Hesston girls come back to stun Cheney, 29-27

Hesston girls take down defending 3A champ Cheney
Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 10:50 PM CST
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NICKERSON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Hesston Lady Swathers came from behind late to defeat the Cheney Lady Cardinals 29-27 to advance to the Nickerson 3A Sub-State Championship.

Cheney entered the semifinal as the defending 3A State Champions. To get back to Hutchinson they faced a 14-6 Hesston team.

The Lady Swathers took the lead early in the first quarter. They led 9-3 at the 4:00 minute mark. Cheney would go four of five from the free-throw line to narrow the Hesston lead to 14-10 at the end of the quarter.

Cheney tied the game up at 20 points all with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Both teams went into the locker room looking for a way to break the tie.

The game remained tied until 3:41 left in the third quarter when Cheney’s Elina Bartlett made a free throw. Hesston would regain the lead and stretch it to 25-21 at the end of the quarter.

In the third quarter, both teams combined for a total of six points scored and seven fouls committed. They also combined to go four of ten from the free-throw line in the quarter.

Cheney would tie up the game again with 2:00 minutes left. Leah Durr made both of her one-and-one free throws. Campbell Hague would add two more free throws at 1:13 to give the Lady Cardinals a two-point lead.

Hesston’s Caryn Yoder quickly responded with a drive for a basket and a tied 27-27 scoreboard.

With under 20 seconds to go, Anna Humphreys drove from the arc and threw up a shot under the basket. It went in. “Honestly, I had no idea how it went in,” said Humphreys. “I just kept my eyes on the rim and went through contact.

”Hesston now led 29-27. The score would hold.Cheney’s Brooklyn Wewe led all scorers with 11 points. Hesston’s Anna Humphreys led the Lady Swathers with nine points.

Both teams combined for 24 points in the first quarter. They would only score a total of 32 points in the rest of the game.

”Our league plays great defense all across the board,” said Hesston Head Coach Matt Richardson. “You cannot take a night off in our league. I was hoping to surprise Cheney with some defense we are used to playing. We forced them into some shots they did not want to take.

”Offensively, it was a struggle. We weren’t even getting some outside perimeter shots. Our kids were able to fight through and finish.

”Hesston will play Nickerson for the Sub-State Championship. Both teams have already met twice this year. The Lady Panthers won both matchups 35-28 and 55-40.

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