The Hays High boys went ice cold from the field in Friday's Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout semifinal, suffering a 78-56 loss to Manhattan at Hays High.
Hays shot just 25 percent from the field and went just 4 of 33 from 3-point range, dropping to 1-1.
“I believe in the 3-point line. I believe these guys are good shooters and good players; I just don’t think they’ve gotten comfortable in that position yet,” Hays High coach Rick Keltner said. “You have to give credit to Manhattan. We’ve had a couple wins in a row on those guys and they came out and put it to us tonight. I have nothing but praise for that team and the way they played.”
Hays High trailed 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, 47-31 at halftime and 72-44 at the end of the third quarter.
Hays got into foul trouble while pressing Manhattan, which advanced to the Shootout title game to face Millwood (Okla.) at 3:15 Saturday at Hays High.
“A lot of our fouls when we’re getting into foul trouble are not smart fouls,” Keltner said. “When you do some of the reaches and off-balance things or hack a guy from behind, that’s not smart basketball. We’ve talked a lot about not reaching when you trap and stuff like that. It’s hard to do and it takes self discipline. We’re not a very disciplined team right now when it comes to that stuff and that’s something we can work on.”
Trae McCrae was the only Hays player in double figures, scoring 12 before fouling out. Lawson Monaco led Manhattan with 18 points.
Hays High will play St. Thomas Aquinas for third place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hays High.
Manhattan girls 49, Hays High 39
The Hays High girls overcame a slow start to stay within striking distance of Manhattan but couldn't mount a fourth-quarter charge, falling in the semifinals at Hays High.
Manhattan jumped out to a 13-3 lead but Hays answered with a 9-2 run. Hays trailed 28-20 at halftime and 41-31 at the end of the third quarter.
Hays (1-1) never got closer than eight in the fourth frame.
“That’s going to be one of the better defensive teams we’ll see all year,” first-year Hays High coach Alex Hutchins said. “They’re solid. They’re really sound. They make you beat them. They’re not going to beat themselves, and unfortunately tonight, we just didn’t quite have the firepower, the explosiveness and shot making that we needed to.
“That’s something we’re going to definitely use and grow from.”
Manhattan 6-foot-2 senior Kia Wilson made it tough for Hays to get anything going inside.
“We’re a team that likes layups, and it’s hard to get layups when you’re shooting them over the top of 6-2 girls with long arms," Hutchins said. "We’ve talked about how we need to start to kind of find a mid-range pull-up or floater game to shoot over the trees before you get stuck underneath them. Tonight was a good chance for us to experience what that’s like and why we need to adjust.”
Savannah Schneider led Hays High with 12 while Wilson paced Manhattan with 15.
Hays will play Millwood at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the third-place game at Hays Middle School.
Millwood girls 50, TMP-Marian girls 36
TMP played Millwood tight in the first half, but the Falcons began to separate from the Monarchs in the third quarter of the consolation round game at Hays Middle School.
Emily Schippers scored 17 points for the Monarchs, hitting five 3-pointers. Millwood was led by Nykale Cramer’s 15 points.
TMP (0-2) will close out the shootout against Great Bend at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hays Middle School.
St. Thomas Aquinas boys 65, TMP-Marian 39
The TMP boys were unable to challenge Aguinas, falling behind 27-13 by the end of the first quarter.
Jackson Schulte led the Monarchs with 14 points while Jose Rost paced Aquinas with 20.
The Monarchs boys will play Great Bend at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Hays Middle School.