By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
GIRLS: Junction City 50, Hays 32
The Hays High Indians traveled away from Hays for the first time this season taking on Junction City Tuesday night.
The Lady Indians fell behind 6-0 early, but battled back to twice get with in two points. At 10-8, Hays had two opportunities to tie or take the lead but couldn’t take advantage of Junction City miscues. The Lady Jays built their lead to 11 at halftime and moved on for the 18 point win.
Hays was led by a big night from sophomore Audra Schmeidler, scoring 19 points grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking 2 shots. Schmeidler made all but one of the Indian’s eight field goals on the night.
Hays shot just 25% on the night making 8 of 32 shots and hitting 14 of 27 free throws. Junction City shot 14 of 38 and made 19 of 24 free throws. The teams combined for 52 turnovers and 50 plus fouls. Hays falls to 0-5 on the season and Junction City improves to 2-2.
Kirk Maska Postgame Interview
BOYS: Hays 46, Junction City 45
Junction City was looking for a 3-0 mark in games against the Western Athletic Conference this season after beating Great Bend and Dodge City on Friday and Saturday. Hays though would rally from four down after losing a 13 point third quarter lead.
Hays looked to be well on their way to a fifth consecutive victory to open the season after 10-0 run to take a 13-3 first quarter lead. The Indians held a nine point lead when Lane Clark was fouled and took an elbow on the top of the head that opened a gash on top of his head that forced him to miss the rest of the quarter. Hays scored just five more points in his absence, all by Brady Werth, and led 22-13 at intermission.
The Indians pushed their lead to 28-15 on back to back Kade Parker and Clark threes. Junction City though answered back with a 18-4 run to grab an early fourth quarter 33-32 lead, their first of the game. Hays would regain the lead on a pair of Werth free throws before a three pointer by the Blue Jays gave Junction City a 36-34 lead with 5:55 remaining in the game. Hays used another three pointer from Kade Parker to tie the game at 38, before falling behind 44-40 with 2:33 remaining on a Junction City three point play. The Blue Jays would score just one more point the rest of the game. In the next two minutes Hays got four points from Werth to get with in one at 45-44. Junction City had the ball but committed a turnover with 35 seconds left and fouled Jordan Windholz who hit both free throws giving Hays the 46-45 lead.
Junction City ran the clock down and after calling a time out, never got a shot off as the Indian defense forced a turnover as the clock expired.
Hays was led by Brady Werth with 22 points 16 rebounds and two blocked shots. Werth was also 6-6 from the free throw line. The Indians got a huge night from Kade Parker hitting 3 of 4 three pointers on his way to a season high 11.
Hays shot 13 of 20 from the free throw line, but made their final six over the games last three minutes to help seal the win. The Indians shot 14 of 36 in the game for 39% and made 5 of 12 threes. Junction City also shot 39% at 18 of 46 and made 6 of 15 3’s. The Blue Jays though made just 3 of 8 free throws. Hays had a season high 21 turnovers in the win.
Hays moves to 5-0 and is ranked 4th by the KBCA in class 5A. Junction City falls to 2-2.
Hays is off for the rest of 2013 and will play again on January 7th in Pratt.
Rick Keltner Postgame Interview