By Dustin Armbruster
Girls: Garden City 67 – Hays 24
Hays High kept things tight midway through the first quarter at 10-6, but following a Garden City timeout the Buffaloes went on a 10-0 run pushing their lead to 14 and never looked back. For Hays High it was the eighth state ranked opponent they have played this year. Garden City was ranked 8th this week in class 6A.
Hays trailed Garden City 37-16 at half time and only scored two second half field goals in the 67-24 loss to Garden City.
Hays was led in scoring by Audra Schmeidler’s nine points. Garden City had four score in double figures led by the 2013 WAC Player of the Year Teryn Temple who scored 19.
Hays falls to 0-17 and 0-6 in WAC play. Garden City is 11-8 and 4-3 in league play.
Boys: Hays 44 – Garden City 39
It was the third meeting this season between Hays and Garden City and this game was easily the best of the series. Hays jumped out to a 5-0 lead only to fall behind 7-5 when the Buffaloes answered with seven straight points. Hays regained the lead on a Jordan Windholz three pointer at 11-9 and Hays would not trail again until the fourth quarter.
The Indians used a 5-0 spurt in the second quarter to grab their biggest first half lead of seven points 22-15. Hays scored 11 points in the second quarter, all by Brady Werth, taking a 26-21 lead into halftime.
The Indians built their biggest lead of the game on a Kade Parker three pointer early in the third quarter and held a 33-26 lead with 4:40 left to go in the quarter. Garden City went on a 9-0 run that extended into the fourth quarter and gained the 35-33 with less than a minute gone out of the fourth quarter.
Hays immediately took a 38-35 lead back on a Lane Clark three and Windholz driving layup.
Hays would not trail again, but left the door open late. Hays built their lead to 41-37 on two Kyler Niernberger free throws with 43 seconds left. After missing the front end of a one and one at the free throw line, Clark secured the rebound only to be picked by Caleb Tramp and his dunk for Garden City made it 41-39 with :18 left.
Werth for Hays again missed the front end of a one and one, but Garden City threw the ball away and an intentional foul put Werth the line for two where he did not miss and Clark hit one of two after the ensuing inbound giving Hays the 44-39 victory.
Werth scored 18 for the Indians and was the only Hays player in double figures.
Garden City shot 15 for 25 through the first three quarters but made just 3 of their 14 fourth quarter shots.
Hays shot just 35% in the game making 15 of 43.
Hays improves to 17-0 on the year and 6-0 in the WAC and with the win secure at least a share of the WAC title.
Garden City falls to 10-9 and 3-4 in the conference.