4A STATE BASKETBALL
Lady Crusader Season Ends
WHS 39 Labette Co 60
@ Andale HS
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
WHS 42 AHS 55 (8-7) (3-3)
Avery Rusk 19, Shayland French 12 Rylee Rusk 5, Lexi Clift 4, Draven Warnock 2
Field Goals 11/16 69% / Free Throws 11/14 79%
3 Pointers 3/16 19% / Turnovers 17
Off. Reb. 2 / Def. Reb. 8 / Steals 8 / Asst. 7
WHS 30 AHS 55 (10-4) (5-1)
Myriland French 8, Lexi Clift 6, Delaney Parkey 5, Draven Warnock 4, McKenna Jones 3, Natalie Henning 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 2
Field Goals 7/22 32% / Free Throws 4/8 50%
3 Pointers 4/23 17% / Turnovers 17
Off. Reb. 7 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 7 / Asst. 6
vs Buhler HERE
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Almost a SWEEP for the Wellington Lady Crusaders, but the Buhler JV Lady Crusaders squeaked out a 6 pt victory over our younger squad, the Varsity Lady Crusaders won with authority though - results, stats and scoring below:
BHS 57 WHS 51 (10-3) (5-0)
Lexi Clift 13, McKenna Jones 10, Natalie Henning 6, Myriland French 8, Mykiland French 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 4, Draven Warnock 4, Kadin Brown 2
Field Goals 15/38 39% / Free Throws 9/13 69%
3 Pointers 4/32 13% / Turnovers 34
Off. Reb. 23 / Def. Reb. 22 / Steals 17 / Asst. 10
BHS 36 WHS 52 (8-6) (3-2)
Taylor Meyer 23, Avery Rusk 20, Shayland French 4, Lexi Clift 2, Rylee Rusk 2, Jacelyn Buck 1
Field Goals 13/24 54% / Free Throws 11/21 52%
3 Pointers 5/23 22% / Turnovers 13
Off. Reb. 12 / Def. Reb. 23 / Steals 10 / Asst.
Next up for the Lady Crusaders will be Andale HS, @ Andale this coming Friday, Feb. 9th. Action gets underway there at 4:15PM with C-Team Boys and JV Girls taking to the courts at that time…followed by JV Boys around 5:45, then Varsity Girls @ 6:00PM, followed by Varsity Boys around 7:30pm.
@ El Dorado HS
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
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.
WHS Senior Avery Rusk
Named to All-Tourney Team!
WILDCAT CLASSIC 2018
WILDCAT CLASSIC FINAL BRACKET
WILDCAT CLASSIC ALL TOURNEY TEAM
vs Haven THERE
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
I'm not sure what percentage of games involving #1 seeds vs #8 seeds lead to the latter's favor, Thursday night though, at the Haven Wildcat Classic, it was 100% of the time. Our 5-4 Lady Crusaders hung tight, kept their composure under the guidance and direction of some awesome coaching, refused to let an early game barrage of Wildcat 3's dampen their spirits or determination and in front of a stunned Wildcat home crowd, nailed down a nailbiting 49-46 victory, spoiling the hosts' tournament in their new and quite nice gymnasium, and forcing folks to take notice of Wellington's new and loftier presence on the tournament bracket!
The Lady Crusaders played one of their best games ever, the senior leadership was what senior leadership is supposed to be - Avery Rusk pumped in 28 (her never say die attitude was in high gear), Mekenna "cool hand" Adams, calmly slammed down FT's near games' end to put the big ole bold-type "1" in the Lady Wildcats LOSS COLUMN! How sweet it was! Senior Gracie Fink even slammed down a "3" early on, her and others doing all they could to not allow the fast paced game get away. The raucous and quite confident Haven fan base and players, just couldn't put the game away and they fell silent through much of the contest as Wellington stayed within striking distance, from the mid 1st qtr until the final surge the last 5 minutes...too bad for the host. The Lady Crusaders never gave up. Juniors Jacelyn Buck and Taylor Meyer hustled, hustled, hustled and "3" WHS Freshmen saw action as well, Rylee Rusk, Draven Warnock and Lexi Clift, Rylee, a lot of action and 9 pts to boot!
