by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It wasn’t always pretty, but the Wellington girls basketball team took care of business with a 57-38 victory over Winfield Friday night in Rose Hill.
The Crusaders, 16-5, now play in their fourth consecutive sub-state championship against No. 4 ranked Rose Hill Saturday at 6 p.m. Wellington needs a big crowd for this one.
Much like the boys game the night before, Wellington girls had a sluggish first half, leading 22-18 at intermission. But in the third quarter they came out firing on all cylinders to pull away from their lower seeded opponent. Wellington would outscore Winfield 22-10 in the third to lead 44-28 going into the fourth.
“We had a heart-to-heart talk with them at halftime,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “We didn’t yell, we didn’t scold. We just discussed what Crusader basketball is all about.”
Before intermission, Wellington was slumping having gone four minutes without a field goal and one measly free throw to show for its efforts against a team it had beaten by 29 during the regular season. Winfield was tasting upset, down by four at the break.