Halstead to meet Cheney for Wildcat Classic Title
HAVEN, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In perhaps the most loaded girls mid-season tournament in the state of Kansas, the pair of unbeaten teams in the field came out of the mid-week games and will meet in the championship Saturday.
Cheney survived a test from Andale while Halstead withstood a late Garden Plain charge to set up a meeting of the top two teams in Class 3A for the tournament title.
Led by Kylee Scheer’s 27, Cheney won a dogfight over the Indians 45-42 in the first semifinal contest Thursday. Both teams proved why they are elite defensively in the low scoring contest, and it was a steal on the final in-bound pass that kept Andale from getting off a shot to potentially tie things up.
The first half was dominated by Scheer’s shooting, scoring 16 of their 23 points and nearly equaling Andale’s total before the Indians closed the half with 5 unanswered to bring it within one. Andale then took a quick lead out of the locker room, only to see Cheney turn that back into a five point lead. Katelyn Fairchild beat the third quarter buzzer with three of her team best 20 to close the gap entering the final quarter.
Then in the second game of the night, Garden Plain jumped on top of Halstead early, taking advantage of foul trouble hitting star senior Karenna Gerber, but she played the entirety of the second with two fouls, scoring 15 points in the frame to effectively flip the game in the Dragons favor. They closed things out from there for the 56-48 win.
The Owls took a five point lead to the second before Gerber reentered, but Halstead outscored Garden Plain by 13 in the second, extending the lead to 14 after half and never letting it get as close as 8. Gerber finished with 28 for the day, that following a 40 point performance in the quarterfinal round. Alli Peutz paced the Owls with 18 in the losing effort.
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