A dominate defense in the first half against Colby in the championship game of the Orange & Black Classic propelled Hays to a 24-4 halftime lead. The game was tied at two apiece two minutes in when Hays scored the next five points to end the first quarter 7-2. Colby cut a seven point Hays lead down to five at 9-4 at the 6:00 mark of the second quarter, but the Eagles wouldn’t score for the remainder of the quarter.
Hays went on a 15-0 run over the next six minutes which included four three pointers by four different players. The Indians shot right on their season average of 37% in the first half while Colby made just 2 of 20 shots in the first half and none of their nine three point makes.
Hays was never threatened in the second half leading by at least 18 the entire second half. During the fourth quarter the Indians pushed the lead up to 30 on their way to a 50-19 victory.
Jaycee Dale led the Indians with 12 points. Tasiah Nunnery recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nunnery was also given the Off The Bench Award for the tournament.
Coach Alex Hutchins was awarded the Tom Bowen Coach’s Award. Kallie Leiker was named to the All-Academic team. Savannah Schneider and Brooke Denning each made the All-Tournament team.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Hays improves to 7-3 and will host Salina Central on Friday. Colby falls to 8-4. The 19 points allowed by Hays was a tournament championship record.