By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
Girls: Dodge City 41 – Hays 32
It looked like it could happen on senior night at Hays High School. That the Hays High girls could pick up their first win of the season. Down 30-22 to Dodge City fifteen seconds in to the fourth quarter Hays scored seven straight points to get within one at 30-29. After a field goal from the Lady Demons, freshman Talyn Kleweno knocked in a right wing three to tie the game at 32 with 2:15 remaining. Unfortunately that would be the last points of the game for Hays as Dodge City ended the game on a 9-0 run to win 41-32.
Hays was led by Mattison Schlaefli who scored a career high 14 in the loss. Hays High honored their only senior Haley Wells in between the games.
Hays falls to 0-19 on the year and 0-7 in the WAC. Dodge City is now 10-9 and 4-3 in conference play.
Kirk Maska Postgame Interview
Boys: Hays 55 – Dodge City 47
Two years ago on senior night….the Hays High Indians basketball team didn’t have anybody to honor in between games starting a freshman, three sophomores, and a junior instead. Tuesday night, those same sophomores and freshman tried to lay claim to the Western Athletic Conference Crown against Dodge City.
Every time Hays pulled away from Dodge City, the Red Demons had an answer. After Dodge City scored the games first field goal, Hays went on a 10-2 run going six points. The Red Demons answered back with seven straight points pulling ahead 11-10. The Indians regained the lead 14-13 at the end of the first quarter and again started to stretch the lead going up 25-16 capped by one of five three pointers from Jordan Windholz. Dodge City scored the next five points though to get back within four. Hays led 32-26 going into half time.
Hays had one more nine point lead at 38-29 with five minutes to go in the third quarter. Dodge City had another run in them taking a 39-38 after scoring ten straight points. The Indians cored four quick points to go back up four and led 42-41 after three quarters.
Hays never again trailed in the game scoring the first five points of the fourth quarter to go up 47-41 on a Kyler Niernberger lay up. Dodge City again was able to cut into the lead and trailed just 49-47 with 1:51 left. The Hays High defense though was rise to the occasion and didn’t allow a single point the rest of the way while making six straight free throws to close out the 55-47 win. Hays made 9 of 10 fourth quarter free throws and 12 of 13 in the second half.
Hays was led in scoring by Windholz with a career high 26. Brady Werth added 13.
Hays improves to 19-0 on the year and with a 7-0 mark in the WAC became the outright champions with one game remaining. Dodge City drops to 8-11 and 4-3 in conference play.
Hays honored their seniors, Kyler Nierenberger, Clayton Riedel, Jordan Windholz, Lane Clark, Kenny Rounkles and Kade Parker in between games for senior night.
Hays is on the road Friday to wrap up the regular season in Great Bend.
Rick Keltner Postgame Interview