Hays High wrapped up three straight Western Athletic Conference games to open 2021, and four straight since before winter break, whey they hosted Garden City on Friday night.
Garden City 56 - Hays 42
A big second half by Garden City kept the Buffaloes at the top of the Western Athletic Conference standings as they beat Hays High 56-42.
The Indians led by five twice in the first half. One of the occasions came after an 11-0 run in the second quarter. The Indians had the ball twice up five but could not add to their lead at 18-13. The second quarter belonged to Hays holding Garden City to just two points.
The second half belonged to the Buffaloes. Garden City went 0-5 behind the three point line in the first half. The second half the rim opened up and they made five of seven attempts. Garden City also made their free throws, going 17 of 21 from the stripe. Senior Keyhana Turner made all 13 of her attempts on the way to a game and season high 19 points.
Garden City outscored the Indians 41-24 in the second half for the win.
Coach Len Melvin
Jersey Johnson led the Indians with a career high 14 points. Garden City put three in double figures.
The Indians drop to 2-6 on the year and 1-3 in the WAC. Garden City leads the conference at 3-0 and is 3-1 on the year.
#3 Hays 70 - Garden City 53
A 16-4 run to start the second quarter provided the cushion Hays High needed in a 70-53 victory over Garden City. The Indians trailed just twice at 2-0 and 4-2. A quick 10-0 run for Hays forced Garden City to take a timeout. The Indians would never trail again.
Hays led by nine on several occasions including halftime at 33-24. Garden City's best opportunity to take the lead back came midway through the third quarter when the Buffaloes possessed the ball trailing 37-33, but the Indians turned them away at the basket.
Hays again led by nine through three quarters at 44-35. The Indians hit their first six shots of the fourth quarter including two three pointers to kickstart a 16-4 run that was the deciding factor.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Jace Linenberger led four Indians in double figures with a game high 17 points. He also tallied his first double-double by grabbing a career high 12 rebounds. Dalyn Schwartz added 14, Carson Kieffer 11 and Jason Krannawitter scored 10.
Hays improves to 8-0 on the year and leads the conference race at 4-0. Garden City falls to 1-3 and 1-2.
The Indians will be in Colby for the Orange and Black Classic next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.