The Hays High Indians split their championship semi-final games on Friday night at Hays High School.
The Lady Indians had problems shooting through out the night but trailed by just two points to Newton at half time after the score had been tied five different times in the second half. Hays trailed by as many at seven early in the third fourth quarter, but a Kaitlyn Schumacher three point play brought Hays within four points. It was the closest Hays would get all night as Nnewton went on a 7-0 run to grab their first double digit lead of the night and win 43-31. Schumacher led the Indians in scoring with nine, Janae Gagnon added eight.
Hays shot just 29% from the floor and made just 2 of 13 three point field goal attempts. Newton shot 43% in the victory.
The Hays Lady Indians will play DeSoto for third place at 2:00. Both teams are 1-1.
Last year Lane Clark hit a three pointer at the buzzer to beat Newton 42-39 in the fourth place game of the Hays City shoot out. Early on it looked like there would be no heroics needed as the Indians led 14-5 early in the second quarter. But 17 first half turnovers combined with Newton making 8 of the final 12 shots of the first half including a three at the buzzer put Newton up 23-21 at half time. The Indians missed several point blank shots in the third quarter to keep the game close. Hays trailed by ten with 7:30 left to go in the game and after getting the game with in seven Hays couldn’t score on three consecutive possessions.
Still down 44-35 with less than 3:00 minutes to go, the Indians poured in eight consecutive points on a Brady Werth put back, while Layne Downing and Lane Clark each hit a three making the score 44-43 with one minute remaining. Hays again trailed 47-43 after three consecutive Newton free throws. Nick Petz knocked down his third three of the game to get with in one at 47-46. Again Austin Krogmeier answered at the free throw line with two more making the score 49-46 with 13 seconds remaining. Newton used the foul they had to give with 1.9 seconds remaining…just enough time for more Lane Clark heroics. The ball was in-bounded to Kyler Niernberger who immediately found Clark for a floating three point shot that went in as the horn sounded.
Tied 49 in over time, the Indian’s Brady Werth scored four of the teams five points while Krogmeier missed a running three pointer that went half way around the rim before hopping out giving the Indians a 54-53 victory.
Brady Werth tallied his first career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Petz and Lane Clark each had three, three point field goals scoring 13 and 12 respectively. Each total was a career high in scoring.
Hays turned the ball over 27 times ans shot just 35% from the field in the overtime win.
Hays will play Kearney, NE in the championship at 7:30 on Saturday.