McPHERSON — After starting the season 8-1, the Hays High School girls’ basketball team has now dropped three games in a row, the latest being a 36-32 setback to Shawnee Mission Northwest in the consolation semifinals Friday of the Mid-America Classic at the McPherson Roundhouse.
The Indians were within two points late in the contest, but missed three opportunities to tie the game before SMNW — ranked No. 8 in Class 6A — iced the game at the free throw line.
The loss dropped the Indians to 8-4 and into Saturday’s 2 p.m. seventh-place game against Shawnee Mission South.
Hays High, the No. 6 team in Class 4A Division I, had its first lead of the tournament at 5-2 after a 3-pointer to open the game by Tasiah Nunnery, and led 10-5 near the end of the first quarter.
But, SMNW went on a 12-2 run to eventually lead 17-14 by halftime. However, Hays High responded. The Indians through the end of the second quarter and into the third, went on a 14-2 run to lead by seven points by the 3-minute mark of the third.
Then, a scoring drought took over. Hays High scored just three points while the Cougars rattled off 15 to take the lead.
Trailing by five, Hays High’s Savannah Schneider recorded a three-point play to narrow the gap to two.
Hays High had three possessions in the final minute while trailing by two, but Northwest (7-5) went on to ice the game with 10 seconds left with a pair of free throws.
Schneider led Hays High with eight points, while Nunnery, Kallie Leiker and Mattie Hutchison each had five.