by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader season came to an end on a spirited 63-49 loss to three-time defending state champion Bishop Miege Thursday night in the first round of the state tournament at the Tony Pizza Center in Salina.
Wellington was trailing 47-45 at the 4:25 mark of the fourth quarter when Miege brought the ball down court hit a layup, created a steal and then buried a trey to take a 52-45 lead.
The Crusaders, who were down as many as eight points in the first half against the Stags, seemed to not have have anything left in the tank to make a trademark comeback. The hard charging Miege team would go on to win by 14 – a score not indicative of the game.
This was clearly the best team Wellington played all season. Miege was quick, fast, and had deft three-point shooting stroking six of them in the first half alone and seven for the game.