It was semi-final action in Rose Hill Friday evening for the Lady Crusaders, Lady Vikings, Lady Rockets and Lady Wildcats. In the opener, our very own WHS Lady Crusaders pulled away in the 2nd half vs Winfield, much like the Crusaders on Thursday did vs Rose Hill. Up only 4 at half, the Wellington girls Friday doubled their score by 3rd quarters' end and added another 15 down the stretch to defeat the Lady Vikings and send them packing for another year, final score Wellington 57 Winfield 38.
In the nightcap Friday, host Rose Hill downed Mulvane 48-24 to advance and meet up for the 4th time this season with the Lady Crusaders on Saturday in the SUB-STATE 4A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME beginning at 6:00PM at Rose Hill HS. Following that game, it will be Wellington's Crusaders vs Mulvane's Wildcats! (also for the 4th time this season) The winners of these two games Saturday advance to the STATE 4A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT next week in Salina. Wellington could have two teams at the State Tournament, which would be the 2nd year in a row for the Lady Crusaders and the 2nd time in 3 years for the Crusaders to make State appearances.
In the Wellington vs Winfield contest, the Lady Crusaders jumped out to an early lead but the Lady Vikings battled back and were within 4 pts. when the 1st half buzzer sounded. After the break though, Wellington exploded offensively, outscoring Winfield 22-10 in the 3rd and 15 -10 in the final qtr. The Lady Crusaders had "3" in double figures: Avery Rusk 18, Shayland French 12, Lauryn Snipes 12, Tayland French 8, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 3, Chloe Wilson 1. The win advances the Lady Crusaders to 16-5 and sets the stage for another possible trip to the State 4A Tournament next week.
If the Wellington Squads can defeat Rose Hill (Girls) and Mulvane (Boys) their first STATE action will be on Wed / Thu - check it out:
The Crusaders will see first action on Wednesday, March 8th - time TBD very soon!
The Lady Crusaders will see first action on Thursday, March 9th - time TBD very soon!