Wellington boys fall to Collegiate at home

Create: 02/24/2017 - 21:33
Wellington was unable to get a win against a very good Wichita Collegiate team. Eleven different Spartans scored in the 21 point win in Wellington on Senior Night.
The Crusaders came out of the gates firing, Ian King gave Wellington an early lead with the first two field goals of the evening, Wellington was up 4-3 early. King would go on to lead all scorers in the game with 21 points. It was a very fast-paced first quarter, and WHS battled hard against one of the top 4A Div. II teams in the State. After one it was Collegiate 25, Wellington 14.
A.J. Snipes caught fire in the second, draining a three, then after a Spartan turnover put in another two. Collegiate was able to keep WHS at arm's length throughout the quarter. Free throws by Snipes cut the Spartan lead to 10 with a around three minutes left before half. A couple of Wellington miscues turned into a quick four points for WCS and eventually a 44-28 halftime lead for the blue team.
The third quarter was highlight for Wellington by a couple of back-to-back blocks on defense by King and a burst of points by the Crusaders. In spite of all that, the Spartan lead remained in double-digits for the duration of the third, it was 25 at one point, but Wellington cut it down to 15 by the end. Collegiate 55, WHS 40 after three.
If the Spartans lost control of the game in the the third, they definitely "regained" it in the fourth. A couple of three-pointers were enough to put the game out of reach for Wellington. It wasn't the way the three seniors, Therin Frame, Will Long and Carson LeGrand wanted to go out, but they and the team did play hard in the loss. Final score, Wichita Collegiate 72, Wellington 51.
Scoring breakdown
King 21
Snipes 14
Cade Phelps 10
Grey Hatfield 3
Therin Frame 2
De'Andre Washington 1

Photo: Ian King by Steve Sturgis

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