At halftime of Tuesday night’s Western Athletic Conference game, the Hays High Indians limited Great Bend to 18 points. The Indians’ Isaiah Nunnery, matched that point total by himself.
Nunnery finished the night with a game-high 23 points as the Indians improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating rival Great Bend 90-44, in Hays.
The future Fort Hays State University guard was also on the receiving end of an alley-oop dunk from Drew Young in the third quarter.
In the first quarter, Nunnery stole the ball and made a pass to Maddux Winter before Nunnery fell out-of-bounds. Winter then found Keith Dryden, and Dryden made the frenzied crowd even louder with a dunk to put the Indians ahead 14-8 early.
Dryden finished the night with 15 points.
“We emphasize it in practice, they are unselfish kids,” said HHS coach Rick Keltner. “They are fun to watch when they get moving because they will share the basketball.”
Ethan Nunnery made a 25-foot 3-pointer to end the first quarter of action as the Indians led 25-12 against their rival.
The younger Nunnery brother made another 3-pointer just before half as he finished with eight points.
In addition to moving and sharing the basketball on offense, Keltner credited the Indians’ defense for the easy victory.
“I thought our defensive intensity keys it all, and I think our guys are starting to figure that out,” Keltner said.
HHS forced 16 turnovers throughout the game that led to easy baskets.
After leading 64-35 through three quarters, the Indians were able to empty their bench and get everyone playing time in front of the home crowd during the final few minutes of play.
“It’s awesome. We have a JV game, so I always feel like if you want to play, you have to earn it. Tonight was a team win,” Keltner said.
“It was a fun night for our kids and our team.”
Drew Young finished the night with 12 points, and Shane Berens had 10 points.
The Hays High girls’ basketball team (3-5, 0-2) lost its second Western Athletic Conference game to open conference play, 62-55.
Hays High trailed 17-15 after one quarter of play, but finished the quarter on an 11-3 run to get back into the game.
The Indians had a hard time finding the basket in the second quarter as they managed just five points and trailed 30-20 at halftime.
“We came out and got some nice buckets and ran some things,” said HHS coach Kirk Maska.
“Then we start to stand around again and let them jump out to a 10-point lead at halftime.”
Hays High senior Audra Schmeidler scored all of her 12 points in the second half. The Indians tied the score at 53 on a three-point play by freshman Jaycee Dale with 4:30 remaining in the game.
“We came back to tie it up and then we leave their best player open for 3 and all of a sudden we are back in panic mode,” Maska said.
The Indians could manage just two more points the rest of the way.
“Great Bend doesn’t miss free throws, and we need to learn to make free throws,” Maska said.
Great Bend finished the night 25 of 33 at the free throw line while the Indians managed to go just 12 for 22 from the charity stripe.
Hays High will try for the third time to pick up its first conference win as the travel to Garden City on Friday.