Hays High resumed Western Athletic Conference play in Garden City on Friday night.
Garden City 39 - Hays 33
Thirteen lead changes and five ties kept the game close between Hays and Garden City. The final 39-33 advantage for Garden City would prove to be the biggest lead for either team.
Hays led by five twice in the first half at 5-0 and 18-13. The Buffaloes erased that lead with 7-0 and 6-0 runs. Hays maintained the lead at halftime 20-19, but scoring would be tough to come by in the second half.
The Indians made just four of twenty-three second half shots and could not overcome a drought of just three points over a ten minute span.
Trailing 33-29, Caroline Robben scored after an offensive rebound with just under a minute remaining. Garden City missed the front end of a one and one free throw trip but grabbed the offensive rebound and made their next six free throws for a 39-33 win.
Coach Len Melvin
Hays falls to 6-12 overall and 1-5 in the WAC. Garden City improves to 11-4 and 5-2 in conference games.
#1 Hays 76 - Garden City 44
A season high 12 three pointers pushed Hays High to their eighteenth win in eighteen tries on Friday Night. Garden City led just one time at 5-4. The Indians trailed for just thirty seconds before a Carson Kieffer gave Hays the lead for the rest of the night.
The Buffaloes pulled close one more time with a tie at ten points with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Hays went on a 12-0 run that lasted into the second quarter and never led by less than six rest of the game.
The Indians held a 32-22 lead at halftime before opening the third quarter on a 10-2 run. Hays pushed their advantage to 52-31 after three quarters and win 76-44. The 76 points ties the second most scored in a game this season.
Jace Linenberger led three Indians in double figures with 17. TJ Nunnery scored nine points in the first quarter on his way to 16. Carson Kieffer added 10. Nine different Indians scored on the night.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Hays improves to 18-0 on the year. With the victory the Indians claim a minimum share of the Western Athletic Conference title and lock up the number one seed for sub-state. Garden City falls to 9-6 and 3-4 on the year.
The Indians will wrap four consecutive road games with a trip to Dodge City on Tuesday.