By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
Girls: Garden City 69, Hays 27
The game Friday night between Hays and Garden City started the same for Hays the previous four did…a big hole to dig out of. Down 8-0 Hays twice rallied to get within four points, but could not get any closer. Early in the second quarter Hays was down 16-10 and had the ball twice trying to get closer. Hays though turned it over and Garden City out scored Hays 53-17 rest of the way.
Mattison Schlaefli scored a career high ten points in the loss as Hays falls to 0-9 on the year and 0-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. Garden City improves to 7-3 and 3-1 in the WAC.
The Lady Indians will travel to Dodge City on Tuesday for a girls only game that will tip around 7:00 before having time off until the McPherson tournament on January 30th, 31st and February 1st.
Boys: Hays 47, Garden City 33
Hays had proven through their first eight games they could win an up-tempo style of game. Friday night Garden City slowed the ball down and Hays had to fight for their ninth straight victory to open the season. Hays led 2-0 over the first two minutes when Garden City took a 5-2 lead and pushed the lead up to five at 11-6. Hays trailed 12-8 after the first quarter, the first time this season Hays had trailed at the end of the first.
The Indians though found the shooting touch in the second quarter taking the halftime lead on a 14-2 run and led 22-14 at half time capped off by back to back Jordan Windholz threes.
Hays took a brief ten point lead, but Garden City pushed back getting within two points at 30-28 early in the fourth quarter. On the next possession Kyler Nierenberger lobbed an inbound pass from the baseline for an alley-oop to Brady Werth igniting the deciding 17-3 run and a 47-33 victory.
Hays was led in scoring by Lane Clark with 13, Jordan Windholz had 12 on four three pointers, and Brady Werth added 11.
The Indians move to 9-0 on the year and 3-0 in the WAC. Garden city drops to 6-4 and 2-2.
Hays will be at the Dodge City Tournament of Champions next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Hays will face Hutchinson at 2:00 in the tournaments first game. The games live from the TOC will be radio only, as streaming is prohibited due to contractual agreements.