The Hays High Lady Indians traveled to Salina to play the #5 Central Lady Mustangs in the first round of Sub-State play Tuesday night. The two had met during the regular season in Hays with the ranked Mustangs picking up the victory.
#5 Salina Central 52 - Hays 29
An 8-0 early first quarter run provided the cushion that the Central Mustangs held for the first half. Trailing 10-1 the Indians had the ball seven times but scored just once closing the game down to 10-3.
Despite shooting just 14% in the first half the Indians never let up the defensive pressure holding the high-octane Mustangs to 25 first half points. Hays trailed at the mid-game break 25-14.
A Jersey Johnson three pointer in the third quarter pulled Hays within ten at 27-17 but the Indians never got any closer rest of the way. The Indians had several chances to pull the game down to a single figure affair but was outscored 25-12 over the final fourteen minutes.
The 52-29 loss ends the Indians' season with a record of 6-15. Salina Central will play in a ninth straight Sub-State championship game and is 17-4 on the year.
Twelve of the Indians twenty-one games this season came against opponents that were ranked at some point during the season.