Crusader basketball preview: Wellington girls start the Eric Adams era with high expectations

first_imgJan 27TBAMulvane TournamentTBAMulvane High School 3Avery Lewellen5-912 23Shelby McNamara5-810 Dec 176:00 pmAndale*Andale High School WELLINGTON GIRLS  15Brentashia Cramer5-39 What are your weakness? Adams: We’re not small by any means but we don’t have that six-foot post presence. What we have are a bunch of 5-9 post girls that will battle you.  We have a great group of seniors but a lot of these girls will be asked to play bigger roles this season.Also, a lot of underclassman that have no varsity experience yet.  Talented but inexperienced. Key Stretch For You? Adams: Kingman Tournament followed with Andale to open league play.  We need a good positive start.Talent is there but a lot of youth and inexperience is on the roster.  We need some early W’s to jump start our confidence. Assistant – Randy Strothman 13Brecken Lawrence5-69 Jan 176:00 pmWinfieldWinfield High School – Ollie Thomas Gymnasium What Style of the Game will the Wellington girls play?Adams: Uptempo with high demand on the defensive side of the ball. We feel like we have athletes so we want to make this a 94-foot game with a variety of full court man and some zone press.” C-Team Assistant – Shanna Fairbanks Jan 76:00 pmClearwater*Wellington 32Auni Williams5-99 Number of Returning Starters: 2 11Lauryn Snipes5-119 11Madi Lewellen5-119 40Julia Peck5-611 4Tayland French5-89 Jan 106:00 pmAugusta*Augusta High School 22Peyton Witham5-1010 10Holly Wright5-712 15Taylor Zimmerman5-1010 Varsity Feb 146:00 pmAndale*Wellington High School 32Auni Williams5-911 40Julia Peck5-611 The league: Andale has been winning the league the past few years and is the proverbial favorite again. VYPE Magazine has the picks in following order:1. Andale.2. Clearwater.3. Circle.4. Augusta.5. Wellington.6. Collegiate.Adams said the Crusaders are in an unique situation where they are flying under the radar of other teams. 14Tyanna Hughes5-611 11Madi Lewellen5-119 4Tayland French5-89 Head coach: Eric Adams 10Summer Rusk5-49 21Taylor Stewart5-89 Feb 76:00 pmMulvaneMulvane High School – Mulvane High School – Main Gymcenter_img 22Callie Bannister5-710 Feb 116:00 pmEl DoradoWellington High School 25Shelbie Wright5-811 No.PlayerHeightYear 24Mireia Salvador5-811 Feb 186:00 pmWichita Collegiate*Wellington High School – WHS Main Gym Number years at the school:  First year, after one season at South Haven. What are your strengths?Adams: Very athletic group that can defend and run. With as much full court man and trapping as we do, our depth is key.We feel we can go 10 deep this season. We have a lot of girls that can shoot the three/ball as well.Also this is a very tight knit group.  Spent six weeks playing this summer and they bonded very well. 20Deven Martens5-1110 The regional: Wellington is playing at Rose Hill in a four-team Class 4A – Div. 1 tournament with Mulvane and Winfield. None of those teams were on the preseason Kansas Basketball Coaches Association list. So a state tournament berth is attainable. But, of course, there is a lot of basketball between now and then. 2013-14 Wellington girls basketball team.The full roster: Assistant – Miranda Bradshaw 13Catie Williams5-711 12Kelsey Whaley5-312 Wellington’s record in 2012-13: 13-8, lost to Augusta 28-26 in the second round after beating Winfield. The full schedule: ateTimeEvent/OpponentsLocation Junior Varsity Feb 276:00 pmCircle*Circle High School Feb 216:00 pmClearwater*Clearwater 20Carlie McComb5-712 Jan 146:00 pmCircle*Wellington High School – WHS Main Gym Dec 206:00 pmWichita Collegiate*Wichita Collegiate School 22Peyton Witham5-1010 The personnel:Adams has five seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores, and 10 freshmen.Carlie McComb (5-7, sr.) will return as a starter and is projected to be the team’s top scorer.“She’s got a great shot going to the rim,” Adams said. “And she is very vocal in a positive way.”Kelsey Whaley (5-3, sr.) is known to push the ball up the court and play great defense.Jaedyn Ledesma (5-9, sr.) is a great leader on the court.Holly Wright (5-7, sr.) won’t put up huge numbers, Adams said, but will make things happen defensively.Avery Lewellen (5-9, sr.) is a spot up 3-point shooter.As far as the younger players are concerned, Catie Williams (5-7, junior) is returning from a torn knee. “You can’t hardly tell she has been injured,” Adams said.Taylor Zimmerman (5-10, so.) has been showing great strides in practice, Adams said.Mireia Salvador (5-8, jr.) is a transfer student from Spain. “She’s a player. I don’t know what she will do when the play clock starts and the band is playing and the crowd is cheering. But she has looked good in practice.Also, three freshmen are already in the varsity unit: Tayland French (5-8), Lauryn Snipes (5-11) and Auni Williams (5-9). 25Shelbie Wright5-811 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A few years back, if the Wellington girls basketball team went 13-8 and advanced to the second round of sub-state as it did last season, it would have been a cause for celebration.Eric Adams – WHS girls coach.But the Wellington girls basketball program is now getting to a state where expectations far exceed last year’s accomplishments.Eric Adams, the new head WHS girls basketball coach, is well aware of that fact. After all, during his years as the eighth grade girls coach at the Wellington Middle School, he helped foster in the new era of girls basketball in Wellington.After a year coaching at South Haven, which saw the Cardinals reach the state tournament in Class 1A, Adams is taking over for Kevin Hackerott, who spent five years as head coach at WHS. Hackerott has moved on to coach at Goddard High School.Going into Adam’s first season, no one is quite sure how the Lady Dukes will perform.Wellington has lost several key seniors from 2012-13. However, it is bringing in a good nucleus of returning players with solid varsity experience. Adams also has depth that has probably never been seen in a WHS girls system. There is a blend of solid senior leadership with some new upcoming underclassmen.The Lady Dukes, as always, have a tough-as-nails schedule to contend with being members of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. Also, Wellington is now in Class 4A Div. 1. It won’t be was easy for the Lady Dukes.But it also will be fun.“These girls really get along with one another,” Adams said. “I think they will do what it takes to win.”The first game starts with Haven in the Kingman Basketball Tournament Classic a week from today at 6:20 p.m.Wellington girls enjoy a phone picture during team pictures. WHS coach Eric Adams said this is a very tight-knit group. 30Mariah Moore5-910 13Brecken Lawrence5-69 Dec 10TBAKingman TournamentTBAKingman * League Game Feb 256:00 pmAugusta*Wellington High School 23Jaedyn Ledesma5-912 Feb 46:00 pmRose HillWellington High School Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 348 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 348 weeks ago Tough schedule. It will be a good year if we win 11 games. Report Reply 1 reply · active 348 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Sally · 348 weeks ago Why can’t you be positive? Leave the (if) out of your statement. Win or Loose they will always be winners. Do you go to the games at lease home games?? If not maybe you should. If you do or have then I don’t think you would have said (if). Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down WHS Grad · 348 weeks ago If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, oh what a Christmas we’d have. Report Reply 0 replies · active 348 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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