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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Indian girls win second straight, top Abilene

Published on -2/13/2013, 10:11 AM

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By KLINT SPILLER

kspiller@dailynews.net

ABILENE -- Hays High School girls' basketball coach Kirk Maska didn't have much to complain about after Tuesday's win on the road.

However, like an ever-vigilant coach, that didn't stop him from finding something.

"The only thing I was disappointed about was I think they had quite a few offensive rebounds," Maska said. "We definitely had the height advantage. Other than that, I was really pleased."

Maska's Indians dominated their first of a three-game roadswing, defeating Abilene 51-30. With two wins in a row, it's the first winning streak Hays High (8-9) has had this season after a see-saw start. Abilene dropped to 10-8.

"I feel like now that we've got going, we are ready to prove ourselves," said senior forward Taylor Herman. "We know we are good. We've just got to prove it now."

Hays High's girls shot well, took care of the ball and applied constant defensive pressure on the Cowgirls, but they did somewhat struggle on the defensive glass, surrendering 12 offensive rebounds.

But as a whole, Hays High out rebounded Abilene 35 to 31, and the Indians forced 23 turnovers -- 15 of which were steals.

On the opposite end, Hays High took fairly good care of the ball, only turning it over 15 times with the starters in, which lasted until the final minute of the fourth quarter. It was more than three turnovers better than the season average.

Hays High had 17 in the game.

"We didn't try to play fast," Maska said. "We took the break when we had it, but we did a good job of recognizing when they were back and pulled it up and didn't force things."

Maska said it was a team victory, as the Indians got contributions from throughout their lineup.

Senior forward Katelyn Schumacher led the squad in scoring with 17 points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds, but all but one Hays High participant scored in the game.

Herman had a solid outing, posting eight points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a team-high five steals.

"I think we all played well together," Herman said. "That always helps when my teammates are playing well. That gets me excited."

Senior guard April Johnson came off the bench and scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting.

Four of her points came when Hays High was trailing in the first quarter and was struggling to score. Her offense sparked an 8-0 run and gave the Indians a lead they never relinquished.

"She came in and gave us a big spark," Maska said. "Kudos to April, she had a nice game."

Hays High built as much as a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, but Abilene rallied with a 9-0 run stretching midway into the third quarter and narrowed the Indians' lead to 23-20.

Then the Indians responded with a run of their own, scoring 11 unanswered.

"We knew Abilene was going to be well coached, and they were going to jump in and out of things," Maska said. "I thought we adjusted pretty well."

Abilene only had one player reach double figures: 5-foot-11 freshman forward Belle Barbieri. Barbieri comes off the bench, but she has been her squad's leading scorer at 12 per game.

Hays High returns to the road Friday to play Garden City (15-3, 6-0 Western Athletic Conference).

The Indians will need help to defend its 2012 league title.

To earn a share of the WAC championship, Hays High will have to win out at Garden City and Dodge City and at home against Great Bend, and they also will need Garden City to lose to Liberal at home.

"We've got a tough one against Garden City on Friday," Maska said. "We are going to have to be ready for that."

Comeback story

Abilene might have lost the game, but they had a success story on the court.

Senior point guard Carly Gassman made her second start of the season against Hays High.

Gassman, Abilene's top returning scorer from last season, has had three surgeries since March to remove a brain tumor.

Heading into basketball season, Abilene girls' basketball coach Janelle Geist said Gassman expected a clean bill of health at a check up in October, but doctors discovered that cancer remained.

She had to have another surgery on top of multiple radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but despite all of that, Geist said Gassman wanted to be back on the court.

"I think that's what's driven her," Geist said. "She just wants to have a normal senior year."

She didn't start fully practicing until near the end of January, and she has been slowed by months of inactivity. However, Geist said she's been impressed with how Gassman has handled it.

"Her side effects have been minimal as far as the horror stories that you hear," Geist said. "She just lost her appetite and started to drag a little bit at the end of her radiation but just barely. It wasn't anything that was really noticeable.

"I think her being in such good physical shape must have helped her body to be able to handle all of that," Geist said.

Gassman, whose head was partially shaved, has averaged 3.5 points per game this season, and against Hays High, she scored five points and grabbed two rebounds.

Geist said she wanted to give Gassman an opportunity to start. For one, Gassman has improved since coming back from the surgery, and secondly, if she hadn't gotten sick, then she likely would have started this season. She was all-league in 2012.

"She had a phenomenal junior year," Geist said.

Gassman not only has gotten back on the court, but Geist said Gassman received good news.

Geist said Gassman's last checkup showed the surgery worked.

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