Hays played their third game of the week as they opened with games on each of the first two days of February. The Indians hosted Garden City in a game that was snowed out back in January.
#10 Hays – Garden City
Garden City jumped out to the first lead of the game scoring four points on a pair of Hays High turnovers. Hays scored the next six points and pushed their lead as high as five in the first quarter after a 6-1 run at 12-7. Hays entered the second quarter leading by five and kept their lead at 22-20 into halftime.
The Indians dominated most of the third quarter to expand their lead up to ten twice at 32-22 and 34-24. Part of that third quarter was a 10-2 run over the five minute stretch. Garden City hit what seemed to be a harmless three pointer late in the third quarter but that basket began a 13-0 run with 10 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. The run put Garden City on top 37-34. After the Indians took a 34-24 lead in the third quarter Hays didn’t score for the next 9:30 and did have a field goal for 10:08. But the field goal would be huge. Mattie Hutchison buried a three pointer to tie the game at 38 with :12 left. Garden City turned it over on the next possession setting up a game winning opportunity for Brooke Denning who buried a three pointer as time expired. The basket sent Hays to a 41-38 victory. Garden City missed four of five free throws in the final ninety seconds to leave the door open for the Indians.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Brooke Denning scored 15 to lead the Indians to a 10-4 record and a 3-1 mark in the WAC. Garden City falls to 8-7 and 1-3.
Garden City 50 – Hays 39
Garden City used an 11-0 run to blow open a tight first quarter against Hays. Down 19-7 early in the second quarter Hays went on a 8-0 to get within four at 19-15. The Indians had the ball two more times at the score but did come away with any points. Garden City increased the lead to nine once again with a 6-1 spurt before Hays closed the gap down to five at 25-20. A Garden City inbound basket put the Buffaloes up at half time 27-20.
Hays opened the second half on an 8-0 run to take a 28-27 lead with 3:50 left in the third quarter. Garden City didn’t score for almost five minutes in the third quarter but when they did Buffaloes took the lead back at 29-28. The basket was the first of six straight points and a 33-28 lead for Garden City. After trailing 35-30 early in the fourth quarter, Hays closed within three at 35-32 and had the basketball but turned it over.
Garden City scored on back to back possessions to put Hays down 39-32 and Hays was never within one possession for the rest of the game. Garden City made seven of their final eight free throw attempts in the final minute of the game to secure a 50-39 victory.
Coach Rick Keltner
Hays falls to 7-7 on the year and 2-2 in the WAC. Garden City takes the lead in conference play with a 3-1 mark and is 11-4 overall.
Hays will host Great Bend on Tuesday and Liberal on Friday.