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Indians split games at Pratt

Published on -1/8/2014, 10:24 AM

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By NICK McQUEEN

nmcqueen@dailynews.net

PRATT -- Before the first game back from the holiday break Tuesday, the Hays High School boys' basketball team learned it had climbed to No. 3 in the Class 5A coaches rankings.

For 16 minutes against 4A Pratt, an unbeaten Indian club looked a little rusty. That 16 minutes was all it took for Hays High to shake it off.

Three players put up double figures and the Indians tallied 33 points after the break to come away with a 61-27 victory to move to 6-0.

"We looked like a team that had a break," Indian coach Rick Keltner said of his team's first half, where the Indians had nine of their 12 turnovers and hit nine shots. "I thought we were better in the second half."

While it was sluggish, though, Indian senior guard Jordan Windholz gave Hays High all the firepower early it needed to pull away from a young one-win Pratt team. The Greenbacks start a freshman in Samson Kohman (team-high 11 points), and have just two seniors who played.

Windholz scored seven of his game-high 14 points in the first quarter, and the Indians managed a 15-2 lead after one.

Indian junior center Brady Werth got things going a little bit in the second quarter, but picked up two quick fouls and sat for much of it.

That opened the door for senior Clayton Riedel, the transfer from WaKeeney-Trego Community. The 6-foot-5 Riedel, who along with senior Kenny Rounkles, saw extended action in the post, put up a season-high 10 points. Four of those came in the second quarter to help HHS build up a 28-10 lead before intermission. Riedel could become a big key for HHS, Keltner said, once he gets more acclimated to the 5A game. Riedel averaged a double-double for Class 1A Trego last season.

"Clayton Riedel is starting to get a little more comfortable,"  Keltner said. "He made progress tonight.

"He's loosening up a little bit and starting to get more physical."

Riedel was 6 of 7 from the free throw line, where Hays High finished 17 of 27 as a team.

In the second half, everyone was a little more involved. HHS had just three turnovers after the break.

A Windholz 3-pointer sparked a 16-8 run through the third quarter where five different Indians scored, and the punch Pratt mustered with Kohman through the second and start of the third quarter disappeared. By the 7:44 mark of the fourth quarter, Hays High built up a 31-point lead, and the rest of the game was played with a running clock.

"Great progress as the game went on," Keltner said. "We try to play fast, but sometimes if you start turning it over, it's just like throwing the ball in the bleachers -- much better second half."

Werth ended the game with 12 points and three rebounds, and added five blocked shots. Two of those blocks came on one Pratt possession. He was 6 of 8 at the foul line.

Hays High now prepares for its Western Athletic Conference opener Friday against Liberal at the HHS gym. Liberal is 2-4 after a 40-30 win against Ulysses on Tuesday.

"We just have to keep getting better. That's all we can do -- win the day," Keltner said. "It's a WAC game, so I know we've got to play better."

Pratt girls 70, Hays High 29

The Hays High girls managed just two shot attempts in the first quarter of Tuesday's game against Pratt, the No. 4 ranked team in 4A Division II. Combine that with 13 first-quarter turnovers and it spelled disaster for the winless Indians.

"We were a little rusty and panicked a bit like we have," Indian coach Kirk Maska said. "I was pleased we had a little spurt in the second quarter, where we played really well for a few minutes."

That stretch of 12 points, though, was the only bright spot for a Hays High team that nearly ended up with more turnovers than points. The Indians were down 28-2 after the first quarter with its only points coming on a pair of free throws for junior Kaylie Schoendaller.

Meanwhile, Pratt (4-1) poured it on with a barrage of 3s (eight for the game), and led 44-14 by halftime. Hays High's burst late in the second quarter was fueled by four points for senior Haley Wells and a 3-pointer by junior Brooke Russell. Wells ended the night with eight points to lead Hays High, while three put up double figures for Pratt. Senior forward Jenson Maydew hit three 3s and ended with 17 points. Junior Paige Bailey missed just one shot and finished with 15.

"We just have to start taking care of the little things since we're going to be so much smaller than most of our opponents," said Maska, whose team was outrebounded 25-19 and had 27 turnovers. "We didn't give up and ended up scoring, but we have to play a little better defense, and just not get in such a big hole."

The entire fourth quarter was played with a running clock as Pratt built up a 60-22 lead heading in.

Hays High seeks its first win Friday when the Indians host WAC foe Liberal in a 6 p.m. start. Liberal is 2-4 after a 66-45 win against Ulysses on Tuesday.

Boys

Hays High 61, Pratt 27

HAYS HIGH (6-0)

Jordand Windholz 6-13 1-1 14, Brady Werth 3-6 6-9 12, Clayton Riedel 2-5 6-8 10, Niernberger 2-3 1-4 5, Clark 1-4 0-0 3, Parker 3-6 0-0 6, Rounkles 1-3 0-0 2, Nunnery 2-2 2-3 6, Hobson 0-1 0-0 0, Dryden 0-0 0-0 0, Berens 1-1 0-0 2, Romme 0-0 1-2 1. Totals -- 21-44 17-27 61.

PRATT (1-4)

Samson Kohman 2-9 6-9 11, Sullivan 1-7 1-2 3, Kurz 2-2 0-0 4, Kahmeyer 0-2 1-2 1, Bartel 0-3 0-0 0, Barnard 0-7 0-0 0, Koehler 1-1 0-0 3, Ruckle 0-1 0-0 0, Shumway 1-3 0-0 2, Peltier 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 1-1 0-0 3, Whitfield 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 8-36 8-14 27.

Hays High 15 13 18 15 -- 61

Pratt 2 8 9 8 --  27

3-point goals -- HHS 2-10 (Windholz 1-5, Clark 1-3, Parker 0-1, Rounkles 0-1); PHS 3-11 (Sullivan 0-2, Kohman 1-2, Kahmeyer 0-1, Barnard 0-3, Koehler 1-1, Shumway 0-1, Hayes 1-1.

Rebounds -- HHS 31 (Windholz 6); PHS 26 (Kohman 8). Turnovers -- HHS 12, PHS 23.

Pratt 70, Hays High 29

HAYS HIGH (0-6)

Wells 3-7 2-2 8, Schmeidler 2-6 3-6 7, Schlaefli 1-1 0-0 2, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Schoendaller 0-2 0-0 0, Groen Younger 0-0 1-2 1, Kleweno 0-1 0-0 0, Becker 0-2 0-0 0, Russell 1-2 0-0 3, Dinkel 0-0 2-2 2, George 1-2 1-2 3. Totals -- 8-22 12-18 29.

PRATT (4-1)

Paige Bailey 7-8 0-0 15, Haylie Hook 4-7 1-2 10, Jenson Maydew 7-12 0-0 17, Becker 3-7 0-0 8, Swinford 3-3 2-2 8, Smith-Potter 1-4 1-2 3, Flemming 2-2 2-5 7, Garten 0-2 0-0 0, Coates 1-1 0-0 2, Diaz 0-1 0-1 0. Totals -- 28-50 6-9 70.

Hays High 2 12 11 4 -- 29

Pratt 26 18 21 5 -- 70

3-point goals -- HHS 1-3 (Wells 0-1, Russell 1-1, Becker 0-1); PHS 8-10 (Schlaefli 1-1, Pfeifer 0-1, George 2-2, Maydew 3-3, Smith-Potter 0-1, Flemming 2-2.

Rebounds --  HHS 18 (Schmeidler 5); PHS 22 (Flemming 4). Turnovers -- HHS 27, PHS 8.

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