The number four seeded Henning Hornets came out as the victors in a quarterfinal round matchup with Christ’s Household of Faith in the Class A State Boys Basketball Tournament on Thursday afternoon at William Arena, beating the Lions 63-56.
Shooting 65.4% (17-26) from the FT line, the Hornets held the lead much of the game. Henning led by as many as nine points in the first half and held a 32-32 halftime lead over the Lions with Parker Fraki scoring 9 points in the half.
Christ’s Household of Faith battled back and took a six point lead at 45-39 with under twelve minutes to play. The Hornets fought back to tie the game at 50-50 with just over five minutes remaining. McCaleb Alleman made one-of-two free throws with 30 seconds left to cut the Henning lead to 55-54, however, a foul by Alleman, followed by a technical foul on the senior, allowed the Hornets an opportunity to extend their lead. Parker Fraki made one of his two free throws and then Sam Fisher went to the line to shoot the technical foul shots, making both to give Henning a 58-54 lead. Fisher was then fouled on the inbounds play and went to the line again, making both attempts and increasing the lead to 60-54. Alleman made a basket, but Fisher (1-2) and Fraki (2-2) finished strong at the free throw line and the game ended with a 63-56 win for Henning.
Sam Fisher led the Hornets with 20 points, hitting 6-of-10 field goal attempts and 7-of-8 free throws. He also dished out six assists and came up with 6 steals. Blake Wallevand also had 6 assists and added a pair of blocked shots. Fraki contributed 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Isaac Fisher and Dylan Trana pulled down 7 and 6 rebounds, respectively. The Hornets held a slight 34-33 edge on the boards and shot 39.2% (20-51) from the field, making just 27.3% (6-22) of their 3’s.
The Lions shot 45.7% (21-46) from the floor and made 7-of-16 (43.8%) of their treys. They were 7-of-15 (46.7%) from the free throw line. Henning forced 21 turnovers, recording 12 steals in the game.
Henning (29-1) will play Spring Grove (24-4) in a semifinal matchup at noon Friday at Target Center. Spring Grove upset top-seeded Springfield 78-67 in the first game of the day.