LARNED, Kan. - Haven girls’ coach Dwight Roper believes his Wildcats are playing well defensively. On Tuesday, Haven scored the game’s first 34 points and easily defeated Larned, 50-8, in a road contest.
“We shared the ball well,” Roper said. “We work on execution and defensively getting where we need to be. Just rotating people in, playing some different people together.”
Haven, ranked third in Class 3A, improved to 14-2 and won its tenth straight. The streak includes two wins versus Halstead (No. 7 in 3A), a victory against Nickerson (No. 5 in 4A) and a win versus Garden Plain (No. 6 in 2A). In the 10-game run, Haven has allowed just 25.9 points a contest. Larned remained winless.
“We stress defense,” Roper said. “You can play defense every night, and I have been pleased with our defensive effort, and I was tonight. I thought we did a good job in the man.”
Senior Faith Paramore, an Oral Roberts signee and career 1,000-point scorer, led with 17 points. Sophomore Reese Roper, normally a starter, missed the game with shin splints. She is expected to return Friday in a key road contest with Nickerson that has significant Central Kansas League ramifications.
Nickerson has only lost twice, both to Haven. Junior guard Carlee Arnold stepped up with 13 points.
Haven led 28-0 at halftime and didn’t allow a point until a jumper from the free throw line with five minutes left in the third quarter. The Wildcats have plenty of height with Paramore, senior Sara Yutzy, and junior Maguire Estill, all 5-11. Haven ran zone in the second half.
“We just really try hard to keep the ball out of the paint,” coach Roper said. “Create turnovers, and give up one shot.”