The Lady Wildcats shot a lot of free throws down the stretch, the Lady Wildcats didn't make a lot of free throws down the stretch. The Lady Crusaders applied pressure, the host and their crowd began to smell real trouble nearly halfway through that 4th qtr when Wellington, having been down double digit points early on, suddenly took the lead for the first time at the 5:35 mark. You could smell upset but the game would stay close until Adams calmly nailed her FT's to extend the lead to 3...the Lady Crusaders would swarm the ball and steal it away, never even allowing the Wildcats a final shot and a chance at OT. The buzzer sounded, Wellington fans erupted - the lowest seed in the tournament had themselves one sweet victory!
Congratulations to Head Coach Adams, an undefeated and over confident Wildcat opponent met their match Thursday evening, the Lady Crusaders had come to play and play they did. PROUD TO BE A CRUSADER FAN - you ladies were awesome!!
Field Goals 9/20 45% / Free Throws 19/25 76% /
3 Pointers4/20 20% / Turnovers 16
Off. Reb. 6 / Def. Reb. 16 / Steals 10 / Asst. 4
Avery Rusk - 28
Rylee Rusk - 9
Taylor Meyer - 6
Mekenna Adams - 3
Gracie Fink - 3
Next up - #5 seed Cheney (Friday @ 7:30), who easily downed #4 Nickerson to advance in the winners bracket. Cheney found great success vs our Lady Crusaders, back in early December, winning 65-39. If Cheney stuck around very long Thursday night, after their game, I doubt that game in December seems as relevant now as perhaps it once did. The Lady Crusaders are pumped and so are the fans!
GAME ACTION PICS
vs Augusta HERE
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
The AVCTL DIV III Augusta Orioles were guests of the Crusaders Friday evening out at WHS in non-league play. Proving to be spoilers to some extent, the Orioles won 4 out of 5 games at the Homecoming themed occasion.Congrats to the Girls JV squad for pulling down a convincing 53-31 victory over the JV Orioles and advancing their season record to 7-2 overall. The 22 pt win was the largest spread on the evening but the only spread with the teams in red on top.
The Girls and the Boys go their separate ways next weekwith state-wide mid-season tournaments going on for the boys. Our Lady Crusader Varsity and JV squads will travel to Winfield alone on Tuesday (Jan. 16th) for action vs the Lady Vikings. The start times are a little different than usual, the JV Girls will play at 5PM, the Varsity at 6:30PM. The Varsity Boys head west to Chaparral HS for the Roadrunner Classic beginning Thursday. The Crusaders will open against Clearwater, start time 8PM. BRACKET
VARSITY GIRLS vs Augusta
AHS 35 WHS 26 (5-4) (3-2)
Avery Rusk 9, Rylee Rusk 6, Shayland French 4, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 2, Taylor Meyer 2
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Augusta
AHS 31 WHS 53 (7-2) (5-0)
Myriland French 12, McKenna Jones 11, Draven Warnock 10, Natalie Henning 7, Kylie Aufdengarten 4, Lexi Clift 4, Mykiland French 3, Delaney Parkey 2
vs Collegiate HERE
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
The Crusader and Lady Crusader basketball squads hosted Collegiate Tuesday out at WHS. In total, 5 games were played, Crusaders won 3, Collegiate 2 - here are the outcomes, season and league records as a result:
VARSITY GIRLS vs Collegiate (3rd win in a row!)
CHS 32 WHS 53 (5-3) (3-2)
Avery Rusk 25, Shayland French 12, Taylor Meyer 9, Rylee Rusk 4, Mekenna Adams 3
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Collegiate
CHS 30 WHS 68 (6-2) (5-0)
Draven Warnock 19, Lexi Clift 17, McKenna Jones 9, Myriland French 8, Kylie Aufdengarten 6, Mykiland French 3, Natalie Henning 2, Kadin Brown, Delaney Parkey 2
vs Clearwater THERE
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018
Season records continued to improve Friday evening for the Crusader and Lady Crusader basketball programs. In league action at Clearwater HS, Wellington was able to put up "4" victories in "5" games, not a bad day's (or evening's) work at all!
