By JAYCEE DALE
COLBY — Dominating from the start. That’s the best way to describe the Hays High School boys’ basketball team’s performance Saturday night in the title game of the Orange and Black Classic at Colby.
The Indians pulled away early en route to a 63-42 win over Olathe North. It was the second straight season HHS claimed the tourney title.
Indians only allowed Olathe North to score six points in the first quarter while building a 17-6 advantage.
Olathe North struggled to score against the Indian defense. The Indians held the Eagles to eight points while scoring 23 of their own to head into halftime comfortably ahead, 40-14
Olathe North came out with a little more spunk in the third quarter offensively, but could never get back within 15 of the Indians. Hays High dominated the quarter, leading 53-28 entering the final period.
Hays High went deep into its bench for a good portion of the final quarter, getting all players into the game. But HHS was still able to come away with the 21-point victory.
Senior guard Carson Kieffer scored 20 points to lead the Indians to a 49-34 victory over Beloit in Friday’s semifinals.
Hays High came out hot in the first quarter, going on a 13-4 run early. Hays was able to keep the lead the whole quarter going into the second up 15-7.
Beloit came out the second quarter on a run, getting within four of the Indians. That helped the Trojans stay close and only trail 23-17 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Hays High came out strong and built its lead to 31-19. Heading into the final period, HHS led 33-25.
Hays only allowed Beloit nine points in the fourth quarter, taking home the win to advance to the championship round.
Championship game pictures
Semifinal game pictures