HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Halstead Lady Dragons won their first ever State Basketball Tournament game with a 45 to 41 two overtime victory over the Scott Community Lady Beavers.
Halstead Lady Dragon Head Coach Derek Schutte celebrates the win with his team. Teams compete in the Girls Quarterfinals of the 2020 KSHSAA Class 3A State Basketball Tournament held on Sam Butterfield Court at The Hutchinson Sports Arena on the campus of Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas on March 12, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Both teams tipped off their game as uncertainty swirled in the Hutchinson Sports Arena about the future of the remaining tournament.
Scott Community held a two point lead at the end of the first quarter. Halstead hit a three pointer to start the next quarter and took the lead.
That would be the only points the Lady Dragons would score the rest of the half.
The Lady Beavers took a 20 to 12 lead into the locker room at halftime.
They continued the lead through the third quarter with a nine point advantage at the end of the period.
Halstead found a way to stop Scott Community and hold them to just four points in the fourth quarter. The Lady Dragons scored 13 points and tied the game at the end of regulation.
The first overtime period was a tight back and forth affair. Both teams only scored five points and another period was required.
The second overtime saw Halstead take a two point lead. The Lady Beavers were able to tie it back up. Then the Lady Dragons took the lead finally on a pair of Kaleigh O'Brien free throws.
As the final horn sounded, the Halstead Lady Dragons celebrated their first ever State Tournament win.
What a scene. Halstead coach Derek Schutte allowed me in the locker room after the Dragons won in 2OT, 45-41. He knew about the cancellation pregame, never told the players, and that game sure felt like a championship pic.twitter.com/D7YfZzsSgi— Matt Henderson (@KWCHMatt) March 13, 2020
Normally, they would be preparing to play in a semi-final on Friday and then either the State Championship or consolation game on Saturday. Due to the previous game going to overtime also, this ended up being the latest playing game in the State.
It also became the last game of High School basketball to be played in Kansas.
Moments before the game started, the Kansas High School Activities Association announced that following the quarterfinal round, the remaining state tournament games were cancelled. The decision was made out of concern for the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
After joining his team for a celebratory cheer and huddle, Halstead Head Coach Derek Schutte broke the news. "It wasn't fun. That was a tough conversation. I didn't want them to come out of the locker room and find out from everyone else. We're all heartbroken about it. It's happening everywhere, not just in Hutchinson, Kansas."
Scott Community's Brynn McCormick led all scorers with 15 points. Teammate Emily Weathers scored 10 points.
Kaleigh O'Brien led Halstead scorers with 13 points. Karenna Gerber scored 12 points.
Scott Community ends the season with a 20 and 4 record. They loose a core of five Seniors that helped to elevate the Lady Beavers to their first State Tournament appearance also.
Halstead finishes the season with a 21 and 3 record. The nucleus of the team will return to the court next season.