The Lady Dukes sealed a 35-25 win Monday to spoil the Lady Phoenix basketball season opener.
Both teams struggled with early jitters. The tone of the game was set when Oberlin’s Marcala Moore denied the Lady Dukes a shot in the paint on what could have been the first Wellington basket.
Logan Simmons did put the maroon-and-white on the board first, sinking a shot with under three minutes to play in the first quarter.
Anna Cameron answered right back but Simmons added on two more baskets to give the Lady Dukes a 6-2 lead.
Wellington started the second quarter with another two-pointer, which Aszure Chamberlin matched as Oberlin went on five-point run with Cameron and Bailey Wilbanks to cut Wellington’s lead to 12-9.
Wellington added on three more points before halftime. Cameron led the Lady Phoenix with five points and Simmons had six points halfway through the game.
The Lady Phoenix came out with tempo and pressured the ball once it reached half court, causing the Lady Dukes to force passes.
Oberlin went on a five-point tear to start the third quarter and was a point away from tying the game at 15-14 when Simmons and Hope Diermyer broke the streak with a basket apiece.
The teams matched each other nearly shot for shot in the final four minutes of the quarter. Wellington held a 27-21 lead going into the final quarter.
Alexis Lehmkuhl and Chamberlin each hit baskets at the start of the last quarter as Wellington and Oberlin moved the ball around the court looking for an open basket.
Oberlin’s luck fell out as the girls found trouble hitting the hoop. Turnovers plaqued both teams but the Dukes found the edge and surged ahead.
Chamberlin and Moore led their teams on the defensive side of the ball on the night, combining for roughly 15 rebounds on the night.
Lehmkuhl led her team with 13 points and Chamberlin had 11 points on the night.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Wellington Enterprise
The Lady Dukes get a team huddle before the start of the game. Oberlin fell 35-25.