The Lady Wildcats dropped a 39-29 decision to Wellington Tuesday night at home.
“We took better quality shots as we ran our offense a little better. We need to get better at both ends rebounding,” said El Dorado head coach Shauna Riedy.
Both squads played to a stalemate after the first quarter with both teams tied at 10-10.
Wellington took the lead going into halftime with a two-possesion advantage 18-14 as both teams struggled to get consistent offense on the floor.
The Crusaders built upon their lead in the third quarter knocking down some big three-pointers to help them outscore the Lady Wildcats in the frame 13-8 and lead El Dorado 31-23 heading into the fourth.
The Lady Wildcats were only able to muster 6 points in the final 8 minutes to Wellington's 8 points and the Crusaders went on to win by double digits at 39-29.
“We have been giving up way too many offensive rebounds and not getting enough. Overall we played hard,” said Riedy.
The Wildcats were led offensively by freshman Destiny Smith with 8 points. Andrea Valadez had 6 points and Hannah Helferich had 5 points and 3 assists.
Justice Rice and Kalyn Beel each had 4 points, Beel led with 9 rebounds and Erin Hildreth had two points.