HOISINGTON, Kan. Hoisington ended the Central Plains boys winning streak at 54 games Friday with a 62-28 win.
The Cardinals have been on the losing end of some tough battles to their Barton County rivals in years past. Friday, Cardinal coach Kyle Haxton was on the right side of a running-clock win.
"We knew that score was 60-30 last year in their favor and we wanted to come out and play hard, regardless of the score," he said. "We wanted to do the little things right and be ready to go."
The teams combined for 27 fouls in the first half. Hoisington won the free-throw shooting contest with a 15-of-24 effort from the stripe in the first two quarters. The inexperienced Oilers struggled to a 4-for-11 start. The result was a 29-12 Hoisington lead by halftime.
Eventually the shooters found some space. Sophomore Bralen Thompson knocked down a pair of third-quarter threes for Hoisington, and Oiler senior JJ Heredia added a trey on the other end.
Into the fourth, Cardinal senior Avery Brewer hit back-to-back threes for his side and Heredia added five more points for his team-high 16. Hoisington got the clock running for good on a 3-pointer from junior Braden Mooney with 2:03 remaining.
The Cardinals were without leading scorer Drew Nicholson. Junior guard Mason Haxton filled the void with 17 points. Brewer added 10 points, and Mooney and junior Ryan Woydziak each chipped in with nine points.