SEDGWICK — It will be an all-Harvey County Class 3A boys’ sub-state final after the Halstead Dragons outlasted Central Kansas League rival Haven 54-45 Thursday in Sedgwick.

Halstead, 19-2, will face host Sedgwick at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a trip to state on the line.

The game was never secure for the Dragons until the last minute of play. Halstead hit 17 of 20 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off the Wildcats. Halstead finished 21 of 25 from the line, while Haven was 13 of 18.

“We made it interesting, but Haven has so much fight in them,” Halstead coach Lonnie Lollar said. “That’s what made it so hard to finish them off. That’s a credit to coach (Lonnie) Paramore. Those kids fight extremely hard. … I knew there wouldn’t be much of a margin between the two teams. Even though we had some defensive let downs, they made it tough to get into a flow. We did what we needed to do. They had to come get us and our guys stepped up. We’re a 73 or 74 percent free throw shooting team. That’s about 80 percent in college. We were 17 of 20 in the fourth quarter.”

Kason O’Neal led 19-2 Halstead with 20 points. Baylor Bohling and Dalton Kraus each scored 11. Bohling scored all of his points in the fourth quarter, including nine of 11 free throws.

“Baylor won our free throw shooting contest the other day,” Lollar said. “We hold one every day after school. He’s a tremendous free throw shooter. He’s in the 80s, around 85 percent. In my miund, Dalton Kraus put a stamp on us. Dalton’s taken 22 charges this year, now 23. That was a big play at the very end.”

Thayne Unruh and Luke Wells each scored seven points for Haven, 13-8.

Halstead hit from the outside early to lead by as many as eight. A Nathan Rohling putback with 30 seconds left in the period got Haven to within eight, 13-7.

Haven opened the second quarter with a 6-2 run to get within two. Halstead replied with two of three O’Brien free throws, an O’Neal trey and a Dalton Kraus layup off a steal to put the Dragons up 22-13 at the half.

Both teams shot about 33 percent in the first half. Halstead was seven of 20, while Haven was five of 15.

Halstead opened the second half with an O’Neal layup, but unforced turnovers allowed Haven back in the game with a 7-0 run. Dalton Kraus broke the run with a 3-pointer with 3:11 left in the period. Dalton Kraus followed with a short jumper off a turnover. A Braden Gerber layup and an O’Neal slam put Halstead back up by 11 with 1:49 left in the period and prompted a Haven time out. Halstead led by nine at the end of the period, 33-24.

Halstead held the ball for almost 90 seconds to start the fourth quarter before turning it over. Tyler Newcomer then hit two free throws for Haven. Gerber hit a layup for Halstead, followed by a Baylor Bohling three-point play to get the Dragons up by 12 with just under five minutes in regulation.

Haxton Smith scored a three-point play with 3:07 in regulation to get Haven within nine. Dalton Kraus answered with two free throws seven seconds later. A Thane Unruh three-point play got Haven within six with 2:19 in regulation. Bohling replied with two free throws 25 seconds later. Kaleb Dale hit two free throws with 1:02 in regulation to get Haven within five. With no time off the clock, Bohling hit two free throws. O’Neal followed with two free throws.

Bohling hit two free throws with 34.9 seconds remaining to get Halstead back out by 11.

“That team that we played has been hot,” Lollar said. “They beat a very good Hutchinson Trinity team. They scored 43 points in the first half against Trinity. We held them to 13 in the first half. We gave up 32 in the second half.”

Halstead takes on a Sedgwick team the Dragons beat 60-50 back in December.

“It’s not going to be easy to play on the home team’s floor, but we’re looking forward to the challenge,” Lollar said. “They have a good shooting team. They have some nice players. We’re going to prepare tomorrow, but we’re going to enjoy this tonight.”

HAVEN (13-8) — Nisly 0 0-0 0, 0; Schmucker 0 0-0 0, 0; Ko.Dale 0 (2) 0-0 4, 6; Ka.Dale 2 2-4 5, 6; Davis 0 0-0 0, 0; Smith 1 1-1 3, 3; Unruh 2 3-5 5, 7; Wells 2 3-4 1, 7; Carmichael 0 0-0 0, 0; Rohling 3 0-0 1, 6; Miller 2 0-0 0, 4; Newcomer 1 4-4 3, 6; TOTALS 13 (2) 13-18 22, 45.

HALSTEAD (19-2) — O’Brien 0 (1) 2-4 2, 5; Gerber 2 (1) 0-0 2, 7; K.Kraus 0 0-0 2, 0; Bohling 1 9-11 4, 11; D.Kraus 2 (1) 4-4 3, 11; O’Neal 4 (2) 6-6 2, 20; Seibel 0 0-0 2, 0; TOTALS 9 (5) 21-25 17, 54.