Lady Eagles Rally For Win; Boys Fall to Unbeaten Hays

Dan LuceroFebruary 12, 2021

The Colby Lady Eagles were able to snap a brief losing skid, but the Colby Eagle boys found the going much tougher against one of the state’s best teams.

A second-half rally lifted the Lady Eagles to a 42-31 win over Hays on Friday night at the Community Building, ending a three-game slide. The Eagle boys, however, saw their losing streak reach seven as they were routed by class 5A’s number-one ranked team, as Hays eased to a 73-40 triumph.

Colby’s girls struggled for offense early in their game, and didn’t make their first field goal until midway through the second quarter. That allowed Hays to build an eleven-point first-half lead, but the Lady Eagles cut it to five at 20-15 at the half. Hays nudged the lead back to eight in a low-scoring third quarter before Emma Curry got the Lady Eagles rolling. Her two threes were part of an 8-0 run that closed the quarter and tied the score at 25. After Hays scored early in the fourth to regain a two-point advantage, Colby responded with a 9-0 run, with Briana Barnett’s three-ball giving the Lady Eagles their first lead of the night at 30-27. Hays got back within three-points in the final minutes, but Brooklyn Jones stuck the dagger in with a three that made it 37-31 with a minute left and started an 8-0 game-closing run.

Jones’ 13 points led a balanced Lady Eagle attack that saw all five starters score at least six points. Curry was also in double figures with 10 points. Re Green’s nine points led Hays.

Hear the postgame comments from Lady Eagles head coach Tom Stephens:

The Eagle boys hung tough throughout the first half against a Hays team that carried a 23-game winning streak into Friday night. Colby led 5-2 early after a Ryan Myers three but a 7-0 run quickly put Hays in front. Colby trailed 20-15 after one but scrapped back to tie the game at 23. Hays scored back-to-back baskets to regain the lead for good, but led by just four, 33-29, at the intermission. The second half was sheer dominance from the visitors. They went on a 9-0 run to take their first double-digit lead late in the third quarter and led 51-35 after the third, and then opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 spurt. Hays would ultimately enact the mercy clock with just under two minutes to play in the game.

Peyton Wahlmeier’s 17 points led Colby in the defeat. Myers added 13 points. Ten different Hays boys scored, led by Dalyn Schwarz’s 17 points.

Hear the postgame comments from Eagles head coach Parker McKee:

The Colby girls nudged back over the .500 mark with the win, improving to 9-8, while Hays dropped to 5-11. The Hays boys improved to 16-0 with their win, while the Eagles fell to 6-11.

Colby is back in action Tuesday night at Scott City.

BOXSCORES

GIRLS

COLBY 42, HAYS 31

Hays      11 — 9 —   5 —   6 —- 31
Colby      4 — 11 — 10 — 17 —- 42

Hays (5-11) — Green 4 0-0 9; Johnson 2 0-0 5; Ke 1 0-0 2; Lang 0 0-0 0; Humphrey 0 0-0 0; Lummis 1 0-0 3; Engle 3 1-2 7; Robben 1 0-0 3; Sheldon 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 1-2 31.

Colby (9-8) — Barnett 1 4-4 7; Dodson 3 0-0 6; Jones 5 2-2 13; Finley 0 0-0 0; Stanley 3 3-6 10; Curry 2 0-0 6. Totals: 14 9-12 42.

3-point goals — Hays 4 (Green, Johnson, Lummis, Robben). Colby 5 (Barnett, Jones, Stanley, Curry 2). Total fouls — Colby 2, Hays 13. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 

BOYS

HAYS 73, COLBY 40

Hays      20 — 13 — 18 — 22 —- 73
Colby     15 — 14 —   6 —   5 —- 40

Hays (16-0) — Oakley 3 0-1 7; Krannawitter 3 0-0 7; Kieffer 2 1-2 6; Nunnery 6 0-1 13; Weimer 2 0-0 4; Linenberger 2 0-0 4; Dale 3 0-0 7; Hernandez 2 0-0 5; Wellbrock 0 0-0 0; Brooks 0 0-0 ; Schmidtberger 1 0-0 3; Schwarz 8 1-1 17. Totals: 32 2-5 73.

Colby (6-11) — Vaughn 2 0-1 5; Wetter 0 0-0 0; Puckett 1 0-0 3; R. Myers 4 3-6 13; Wahlmeier 6 3-3 17; Rush 1 0-0 2; Rosales 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 6-10 40.

3-point goals — Hays 7 (Oakley, Krannawitter, Kieffer, Nunnery, Dale, Hernandez, Schmidtberger), Colby 6 (Vaughn, Puckett, R. Myers 2, Wahlmeier 2). Total fouls — Hays 15, Colby 6. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none.

 

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