It was opening night Thursday, semi-final action for the GIRLS at the 4A Sub-State Basketball Tournament being held at Ark City HS, featuring our Lady Crusaders (#1 seed), Ark City (#2 seed), Winfield (#3 seed) and Coffeyville-Field Kindley (#4 seed).
The Lady Crusaders came out on fire, easily jumping to a 10+ point advantage early on. (1-19) Coffeyville hung around though - stretches of "cold" shooting and multiple turnovers (21) by the Lady Crusaders, meant putting the game in the "W" column for sure wouldn't happen until the last couple minutes or three of action. Wellington's aggressive defense denied Coffeyville opportunities (20 Steals) which in the end was the main foundation provider for the 9 pt victory - final score Coffeyville 41 Wellington 50. The Lady Crusaders will advance to the Sub-State 4A Championship game Saturday evening vs the host Ark City and winner over Winfield (39-36) in Thursday's other girls semi-final. A win Saturday would make this the 3rd consecutive season the Lady Crusaders advanced to the State 4A Tourney in Salina!
CHS 41 WHS 50 (13-8) (6-3)
Avery Rusk 21, Shayland French 13, Rylee Rusk 13, Taylor Meyer 3
Field Goals 14/34 41% / Free Throws 13/24 54%
3 Pointer 3/16 19% / Turnovers 21
Off. Reb. 9 / Def. Reb. 19 / Steals 20 / Asst. 5
SIDE NOTE: The Crusader Boys will see semi-final action tonight (Friday) @ 7:30PM vs host Ark City (@ Ark City HS) - that winner will advance to the Saturday Championship round (7:30PM) and will take on Friday's winner in the other semi between Winfield and Coffeyville, following the Girls Championship Game at 6PM! GO BIG RED x 2!!