HHS boys sweep Garden City
By AUSTIN COLBERT
Lane Clark was having a bad game.
The Hays High School senior guard entered the fourth quarter against visiting Garden City on Friday 0-for-4 from the field, and the Buffaloes had just taken a 35-33 lead following an emphatic steal and dunk by their junior big man Caleb Tramp.
So to make up for it, Clark went down to the other end of the court and got the Indians the lead back by making his only field goal of the game, a 3-pointer with approximately six minutes to play.
He followed by forcing Garden City into back-to-back turnovers, one by drawing a charge near midcourt, the second with a five-second call in which Clark was smothering his man. The Indians never trailed again and held on for a 44-39 win at the HHS gym.
"I wasn't really doing anything special on offense," Clark said. "I wasn't scoring. I had a couple of turnovers. So I tried to make it up on defense, and those were just ways I did it I guess."
Clark finished with four points -- he scored the game's final point from the foul line with 5.5 seconds left -- and helped Hays High (17-0, 6-0 WAC), No. 3 in Class 5A, remain undefeated with three regular season games remaining.
The win also gave the Indians a rare three-game sweep of Garden City (11-8, 3-4 WAC) after beating them 57-53 on Dec. 7 in the championship game of the Hays City Shootout and 47-33 at Garden City on Jan. 17.
And Friday's nail biter was by far the closest Garden City had come to pulling the upset this season.
"I don't care what you say, you play somebody three times, that team you are playing starts thinking after a while I can do this, I can guard this guy," Hays High coach Rick Keltner said. "We didn't get them put away ...because we couldn't make layups and kept throwing the ball away. We played hard on defense, but I thought they made some tough shots in the first half."
The largest margin of the game came when Hays High senior Kade Parker opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to make it 29-21 in favor of the Indians. But a run by Garden City, including five straight points to finish the quarter, sent the teams to the fourth tied at 33.
That's when the 6-foot-5 Tramp got a steal and ran the floor for the dunk to open the final period, and give the Buffaloes their first lead since it was 9-8 in the first quarter.
"He was able to excite our crowd a little bit and take away from theirs," Garden City coach Jacy Holloway said. "He did a good job. I think we could have gotten him the ball a little better offensively. Defensively he didn't play much in the first half because he got in foul trouble again. He's got in foul trouble all three times."
Fouls once again played a significant role for Hays High against Garden City. The Buffaloes only attempted four free throws the entire game, making two, and Tramp fouled out with 16.3 seconds to play after being called for an intentional foul on Hays High's Brady Werth with the Indians clinging to a 41-39 lead.
Werth calmly hit both free throws to cement the game.
"We just have to keep our head on top of our shoulders and play Indian basketball and it will come through for us," Werth said. "We have all kinds of senior leadership and that helps us through it. Everyone is helping everyone else out whenever someone is down."
Werth led all players with 18 points, the only Indian in double figures. Senior Tristan Nanninga led Garden City with 12 points, while Tramp finished with 10.
Turnovers costly in loss for Hays High girls
The Hays High School girls' basketball team entered Friday's contest with visiting Garden City coming off its best two offensive performances of the season. In losses to Liberal and Abilene the Indians scored 49 and 48 points, much of the success coming from a lack of turnovers, which have plagued them all year.
Asking them to do that a third straight game, and against a team ranked No. 8 in Class 6A, was asking too much.
"It was the same scenario as when we played them at their house," Hays High coach Kirk Maska said, referring to the team's 69-27 loss at Garden City on Jan. 17. "We couldn't handle their pressure, then we don't get back and we give them easy baskets early. Things kind of roller coastered out of control."
Hays High (0-17, 0-6 WAC) committed 17 first-half turnovers and 32 for the game en route to a 67-24 loss to Garden City (11-8, 4-3 WAC).
The Indians played tough until it was 10-6 Garden City. But a 10-0 run by the Buffaloes led to a 22-8 score after a quarter. Hays High trailed 37-16 at halftime.
The first half was dominated by Garden City senior Taryn Tempel -- the reigning WAC player of the year -- who scored 14 of her game-high 19 points over the first two quarters, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
"That is Taryn for us. That's how she plays every night," Garden City coach David Upton said. "We are accustomed to seeing those kind of nights from Taryn. She asserted herself in the first half and made her presence known."
The second half only got worse for the Indians. A free throw by Kaylie Schoendaller nine seconds into the third quarter was the only point scored by Hays High until another free throw, this time by junior Mattison Schlaefli, with 1:26 to play in the period.
Hays High only made two field goals in the second half, the first coming via an Audra Schmeidler 3-pointer with less than three minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
"We just got playing to their pace and we can't play that fast," Maska said. "We were really going to try and attack and draw some fouls tonight. And they are just taller and quicker than us. The game plan probably wasn't very sound and it didn't materialize."
Schmeidler led Hays High with nine points, while Schlaefli finished with seven. The Buffaloes had four different players reach double figures.
Garden City played without two of its usual starters -- seniors Kristin Padilla and Jacksenie Tornero -- after both players quit the team earlier this week.
Hays High 44, Garden City 39
Garden City (11-8)
Tristan Nanninga 5-9 2-4 12, Caleb Tramp 5-11 0-0 10, Koster 4-7 0-0 8, Hernandez 2-5 0-0 5, Parr 1-2 0-0 2, Rodriguez 1-1 0-0 2, Delgado 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 18-38 2-4 39.
Hays High (17-0)
Brady Werth 6-12 6-9 18, Windholz 3-11 0-2 8, Nunnery 2-3 0-0 5, Parker 2-6 0-0 5, Clark 1-6 1-2 4, Riedel 1-4 0-0 2, Niernberger 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 15-43 9-15 44.
Garden City 13 8 12 6 -- 39
Hays High 15 11 7 11 -- 44
3-point goals -- Garden City 1-7 (Hernandez), Hays High 5-16 (Windholz 2). Rebounds -- Garden City 18, Hays High 24. Turnovers -- Garden City 11, Hays High 13. Fouls -- Garden City 17, Hays High 9. Fouled out -- Tramp, Garden City.
Garden City 67, Hays High 24
Garden City (11-8)
Taryn Tempel 8-13 1-1 19, Jaymie Bernbeck 6-13 3-4 15, Jessica Carrillo 4-11 4-5 12, Abbie Dart 4-7 2-4 11, Dreiling 2-6 0-0 4, Elliott 2-3 0-0 4, McKee 1-3 0-2 2, Brunson 0-5 0-0 0, Hinde 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 27-65 10-16 67.
Hays High (0-17)
Schmeidler 4-10 0-0 9, Schlaefli 2-4 3-6 7, Smith 1-2 2-6 4, Schoendaller 0-3 2-4 2, Kleweno 1-1 0-0 2, Wells 0-7 0-0 0, Peckham 0-1 0-0 0, Dinkel 0-1 0-0 0, George 0-1 0-0 0, Groen-Younger 0-2 0-0 0, Pfeifer 0-1 0-0 0, Keller 0-0 0-1 0, Becker 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 8-34 7-17 24.
Garden City 22 15 19 11 -- 67
Hays High 8 8 2 6 -- 24
3-point goals -- Garden City 3-12 (Tempel 2), Hays High 1-8 (Schmeidler). Rebounds -- Garden City 29, Hays High 34. Turnovers -- Garden City 13, Hays High 32. Fouls -- Garden City 15, Hays High 14. Fouled out -- none.