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Hoisington comes back to top Haven in ranked battle

Hoisington Cardinal #4 Mason Haxton brings the ball down the court.  The Hoisington Cardinals...
Hoisington Cardinal #4 Mason Haxton brings the ball down the court. The Hoisington Cardinals defeated the Haven Wildcats by a score of 56 to 46 in a Central Kansas League basketball game held at the Hoisington Activity Center in Hoisington, Kansas on February 2, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 12:59 PM CST
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HOISINGTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Hoisington Cardinals came back from multiple double-digit deficits to defeat the Haven Wildcats 56 to 46.

The two teams entered the game with top ten rankings in Class 3A.  Haven came in with the number six ranking and Hoisington number eight.

Hoisington started the game very flat.  Haven quickly accumulated a 12 to 0 lead.  A minute and a half into the game, Hoisington Head Coach Kyle Haxton pulled all of his starters off the floor.

The Cardinals scored their first point with 3:38 left in the first quarter.  The basket by Mason Haxton gave him his 1,000th career point.  He would go on to score a total of nine points on the night.

The Hoisington Cardinals gather to celebrate Mason Haxton’s 1,000th career point after the...
The Hoisington Cardinals gather to celebrate Mason Haxton’s 1,000th career point after the game. The Hoisington Cardinals defeated the Haven Wildcats by a score of 56 to 46 in a Central Kansas League basketball game held at the Hoisington Activity Center in Hoisington, Kansas on February 2, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)

At the end of the first quarter, Haven led 14 to 6.

Hoisington began to claw back in the second quarter.  They combined to score 17 points in the quarter.  Haven added 16 points to their score, including three three-pointers.  At the halftime break, the Wildcats still led 30 to 23.

Haven got their lead back to double digits early in the third quarter.  As the quarter went on, the momentum began to shift to the Cardinals.  Drew Nicholson scored nine of Hoisington’s 16 points in the quarter.  At the break, the home team trailed by one point, 40 to 39.

Hoisington took the lead for the first time all night thirty seconds into the fourth quarter.  Haven only scored six points in the last quarter.  All of those points came from Darby Roper.  Hoisington added 17 points to their total to give them a ten-point victory.

“We knew it would be a game of runs,” said Haven Head Coach Lonnie Paramore.  “We quit doing some of the things that gave us those leads.  Got a little complacent, and then we got passive.  When you get passive, good do not happen for you.”

“The kids responded.  I challenged them in a big way”, said Hoisington Head Coach Kyle Haxton.  “We were playing soft and lethargic.  They got their wits about them and started rebounding.  It was a nice team effort.”

Hoisington’s Drew Nicholson led all scorers with 24 points.

Darby Roper led Haven in scoring 14 points.  Benaiah Yoder added 10 points.

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