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By Lee Passmore
For Press Pass Sports
AMARILLO — The Wellington Lady Skyrockets can now legitimately hope the third time’s a charm.
In Saturday afternoon’s Class 2A region semifinal at Caprock Activity Center, Wellington had few problems with Sudan. The Lady Skyrockets took advantage of Sudan’s offensive struggles and had few troubles after the opening minutes, coasting to a 51-23 victory to reach the Region I-2A final.
Waiting for Wellington (23-5) will be a familiar foe in Panhandle. A District 2-2A rival, Panhandle swept Wellington in the regular season, but the stakes will be much higher when the two teams meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 at Pampa.
The Lady Rockets didn’t soar offensively for much of the game against Sudan (18-11), but they made up for it at the other end of the floor. Sudan’s leading scorer, Addison Boehning, committed three fouls in the first quarter, sidelining her for most of the first half, as Wellington never trailed.
“Defensively I felt we were locked in from the beginning, and I think we maintained that throughout,” Wellington coach Chris Sumrall said. “Obviously we would have liked to have been a little bit better offensively, but defensively we were good, and if we can continue to do that I think it gives you a chance.”
Wellington led 10-4 at the end of the first quarter which was a mere prelude to the second quarter. Sudan didn’t manage a field goal in the second and scored only three points, as the Lady Rockets rolled to a 27-7 halftime lead to make the second half a mere formality.
Kyla Kane was at the forefront of Wellington’s offense getting untracked. She scored 10 points in the first half and six in the second half en route to a game-high 16 points, as she was the only individual scorer in double figures.
“We were just focused on playing really good defense, and not having a game this past week kind of set us back a little bit, but we got the chance to practice more so that helped,” Kane said. “I think the defensive rebounds helped us a lot.”
Sudan was never able to get on track offensively even with Boehning back in the game. She still led Sudan with nine points, seven of them in the third quarter.
Hadlee Gomez had nine points for Wellington.
Sudan 4 7 15 23
Wellington 10 27 38 51
S— Addison Boehning 9, Stevi Lockhart 4. W— Kyla Kane 16, Hadlee Gomez 9.
Records: Sudan 18-11, Wellington 23-5.