VARSITY GIRLS vs Clearwater
WHS 56 CHS 18 (4-3) (2-2)
Avery Rusk 13, Jacelyn Buck 13, Shayland French 8, Gracie Fink 6, Rylee Rusk 6, Lexi Clift 4, Natalie Henning 3, Taylor Meyer 3
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Clearwater
WHS 49 CHS 18 (5-2) (4-0)
Myriland French 10, Draven Warnock 8, Lexi Clift 7, Kylie Aufdengarten 7, McKenna Jones 5, Mykiland French 5, Delaney Parkey 4, Kadin Brown 3
Wellington will park the buses for a while with next week's slate showing HOME and HOME! On Tuesday, WHS will host Collegiate and then on Friday, Augusta. Also Friday (Jan. 12th), a new WHS Duke will be crowned during halftime of the varsity boys game. A very "SPIRITED" Week - Coming Up!
vs Mulvane HERE
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
The Lady Crusaders got the 2018 part of their schedule off to a splendid start Tuesday at WHS. The girls in red hosted the girls in green (Mulvane) and came out on top in both contests before a relatively small crowd. The temps outside quite cold and school itself is still on Holiday Break so no doubt lead to a smaller than usual fan base. The Varsity win moves their overall season record to .500, the JV Girls remain undefeated in league action! Awesome!
VARSITY GIRLS vs Mulvane
MHS 31 WHS 50 (3-3) (1-2)
Avery Rusk 17, Shayland French 13, Rylee Rusk 8, Taylor Meyer 5, Jacelyn Buck 4, Mekenna Adams 3
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Mulvane
MHS 27 WHS 41 (4-2) (3-0)
Draven Warnock 15, McKenna Jones 9, Lexi Clift 7, Myriland French 3, Delaney Parkey 3, Natalie Henning 2, Mykiland French 2
vs Rose Hill THERE
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
VARSITY GIRLS vs Rose Hill
WHS 34 RHHS 55 (2-3) (0-2)
Shayland French 10, Avery Rusk 9, Rylee Rusk 5, Jacelyn Buck 5, McKenna Jones 2, Taylor Meyer 2, Mekenna Adams 1
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs Rose Hill
WHS 58 RHHS 49 (3-2) (2-0)
Delaney Parkey 13, Lexi Clift 12, Myriland French 10, Mykiland French 8, Draven Warnock 5, McKenna Jones 5, Kadin Brown 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 2, Natalie Henning 1
Next up for WHS and first set of games for 2018 calendar year will be at HOME vs Mulvane Jan. 2nd! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
vs ANDALE 12.12.17
It was AVCTL DIV IV league opener time Tuesday for our Crusaders and the Indians of Andale. The WHS varsity boys were 1-2 and varsity girls 2-1 going into Tuesday's action HERE at home in front of a small to medium sized week night crowd. It was a split of sorts between the JV squads and Varsity squads. Andale won the latter, Wellington the former. All of the games were competitive and for the most part not clearly decided until late in the games. (Our JV Girls however did dominate the action throughout).
VARSITY GIRLS vs ANDALE
AHS 49 WHS 46 (2-2) (0-1)
Rylee Rusk 12, Mekenna Adams 9, Jacelyn Buck 9, Avery Rusk 8, Shayland French 6, Taylor Meyer 2
JR. VARSITY GIRLS vs ANDALE
AHS 38 WHS 55 (2-2) (1-0)
Lexi Clift 18, Myriland French 10, McKenna Jones 7, Mykiland French 5, Delaney Parkey 4, Draven Warnock 4, Natalie Henning 3, Kadin Brown 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 2
Next up for WHS and final set of games for 2017 calendar year will be at Rose Hill this Friday. GOOD LUCK BIG RED!!!
Varsity & JV @ Cheney Invitational
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
VARSITY GIRLS (2-1)
CHS 28 WHS 45
Avery Rusk 14, Shayland French 12, Taylor Meyer 11, Jacelyn Buck 5, Rylee Rusk 2, Draven Warnock 1
JV GIRLS (1-2)
CHS 19 WHS 25
Lexi Clift 9, Myriland French 6, Delaney Parkey 3, Mykiland French 2, Natalie Henning 2, Draven Warnock 2, Kylie Aufdengarten 1
vs CHENEY 12.07.17
The Lady Crusaders ran into several defensive and offensive buzz saws Thursday evening, playing host to Cheney HS who is the actual host (of the Cheney Invitational), which has played itself out at the participant's schools, 2 of the last 3 nights this week. The 3 day round robin tournament will conclude this Saturday at host Cheney and they will be hard to beat.
VARSITY GIRLS (1-1)
CHS 65 WHS 39
Avery Rusk 17, Shayland French 13, Taylor Meyer 4, Rylee Rusk 3, Jacelyn Buck 2
JV GIRLS (0-2)
CHS 41 WHS 31
Myriland French 7, McKenna Jones 7, Draven Warnock 6, Taylor Meyer 4, Mykiland French 3, Kylie Aufdengarten 2
As noted above, the 3 day invitational concludes on Saturday. The Varsity & JV Lady Crusaders will take on Chaparral. Action for Wellington will begin @ 2PM @ Cheney HS with the Varsity Girls and JV Boys tipping it off. Following those 2 games, the Varsity Boys and JV Girls will take the stage.
