By C.D. DESALVO
No. 6 Tiger Women avoid upset-minded UNK in overtime Saturday
Fort Hays State was down by 20 midway through the third quarter in Kearney and things looked bleak for the Tiger women and Tony Hobson. The Tigers shot 20.5% from the field in the first half and 1-13 from three before Kacey Kennett knocked down three three-pointers in the third to spark the comeback for Fort Hays State. From that mark until around six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Fort Hays State went on a 25-4 run to take their first lead 50-49. Tatyana Legette came alive in the overtime period, scoring 11 of her career-high 25 points in the extra period carrying the Tiger women to a 74-64 victory. The 20-point comeback was the biggest comeback of Tony Hobson’s career at Fort Hays State as the Tiger women remain at the top of the MIAA conference.
The Tiger men fell to Nebraska-Kearney 59-56. Aaron Nicholson lead the Tigers with 15 points.
Both teams will be on the road this week to take on Pittsburg State on Thursday and Missouri Southern on Saturday. You can listen to the games on Tiger Radio 103.3 FM, the KJLS app, or online here.
Hays High girls go 2-0 in back-to-back
The Hays High girls got two WAC wins Friday and Saturday with wins over Dodge City and Garden City at home. Hays High took a 10-point lead in the third quarter against Garden City but went 10 minutes without a field goal until Mattie Hutchison tied the game with a three 38-38 with 12 seconds left. After a Garden City turnover, Brooke Denning buried an NBA three at the buzzer to give Hays the 41-38 win.
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The Hays High boys split the back-to-back with a 75-63 win over Dodge City Friday and a 50-39 loss to Garden City Saturday. Hays falls to 7-7 on the year and 2-2 in the WAC. You can listen to the interviews and highlights of Saturday’s games here.
TMP girls move to first place in MCL; both teams sweep Norton Friday
The TMP girls took down a good Norton team on Friday last week, moving them to first place in the conference. Emily Schippers scored 11 straight points for the Monarchs in the second half to give them a 25-20 lead with 6:50 left to go in the game. TMP would never give up the lead and won 37-34. With the win the Monarchs take over sole of first place in the MCL at 6-0. They also improved to 11-4 overall.
The TMP boys made nine first-half threes and had four players in double-figures as they ended a three-game losing streak with a 55-42 victory over Norton. TMP improved to 9-7 on the season and 4-2 in the MCL. You can listen to the interviews and highlights of Friday’s games here.
Trego’s Lili Shubert surpassed 500 points last Thursday in a 45-43 win over Phillipsburg. Only a sophomore, Shubert has 508 points in her career.
The Central Plains girls basketball team reached 100 straight wins last week. The state record is 107 straight victories set by Hoxie from 2012-2016.
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