Hesston teams lose in sub-state finals

By Steve Sell
March 06, 2016

HALSTEAD — The Class 3A State Basketball Tournament is going to be missing a familiar team.

Make that two familiar teams.

Hesston, which has been a staple at the Hutchinson Sports Arena, had two chances on Saturday to qualify teams during the sub-state finals, but Southeast of Saline had other ideas.

The two-time defending 3A state champion Swather girls saw their season end prematurely with a 47-38 loss, while the boys were edged 51-50.

The Swather girls missed their final eight shots as the Trojans closed the game on a 7-0 run. 

Hesston dug itself a hole early, down 13-3. It eventually steadied the ship and tied the game  twice in the third quarter.

Kailey Jo Ince scored 18 points to lead Hesston, while Cami Richardson added 12 in the final game of her terrific Swather career.

Hesston finished the year 18-5.

In the boys’ game, the Trojans were money at the foul line in the fourth quarter by making 7 of 8 in the final 1:38 to avenge last year’s sub-state loss to the Swathers, who finished 20-3.

Hesston trailed by eight points heading into the fourth quarter, but stormed back to make it interesting at the end.

Zach Vogt led Hesston with 13 points. Cold shooting did in the Swathers, as they were just 17 of 51 from the field. Free throws were the difference as the Trojans made 16 of 22 compared to 10 of 14 for Hesston.