VARSITY-JV GIRLS ACTION PICS 120717
OTHER AREA SCORES
Douglass 40 Belle Plaine 20
Hutch Trinity xx Chaparral xx
Life Prep Academy 53 Mulvane 29
vs HUTCH TRINITY 12.05.17
WHS - 61
HTHS - 52
Avery Rusk 18, Shayland French 17, Rylee Rusk 11, Taylor Meyer 6, Jacelyn Buck 5, Mekenna Adams 4 / Rebounding Leaders: Shayland French 9, Jacelyn Buck 7
WHS - 36
HTHS - 44
Myriland French 9, Kylie Aufdengarten 8, Draven Warnock 7, Natalie Henning 5, Lexi Clift 2, Delaney Parkey 2, Mykiland French 1, McKenna Jones 1, Kadin Brown 1
OTHER AREA SCORES
Cheney 71 Chaparral 18
Andale 46 Andover 55
Haven 63 Conway Springs 51
McPherson 54 Derby 49
Belle Plaine 16 Segwick 50
Here are the 2017-2018 Lady Crusader Basketball team members!
LADY CRUSADER TEAM PICS
Incoming Freshmen thru Senior Girls for 2017-2018 school year attended in good numbers Tuesday at the 1st day of 4 slated for this summer's HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP! The MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP follows each day this week as well...hope to have pics from that to share before week's end! Again, good turnout today and Coach Adams, Coach Strothman and Coach Brown got down to business...here are a few pics from CAMP DAY 1!
STATE 4A GIRLS BASKETBALL UPDATE Wellington 49 Bishop Miege 63 Lady Crusaders season ends at 17-6 WE ARE PROUD OF THESE YOUNG LADIES!
The WHS Lady Crusaders' desires to return to the STATE 4A TOURNAMENT in Salina for the 2nd consecutive year was tooooo much for the Lady Rockets of Rose Hill to overcome, even on their home court Saturday evening in the 38-35 WHS, 4A Sub-State Championship Final Game. A close game throughout, fraught with foul problems at times, the never say die Lady Crusaders held on for a close 3 pt win to advance (again, for the 2nd consecutive time) to STATE 4A TOURNAMENT action in Salina commencing on Thursday of this coming week. #6 seed Wellington vs #3 seed Shawnee Mission Miege @ 8:15PM / Tony's Pizza Event Center. Scoring honors go to both Avery Rusk and Lauryn Snipes, both with 13. Clutch free-throw shooting by RUSK down the stretch sealed the deal for Wellington's trip north next week. Shayland French had 7 pts., followed by Jacelyn Buck with 3 and Tayland French with 2. A large contingent of Crusader Fans were on hand for this game (and the boys game) - the crowd erupted at the buzzer - we're going back to SALINA!!
LADY CRUSADER vs ROSE HILL ACTION PICS 030417
It was semi-final action at 4A Sub-State in Rose Hill Friday evening for the Lady Crusaders, Lady Vikings, Lady Rockets and Lady Wildcats. In the opener, our very own WHS Lady Crusaders pulled away in the 2nd half vs Winfield, much like the Crusaders on Thursday did vs Rose Hill. Up only 4 at half, the Wellington girls Friday doubled their score by 3rd quarters' end and added another 15 down the stretch to defeat the Lady Vikings and send them packing for another year, final score Wellington 57 Winfield 38.
In the nightcap Friday, host Rose Hill downed Mulvane 48-24 to advance and meet up for the 4th time this season with the Lady Crusaders on Saturday in the SUB-STATE 4A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME beginning at 6:00PM at Rose Hill HS. Following that game, it will be Wellington's Crusaders vs Mulvane's Wildcats!(also for the 4th time this season) The winners of these two games Saturday advance to the STATE 4A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT next week in Salina. Wellington could have two teams at the State Tournament, which would be the 2nd year in a row for the Lady Crusaders and the 2nd time in 3 years for the Crusaders to make State appearances.
