Heights boys showcase top ranked defense to defeat BV Northwest

Updated: Mar. 12, 2022 at 9:24 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Wichita Heights boys got out to an explosive lead at the beginning of this 6A State Championship game against Blue Valley Northwest. The Falcons were able to hold off a Huskies comeback to win their first state title since 2015.

“Well to start off the game, our main focus is defense because we know we were leading the state in defense,” said Heights senior Dreylin Kemp. “We know defense wins games and that’s what we’ve been sticking to all year. So that was our main focus and offense will come, which it did. We just handled adversity. I just tried to keep telling my guys to keep their heads and to keep staying focused and that’s what we did. We got the job done.”

Heights boys coach Joe Auer said, “The game got away from us, we were fouling too much. We went in the locker room and at first the kids were acting like they were down. I said, ‘Guys, we’re up eleven.’ We’re the number one defensive team in the state for a reason and fouling is not the reason. So, we got back to our defensive fundamentals, we had to make a couple changes, we had to go to the zone a little bit in the second half to minimize the fouls but for us it’s about making stops and getting run outs.”

“Of course there was a little bit nerves, but we knew we had home turf and we’ve been here before and we just wanted to get the job done,” said Kemp.

Chase Harris led the game with 21 points, Kemp followed him up with 14 points. In the first half, Heights led Northwest by as many as 19 points and never trailed the Huskies. The Falcon finish this championship season with a 23-2 record.

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