By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
The Hays High Indians played their first games of the 2014 portion of the basketball season in Pratt on Tuesday night with the same results each team has had all season.
Girls: Pratt 70, Hays 29
Pratt sandwiched a 9-0 and 19-0 run around a pair of Indian free throws and controlled the game from the very beginning in defeating Hays 70-29. The Indians made just eight shots on the night on 22 attempts. Pratt shot 58% making 28 of 48 and 8 of 13 beyond the arc. One bright spot on the game was free throws shooting that saw Hays make 12 of 18. The Indians were led by Haley Wells who scored eight. Pratt had six girls score seven or more points led by Missouri Southern signee Jenson Maydew.
Pratt is currently ranked 4th by the KBCA in 4A division 2. Tuesday’s game marks the fourth state ranked team that Hays has played in their first six games.
Hays drops to 0-6, while Pratt improves to 4-1.
Coach Kirk Maska Postgame Interview
Boys: Hays 61, Pratt 27
It took the Indians a couple of minutes in the first quarter to shake off the holiday rust, but once they got rolling Pratt had no answer for the third rated team in class 5A. Pratt led early on a pair of free throws just 30 seconds in the game. Hays would then score the games next 15 points to lead 15-2 after the first quarter. The lead would dwindle only once to 11 points and never be close again as Hays moves to 6-0 with a 61-27 victory in Pratt on Tuesday night.
Hays shot 46% from the floor making 21 of 46 shots. Pratt made just eight field goals, two of which came in the games final 90 seconds.
The Indians put three into double figures led by Jordan Windholz scoring 14, Brady Werth added 12 and Clayton Riedel chipped in 10 off the bench. Pratt drops to 1-4 on the year.
Hays is back in action on Friday to open up Western Athletic Conference play against Liberal.
Coach Rick Keltner Postgame Interview