Halstead reaches State tourney for first time in school history

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HALSTEAD, Kan. - The Halstead Lady Dragons defeat the Haven Lady Wildcats by a score of 40 to 35 to advance to the 3A State Basketball tournament for the first time in school history.

Halstead Lady Dragon #5 Karenna Gerber holds the Sub-State Champion trophy above her team. The Halstead Lady Dragons defeated the Haven Wildcats by a score of 40 to 35 to win the KSHSAA Class 3A Sub-State Championship game held at Adolph Rupp Court inside Halstead High School in Halstead, Kansas on March 7, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

This was the third meeting of the two teams this season. Haven won both games with scores of 37 to 30 and 34 to 27.

Halstead's only other loss came to 4A State qualifier Nickerson.

The Lady Dragons came out and led at the end of the first quarter 9 to 8.

Two three-pointers by the Lady Dragons helped them to take a 21 to 13 lead into the locker room for halftime.

Haven's Faith Paramore only recored three points, all from made free throws, in the first half. She picked up two fouls and spent time on the bench.

Paramore scored all of Haven's seven points in the third quarter. Her time was limited as at the 3:30 mark she picked up her fourth foul.

She would remain on the bench until 6:02 remaining in the game. At that point Halstead led 27 to 21.

With 2:56 left on the clock, Faith Paramore drained a three-pointer to narrow the Lady Dragon lead to 31 to 28.

Halstead continued to score and keep the lead just far enough away to hold on for victory. The Lady Dragons would attempt 19 free throws in the fourth quarter. They made 11 of them.

"Haven's a great team with a great coach and players," said Halstead Head Coach Derek Schutte. "We played them twice and lost. Tonight the girls made plays and hit big free throws.

"Since third grade these girls had the potential to go to State. We would always remind them throughout the game tonight about what they wanted to accomplish in third grade."

"We couldn't get stops when we needed them," said Haven Head Coach Dwight Roper. "Faith worked really hard. Last night was the first game she played in ten days with an ankle injury. She gutted it out and didn't have her normal bounce, but she never complained."

Halstead's Karenna Gerber led all scorers with 24 points.

Haven's Faith Paramore followed closely with 21 points.

Haven ends their season with a 18 and 4 record.

Halstead will play in the 3A State Basketball Tournament at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson. Their tournament will start with a quarterfinal game on Thursday.


Halstead Lady Dragon #23 Kaleigh O’Brien looks for an open teammate. The Halstead Lady Dragons defeated the Haven Wildcats by a score of 40 to 35 to win the KSHSAA Class 3A Sub-State Championship game held at Adolph Rupp Court inside Halstead High School in Halstead, Kansas on March 7, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)