SALINA — The Wellington Lady Crusaders fell to the three time and defending State Champion Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege Lady Stags 63-49 in the first round of the state tournament.

The Lady Crusaders struggled against the 2-3 zone thrown out by the Lady Stags add that to the struggles out beyond the arch it was going to be a long night.

Lauryn Snipes started the scoring efforts seconds into the first frame, followed by a 3-pointer from the top of the key forcing the Lady Stags to take a timeout.

Wellington controlled the lead on the board through the first-half of the quarter when Johnni Gonzalez tied the score at 11, before striking from the right corner to give Bishop Miege the 14-11 lead.

Wellington fired back late with Chloe Wilson and Avery Rusk each scoring from the field followed by Shayland French making two from the charity stripe to pull within three, 20-17.

Tayland French opened the second quarter with a quick bucket to cut the lead to one.

The Lady Stags responded with five points to extend their lead again.

The low scoring quarter ended with Bishop Miege adding 13 points with Wellington adding 12 to trail 33-29 at the break.

The third quarter belonged to Wellington and Snipes. Snipes scored all 10-points for Wellington, while the Lady Crusader defense held the Lady Stags to only nine points.

Snipes opened up the quarter with a trey from the right wing to cut the lead to one point again, 33-32. She closed out her scoring in the quarter with a 3-pointer from the left wing to again cut the lead to one, 40-39.

Bishop Miege, though outscored, maintained the 42-39 lead after three played.

The fourth quarter was all Bishop Miege as they combined for a game high 21 points to move on to the quarter finals in the 4A-I State Bracket.

The Wellington Crusaders say goodbye to Snipes and Tayland French. Both seniors have committed to playing ball in college.

Wellington 17 12 10 10-49

Bishop Miege 20 13 9 21-63

Wellington Bishop Miege

FG 14-46 20-40

3PT 3-18 7-14

FT 18-25 16-22

Reb 30 23

TO 14 12

Stl 7 8

SCORING: Well - Lauryn Snipes, 24; Avery Rusk, 8; Tayland French, 7; Shayland French, 6; Chloe Wilson, 3; Taryn Stoddard, 1. BM - Hunter Bentley, 24; Johnni Gonzalez, 16; Fallon Russell, 4; Jenna Harms, 3; Ashley MacDonald, 3; Courtney Harms, 3.

REBOUNDS: Well - Lauryn Snipes, 8; Tayland French, 6; Shayland French, 6; Jacelyn Buck, 2; Chloe Wilson, 2; Avery Rusk, 1; Mekenna Adams, 1. BM - Ashley MacDonald, 7; Hunter Bentley, 3; Courtney Harms, 3; Johnni Gonzalez, 2; Fallon Russell, 2; Jenna Harms, 1; Ashton Verhulst, 1.

ASSISTS: Well - Tayland French, 5; Avery Rusk, 2; Lauryn Snipes, 1. BM - Johnni Gonzalez, 5; Courtney Harms, 4; Fallon Russell, 3; Lanie Mannebach, 1; Jenna Harms, 1; Hunter Bentley, 1.