The Hays High boys basketball team was within striking distance late against Olathe West, but the Owls held off the Indians down the stretch to hand HHS a 57-43 loss in Friday night’s Hays City Shootout semifinal at Hays High.
The Indians and Owls were locked at 14 after the first quarter but Olathe West opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run to take control. The Owls led 31-22 at halftime and never surrendered the lead in the second half.
Hays trailed by 10 after three quarters and cut the lead down to seven twice in the fourth but couldn't get any closer.
Juniors Dalyn Schwarz and T.J. Nunnery each had 10 points for Hays High, which will play Lawrence Free State in the third-place game at 3:30 at Hays High.
Olathe West standout Cougar Downing led the Owls with 15 points.
OLATHE WEST GIRLS 60, HAYS HIGH 39
The Hays High girls struggled to find an offensive rhythm against Olathe West, taking a 60- 39 loss in Friday’s semifinal at Hays High.
The Indians trailed by 14 at halftime and saw the Owls pull away in the third quarter.
Freshman Carly Lang and senior Tasiah Nunnery each scored 13 points for the Indians while junior Brooklyn Schaffer added 12.
Hays High will face Manhattan for third place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hays High.
TMP BOYS 80, LIFE PREP 65
Jackson Schulte poured in a career-high 34 points to help the Thomas More Prep-Marian boys basketball team take a 15-point win over Life Prep on Friday in the consolation semifinals at Hays High.
A day after putting up a career-best 23 points in TMP’s first-round loss to Olathe West, Schulte knocked down eight 3-pointers to help the Monarchs even their record at 1-1. The junior guard hit five treys in the first half, including four in the second quarter.
Senior forward Carson Jacobs also set a career high for the second straight game, adding 20 points.
The Monarchs were tested by the Fire, trailing 18-11 at the end of the first quarter before opening the second frame on an 11-0 run. TMP was down 40-38 at halftime but broke away after outscoring the Fire 26-9 in the third quarter.
The Monarchs will close out the tournament against Millwood (Okla.) in the fourth-place at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Hays Middle School.
TMP GIRLS 55, LIFE PREP 12
The TMP girls evened their record at 1-1 with the blowout win over the Fire, building a 16-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and extending it to 30-7 by halftime.
The Monarchs led 52-10 after three quarters before the fourth quarter was played under a running clock.
Junior guard Kyleigh Allen paced the Monarchs with 14 points while junior post player Sasha Wasinger reached double digits for the second straight game with 13 points off the bench.
TMP will play Millwood (Okla.) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Hays Middle School.