Wellington girls 2nd half rally ends too quickly against Paola

first_imgRusk2703004101 Team total2049414716512744 Snipes720252718400 Paola Leckner2813126300 Williams0000000000 Karr1414124602 Paola1917111751 T. French0200343911 Smail1000000000 Team Total16455172738643917 Scoring:FGMFGA3FGM3FGAFTMFTAPointsReb.BlocksSteals Wellington Adams0301000111 Zimmerman1100002300center_img Wellington91620664 S. French3300026000 Follow us on Twitter. State Tournament first round: Paola 64 Wellington 51 Morgan5111581219502 Edwards0200363410 Williams38245513701 Mitchell713252318921 “In the end, I’ll look at this as our team falling behind early,” Adams said. “We were tight, and didn’t play the way we were capable of.”Adams said once Wellington got into its rhythmic flow they exerted so much energy tying Paola at 42-all, that they were gassed down the stretch.The score was tied when Crusader Grace Mitchell scored on a driving layup, at the 7:27 mark of the fourth quarter, capping a ferocious comeback that started late in the second quarter. She was also fouled and went to the line.Unfortunately, she missed the free throw, and the lane violation free throw thereafter. Paola’s Skyler Williams then drove down the court and sunk a 3-pointer. It was a sequence Wellington could not recover.“I just got out of the way,” said Paola coach Stuart Ross about the last seven minutes. “Wellington is so good, but I knew these (Paola) girls were mature enough that if I just let them play the game, they would get things under control.”Paola would up the lead to 53-47 in the next minute and Wellington which came into the fourth quarter so hot could not buy a basket thereafter. Then Mitchell was called for her fourth and fifth foul. The fifth foul was a head-scratcher as she was dribbling inside toward the hoop. The official thought it was a charge and with 3:50 to play, Mitchell went to the bench with the Crusaders down 57-49.“I didn’t see the foul,” Adams admitted. “I was looking away at the moment so I can’t comment.Wellington would not recover thereafter.Lauryn Snipes scores 18 points for Wellington.Paola never trailed in this game. The Panthers opened with a 7-2 lead and turned it into 19-9 advantage at quarter’s end. The Crusaders had a spurt in the second quarter in which Tayland French and Avery Rusk scored on jumpers to pull the Crusaders within six, 21-15.But then Paola responded with a 12-2 run and was holding a 33-17 lead at the 1:38 mark.The Crusaders went into halftime against last year’s state finalist down 36-25 at the half thanks to a Mitchell trey near the second half buzzer.Wellington was clearly in trouble, but the third quarter was a thing of beauty, as the Crusaders showed their mettle. Paola maintained a 7-9 point advantage and was leading 43-35.But then Lauryn Snipes added a couple of layups and at the 2:45 mark of the third, Wellington had narrowed the margin to six, 45-39. Then an Avery Rusk assist to Taylor Zimmerman made it 46-43.Then Snipes stole the ball and made a layup at the buzzer and Wellington was within two 47-45. The Crusader nation was in a frenzy.Mitchell opened the next quarter with her driving layup. But Wellington never could snag the lead.Wellington fans were in full force again for Friday’s semifinal game.For the game Snipes and Mitchell had 18 apiece.Paola was led by their experienced forwards Matti Morgan and Morgan Lauden, who had 19 points apiece. Williams had 13.Paola out-rebounded Wellington 39-27.In the end, both coaches admitted that tournament experience was so important to winning.“I was really worried coming in because we didn’t match up well with Wellington,” Ross said. “Eric Adams is such a good coach. I have to hand it to Wellington. That is a great, great team. I hope to see them back here next year.” Moore0000000000 Lauden51201911191002 Grace Mitchell scores 18 points vs. Paola. But for the first time this season, she fouls out. (Eric Rinehart photos)by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 17-4 fourth quarter run ended the Wellington girls basketball team’s state tournament aspirations. But Wellington head girls coach Eric Adams thinks the outcome of the game was determined in the first quarter.Wellington fell behind 19-9 in the first quarter would trail by 16-points late in the second quarter. But the Lady Dukes would overcome those deficits to tie Paola early in the fourth quarter.Then the veteran Panthers would bat back the Crusaders down the stretch to win 64-51. It was the first loss of the Crusaders season. Wellington will play the loser of Labette County and Bishop Miege at noon tomorrow in the Class 4A Div. 1 State Tournament at the Bicentennial Center. 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