Hays High opened a four game home stand on Friday against Dodge City. Through the next eight days, Hays will play all of the home Western Athletic Conference games on their schedule. The original schedule was altered following a snow out in January versus Garden City.
#10 Hays 41 – Dodge City 37
Neither team grasped a firm hold on the offensive game plan in the first half of play. The two teams tied three different times over the first six minutes of the game for an 8-8 score. Dodge City ran off seven straight points into the second quarter to lead 15-8. Hays went without a field goal for 9:10 and without a point for 7:00 during that stretch. Hays found a little traction in final minute scoring a pair of field goals and closing the gap down to 15-14 at halftime.
Things didn’t get much better in the third quarter for either team. Dodge City pushed held their advantage around five points for most of the quarter and led 28-23 heading to the fourth. Down 32-26 three minutes into the fourth quarter the Hays offense finally came to life. Hays made just 7 of their first 38 shots before making four in a row and five of their final six. The first of the field goals brought the Indians within a point and the second gave Hays their first lead at 33-32 with 3:25 left. Those baskets were part of a 12-0 Hays run that gave the Indians a 38-32 lead. Dodge City pulled back within three with 23 second remaining but the Indians make three of their final four free throws for a 41-37 win.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Hays was led by 11 points from Savannah Schneider and move to 9-4 on the year and 2-1 in the WAC. Dodge City falls to 6-8 and 2-1.
Hays 75 – Dodge City 63
An 11-0 run in the first quarter helped Hays build a seven point lead, 17-10. The Indians led 19-15 going into the second quarter but the momentum was on the side of Dodge City who was in the midst of a 12-3 run. That push allowed Dodge City to take a 22-20 lead with 5:20 left in the first half. Fifteen short second later Hays answered back with a three pointer to regain the lead only to lose it at 29-28 with 2:50 left in the half. The Indians held the Red Demons scoreless for the rest of the second quarter and entered the halftime locker room leading 37-29 following a 9-0 run.
Hays pushed their advantage up to 12 with the first four points of the second half. Dodge City brought the game back within reach thanks to a 10-2 run and then a 8-2 run to close the third quarter with the Indians leading 54-52. TJ Nunnery hit a three pointer to open the fourth quarter and give the Indians some breathing room. The Red Demons were never closer that three points rest of the way, but didn’t make things easy. After a 9-2 run helped the Indians to a nine point lead with 5:30 left. The Red Demons pulled back within six one time but Hays got a dunk and lay up from Trey Adams and then six straight free throws to win 75-63.
Coach Rick Keltner
TJ Nunnery tied his career high with 16 and was matched by 16 from Tradgon McCrae. Trey Adams and Braiden Meyers each scored 10 in the victory. The Indians improve to 7-6 on the year and 2-1 in conference play. Dodge City falls to 7-7 and 1-2.
The Indians will host Garden City on Saturday in a makeup game from January. The junior varsity games will start at 3:00 with the varsity girls at 5:00.