Big first half propels Haven past Hoisington

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The Haven Wildcats defeated the Hoisington Cardinals by a score of 64 to 56 in Central Kansas League action.

Haven Wildcat #33 Mario Quintero drives as Hoisington Cardinal #2 Avery Brewer defends in the first quarter. The Haven Wildcats faced off with the Hoisington Cardinals at the Hoisington Activity Center outside of Hoisington, Kansas on January 31, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

The two teams faced off on a Thursday evening in Hoisington.

Haven jumped out to a ten point lead early in the first quarter. Hoisington added some points to their total later in the period, but by the end of the quarter, Hoisington trailed 19 to 8.

The second quarter saw the Wildcats almost double their point total. They ended the first half with a lead of 35 to 18.

After the break, the Cardinals tried to find a spark. They put up 15 points almost doubling their first-half production. Haven kept their distance with three of their six three-pointers for the night. Going into the final quarter, the Wildcats led 51 to 33.

Hoisington would not go away. In the fourth quarter, they narrowed the Haven lead to 10 points more than once. With forty seconds to go, Hoisington took the advantage down to six points.

The Cardinals used the three-pointer to narrow the lead. They drained four of them in the last quarter. On the night they would make seven from behind the arc.

Both teams played a physical game throughout the contest. Hoisington saw two players foul out of the game. Haven ended the night with three players carrying four fouls. The officials called a total of 38 fouls for the entire game.

Wyatt Carmichael ended the night with 22 points and leading all scorers. Fellow Wildcat Jamar Miller scored 14. Kaleb Dale finished with 13 points, and Clay Schmucker added 11 points.

For Hoisington, Drew Nicholson led the way with 15 points. Mason Haxton added 11 points on the night.

"It got cut down pretty good," said Haven Head Coach Lonnie Paramore of his team's lead. "Hoisington's a good team. I was surprised we got them down as much as we did in the first half."

"It really hurt having some of our starters on the bench with four fouls in the fourth quarter for quite a while. The other guys went in and played.

"I'm proud of our guys for not crumbling under the pressure and we were able to hang on," said Coach Paramore.

Haven improves their record to 10 and 5. Hoisington sees their record fall to 6 and 8.