The Haven Wildcat Classic was a loaded field on paper to begin with. 6 of the 8 teams entered with two losses or less, with defending 2A champion Garden Plain coming in as the six seed in the bracket.
Host Haven was presented with a tough a path as any team to win the title, starting with 2 loss Moundridge then the possibility of having to beat a pair of unbeaten teams for the championship.
That path came to fruition.
The run started Friday night, with Haven winning a back and forth game over perfect Nickerson, the team that handed Haven their first loss earlier in the season.
That was followed up with a game against Cheney, the second team entering the field with a spotless record. For Haven, the records didn't matter much.
Haven outscored Cheney 15-6 in the second quarter to jump out to a 25-15 halftime lead. They kept that lead in double digits for most of the third quarter until Cheney cut the deficit to five points early in the fourth quarter.
After a quick timeout, the Wildcats took back charge, using a strong fourth quarter to come away with the 54-40 win, their first time winning the tourney they host in 6 years.
Junior Faith Paramore lead the charge for the 'Cats, dropping 24 points a night after scoring 32 on Nickerson for a two game total of 56 in an under 24 hour span. Sarah Yutzy added 11 and Arie Roper chipped in 10 in the win.