The Hays High girls basketball team lost an early fourth-quarter lead and couldn’t overtake Manhattan down the stretch, wrapping the Hays City Shootout with a 48-41 loss on Saturday at Hays High.
HHS (1-2) led 32-30 at the end of the third and pushed the lead to four early in the fourth before Manhattan took control with a 9-2 run and never relinquished the lead.
Hays High was within four with 2:30 left but Manhattan milked the clock and iced the game with free throws to claim third place in the tournament.
Hays managed to keep 6-foot-3 post player Zanaa Cordis in check, holding the senior to six points, but Aloera Ostermann (14 points), Jaiden Weixelmann (10 points) and Taylor Claussen (nine points) provided offensive support for Manhattan (2-1).
“Our game plan to start off was to prevent (Cordis) from catching the ball,” first-year Hays High coach Kyle Porter said. “We don’t have anyone 5-10, let alone 6-3, so for us it was a team effort in trying to limit her, and you’re going to give up something in doing that. We did a great job (on Cordis), and if we were going to give up anything it was going to be an outside shot. That worked for about three quarters and then they went on a big run.
"I’m proud of our kids. I’m proud of our effort.”
The Indians, who led 21-13 at halftime, were paced by Brooke Denning's 15 points while Tasiah Nunnery added 12. The Indians got six points apiece from Re Green and Carly Lang, a freshman who played heavy minutes on the weekend.
“I thought Carly Lang was unbelievable, especially a freshman playing in her first varsity games, playing big-time minutes,” Porter said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s going to be a key piece in what we're trying to do this year."
The Indians won’t return to action until Dec. 17 when they play Colby at home.
“This is a tournament that tests you,” Porter said. “This weekend and next week, we’re going to learn from the experience. We’re going to break down a lot of the things that we didn’t necessarily do so well and we’re going to become better because of it.”
TMP boys take fourth place
The Thomas More Prep-Marian boys pulled out a dramatic 65-62 win over Millwood (Okla), rallying from a 13-point deficit to claim fourth place.
Jackson Schulte scored 20 points for the Monarchs. He scored at least 20 points in all three games.
Free State stymies Hays High boys
Lawrence Free State locked down Hays High in the boys third-place game at Hays High, claiming third place with a 46-31 win over the Indians.
TMP trailed 10-2 at the end of the first quarter and 26-11 at halftime. The Indians were outscored 14-4 in the third quarter before putting up 16 points in the final frame.
T.J. Nunnery was the only Indian to reach double figures, scoring 11. Mozae Downing led Free State (2-1) with 12 points with while Olin Yoder added 10.
TMP girls fall to Millwood
The Thomas More Prep-Marian girls closed the tournament with a 1-2 mark, falling 67-28 to Millwood in the fourth-place game.