Hays High started the game on a 12-0 run and never trailed Heritage Christian Saturday afternoon finishing in fourth place at the Orange & Black Classic in Colby. The Indians led by 12 on five different occasions in the first quarter including a 27-15 lead at the end of the first frame.
The Indians lead swelled to 36-20 on a Cade Swayne three point play early in the second quarter before the Crusaders pulled the game back to single digits on a 7-0 run. Hays held the lead at 14 points for the next two minutes and settled for a 11 point lead at halftime 43-32.
Christian Heritage, from Del City, Oklahoma, opened the second half scoring six straight points and pulled within five at 43-38. The Indians missed a three on the following possession but Dalyn Schwarz stuck an offensive rebound back in which ignited a 9-0 run that included another Schwarz basket and then back to back TJ Nunnery scores for a 52-38 advantage. Following four points from the Crusaders, The Indians scored ten straight points all from players off the bench to grab their first 20 point lead at 62-42.
The Indians would never be threatened rest of the way winning 83-53. Hays shot a season high 52% form the field and season high 44% from three making a season high 12 three pointers. The hot shooting continued at the free throw line as Hays made 19 of 21 attempts.
Coach Rick Keltner
Hays improves to 6-4 on the season. TJ Nunnery scored a career high 16. Tradgon McCrae matched the 16 points in the scoring column. Carson Kiefer scored his first every double figure varsity game at 10 points. Overall seven players scored eight or more points in the game. Christian Heritage record falls to 10-8.
The Indians return home on Friday to play Salina Central.