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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Caldwell beats South Haven, advances to substate final

  • An 8-0 run to start the third quarter made the difference as Caldwell beat South Haven 57-47 in the Substate tournament at Burden Thursday.

    South Haven ends its season at 8-14. Caldwell, 15-7, Cedarvale-Dexter at 7:30 Saturday for the substate title and a trip to the state tournament.
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  • An 8-0 run to start the third quarter made the difference as Caldwell beat South Haven 57-47 in the Substate tournament at Burden Thursday.
    South Haven ends its season at 8-14. Caldwell, 15-7, Cedarvale-Dexter at 7:30 Saturday for the substate title and a trip to the state tournament. Cedarvale-Dexter, 7-16, pulled off a huge upset Thursday, knocking off top-seeded Udall (17-4) to get to the final.
    Caldwell had beaten South Haven just eight days ago, and the Cardinals were not going to out with out a battle. South Haven played with Caldwell through the first half and managed a rally early in the final quarter.
    Caldwell coach Daniel Jantz thought that may have helped South Haven prepare for Caldwell. He said they made some adjustments at half that helped them pull away.
    “We went to a zone and clogged up the passing lanes. We got some turnovers and hit some shots,”  he said.
    Both teams had runs in the second quarter, and South Haven led 19-17 at one point. Caldwell finished the second on a 9-2 run to take a 26-21 lead at the half.
    Caldwell led by as many as 20 in the third quarter.
    In that third-quarter run  Kaden Halling scored eight of his 17 points for the Blue Jays.  Colden Ward scored 16 for Caldwell  and had three 3-pointers in the first half.  Devan Yord scored nine and Kyler Bruey had eight for the Blue Jays.
    South Haven hung with Caldwell for a half by hitting its shots. The team went a big cold in the third, had some turnovers and had trouble hitting foul shots.
    South Haven Coach Kalen Fitch said his team lost some focus near the end of the season.
    The team was very young this year, and Fitch said the team struggled this season with its youth.
    “I think we will be ok,” he said.
    For the Cardinals, Anthony Hawkins had 14 points and Trevon Creed added 10. Alex Nicholson had seven, with two 3-pointers.
    Caldwell now turns its attention to Saturday and the finals of substate. A win sends them to the state tournament and a loss ends the season.
     
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