Tigers outlast Lone Jack

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Top-seeded Wellington had the fight of its life and escaped the upset bid of No. 3-seeded Lone Jack to win the Class 2, District 14 crown with a 53-50 decision Friday at Crest Ridge.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the two teams were tied, 40-40.

The Tigers got four points apiece from Taylor and Christian Bryant, three from Blake Seitz and two from Brandon Niendick to pull out the win.

The Mules relied on the scoring of Bryan Moore (six points) and Jake Suhr (four points) down the stretch, and it wasn't enough.

Wellington built a 21-14 lead after the helter-skelter first quarter, Niendick accumulating 10 points, including two three-pointers.

The Mules had four points from Moore and three-pointers from Christian Phelps and Conner Livingston.

Moore pumped in three field goals and Suhr two, as the Mules grabbed a 29-26 halftime lead. Seitz hit a two-pointer and a three-pointer for all of the Tigers' second-quarter scoring.

Four Tigers scored points in the third quarter, including five points from Seitz. Skylar Overlander had a two and a three for the Mules.

Seitz paced the winners with 15 points. Niendick supplied 14 points and Christian Bryant 12.

Moore led all scorers for the Mules, 18-8, with 20 points. Suhr added 12 points.

The Tigers, 24-1, may have had an easier time of it had they hit a higher percentage of free throws. They managed to nail only six of 15 tries. Lone Jack was four of seven.

The 24-1 Tigers play Archie, 24-2, in the Class 2 sectional round this evening at 5:30 at Harrisonville High School.

If Wellington wins, it will play in the quarterfinals Satur-day at 1 p.m. at the Independence Events Center versus the winner of the North Platte/Dekalb sectional, which is tonight at Staley High School.

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