The Wolsey Wessington Warbirds girls and boys basketball teams used their height advantage over the Sully Buttes Chargers to take both varsity games in Wolsey Monday night.
In the first game, 6’4″ Mallory Miller went off for 35 points to pace the Lady Warbirds to an 87-81 overtime victory over the Charger girls. A Payge Bakker layup in the final seconds of regulation tied it at 75 apiece. But the Chargers started to run out of experience on the floor, with leading scorers Lydia Hill, Calleigh Chicoine and Stevie Wittler all fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Senior guard Allyson Wittler took control for the Chargers and led with way with 20 points, while Addyson Chicoine hit for 14, and Hill and Calleigh Chicoine each added 13 for 15-3 Sully Buttes. Costly turnovers also led to the loss, with Sully Buttes committing seventeen, to Wolsey Wessington’s nine. The Lady Warbirds upped their mark to 17-2, with one game remaining in the regular season–Thursday at home against Hitchcock Tulare in a girls-boys doubleheader.
The Charger boys meanwhile had no answer for 6’7″ Ricky Maurovic(muh-RO-vik) and 6’3″ Tate French, as each scored 21, and the Warbirds cruised to a 59-49 victory. Wolsey Wessington subbed down in the second half to make the final score closer than it appeared. The Warbirds led 39-27 at the half, and 55-33 after three quarters.
For Sully Buttes, Landon Hepker was the lone player in double figures, hitting for 18 points for the 4-12 Chargers, while Wolsey Wessington now sits at 14-3 on the season.
Sully Buttes will have no time to lick their wounds, as they travel to Sunshine Bible Academy Tuesday for a girls-boys doubleheader against the Crusaders.