Hays High girls lose to WAC rival

By JAYCEE DALE

The Hays High School girls’ basketball team was back at home Friday night, but it wasn’t quite a home-sweet-home feeling.

WAC rival Great Bend tripped up the Indians with a 46-40 victory.

HHS started slowly against the Panthers, scoring only two points until the last minute of the quarter. The Indians started to flow offensively and pulled within 9-7 after the quarter.

Carly Lang scored within seconds of the second quarter, tying the game. Great Bend pulled ahead by three, but that didn’t last long — with Hays High tying it at 12 apiece.

Hays High wasn’t able to take the lead before the break but only trailed by one, 21-20.

The Indians trailed nearly the entire third quarter. With a last-second 3-pointer by Morgan Engel, Hays High tied the game at 28 entering the final quarter.

The Indians snagged their first lead of the half off a free throw by Lang. But Great Bend tied it up shortly after.

With some miscommunication, Great Bend was able to take the lead by hitting a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. The Panthers took their biggest lead of seven in the fourth.

Hays High answered by hitting two 3’s to get within one, 39-38, but the Indians were unable to pull ahead.

The Indians will play at Salina Central at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of a Class 5A sub-state. The Mustangs are the top seed in the sub-state, while HHS is the fourth seed.

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