Hays 64 – Great Bend 41
Hays was never really threatened in their second conference game of the season. Hays jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game on a pair of field goals and four free throws. Great Bend closed within four at 10-6 over a three minute stretch. The Indians scored eight points in the final 1:15 of the first quarter and used that as fuel for a much bigger 26-6 run that put that Hays lead at 36-12. The Indians took a 38-14 lead into halftime.
Neither team made a big push on the scoreboard in the second half. Great Bend bested the Indians in the second half 27-26. Coach Alex Hutchins elected to play several young players including over the final ten minutes of the game during the 64-41 victory.
The Indians were led in scoring by Brooke Denning and Savannah Schneider who each scored 12. Jaycee Dale added 11. Eleven of the twelve players that entered the game scored in the contest.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Hays improves to 4-3 and 2-0 in the WAC. Great Bend is now 1-8 and 0-2.
Great Bend 76 – Hays 67
Cold shooting plagued Hays High through the first half as they made just 10 of 31 shots and 3 of 14 three pointers. Great Bend on the flip side made 11 of 26 field goals and 4 of 13 threes for a 33-26 lead at halftime.
Hays led early at 3-0 before the Panthers went up 7-3. The game was tied at seven and nine points a piece before Jason Krannawitter nailed a three pointer with the quarter clock expiring that brought Hays within two at 16-14.
Great Bend scored the first nine points of the second quarter to grab an eleven point lead and they led by at least five for the remainder of the half.
The Panthers started each of the four quarters on a run. The third started with a 10-2 edge and the fourth 6-0. The six straight points to open the put Hays down 17 points at 58-41 with 6:50 left in the game. That is when Hays got on their first extended run of the game. Hays went on a 14-4 run with 11 of the 14 points coming from Tradgon McCrae. The Indians cut the lead down to seven at the point with 4:15 remaining and narrowed the deficit down to four at 69-65 then 71-67 with 1:38 left. Hays though went scoreless for the remainder of the game while Great Bend made five of their final eight free throws for a 76-67 victory.
Great Bend scored 33 points above their season average and shot eight percentage high than their average. Hays shot eight points lower than their average in the loss.
Tradgon McCrae scored 18 fourth quarter points and 26 in the game. He has scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games.
Coach Rick Keltner
Hays falls to 4-3 on the year and 1-1 in the WAC. Great Bend improves to 2-7 and 1-1 in conference play. The Indians are back at home on Friday to take on Garden City.