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March 26th, 2019

brodysumnerBrody Sumner looks to make a pass against Hays Friday night in The Big House. Sumner scored eight points in a 68-56 loss. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

Leader & Times

What started as a Redskin runaway ended with a disappointing 68-56 loss to Hays Friday night in the Western Athletic Conference opener.

Liberal jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter and scored on three deep three-point shots.

Hays narrowed the gap to 13-8 by the end of the period, and after the Indians switched to a high-intensity press, the Redskins turned the ball over in the second quarter, giving uncontested buckets to Hays and getting outscored 23-11.

Liberal still had a 24-21 lead in the final two minutes of the first half, but the Indians went on a 10-0 run to sned Liberal to the locker room with a seven-point deficit, 31-24.

Hays scored the first five points of the second half to take a 36-24 lead before the redskins responded, but missed shots kept the Redskins from being able cut into the Indian lead.

Liberal was able to neutralize the full court press, but the long-range shots that fell early missed their mark.

The redskins cut the lead to six in the fourth quarter, and Liberal had possession and a chance to get the game down to two possessions with more than three minutes to play, but the Redskins couldn’t stop Hays from rebuilding a double-digit lead, and the Redskins fell 68-56.

Jordan Mendoza and Braxton Hyde each scored 14 points to lead the Redskins.

Liberal ended the night with 11 three pointers against the taller Hays Indians, but only six field goals inside the arc.

“We were up 21-12, and they go on a 29-5 run,” Liberal coach Ryan Petty said. “That included the late second quarter three from Braxton. They finish the second quarter on a 10-0 run. We have to figure something out in the second quarter. It has been really bad all year.”

Liberal wanted to quickly get back in the game in the second half, but Hays had the quick start instead.

“We needed to score the first couple of points the second half, but they scored the first seven,” Petty said. “It’s frustrating, we had the big lead and they ramped up the pressure. They switched up their press, and we didn’t adjust to it. We got sped up. If we are going to win as small as we are, we have to make shots. We made some early, but we didn’t make a lot of shots, and they got a lot of easy ones.”

Liberal travels to Garden City Tuesday. The Buffaloes knocked off Great Bend 39-38.

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