HAVEN, Kan. - Entering play Thursday, Cheney, Hesston, Haven and Halstead had a combined 70-12 record. The four teams were all also in the same sub-state bracket, with two seeing their season come to an end in the semifinal round.
In the first game, Cheney overcame an incredible slow start that saw the Cardinals not hit a field goal for over 11 and a half minutes to beat Halstead 44-38. Cheney trailed 22-14 at the break, then came back to outscore the Dragons 30-16 after the break for the 6 point win. The Cardinals, after being outscored 11-1 in the first, returned the favor to the tune of a 14-1 third quarter in the win.
In the second game of the day, Haven used a big third quarter of their to pull away from second seeded Hesston and defend their home court. The Wildcats took a 25-23 lead to the locker room before outscoring the Swathers 17-9 in the third to get their lead to double digits, and they never looked back, winning 57-45. Faith Paramore posted a double-double in the win, finishing with 24 points and 11 boards.
Thursday's results sets up a rematch of the final of the Haven Wildcat Classic in January, a game that Haven won 52-40, handing Cheney their first loss of the season in the process. The two teams will meet at 6:00pm Saturday in Haven.