Only close in the beginning, as any contest is, the WHS Varsity Lady Crusaders pulled away early from their host at El Dorado HS Friday evening, ending the night with a 4th qtr running clock, Wellington hustled their way to the 62-31 victory.
The first half took about 2 1/2 days to complete. Aggressive defense by WHS (23 steals on the night) and perhaps lack of experience and ball control for the young El Dorado Wildcats, resulted in 27 foul calls during the first 16 minutes of play. It was WHISTLE-O-RAMA first half for sure.
Coach Adams utilized most if not all of the bench by games' end. At one point (before halftime), there were 3 freshmen, 1 soph and 1 senior on the floor leading the charge for the Lady Crusaders.
WHS 62 EHS 31 (7-6) (3-2)
Avery Rusk 16, Shayland French 12, Taylor Meyer 11, Jacelyn Buck 7, Rylee Rusk 4, Lexi Clift 3, Draven Warnock 3, Gracie Fink 2, McKenna Jones 2
Field Goals 15/31 48% / Free Throws 12/23 52%
3 Pointers 6/19 32% / Turnovers 18
Off. Reb. 7 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 23 / Asst. 14
Earlier in the afternoon, in the "less round" auxiliary gym, WHS's JV Girls took on host El Dorado, in a game limited to just 2 quarters. It was a squeaker but WHS pulled down the 1/2 victory (20-18) if you will, advancing their season record to 10-2.
WHS 20 EHS 18 (10-2) (5-0)
Lexi Clift 5, McKenna Jones 3, Delaney Parkey 3, Mykiland French 3, Kylie Aufdengarten 3, Draven Warnock 2, Myriland French 1
Field Goals 1/5 20% / Free Throws 3/4 75%
3 Pointers 5/15 33% / Turnovers 13
Off. Reb. 5 / Def. Reb. 11 / Steals 9 / Asst. 4
Next action for the Lady Crusaders will be HERE @ HOME on Tuesday (Feb. 6th) vs Buhler! JV Girls will tipoff @ 4:15, followed by Varsity Girls, both in the main gym at WHS.