By C.D. DESALVO
No. 8 Tiger women go 2-0 last week
Fort Hays State shot just over 51 percent from the field on Saturday and defeated Northwest Missouri State 91-63 to finish the week 2-0 after they defeated Missouri Western State 67-50 on Thursday. Sophomore Whitney Randall had back-to-back 14 points games last week and shot 65 percent off 17 attempts from the field in the two games combined. The Tiger women currently have a one-game lead over Washburn in conference play and are off until Saturday when they travel to Kearney to take on the Lopers.
The Tiger men went 1-1 last week with a thrilling win over Missouri Western State on Thursday and an 81-69 loss to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State on Saturday. The MIAA on the men’s side is in a tight race for second place. Three teams (including the Tigers) are 7-3 and chasing down Washburn who is in second at 7-2. The Tigers travel to Kearney on Saturday.
TMP-Marian girls improve to 9-4 with win over 4A Abilene
The TMP-Marian girls got an impressive win on Friday over a 10-1 Abilene team, which was ranked No. 5 in class 4A. The Monarchs were down 15-13 at halftime before going on a 15-0 run over six minutes to take a 28-16 lead in the third quarter. The Monarchs would lead by as many as 18 points before finishing the game with a 44-35 victory. Emily Schippers and Hannah Willey lead the way with 16 points each for the Monarchs. You can listen to the highlights and interviews here.
The TMP-Marian boys fell to Abilene 62-45 Friday night. The Monarchs are now 8-5 on the year.
Both TMP-Marian teams take on Smith Center tonight in a make-up game.
Hays High girls win fifth game in a row
The Lady Indians trailed Salina Central on Friday 39-26 at halftime but came out in the third quarter on a 20-2 run to take their first lead of the game. Hays lead 68-62 before making five of their final six free throws to secure a 73-65 victory. Savannah Schneider scored a career high 26. Jaycee Dale has now scored in double figures in five-straight contests after scoring 15. Hays improves to 8-3 and has won five in a row and seven of eight games. You can listen to the highlights and interviews here.
The Hays High boys fell to No. 7 Salina Central 52-39 on Friday night. The Indians fall to 6-5 on the year.
Both Hays High teams are in action Tuesday as they travel to take on Salina South.
Power outage puts Area Game of the Week in the dark
The Area Game of the Week on KKQY Friday featuring the Quinter Bulldogs and Hoxie Indians in Hoxie started an hour later than planned. During the fourth quarter of the boys JV game (the game before girls varsity), the lights and power went out in the gym leaving a packed Hoxie High School gym full of parents and students reaching for the flashlights on their phones.
According to a social media post by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department, Hoxie and places north of Hoxie were without power.
After about 45 minutes, the power came back on and both varsity games continued without any problems. Special thanks to Midwest Energy lineman who were out fixing the power.
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