By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
GIRLS: Abilene 59 – Hays 48
The Hays High Lady Indians have been plagued this season by slow starts. Against Abilene however Hays took an early 6-5 lead in the first quarter and stayed within striking distance of the Abilene Cowgirls all night. Down 16-9 after the first quarter Hays used a 12-4 run to take a 21-20 lead on a Talyn Kleweno three pointer with 2:07 left in the second quarter. It would end up being the Indians last lead of the game.
Down 42-33 early in the fourth quarter Hays did make one last charge with a 8-0 run to get within one point before turnovers by the Indians led to a 11-3 Cowgirls run to seal the game 59-48.
The Lady Indians had just one less field goal (16 to 17) in the game and made six more three pointers (8-2). But Abilene out scored Hays 23-8 from the free throw line in the 11 point difference.
Hays falls to 0-16. Abilene is now 8-8. Abilene was led by Belle Barbieri with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Five Indians scored seven or more points. Haley Wells led the Indians with 13 points, Audra Schmeidler scored 10, Brooke Russel had 9, Talyn Kleweno added 8 and Mattison Schlaefli scored 7.
Kirk Maska Postgame Interveiw
BOYS: Hays 68 – Abilene 60
Hays High over came a cold start to their game against Abilene on Tuesday night falling behind by seven at 9-2 and 11-4 in the first quarter. Hays went on a 12-2 run to take their first lead of the game at 16-13 and led 16-15 after the first quarter.
Abilene would never allow Hays to pull ahead by more than six points in the second quarter and the Indians led 33-31 at half time. Abilene’s leading scorer Keil Kelly scored 14 of his game high 24 in the first half.
Hays never relinquished the lead in the second half though Abilene pulled within two points and three points on four different occasions. Up 45-41 in the fourth quarter, Kade Parker sparked the Indians with four straight points on a free throw and deep three that led to a Hays High 14-4 run expanding the Indians lead to 60-48 with 2:30 left in the game. Abilene scored seven straight after that getting with in five at 60-55 with :47 left. Hays though hit six of their final eight free throw to claim the 68-60 victory.
It truly was the free throw line that made the difference. Both teams made 23 field goals and five three pointers. Each team had 29 rebounds. Hays thought outscored Abilene 15-7 at the free throw line in the eight point win.
Hays is now 16-0 on the year and Abilene falls to 11-5.
Keil Kelly led the game for Abilene with 24 points, Jesse Patrick had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Ryan Wilson added 10.
Hays was led by Brady Werth with his own double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Werth added five blocks as well. Lane Clark scored 14 and Jordan Windholz put in 12.
Hays is at the home on Friday to take on Garden City and Saturday against Salina South.
Rick Keltner Postgame Interview