Wellington's girls basketball team took care of business at during the last home game of the season Feb. 24, downing Wichita College School 51-22.
Tayland French wasted no time getting Wellington on the board. After a steal, Avery Rusk put in a layup. Another steal lead to a quick, Lauryn Snipes bucket. It was an early 6-0 hole for the Lady-Spartans, who were forced to call a time out with 6:21 left in the first, down 10-3.
Wellington scored on their first five possessions, four of those baskets off of turnovers. Mid-way through the first Wellington shooters went cold, the next points for either team came with just over three to go off of a Snipes layup. Neither team looked too sharp as the first drew to a close, but the Wellington defense was strong holding WCS to just three baskets. After one, Wellington 16, Collegiate 8.
Shayland French played some ferocious defense in the opening minutes of the second, disrupting the Lady-Spartan offense and intercepting one of their passes, a fastball at close range. All of this helped set up WHS on the other end of the floor where Shayland would lead all scorers with 18 points.
Offensive production could have been a lot better for WHS in the second. Wellington just couldn't find their rhythm, only scoring nine points. Though that's not a big problem when the defense only gives up two. At halftime it was Wellington 27, Collegiate 10.
Mekenna Adams opened the scoring in the second half with a three from the top of the key. Collegiate answered with a hard-fought two. It was a much better third quarter for WHS on offense, putting up 14 points. The defense stayed hot, again only giving up two points. After three WHS 41, WCS 12.
In the fourth quarter it was more of the same, with a little more offense from the Lady-Spartans. However they ended up averaging only two field goals per quarter on the night. With a running clock and the game well in hand, the two seniors, Snipes and Tayland French came out of the game to the ovation of the crowd on senior night. Final score WHS 51, Collegiate 22.
S. French 18
T. French 6
Chole Wilson 2
Photo: Shayland French by Steve Sturgis