Hays 68 – Scott City 50
Hays forced Scott City into 20 first half turnovers while committing just six themselves on the way to a 40-22 halftime lead. Scott City shot 47% in the first half but the turnovers limited the Beavers to just 19 shot attempts. The Indians made just 31% of their shots but made 15 of 16 free throws as they pushed their first half lead as high as 20 at 40-20 late in the second quarter.
Scott City did not score for the first 5:30 but took leads of 9-8 and 13-11 before Hays seized momentum with a 12-2 run that lasted to the second quarter. The Indians added a 14-2 run before halftime.
Hays never led by less than 12 in the second half. Scott City pulled within 13 early in the third before Brooklyn Schaffer knocked down a three pointer to restore order. Leading by 20 entering the fourth quarter the Indians saw the lead dwindle to 12 with 3:20 remaining but Scott City did not score for rest of the game. Hays scored the games final six points to win 68-50 over last year’s tournament winner.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Savannah Schneider scored a career high 25 in the victory. Jaycee Dale and Mattie Hutchison each added 10. Hays improves to 6-3 on the season and have won five of their last six games. Scott City falls to 6-4. The Indians will play either Highland Park or Colby for the Colby Orange & Black championship at 6:00 on Saturday in the Community Building.
Hays 79 – Goodland 50
Hays used a 15-0 first quarter run to establish control in their consolation bracket game against Goodland on Friday. Goodland took an early lead before the Indians held the Cowboys scoreless for 5:30 minutes during the 15 point spurt. Hays took a 38-21 lead to halftime after outscoring Goodland 20-13 in the second quarter.
Neither team made much of a push through the first half of the third quarter as Hays continued to lead by double figures 44-29. The Indians pushed their lead above 20 for the first time with a 10-2 run before a three pointer from Goodland brought the score back to 54-35 at the end of the third quarter. Hays went on to win 79-50.
Coach Rick Keltner
Tradgon McCrae led the way with 15. TJ Nunnery and Tucker Johnson each added 11. The Indians are now 5-4 overall and will play either Christian Heritage from Del City, Oklahoma or Green Valley Ranch out of Denver, Colorado at 2:00 Saturday at Colby High School.