Both Hays High and Salina South went on scoring droughts in the first half Tuesday night. South took advantage while Hays did not as the Cougars pick up a 44-34 win over the Indians.
Hays went scoreless for four and a half minutes of the first quarter allowing South to go on a 15-3 run and lead 17-6 after the first quarter. Trailing sixteen, Hays held South scoreless for four minutes but made up just three points and trailed 26-11 at halftime.
Hays tallied just eighteen points in the first three quarters before nearly doubling that total in the fourth quarter outscoring South 16-6.
Hays shot six percent under their season average while South shot ten percent above theirs.
Coach Kyle Porter
Hays falls to 4-9 on the year while South improves to 7-6.
One lopsided quarter in favor of Salina South provided enough space between the Cougars and the Hays High Indians for a 65-51 victory.
The two teams were tied twice and swapped the lead five times in the first half as South took a 26-24 lead to the locker room. Hays trailed by three with six and a half minutes left in the third quarter with South went on their big run. The Cougars ended the third on a 15-5 run and extended the run by three more points on a three point basket to open the fourth.
Down sixteen, Hays scored eight straight points to close the gap down to 47-39 with 5:33 left in the game. Hays turned the ball over on the next two possessions trying to get within two scores.
South made ten of thirteen fourth quarter free throws over the final four minutes to keep their lead above seven the remainder of the time.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Hays falls to 8-5 on the year while #7 Salina South is now 10-3.
Jordan Dale led the Indians with a career high fifteen on five made three pointers. Dalyn Schwarz scored in double figures for a seventh time this year at eleven points.