Hays High could not overcome a season high 21 turnovers as their seven game winning streak was snapped by Pine Creek High School in Colby on Saturday.
Hays led by as many as seven in the second quarter while Pine Creek led by eight in the third quarter. Each time the teams canceled the lead. A 14-3 run by the Indians in the second half erased an eight point deficit and put them up 40-37 with 4:26 remaining. The lead switched hands three more times in the final three minutes.
The Indians final lead came with 2:44 left on a pair of free throws. Pine Creek made nine of their final eleven free throws to keep Hays their lead and a 50-46 victory. The Eagles had started the game four of ten from the line before going eleven of fourteen in the fourth quarter.
Dalyn Schwarz and TJ Nunnery each scored sixteen points. Hays fall to 8-3 on the year and #10-5A Pine Creek improves to 15-2.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Carson Kieffer, Dylan Ruder and Jace Linenberger were named to the All-Tournament team. Ruder was also honored on the All-Academic Team. Linenberger was named the tournament's "Off-The-Bench" award as well. Jason Krannawitter was given the Gary Garrettson Sportsmanship Award.
The Indians are on the road on January 31st in Salina to take on the Central Mustangs.