GREAT BEND — It would have been easy for the Hays High School boys’ basketball team to look past its final opponent of the regular season.
The Indians had wrapped up the Western Athletic Conference title Tuesday with a win against Dodge City entering Friday’s regular-season finale at Great Bend.
But when the Panthers are on the schedule, there’s no letdown in sight against the WAC rival.
The Indians proved that, dominating the Panthers, 60-36, in a game that featured a running clock in the fourth quarter.
The win improved the Indians to 14-6 overall and a perfect 8-0 in conference play.
Hays High led 38-13 at halftime and cruised to the easy victory.
Senior Kyler Koenke led the Indians with 13 points.
Hays High will play Buhler on Friday at 6 p.m. in the Class 4A Division I sub-state in McPherson.
The Hays High girls rallied back from a double-digit deficit at halftime Friday to earn a win, 50-47.
The Indians trailed 22-11 at the break before rallying in the second half and using tough defense in the waning minutes to earn the victory.
The win improved HHS to 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the WAC — a second-place finish to Liberal.
Sophomore Isabel Robben led the charge with 17 points, and junior Kallie Leiker scored 13 after missing Tuesday’s game with sickness. Junior Savannah Schneider missed Friday’s game with illness.
The HHS girls will play Ulysses at 6 p.m. Thursday in the sub-state in McPherson.