WELLINGTON -- If the Winfield High School boys basketball team only could have reached the foul line a few more times, the Vikings would have left Wellington with a victory Tuesday night.
The host Crusaders, in stark contrast, took 22 foul shots to Winfield's seven, and escaped with a 64-63 nonleague victory.
The Lady Vikings fell 55-42.
Winfield's boys team sank just 3 of 7 freebies and took just one foul shot in the fourth quarter.
After trailing 23-13 in the first quarter and 37-25 at halftime, the Vikings (1-4) made their move.
Still behind 53-43 entering the fourth quarter, Winfield put up 20 fourth-quarter points.
Clinton Hall Jr. came off the bench to score seven of his nine points down the stretch, burying a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Jacob George drained four treys in three quarters to lead the Vikings with 12 points in a balanced scoring effort. Kyan Towles added 12 points and Nolan Foust chipped in 10 for Winfield.
Austin Soles matched George with four 3-pointers in a 19-point effort for Wellington. Tanner Meyer also scored 19 points, while Cade Fairbanks tossed in 11 points for the Crusaders.
The host Lady Crusaders (4-2) buried twice as many shots from beyond the arc, hitting six treys.
Emmah Sultz knocked down three treys in a nine-point effort for the Lady Vikings (2-3).
The teams combined for 49 fouls.
Emily Randall finished with a team-high 13 points, shooting 7 of 9 from the foul line for the Lady Vikings, who were just 17 of 27 from the line as a team.
Winfield trailed 30-21 at halftime.
Ali Zeka and Ashlyn Gerten finished with 15 points apiece for the Lady Crusaders, who were 15 of 30 from the line.
For complete coverage of WHS basketball, see Thursday's CourierTraveler.