With an undefeated "regular" season on the line, the Wellington Lady Crusader Varsity basketball squad made history Thursday evening at Clearwater, snagging their 20th regular season win with ZERO losses - final score Wellington 70 Clearwater 27. The Lady Crusaders hit the floor running and never looked back. By halftime the lead had stretched to nearly 30 points and it surpassed that mark early on in the 3rd, causing (by rule) for the clock operator to "let 'er run" when the 4th qtr began.
The boys in red avenged a loss from earlier in the season on Tuesday, defeating Circle at home.
It was a very even match up at WHS on Tuesday, reflected by the first quarter scoreboard which read 14-13 Crusaders when it was over. Ian King had a big impact on defense with a handful of blocked shots. He was also the the leading scorer in the first with eight.
During a stretch of the second Wesley Gilmore scored five straight points for Wellington. King continued to cause havoc for the Thunderbirds down low and WHS grew their lead to 30-21 at half.
For the first time in the history of the school, Wellington's girls basketball team is League Champion. A 51-32 win at home against Circle was the clincher. Grace Mitchell lead the team in scoring with 15 points, she and Lauryn Snipes who had 12 were the only WHS players in double-digits, but this was a team win through and through.
It was a low scoring affair in the first quarter, but Wellington got out of it with a six point advantage. Circle had some nice shot attempts but none that fell as WHS won the turnover battle and the rebounds. After one it was 11-5 after one.
The City of Wellington will reconnect ties with Westar Energy this afternoon (Feb. 23) around 5 p.m. after some scheduled maintenance that needed to be done on the transmission line East of town.
Wellington has been self generating power with the city's gas turbine (pictured below) since 7 a.m. Monday morning. If an unexpected problem does occur, power will be restored with Westar within a couple of hours.
The variety boys fall back to .500 on the season with a loss on the road to Wichita Collegiate on Feb. 19. Whatever the Crusaders needed to compete with the Spartans, they left it in Wellington.
Scoring looked easy for the Spartans in the early goings, netting four points before the ball made it to the Crusaders side of the court after a WHS inbounds pass was stolen and put in for a quick bucket after an open possession Collegiate jumper.
The Lady-Crusaders are 18-0 after downing Wichita Collegiate on the road Feb. 19. It was a tight race between Grace Mitchell and Avery Rusk for the leading scorer for WHS, with Rusk besting her career high (13 points vs Winfield earlier this month) with 24 on Friday. Mitchell finished with 22.
The ladies in red were short handed as usual starter Lauryn Snipes was out with eye injury. However it isn't considered serious and she is expected to be back in action next week.
The "HOME" side of the scoreboards in both gyms at WHS Tuesday night were busy! The Mulvane Wildcats were in town and the teams in red got down to business. On the evening there were "5" games, on the evening there were "5" Crusader victories!
In the afternoon openers, it was the "C" Team Boys and JV Girls gettin' things started right for the evening.
"C" TEAM BOYS: Mulvane 39 Wellington 50
It was HOMECOMING Friday evening out at WHS and the Andale Indians were in town for a little roundball action as well.
In the night cap in Augusta, Wellington would improve to 7-7 on the season with a four point win. Three Crusaders were in double-digit figures. A.J. Snipes had a monster game with 26 points.
It was a fast and furious first, the two teams appeared to be evenly matched. Neither one could get much of an edge on the other. The quarter ended with a Cade Phelps three from the corner as time expired to give WHS a 21-20 lead.