Hays High Splits Meeting With Salina South
The Hays High Lady Indians lost consecutive games for just the second time this season, as their upset bid of the 6th ranked Salina South Cougars came up short on Tuesday night. Hays led 7-0 to start the game and built their largest lead (11-3) at the end of the first quarter. Hays still lead by seven at halftime and by five after three quarters. South took their first lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter 25-23, but Hays responded with a 6-0 run to lead again by five. Katelyn Schumacher scored three points over a twenty second period to give Hays a two point lead with 27 seconds remaining. South missed a shot from the lane, then had a three pointer blocked that was rebounded and scored as the horn sounded sending the game into overtime.
In over time Hays led twice by two points and was tied at 38 on an Emily Braun free throw with 12 seconds left. Megan Holloway, an Emporia State University signee, went the length of the court and scored with just 2.3 seconds remaining and the Indians heave at the buzzer came up several feet short.
Hays falls to 6-8 on the season while Salina South is now 11-2. The Indians shot 44% from the field but turned the ball over 19 times in the loss. Taylor Herman led the team with 11 and Schumacher grabbed 12 rebounds. Cassidy Cook led the Cougars in scoring with 16 and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Hays High 54 – Salina South 48 (Boys)
Hays High needed to win, period. Hays had lost three games in a row and were only 2-4 since starting the season with seven consecutive wins. It wasn’t always pretty but the Hays pulled a win out of Salina South gym 54-48. Hays shot just 2-14 in the first quarter and was down 11-6 after the first eight minutes. Hays got within two twice, but could never tie and then fell down seven with 2:45 remaining before halftime. The Indians then woke up. Kyler Niernberger converted on a rare four point play, Derek Bixenman knocked in a long three and Adam Deterding scored right before half, giving the Indians a 25-23 lead. South made two free throws to tie the game at halftime.
After falling behind 27-25 to open the second half, Hays went on a 12-2 run opening up a 8 point lead with all 12 points scored by Brady Werth and Kade Parker. Hays High led by five entering the fourth quarter, but never gave up the lead despite only scoring one fourth quarter field goal. Hays went 1-7 from the field but made 13 of 17 and 11 of their final 13 over the final four minutes of the game. Hays shot 33% from the field, but did make 5 of 13 three’s and 17 of 23 free throws. South shot 39% made just three, three’s and 15 of 21 free throws.
Hays was lead in scoring by Brady Werth with 14 points while Kade Parker scored 11. Six players scored four points or more in the win. Hays moves to 10-4 on the year while South drops to 4-9.
The Indians return to action next Tuesday when they host Salina Central.