HALSTEAD, Kan. - The Haven Wildcats defeated the Hesston Swathers by a score of 55 to 46 to advance to the 3A State Basketball Tournament.
Haven Wildcat #1 Mario Quintero holds up one finger as he and his teammates celebrate with the Sub-State Champion trophy. The Haven Wildcats defeated the Hesston Swathers by a score of 55 to 46 to win the KSHSAA Class 3A Sub-State Championship game held at Adolph Rupp Court inside Halstead High School in Halstead, Kansas on March 7, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
This was only the second meeting of the two teams this year. Hesston won that matchup 42 to 36.
Haven came out and took a 5 to 0 lead at the start of the game. They would extend that to a 20 to 12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Hesston came back. They made three three-pointers along with two field goals in the quarter. The last three-pointer came as the buzzer sounded to end the half. That made shot gave them a 25 to 24 lead at the break.
The third quarter was a back and forth affair. Haven tied the score at 30 all at 3:30. Hesston the went on a 5-0 run. Haven would match that to end the quarter tied 35 all.
Haven took charge of the game in the fourth quarter. Darby Roper scored 11 of his 20 points in the last quarter. As a team, the Wildcats made 8 of 11 free throws in the quarter.
Hesston tried to match, but they only managed 11 points, including three made three-pointers.
"Hesston's is really good," said Haven Head Coach Lonnie Paramore. "That's why they were ranked number one most of the season. I told my guys it would be a game of runs. The fourth quarter it seemed we finally got over the hump and made them miss a few shots."
"They adjusted their zone and we could not get any offensive rebounds," said Hesston Head Coach Greg Raliegh. "We became three dependent. If all you shoot is threes there's going to be lots of ups and downs. Our kids always battle and I'm proud of them.
"We'll go cheer Haven on at State. I love Lonnie. He's a good coach. He kicked my butt tonight."
Haven's Darby Roper led all scorers with 20 points. Wyatt Carmichael scored 12 points.
Nick Arnold led Hesston scorers with 16 points. Jackson Humphreys scored 11 points and Cason Richardson added 10 points.
Hesston finishes the year with a 20 and 2 record.
Haven advances to the 3A State Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson. They will play their quarterfinal game on Wednesday.