The Winfield High School girls basketball team returned to the court Friday night with a full squad on Senior night, and the Lady Vikings put a scare into visiting Buhler before the Lady Crusaders pulled away for a 48-40 victory in Ollie Thomas Gymnasium.
A slow start to both halves was costly to the WHS boys, who fell 63-44.
Senior Aleigha Gale returned to the court and started alongside fellow seniors Isabel Jellings, Alexis Walker, Camden Humphreys and Sydney Russell. Senior Emily Randall also returned to the floor after missing time with injury.
Randall, Gale and senior Emmah Sultz all buried first-quarter 3-pointers to give the Lady Vikings (6-12, 3-5 AV-CTL D-III) an 11-9 lead after the first eight minutes.
Winfield led 22-19 at halftime.
The turning point came in the third quarter, when the Lady Crusaders (11-7, 5-3) went on an 18-11 run, led by nine points from Alyvia Owens, who converted a three-point play during the run.
Winfield tried to battle back from a 37-33 deficit entering the fourth quarter, but a Jellings field goal was the lone bucket in the fourth stanza. The Lady Vikings did drain 5 of 6 from the foul line down the stretch.
Jellings finished with 10 points, Gale added eight and Randall and Nevaeh Green chipped in six points apiece for Winfield.
Owens led all scorers with 17 points foir the Lady Crusaders, who finished 13 of 16 from the line.
The WHS boys trailed 22-11 after the first quarter and 37-25 at halftime.
A 17-6 third-quarter run helped the Crusaders (11-7, 5-3) to pull away.
KC Crandall, Nolan Foust, Reese Venable and Brycen Boucher started on Senior night for the Vikings (3-15, 2-6).
Harper went 8 of 10 from the line and led all scorers with 19 points. Kyan Towles chipped in seven points off the bench, while Foust had five points and senior Jake Kaufman tossed in four points. Winfield went 12 of 14 from the line overall.
Max Alexander (16 points) and Drake Dick (14) each drained four 3-pointers for the Crusaders, who were 5 of 11 from the line.