ANDALE — Neither Andale or Wellington figured offense would be an issue on Tuesday night, with both teams considered contenders in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League IV.
However, leading just 10-8 at halftime, Andale coach Mark Kerschen knew halftime adjustments would be necessary.
"Both teams entered the game feeling a lot of pressure," Kerschen said. "Wellington is predicted league favorites and we're sitting right behind them."
Despite not converting on a free throw or three-point attempt, Andale came away with the 30-28 victory.
Wellington's Dani Anderson, one of the league's top post players led all scorers with 12 points and was guarded by Andale's Jill Ast throughout.
"Anderson is a force down low," Kerschen said. "Jill picked up her fourth foul toward the end of the third quarter but she kept going and played smart and physical."
The first-half shooting funk was contagious for both teams, but Ast scored all eight of her points in the second half.
" (Ast) was a bit hesitant with her shot in the first half," Kerschen said. "I told her and the other girls that we weren't going to see a pretty game from a stats perspective, but we just had to keep going because a win is what is most important."
Down by two with 1:51 left in the game, Wellington's Erianne Adams drew a foul on a made basket, tying the game at 28-28.
Adams missed the free throw, and Kerschen called timeout and drew up a play that resulted in a basket by Bailey VenJohn on an assist from Ast for what proved to be the game-winning basket.
" (Wellington) plays a lot of man defense," Kerschen said. "Bailey and Jill are our top shooters and we set it up for either of those two to get an attempt."
Wellington coach Kevin Hackerott kept looking for his team to find some offensive life that never materialized.
"I've really never seen anything like it," Hackerott said. "3 of 12 from the free throw line and a lot of missed layups. I'm just glad that we don't keep record of missed field goals."
"We had our chances to take control, but couldn't take advantage ... got to give Andale credit, they got it done."
Andale6 4 8 12 — 30 Wellington4 4 11 9 — 28
ANDALE: Eck 2 0-0 4, Meyer 3 0-0 6, VenJohn 3 0-0 6, Lies 2 0-0 4, Rowland 1 0-1 2, Ast 4 0-0 8. Totals 15 (0) 0-1 30.
WELLINGTON: Cornejo 0 0-0 3, Hefley 0 1-2 1, Whaley 1 2-2 4, Adams 3 0-1 6, Palmer 1 0-4 2, Anderson 6 0-3 8. Totals 11 (1) 3-12 28.