Hesston comes back to top Larned
The Hesston Swathers defeated the Larned Indians by a score of 53 to 51 to advance to the Halstead 3A Sub-State Final on Saturday.
The Swathers won over the Indians on February 18th by a score of 46 to 45.
Both teams traded the lead in the first half. Hesston led 15 to 13 at the end of the first quarter. Larned would quickly take back the lead.
By the end of the first half, Larned built a four point lead, 28 to 24.
At one point in the third quarter, Larned led by eight points.
Going into the fourth quarter, Larned held only a three point lead. Hesston's defense went to work and held Chance Sanger of the Indians scoreless in the last period.
Larned committed several fouls and put the Swathers on the line many times. They made six out of the 12 attempts they had in the fourth quarter.
Those free throws kept the small lead they had intact.
With only a few seconds left on the clock, Larned needed two points to tie or a three to win. The ball made it under the basket. Jack Stelter was fouled by a Swather.
He went to the line with zeros showing on the clock for two free throws. He missed them both.
"We played hard," said Hesston Head Coach Greg Raliegh. "Somehow we cut their lead back and we did not quit.
"Our league is really good. I wished they did 3A different. There's three or four teams that are good enough to represent the CKL at state."
"We knew it was going to be a contested ball game," said Larned Head Coach Jerrod Smith. "I didn't think that anyone was going to run away from the other. Came down to free throws. When you get a little tired, your legs hurt, and free throws suffer."
Chance Sanger of Larned lead all scorers with 20 points. Brock Skelton added 14 points. Andreus Tucker scored 10 points in the game.
Cason Richardson led the Swathers with 15 points. Three players scored nine points, Brayden Schilling, Jackson Humphreys, and Nick Arnold.
Hesston advances to met Haven in another Central Kansas League rematch for a chance to go to the State Tournament in Hutchinson next week.
Larned ends their season with a 16 and 6 record.