DODGE CITY — After leading at the end of the first quarter, the Hays High School boys’ basketball team hit a scoring drought Friday against Wichita Heights, the No. 2 ranked team in Class 5A.
Hays High went cold, and the Falcons got hot, pulling away for a 76-51 blowout victory in the semifinals of the 75th Dodge City Tournament of Champions at United Wireless Arena.
Cole Murphy had the hot hand early for Hays High, which led by three points in the first quarter and led 17-16 at the end of frame.
Wichita Heights, though, outscored Hays High 23-6 in the second quarter as Hays High struggled to find the bucket, and that proved to be the big difference.
Heights outscored the Indians 21-14 in the third quarter and 16-14 in the fourth.
The win puts Heights into Saturday’s championship game, while Hays High (8-3) will play for third place at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Murphy finished with 20 points to lead the way for Hays High as he hit 6 of 17 from 3-point range. Peyton Kieffer was 2-for-9 from long range, adding 10 points, while Tradgon McCrae was 2-for-10 from 3, and had eight points. Kyler Koenke finished with seven.
Wichita Heights was led by a season-best 26 points for Devin Davis, who was 11-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-4 from long range. He hit four of the Falcons’ five treys.