In the Wellington vs Winfield contest, the Lady Crusaders jumped out to an early lead but the Lady Vikings battled back and were within 4 pts. when the 1st half buzzer sounded. After the break though, Wellington exploded offensively, outscoring Winfield 22-10 in the 3rd and 15 -10 in the final qtr. The Lady Crusaders had "3" in double figures: Avery Rusk 18, Shayland French 12, Lauryn Snipes 12, Tayland French 8, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 3, Chloe Wilson 1. The win advances the Lady Crusaders to 16-5 and sets the stage for another possible trip to the State 4A Tournament next week.
The Varsity Lady Crusaders came to play Friday night and controlled the tempo for nearly the entire game. With a margin of 8 pts. at half, Wellington would sustain and add to that down the stretch to avenge their earlier season loss by 5. Final score this time around Wellington 47 Andale 35. An awesome job by the Lady Crusaders who move to 12-4 on the season. "3" Lady Crusaders were in double figures, Lauryn Snipes pumped in 16, followed by Tayland French 12 and Avery Rusk 11. Shayland French and Jacelyn Buck both added 4.
"C" TEAM GIRLS
Andale 53 Wellington 20
Natalie Henning 9, Delaney Parkey 5, Hope Maxwell 4, Cassandra Moody 2
Andale 46 Wellington 25
Gracie Fink 9, Natalie Henning 6, Chloe Wilson 6, Taylor Meyer 4
The WHS Lady Crusaders battled hard Saturday in day #3 at the 44th annual Haven Wildcat Classic at Haven High School...after a a big 2 OT win on Thursday vs Rose Hill and an unfortunate loss Friday to Cheney, the LADY CRUSADERS rebounded in the 3rd place consolation game vs Kingman and won by the final score of 40-38. The Ladies had to battle back in the fourth qtr from a 28-32 deficit after 3 qtrs to secure the 3rd place finish and came home with a 2-1 tourney record and now 9-4 on the season. The squad will have nearly a week off to prepare for more action on Feb. 3rd here at home vs El Dorado. That night will also be HOMECOMING with the DUKE CORONATION following the Varsity Girls game in the main gym.
SCORING vs Kingman: Lauryn Snipes 20, Shayland French 13, Avery Rusk 3, Mekenna Adams 3, Tayland French 1
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WHAT A GAME!! The Lady Crusaders downed previously undefeated Rose Hill in 2 OT's - Final Score 55 - 52!
Last second shots by Lauryn Snipes in both OT's - in 2nd OT, it was a long "3" for the WIN!!
Lauryn Snipes 29, Mekenna Adams 9, Avery Rusk 6, Tayland French 5, Shayland French 4, Chloe Wilson 2
"C" TEAM GIRLS: Winfield 47 Wellington 18
McKenna Jones 8, Delaney Parkey 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 2, Natalie Henning 2, Ellie Buresh 2
JV GIRLS: Winfield 48 Wellington 32
Chloe Wilson 7, Taylor Meyer 5, McKenna Jones 4, Taryn Stoddard 4, Ellie Buresh 4, Gracie Fink 2, Kylie Auftengarten 2, Jacelyn Buck 2, Natalie Henning 2
VARSITY GIRLS: Winfield 27 Wellington 49
(Move to 7-3 on the season - 5th WIN in a row!)
Lauryn Snipes 15, Avery Rusk 14, Tayland French 6, Shayland French 6, Chloe Wilson 5, Mekenna Adams 3
Clearwater 17 Wellington 59 (Now 4-3 on the season)
Tayland French 16, Lauryn Snipes 15, Shayland French 14, Mekenna Adams 3, Jacelyn Buck 3, Gracie Fink 2
Clearwater 00 Wellington 00 (No Report)
Clearwater 22 Wellington 37
Natalie Henning 9, Delaney Parkey 8, Ellie Buresh 7, McKenna Jones 5, Hope Maxwell 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 4
In a contest much closer than the score would indicate, the Lady Crusaders are off to a 1-0 start on the 2016-17 basketball season, downing Conway Springs in round 1 action at the 15th annual Kingman Eagle Classic, 46-39. Wellington trailed the Lady Cardinals at halftime 18-19 but a strong 4th qtr rally secured the victory. Scoring: Lauryn Snipes 16, Avery Rusk 14, Shayland French 12, Tayland French 4 // Next up - HAVEN HS @ 3:00PM Friday (@ Kingman) SIDE NOTE: The JV Girls came up short against Conway Springs 42-27!
Thursday was MEDIA DAY at WHS / the 2016-17 Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Wrestling squads were in official game/match attire and the camera's clicked away. Here are most of the GIRLS BASKETBALL PICS!