PAOLA — Two wins against two 4A opponents have the Lady Eagles sitting pretty to start the season.
The Wellsville High School girls basketball team is set to play in the championship game of the Panther Tournament 6:30 p.m. Friday at Paola High School against Piper.
Both teams won their first two games to advance, Piper beating St. James 45-31 in the first round, and Harrisonville 57-22 in the semifinals.
Wellsville’s offense has lit up the scoreboard in its first two games, eclipsing 60 points in each. The first round saw the team top Bonner Springs 69-37 Monday, marking the highest point total of the tournament thus far. Four three-point shots made in the first quarter and several transition layups off steals helped, Brock Campbell, WHS head girls basketball coach, noted.
On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles beat tournament host Paola 65-59 in the semifinals. Hot shooting in the first quarter led to a 25-14 lead.
“For the second game in a row we got out to a great start,” Campbell said.
And for the second game in a row, Sydney Dwyer led the team in scoring, this time dropping 29 points.
“Sydney Dwyer really stepped up when we needed her to,” Campbell said. “Grace Showalter also had a great night on the defensive end and rebounded well for us too.”
Dwyer now has 46 total points in the tournament. Maddie McCoy has 26 totals points and Demi Aamold has 24 total points.
Wellsville (65) — Dwyer 29, Aamold 12, McCoy 10, Showalter 7, McDaniel 4, Newhouse 3.
Paola (59) — Edwards 18, Williams 13, McDow 12, Bryant 8, Colwell 5, Jones 2, Johnson 1.
Wellsville (69) — Dwyer 17, McCoy 16, McDaniel 13, Aamold 12, Ball 3, Showalter 2, Livingston 2, Katzer 2, Newhouse 1, Loudermill 1.
Bonner Springs (37) — Whetstone 16, Hoffine 13, Ochoa 3, Hill 3, Bizzle 2.
EUDORA — The Eagles are off to a rough start in their opening tournament of the season. Two straight losses put the Wellsville High School boys basketball team in the seventh-place game 3:30 p.m. today at Eudora High School against Kansas City East Christian Academy in the Cardinal Invitational.
WHS struggled to keep Bonner Springs from putting on a scoring clinic in the first three quarters of Monday’s opening round game. The Eagles fell behind 26-6 in the first quarter, and allowed 31 and 26 points in the second and third quarters, respectively, in an 88-55 loss.
Jackson Dwyer was WHS’s leading scorer with 10 points.
Paola handed the Eagles their second loss Tuesday in the second round, 55-45. Wellsville trailed 17-13 after the first quarter and 32-23 at halftime.
Dwyer once again led the team in scoring with 12 points, six coming off two three-pointers. Drake Aamold and Kaden O’Neil also hit two three-point baskets.
Paola (55) — Clark 23, Wilkes 15, Richmond 9, Golubski 4, Penn 2, Smith 2.
Wellsville (45) — Dwyer 12, Donovan 9, O’Neil 6, Aamold 6, Kearney 5, Vance 5, Showalter 2.
Bonner Springs (88) — Thomas 30, Oakes 21, Watson 10, Henley 8, Porter 6, Williams 5, Jackson 4, Byers 2, Villerreal 2.
Wellsville (55) — Dwyer 10, Vance 9, Richard 9, Kearney 8, Swanson 4, Showalter 4, O’Neil 3, Donovan 3, Aamold 3, Owings 2.