SEDGWICK — Cold shooting and turnovers was too much for the Halstead Dragon girls to overcome in a 53-37 loss to Haven Friday night in the Class 3A sub-state semifinals in Sedgwick.

Halstead finished just 12 of 32 from the field, while Haven was 16 of 35. Halstead had 16 turnovers to nine for the Wildcats.

“Maybe it was nerves and maybe it was because they are a good defensive team,” Halstead coach Derek Schutte said. “They are long, and sometimes our shots just didn’t go in. They hit some threes and have some girls that can make some tough threes. That might have rattled us a little bit. We put some pressure on some of those and they made them anyway. We had some empty possessions on offense.”

Emmiley Hendrixson led Haven with 15 points. Sara Yutzy added 14.

Freshman Karenna Gerber led Halstead with 15 points.

Halstead opened the game missing its first 11 shots from the field, trailing 8-3 after the first quarter. Josie Engel broke the drought from the field with a three-point play with 5:55 left in the half.

Down by one, Halstead gave up an 13-4 run to end the half and trail 25-15.

Haven extended the run in the third quarter with a pair of Jordan Barlow free throws. Daphne Williams answered for Halstead with a 3-pointer.

Halstead trailed by as many as 14 and got as close as nine in the period. Hendrixson hit two free throws with .2 seconds left in the quarter to put Haven up 41-28.

After a scoreless span of just under two minutes, Haven scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter off turnovers to put the game away.

Haven pulled its starters with 1:28 to play.

Haven, 18-3, will take on Hesston at 6 p.m. today in the finals.

Halstead ends the season 18-3. The Dragons lose three seniors, including two starters.

“This is our best season since 1988,” Schutte said. “That team went 19-4 and lost in the sub-state finals. We’re 18-3. I wouldn’t have expected that at the start of the year, starting a lot of freshmen. Daphne, Kayla (Newman) and Starr (Barrett) have been great leaders and great examples. We have to keep getting better. We need to become better shooters and better defenders. They’ll play a lot of basketball. They are going to work hard and use this as motivation.”

HAVEN (18-3) — Matteson 0 0-0 0, 0; Hendrixson 1 (3) 4-5 2, 15; Bontrager 0 0-0 1, 0; Roper 1 0-0 2, 2; Wilhite 0 1-2 0, 1; Barlow 1 3-3 4, 5; Paramore 2 5-5 4, 9; A.Yutzy 0 0-0 0, 0; S.Yutzy 4 6-9 3, 14; Sipe 0 0-0 0, 0; Estill 3 0-0 0, 6; TOTALS 12 (3) 20-26 19, 53.

HALSTEAD (18-3) — Lewis 1 0-0 1, 2; Barrett 0 0-0 1, 0; Williams 0 (1) 4-5 4, 7; Engel 1 (1) 0-0 3, 5; Gerber 5 5-6 4, 15; K.Newman 2 1-3 4, 5; Werner 0 0-0 2, 0; McClain 0 3-5 2, 3; TOTALS 9 (2) 13-19 21, 37.

Haven;8;17;16;12;—53

Halstead;3;12;13;9;—37