Hays 53 - #6 1A-1 Osborne 28
Hays made four of their first five shots and burst out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game Friday afternoon. The Indians would hold Osborne to just two points over a seven minute span of the first and second quarter but built their lead to just 22-10. The Lady Dogs had 18 first half turnovers but when they did shoot made 56% of their shots and trimmed the Hays lead down to 26-20 at halftime.
Hays saw their lead knocked down to four early in the third quarter before Maia Lummus and Ashlyn Flax combined for three straight three pointers building the advantage 37-26. The lead would shrink to single figures just one more time.
Hays would hold Osborne in the fourth quarter on their way to a 53-28 victory.
Coach Len Melvin
Aleyia Ruder scored a game high 14. Three more players scored either eight or nine points. Hays improves to 3-7 on the year. Osborne has lost four straight games and is now 6-4 on the season. Hays will play for fourth place at 1:00 Saturday in the Community Building.
#1 Hays 64 - Garden City 42
Hays scored the first eight points of the game against a short-handed Garden City team and never led by less than four the whole evening. Garden City trimmed the Indians' advantage to four one time at 10-6. Hays responded with a 10-0 run into the second quarter. The lead never dipped to single figures rest of the game. The Indians ended the second quarter on 10-0 run for a 34-13 lead at half.
Hays outscored Garden City 22-15 in the third quarter and rolled the continuous clock fourth quarter with an early three pointer in the final frame.
The win propels Hays to the championship game of the Orange & Black Classic for a second straight year. The Indians are 2-5 all-time in the title game in Colby.
Coach Alex Hutchins
Jace Linenberger scored 13 leading four in double figures. Carson Kieffer and Jordan Dale each added 11 and Dalyn Schwarz netted 10 points.
Hays improves to 10-0 on the year while Garden City falls to 3-4, losing to Hays for a second time in a week.
Hays will play the winner of Friday night's last game between Colby and Beloit. The championship game will be at 6:00 and will be on the Hays High Sports Network.