Girls Sweep Boys Split - Buhler Next!

Create: 02/03/2018 - 07:18


Only close in the beginning, as any contest is, the WHS Varsity Lady Crusaders pulled away early from their host at El Dorado HS Friday evening, ending the night with a 4th qtr running clock, Wellington hustled their way to the 62-31 victory. 

The first half took about 2 1/2 days to complete. Aggressive defense by WHS (23 steals on the night) and perhaps lack of experience and ball control for the young El Dorado Wildcats, resulted in 27 foul calls during the first 16 minutes of play. It was WHISTLE-O-RAMA first half for sure.

Coach Adams utilized most if not all of the bench by games' end. At one point (before halftime), there were 3 freshmen, 1 soph and 1 senior on the floor leading the charge for the Lady Crusaders. 


WHS 62 EHS 31 (7-6) (3-2)
Avery Rusk 16, Shayland French 12, Taylor Meyer 11, Jacelyn Buck 7, Rylee Rusk 4, Lexi Clift 3, Draven Warnock 3, Gracie Fink 2, McKenna Jones 2


Field Goals 15/31 48% / Free Throws 12/23 52%
3 Pointers 6/19 32% / Turnovers 18
Off. Reb. 7 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 23 / Asst. 14



Earlier in the afternoon, in the "less round" auxiliary gym, WHS's JV Girls took on host El Dorado, in a game limited to just 2 quarters. It was a squeaker but WHS pulled down the 1/2 victory (20-18) if you will, advancing their season record to 10-2.


WHS 20 EHS 18 (10-2) (5-0)
Lexi Clift 5, McKenna Jones 3, Delaney Parkey 3, Mykiland French 3, Kylie Aufdengarten 3, Draven Warnock 2, Myriland French 1


Field Goals 1/5 20% / Free Throws 3/4 75%
3 Pointers 5/15 33% / Turnovers 13
Off. Reb. 5 / Def. Reb. 11 / Steals 9 / Asst. 4

Next action for the Lady Crusaders will be HERE @ HOME on Tuesday (Feb. 6th) vs Buhler! JV Girls will tipoff @ 4:15, followed by Varsity Girls, both in the main gym at WHS.



Down 4 pts after 1 qtr of play, the Crusaders stepped it up a notch and by half lead by 3, 22-19. Wellington added to that lead in the 3rd qtr and would head down the stretch with the Wildcats with a mildly comfortable 6 point advantage, 35-29, and only 8 minutes to go. 

Turned out not to be a "good 8 minutes" for the visiting Crusaders, El Dorado put the pedal to the medal, outscoring WHS 17-4 and secured the non-league victory for their home crowd, final 46-39.

Senior guard AJ Snipes was on the bench in street clothes, recovering from a concussion.


WHS 39 EHS 46 (4-9) (2-3)
Ian King 12, Silas Popplewell 7, Grey Hatfield 6, DeAndre Washington 6, Jihad Mutazammil 5, Jack Walton 3



The JV Boys, earlier in the evening, notched a win for Wellington and moved to 5-6 on the season overall. Final score WHS 40 EHS 36.


WHS 40 EHS 36 (5-6) (2-3)
Silas Popplewell 12, Austin Soles 8, Tyler Brown 7, Cade Fairbanks 3, Jacob Ewing 2, Chance Hamel 2, Blake Rausch 2, John Long 2


Next action for the Crusaders will be HERE @ HOME on Tuesday (Feb. 6th) vs Buhler! C-Team Boys will tipoff @ 4:15, followed by JV Boys, both in the auxiliary gym at WHS. Varsity Boys action will follow Varsity Girls in main gym, approx. 7:30PM.

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Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.