HALSTEAD, Kan. - The Haven Wildcats won a 53 to 48 victory over fellow Central Kansas League member the Lyons Lions to advance to the Sub-State Championship on Saturday.
Haven Wildcat #11 Darby Roper drives to the basket. The Haven Wildcats defeated the Lyons Lions by a score of 53 to 48 in the KSHSAA Class 3A Sub-State Semifinal game held at Adolph Rupp Court inside Halstead High School in Halstead, Kansas on March 5, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Earlier in the season, Haven defeated Lyons by a score of 61 to 42.
This game proved to be much tighter.
The two teams traded the lead in the first quarter. At times responding shot for shot. Both sides hit three three-pointers in the first half.
At the break, Haven held a 18 to 16 lead.
Lyons stormed into the lead thanks to a 20 point third quarter. Haven tried to match it, but fell a few points short with only 16.
In the fourth quarter, Lyons only scored 12 points. All of the points coming from four made three-pointers by Connor Minix.
Haven scored 17 points and that difference in point totals sealed the deal for the Wildcats.
The deciding play came from a turn over by Mario Quintero. Quintero stole the ball from a Lyons player as they tried to get into position to score a tying or winning shot with only seconds left on the clock.
Quintero took the ball down the court but he was fouled and earned two shots from the line. He made both of them and put the game out of the reach of the Lions.
"Lyons played really well. They attacked us well. We played tight. We didn't play loose," said Haven Head Coach Lonnie Paramore.
"I'm really proud of our kids," said Lyons Head Coach Brian Friess. "When your point guard is on the bench with his fifth foul. It was tough."
"This was the first winning season for some of our kids in any sport all four years."
All four players who scored for Haven scored at least 10 points. Zane Jacques led with 17 points. Wyatt Carmichael scored 15. Mario Quintero added 11 points. Darby Roper rounded out the team with 10 points.
Connor Minix led Lyons with 18 points. Rey Alamos had 13 points and Trey McClure added 11 points.
Lyons end their season with a 16 and 6 record.
Haven will face Hesston for a berth to the State Tournament on Saturday evening.