By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
Girls: Liberal 56 – Hays 49
It took longer than most would think, but the Hays High Lady Indians started to click on Friday night in Liberal. Hays led 15-12 after the first quarter and 28-27 at halftime against the Liberal Redskins.
Hays though would only lead one other time in the second half at 30-29 with 6:50 to go in the third quarter.
Liberal went on a 6-0 run to take a 35-30 lead, one they would never give up. Hays trailed by five entering the fourth quarter and quickly cut it to two at 40-38 on a three pointer by Audra Schmeidler, but that is all the closer the Lady Indians would get. Liberal went on a 14-1 run to push their lead up to 15 with 2:51 left in the game.
Hays did make one last charge scoring seven straight cutting the score to 54-46, before falling to 0-15 by the final of 56-49. Liberal improves to 7-9 on the year and 2-3 in the WAC. Hays is 0-5 in conference play.
Audra Schmeidler and Brooke Russell each had 13 including three treys each. Schmeidler added 12 rebounds for her first double-double. She has 23 rebounds over the past two games.
Kirk Maska Postgame Intervew
Boys: Hays 55 – Liberal 22
The Hays High Indians allowed 10 points in the first quarter against Liberal on Friday night. Over the next three Hays would give up just 12 more points and on three field goals and six free throws for a 55-22 win over the Redskins.
The score was tied early at five but two 6-0 runs by Hays sandwiched around a Redskin’s three put Hays up 17-8 in the first quarter.
The decisive run came in the second quarter when the Indians pushed their lead to 33-21 on a 13-0 run.
The Indians would not be pushed rest of the way outscoring Liberal 22-8 in the second half.
Hays shot 20-43 on the game and made 7 of 19 three pointers. Liberal was 7 for 36 and made 2 of 15 three’s.
Jordan Windholz led Hays with 15, Brady Werth put in 13 and Clayton Riedel added 11 of the bench.
Hays is 15-0 on the year and 5-0 in the WAC. Liberal drops to 5-11 and 1-4 in conference.
Rick Keltner Postgame Interview