Wamego girls stay perfect, win 61-28

By Brady Bauman

MARYSVILLE — Junior phenom Kaylee Page scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Wamego Red Raiders to a 61-28 win on the road at Marysville Friday night.

Page also sunk five 3-pointers in the win and had four blocks. Her sophomore sister, Lanie, was second on the team in scoring with 10 points. She also posted five assists, three blocks and eight steals.

The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2 NCKL) were led by Abi Degenhadt and Tristin Wicks with eight points each.

“We shot the ball really well, and that always helps everything,” Wamego head coach Jim Page said. “I was able get some kids in off the bench and we played really, really great defense.”

The Red Raiders opened the game with a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime with a 32-14 advantage. Wamego didn’t back off in the third and outscored Marysville 20-10 in the period.

The win keeps the Red Raiders (8-0, 4-0 NCKL) undefeated and very likely still the No. 1 team in Kansas 4A girls hoops.

“(Kaylee’s) really been doing a good job at rebounding and stuff like that,” Jim Page said of his 6-foot-2 daughter. “She hit some big shots for us tonight and Lanie ended up with eight steals and really played some good defense. I thought they did some good things.”

While Kaylee and Lanie got the bulk of the attention, especially when it came to scoring Friday night, Coach Page said the play of senior Katie Baker was key.

“I can’t say enough about how Katie Baker has come along,” he said. “She’s not scoring a lot of points, but, man, she’s playing defense, setting screens and doing a lot of really, really good stuff for us.”

All together, eight players scored for the Red Raiders, with Rachel Griffitt, another senior, third in the tally with eight points.

Senior Rikki Alderson, who missed the entire season after tearing her ACL in the first week of games last year totaled six points for Wamego, as did fellow senior teammate Lakyn Rowden.

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