LIBERAL — After falling behind early, the Hays High School boys’ basketball team came back for a 68-57 win Friday night at Liberal.
The Indians fell behind 10-4 before going on a 10-3 run to get back in the game. The teams then exchanged leads before Hays High closed the first half on a 7-0 run to take a two-point lead by intermission.
The Indians never trailed from that point, extending the lead to six in the third quarter. Liberal tied the game, but never did regain the lead.
Hays High hit three 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to extend the lead.
Ethan Nunnery scored 16 points to lead the way for Hays High, which moved its record to 11-5 overall and 5-0 in WAC play. Liberal dropped to 6-10 and 0-5. Cole Murphy added 14 for HHS, Kyler Koenke 13 and Tradgon McCrae 12.
Liberal girls 46, Hays High 38
The Liberal girls have lost just once all season, that coming to Hays High in January. However, the Redskins got one back.
Hays High led early after an 11-2 run, spurred by three 3-pointers for Brooke Denning.
But, the Redskins responded with a 12-2 run to eventually lead by three in the second quarter. The game was back-and-forth all night.
The Indians had a 12-5 run in the third quarter and led by five heading to the fourth, but Liberal caught fire. The Redskins, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, had a 6-0 run and the Indians only scored two more points during the final three minutes, while Liberal (15-1, 4-1 WAC) sealed the game at the free throw line.
The Indians (10-6, 4-1 WAC) are back in action Tuesday as they return home to face Abilene at the HHS gym.