Girls: Great Bend 62 – Hays 27
The Hays High girls led the Western Athletic Conference champion Great Bend Lady Panthers 6-4 midway through the first quarter. Hays though wouldn’t score for the next nine minutes as Great Bend went on a 33-0 run. Great Bend finished off the night with a 62-27 victory, completing a perfect 8-0 record in the WAC.
Hays was led by Audra Schmeidler with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
Hays finishes the season at 0-20 and 0-8 in the WAC. Great Bend finishes at 18-2.
Hays will play next Thursday in the first round of sub-state as either the seven or eight seed. Wichita West also went 0-20 this season and coin flip will determine the seeds. Depending the outcome of that flip, Hays will play either at Great Bend again, at Bishop-Carroll in Wichita or in Goddard at Eisenhower High School.
Boys: Hays 63 – Great Bend 35
All twenty of Hays High’s regular season games have had the same result…a W for the Indians. Hays improved their record to 20-0 and 8-0 in the Western Athletic Conference with a 63-35 in on Friday night in Great Bend. Great Bend took an early 3-0 lead when Hays exploded for an 11-0 run and never looked back. Jordan Windholz scored 13 first quarter points and Lane Clark hit two three’s including one at the the first quarter buzzer to lead 23-10. The Indians defense stole the show in the second quarter, allowing the Panthers to score just one point for a 33-11 half time lead.
Both teams scored 17 points in the third and Hays outscored Great Bend 13-7 in the fourth.
At 20-0, this Hays team is just the third Indian squad to earn 20 or more wins in a season. Hays went 22-1 in the 1943-44 season earning the Indians only state basketball title. The 1995-96 team went 21-4.
Hays wins the Western Athletic Conference for the first time 2006 and wraps up the one seed in the sub-state with the win. Great Bend finishes the year at 7-13 and 2-6 in the WAC.
Jordan Windholz followed up his career high 26 points on Tuesday night with a 20 point effort on Friday. Brady Werth added 14 in the victory.
Hays shot 57% for the game 26 of 46 and committed just five turnovers, none in the first half.
Hays High will host the first round of the sub-state tournament next Wednesday against Wichita Heights. The KSHSAA changed the hosting rules last year and the higher seeded team hosts the second round as well.
Great Bend will learn their fate on Saturday as they are tied with Bishop Carroll for the fourth and fifth seed. A coin flip will determine who get the first round home game.