HUTCHINSON — Just three players got on the board for the Lady Eagles in a rough state matchup.
Thomas More Prep ended a strong season from the Wellsville High School girls basketball team, beating WHS Thursday 55-40 in the opening round of the 3A state tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
Sydney Dwyer, senior, Demi Aamold, sophomore, and Paige McDaniel, junior, were the only players to score for Wellsville. Dwyer led all scorers with 20 points on 6-19 shooting from the field.
“We just struggled offensively,” Brock Campbell, WHS head girls basketball coach, said. “They were a good team and did a good job making us work for every basket. I’m proud of our season and our girls worked all year.”
Wellsville kept it close early on. The Lady Monarchs led 17-13 after one quarter before Wellsville’s offensive struggles started. The Lady Eagles scored just 10 points in the second and third quarter combined. They got within 49-38 with 1:18 left, but it was too little, too late.
Aamold finished with 11 points, and McDaniel had nine points. Wellsville uncharacteristically did not fair well from three-point range, where it went just 4-21 (19 percent).
Thomas More Prep was led by Kayla Vitztum, who had 17 points. She hit 9-14 free throws.
The Lady Eagles finish their season with an 18-5 record. They made their first 3A state appearance since 2015.
TMP (55) — Vitztum 17, Koenigsman 10, Lowe 10, Schippers 6, Yost 4, Riedel 3, Schulte 2, Lacy 2, Gottschalk 1.
WHS (40) — Dwyer 20, Aamold 11, McDaniel 9.