BY GENE NARDI
On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Wellington High School girls basketball team traveled to take on Seminole Ridge High School and routed the Hawks 54-13, to improve their overall record to 9-3.
The No. 5 Wolverines started slow on offense but played much better on the defensive side of the ball. The Hawks (2-11) grabbed the lead right out of the gate, but it did not last. Three minutes into the game, the Hawks led 3-2, but a determined Wellington defense buckled down and closed out the first period with a 10-4 lead. The Hawks moved the ball around well but could not put it in the net. The Hawks also had a difficult time picking up rebounds.
The Wolverine offense kicked into gear, and put up 11 second-period points, defensively holding the Hawks scoreless, to end the first half 21-4. Seminole Ridge could not crack the Wellington defense.
Two points were scored by the Hawks four minutes into the second half after both teams struggled offensively, but the Hawks needed more than just one score to close the margin on the visiting Wolverines, who held on to a 21-6 lead.
Wellington found its groove near the end of the third period, putting up 13 points in just under three minutes to extend its lead to 34-8 going into the final period. A valiant fourth-quarter effort landed the Hawks five more points on the board, but Jillian Duncan put up six for Wellington and Aurelia Lebron had two three-pointers in the fourth to lift the Wolverines in a late surge, putting the game out of reach, 54-13.
Duncan totaled 19 points for Wellington overall. Camryn DeBose had 11 points, and McKenzie Steuerer tallied three three-point baskets and totaled 10 points for the Wolverines. Aneesha Cason recorded five points for the Hawks.
ABOVE: Wellington’s Camryn DeBose reaches for the rebound.