Jan 12, 2020 3:17 AM

Hays splits with Liberal to open WAC play

Posted Jan 12, 2020 3:17 AM

It took an extra twenty-three hours for Hays and Liberal to get their Western Athletic Conference contest started.  Mother nature forced the game back to Saturday evening.


The number #2-6A Liberal Redskins flexed the muscles early with a 12-1 run and never let Hays closer than nine the entire game on their way to a 53-29 victory.  Abilene Christian signee Katie Horyna hit a layup five seconds into the game on her way to a game high 17 points.  Hays went without a field goal in the first quarter and had just two in the entire first half.

The Redskins used additional first half runs of 10-2 and 11-0 for a 34-8 halftime lead.  

Coach Kyle Porter

Hays outscored Liberal in the second half 21-19 and was led by the 11 of Tasiah Nunnery.  


The Indians fall to 1-4 on the year and 0-1 in the Western Athletic Conference.  Three time defending champs Liberal is 2-0 in conference play and 7-0 overall.  The Redskins have won 17 straight conference games.


A late first quarter 8-0 run gave the Hays High Indians some much needed breathing room during their first conference game of the season against Liberal.  The Indians led 13-5 after the first quarter and kept the lead between four and seven points most of the second quarter.  

Liberal trimmed the lead down to 24-20 before Jason Krannawitter hit a three with thirty seconds left in half for a 27-20 advantage at halftime.

Coach Alex Hutchins

The best offensive stretch for the Indians came during a four minute stretch of the third quarter.  A 13-1 run pushed the Hays advantage to a game high 18 with 2:10 left in the third quarter at 42-24.  

Liberal though had one final push in them.  The Redskins used a 15-6 run to get within nine at 48-39 with 3:30 left.  Liberal would force Hays to win the game from the free throw line over the final three minutes which the Indians did.  Hays made six straight to take a ten point lead to thirteen and an eventual 57-44 victory.


Jace Linenberger scored a career high 18 including eight straight during the third quarter.  TJ Nunnery scored 16 which matched a career high before fouling out.  Carson Kieffer added 10.

Hays improves to 4-2 on the year and is 1-0 to begin conference play.  Liberal falls to 4-4 and 1-1.

Hays is back home on Thursday to take on Great Bend.

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Fourth quarter rally carries 13th-ranked Tiger women past Rogers State

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Fort Hays State’s first meeting with Rogers State was a memorable one. After trailing most of the game, the 13th-ranked Tigers used a 21-4 fourth quarter run to turn a 10-point deficit into a seven point lead then held on in the closing seconds for a 71-69 win over the Hillcats Saturday afternoon at the Claremore Expo Center.

Rogers State (2-14, 0-7 MIAA) went 11-of-20 from beyond the arc and led for over 31 minutes of the game but the Tigers (13-2, 4-2 MIAA) clamped down defensively forcing eight fourth quarter turnovers which turned into 11 points and helped them to their seventh straight win.

The Hillcats used a 9-2 run to go up five with 2:24 to play in the first quarter. The Tigers (13-2, 4-2 MIAA) scored the next six points and tied the game 14-14 at the quarter break. They led 17-16 early in the second before Rogers State scored nine straight and led by as many as nine in the first half.

The Hillcats pushed the lead to 11 twice in the closing minutes of the third quarter and were up nine heading to the fourth. A 3-pointer from Lilly Garner gave RSU a 10-point lead early in the fourth but the Tigers clamped down defensively, holding the Hillcats to two points over the next eight minutes.

Belle Barbieri led the Tigers with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jaden Hobbs scored 14 and Taylor Rolfs added 12.