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Hays tops Hoisington for first win

Hays Lady Indian #3 Ashlyn Flax takes a shot near the basket as Hoisington Lady Cardinal #11...
Hays Lady Indian #3 Ashlyn Flax takes a shot near the basket as Hoisington Lady Cardinal #11 Keeley Wolf defends. The Hays Lady Indians defeated the Hoisington Lady Cardinals by a score of 56 to 32 held at Hoisington Activity Center in Hoisington, Kansas on December 15, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 2:19 PM CST
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HOISINGTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Hays Lady Indians earned their first win in a road game against the Hoisington Lady Cardinals by a score of 56 to 32.

Before the game, Hays Coach Len Marvin benched three starters for violating team rules. The move allowed some bench players to take a more active role in the game.

Hoisington took an early one-point lead. Then Hays took off on a 10 point run. They would never trail in the game.

The Lady Indians led 14 to 6 at the end of the first quarter. In the next quarter, Ginny Ke provided two timely three-pointers and a basket to help her team to a 29 to 13 halftime advantage.

Ke ended the night with 13 points, the first points the Senior has scored in all of her varsity appearances.

The Lady Indians continued to apply tough defense in the second half. They held Hoisington to only nine points in the third quarter and ten points in the fourth. The Lady Indians extended their lead by scoring 27 more points.

“Our culture is going to be built around defense,” said Hays Head Coach Len Melvin. “I thought we played well defensively. We looked to score. It was the first time we looked to score all year.”

At the sound of the final buzzer, Hays won their first game all season. The Lady Cardinals ended the night with a 2-3 record.

“We had too many turnovers. Hays’ defense really bothered us and took us out of our offensive scheme,” said Hoisington Head Coach Mandy Mason. “They wanted to win, and I think they wanted to win more than we did.”

Aleyia Ruder led all scorers with 15 points for Hays. Ruder also completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. Ginny Ke added 13 points.

Keeley Wolf scored the most for Hoisington with ten points.

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