Southeast takes third at classic

By William Snesrud / McPherson Sentinel

SOUTHEAST TAKES 3RD AT MID-AMERICA CLASSICMCPHERSON – Once they got past the first half of the first quarter Wichita Southeast dominated with defense and convincingly beat Wellington 52-38 on Saturday to take the third-place game of the Mid-America Classic.

After leading by just four points, 9-5, at the end of the first quarter Wichita Southeast put up 18 points in quarter number two while holding Wellington to just eight to take a commanding 27-13 advantage into the halftime break, then cruised through the second half to earn the final 14-point victory.

The Lady Golden Buffaloes defense put the clamps on the Lady Crusaders offense as Wellington was only able to connect on 21% of their shots from the field while Southeast also dominated inside the paint and outrebounded Wellington 36-28.

Tatem Adair and Jaila Harding both put 14 points in the scorebook to lead the Lady Golden Buffaloes while Katelyn Kennedy just missed double digits with nine. Tatem Adair connected on three of the team’s five three-pointers and Katelyn Kennedy topped the work in the paint with eight rebounds.

For the Lady Crusaders, only Rylee Rusk with 11 reached double digits while Shiney Hughes, Ali Zeka, and Ashlyn Gerten all chipped in with eight.

WELLINGTON vs. WICHITA SOUTHEAST

SCORING: 1 2 3 4 FINAL

Wellington 5 8 10 15 38

Wichita Southeast 9 18 12 13 52

TEAM STATS:

WELLINGTON: FG = 9-42; 3PT = 4-25; FT = 16-24; AST = 7; RBS = 28; TO = 14; STL = 8; BLK = 2; FLS = 20.

WELLINGTON INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Rylee Rusk – 11; Shiney Hughes – 8; Ali Zeka – 8; Ashlyn Gerten – 8; Airalyn Frame – 2; Mikiland French – 1. 3-POINTERS MADE: Shiney Hughes – 2; Rylee Rusk, Ashlyn Gerten – 1.

WICHITA SOUTHEAST: FG = 17-41; 3PT = 5-11; FT = 13-25; AST = 7; RBS = 36; TO = 16; STL = 11; BLK = 3; FLS = 19.

WICHITA SOUTHEAST INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Tatem Adair – 14; Jaila Harding – 14; Katelyn Kennedy – 9; RaMya Kennedy – 6; Jakhia Jones – 5; M’Kyia Jones – 2; Deseree Adair – 2. 3-POINTERS MADE: Tatem Adair – 3;