of the way, but Wellington hung tough early on when their shots were not falling, and made shots when they had to in the second half.
    “We showed a lot of heart. They could have gotten down, but they are tough kids,” coach Eric Adams said.
    They were not hitting shots early, and both teams struggled from the field at various times.  Winfield started the game on a 7-2 run and managed a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter.  Wellington fought back and trailed by one at the half.
    Adams was particularly pleased with his team’s defense as it held Winfield to just one field goal in the second quarter, after the Lady Vikings had shot the ball well in the opening stanza.
    “Winfield is a good offensive team,” and he was pleased they held the Vikings to 45 points.
    In the third quarter Wellington started pounding the ball inside, and that helped get some long range shots open.  Mireaia Salvador and Carlie McComb hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Wellington its first lead.
    Going into the final quarter Wellington led 33-29 and managed to get a 10-point lead halfway through the quarter, mostly on foul shots.
    Winfield got to within five and had three 3-pointers in the final quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.
    In the final four minutes Wellington did not have a field goal but made 13 of 20 foul shots.
    Wellington is now 6-3 on the season and has 10 days off.
    “At first I didn’t like that, but I think it will be good for the team to enjoy the win for a few days,” Adams said.
    In the decisive fourth quarter, Taland French had several rebounds on the defensive end of the court. Wellington dominated the boards and got several steals, keeping Winfield’s offense from getting into a groove.
    Adams noted the play of McCombs with her shooting, and the play of point guard Kelsey Whaley, who settled down and ran the offense well after struggling early on.
    McComb led Wellington with 17 points. Salvador had 11 and Lauryn Snipes had nine for Wellington. Winfield had no players in double figures, but four players had eight points each.
     
     

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