By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
GIRLS: Great Bend 70, Hays 43
While the score doesn’t look good, the Hays High Lady Indians showed much needed signs of aggression and willingness to shoot the ball Tuesday night in their loss to Great Bend. The Panthers led Hays early 5-0, but Hays scored back to back field goals to get with in one and had possession of the basketball. Hays however turned the ball over, starting a 12-2 Great Bend run creating a deficit the Indians could never over come falling 70-43.
Hays shot well beyond the arc hitting 5 of 10 three point shots, and 10 of 16 from the free throw line. Great Bend however shot 45% for the game and made 8 of 16 beyond the arc. The Indians achilles heal again was turnovers committing 30 in the game.
The Lady Indians were led by Audra Schmeidler with 15 points, including three of the Indians treys.
Hays falls to 0-8 on the year and 0-2 in the WAC. Great Bend ranked 8th in 5A moves to 6-1 and 2-0 in the conference. Great Bend was the fifth state ranked opponent the Indians have played in their first 8 games.
Kirk Maska Postgame Interview
BOYS: Hays 70, Great Bend 25
Hays started the game on a 15-0 run and never looked back beating their rival Great Bend 70-25 on Tuesday night. Great Bend scored only two field goals in the first half at the :40 mark of the first quarter and the :25 mark of the second. Hays went on a 17-0 run in between the shots and pushed their lead to 34-5 at half. Hays opened the second half on another 15-0 run and lead midway through the third quarter 49-5. The Indians biggest lead came in the fourth quarter by fifty points.
Hays shot well all night making 25 of 56 shots and 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. Hays was also a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Great Bend shot just 27%, 9 of 33 and made 5 of 12 threes. Hays out rebounded Great Bend 40-15 in the game.
Seven players scored seven or more points in the game for Hays and only one made it to double figures, led by the 13 of Clayton Riedel.
The Indians move to 8-0 for the first time in 43 years and first time ever under head coach Rick Keltner. Great Bend has lost six in a row and is now 1-6 on the year. The Indians also move to 2-0 in WAC play.
Rick Keltner Postgame Interview
Hays will travel to Garden City on Friday.