Hays High scored in single figures in each of the four quarter Tuesday night in Great Bend falling 35-20. The twenty points marked the fewest points scored by the Indians this season on their lowest shooting percentage of the season.
The Indians tied the game at three a piece on a Carly Lang three pointer and then took their only lead at 5-3 on a Aleyia Ruder coast-to-coast layup.
Hays High scored just three points over the remaining 11:15 of the first half and Great Bend took a 19-8 lead into halftime.
Great Bend hit a three pointer to open the second half before the Indians scored five straight points to get within nine at 24-13. Hays had the ball down nine but turned it over and was never within single digits rest of the night.
Coach Kyle Porter
Hays falls to 4-11 on the year and 1-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. Great Bend improves to 4-12 and 1-4.
Hays made more field goals, grabbed more rebounds and shot a higher percentage that Great Bend. Those stats though didn't add up to a victory on the road Tuesday night as Great Bend wins 60-56. The Panthers made 14 of 16 free throws while Hays made just 7 of 15.
The Panthers also made ten three pointers compared to the Indians six.
The Indians never led in the WAC battle and was never closer than 11-9 in the first quarter. The Indians closed a nine point second quarter gap down to four in the second quarter but did not score over the final three minutes of the quarter and trailed 26-20 at halftime.
Trailing by twelve with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter Hays cut the Great Bend lead down to three on a 9-0 run. Great Bend responded with a three to push the lead back to 53-47 with just under three minutes remaining. The Indians didn't score another field goal for two and a half minutes while Great Bend built the lead back to nine at 57-48.
Hays had one last charge in them. Great Bend finally missed from the free throw line and three pointers from Carson Kieffer and Jordan Dale closed the gap down to 59-56 with with 3.9 seconds left. But the Panthers iced the game by making one of two free throws with 2.2 left on the clock.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Carson Kieffer scored a career high 15 in the loss. Dalyn Schwarz added 12 points. The Indians fall to 9-6 on the year and 4-1 in the WAC. Great Bend is now tied with Hays at the top of the league standings at 4-1. Great Bend has won seven in a row and is 12-4.