By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
Girls: Liberal 49, Hays 31
The Hays High Lady Indians failed to score in the first quarter against Liberal on Friday night and never could make up the difference falling to 0-7 on the season. Hays trailed 10-0 heading into the second quarter and twice cut the lead down to eight but could never get any closer. The Indians trailed by 19 at half time and lost by 49-31. Liberal has now won three straight games and moves to 3-4 on the year. It was the first game for both teams in Western Athletic Conference play.
Hays shot just 26% from the field making 12 of 46 shots while Liberal shot 30% going 16 for 54. Both teams made four three pointers. The teams totaled 50 turnovers 30 for Hays and 20 for Liberal.
Audra Schmeidler and Haley Wells each scored six to lead the Indians in the loss.
Boys: Hays 78, Liberal 49
For a second game in a week the Hays Indians trailed early but used a big first quarter run to put separation between them and their opponent. Liberal led the Indians 5-3 before Lane Clark made a three to give the Indians 6-5 lead and then Clark stole the ball in the back court and laid it in for an 8-5 lead. Hays would never trail again as that sparked a 12-0 run including an alley-oop jam from Kyler Niernberger to Brady Werth. Werth was fouled on the play and made the free throw. Liberal though fought back to be within nine midway through the second quarter, when Hays went on a 25-0 run over the final four minutes of the first half and first three minutes of the second taking a 51-17 lead. Hays moves to 7-0, 1-0 with the 78-49 win. Liberal drops to 3-5, 0-1.
Hays shot 52% in the victory going 25-54. Liberal made 15 field goals on the night, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Both teams went 6-17 on three point field goals. Neither team was stellar from the free throw line on the game. Hays was 13-24 and Liberal was 11-27. On the night Hays committed just 6 turnovers while Liberal had 21.
Hays was led by Brady Werth with 18 points. He has been in double figures in each of the seven games played this year. Jordan Windholz scored 15 and Lane Clark added 13. Liberal was led by Britton Abbott scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Hays will be at home Tuesday taking on Great Bend.