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Sedgwick defense stymies Halstead

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com
Halstead sophomore Spencer Johnson is challenged by Sedgwick's Henry Burns during play Friday.

HALSTEAD — The Sedgwick High School boys’ basketball team used its pressure to force 32 turnovers and claim a 42-15 win over Halstead Friday in season-opening play in Halstead.

Halstead was only able to get 15 shots off. Sedgwick was 16 of 45 shooting.

“We let our defense do the offense for us,” Sedgwick coach Darren Crumrine said. “Our shooting was disappointing. I thought we got good shots. We just didn’t hit them. I think those guys will hit later in the year. Our defensive effort, team defense, was pretty solid.”

“We’re a young group with a lot of inexperience,” Halstead coach Justin Schneider said. “We have one guy coming back with experience — Jackson (Swift) — he missed half of last season with an ankle injury, so really we have no experience coming back. One thing I really like about this group is they play so hard. They don’t give up. They don’t quit. They really pick each other up and stay behind each other. Those are things you can really build on. There were some positives. We adjusted at halftime and did some different things. They weren’t going to let up the pressure in the second half. … It’s hard when you’re a young team. We played three freshmen tonight. They went from middle school to the speed of high school varsity.”

Both teams had to navigate the COVID-19 obstacles during the pre-season.

“We missed a substantial amount of practice,” Crumrine said. “We were down a kid who probably was going to start tonight. He’s in quarantine. We went through some different rotations. We just found out yesterday. That threw us out of the rotations we envisioned doing.”

Lance Hoffsommer led Sedgwick with 17 points. Swift led Halstead with seven points.

“We didn’t have a lot of restrictions in terms of practices,” Schneider said. “We had 16 in. We had one (player) in quarantine, which just happened yesterday.”

Halstead led 2-0 through the first six minutes of the game. A Hoffsommer 3-pointer and a Henry Burns layup just before the final buzzer put Sedgwick up 5-2.

Sedgwick went on a 16-0 run to start the second quarter. Conner Boyd broke a 12 1/2-minute scoreless span for Halstead with a pair of free throws. Connor Tillman hit two free throws with 47.6 seconds left in the half to put Sedgwick up 23-4.

Halstead took just six shots from the field in the first half. Sedgwick was seven of 21 shooting.

Sedgwick won the third quarter 8-4. Halstead scored first in the fourth quarter to reach double digits in scoring. Sedgwick tripped the 30-point running clock with 4:20 to play.

Sedgwick hosts Classical School of Wichita Monday as part of the Remington Classic. Halstead plays the Wichita Homeschool Warriors Monday in Marion as a part of the Marion Classic.

“I don’t know much about (Classical),” Crumrine said. “I think they are playing (Hutchinson) Central Christian tonight. We’ll have to shoot the ball better than we did tonight.”

“We play Wichita Homeschool on Monday and turn around and play Eureka on Tuesday,” Schnieder said. “I don’t know a whole lot about Homeschool. They are probably going to be athletic from what I’ve heard in the past. Eureka has a good guard. It will be a good challenge playing Monday and Tuesday. We don’t get a lot time. We get one practice and turnaround and play two games. Our rotations are pretty tight. These guys are really going to get in shape the next couple of weeks.”

SEDGWICK (1-0) — Crumrine 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Stucky 0 0-0 2, 0; Huebert 0 0-0 2, 0; Hoffsommer 5 (1) 4-5 1, 17; Burns 1 (1) 1-1 5, 6; Brown 3 0-0 1, 6; Tillman 4 0-2 3, 8; Hansen 0 2-2 2, 8; TOTALS 13 (3) 7-10 16, 42.

HALSTEAD (0-1) — Farmer 0 0-0 0, 0; Gerber 0 0-0 0, 0; Boyd 1 2-2 2, 4; Swift 2 3-6 3, 7; Davison 1 0-0 5, 2; Johnson 1 0-0 4, 2; Burns 0 0-0 0, 0; McDonald 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 7 5-8 13, 15.

Sedgwick;5;18;8;11;—;42

Halstead;2;2;4;7;—;15

Sedgwick junior Lance Hoffsommer puts up a 3-point shot during play Friday at Halstead. Hoffsommer scored 17 points in a 42-15 Sedgwick win.