Visiting Hays High won both ends of the twin bill with PHS on Tuesday night.
It wasn’t pretty on Tuesday night if you were a Greenback basketball fan. The visitors from Hays High had their way against PHS in both ends of the twin bill, dropping the girls 61-46 and the boys 94-55.
In the girls game, Hays raced out to a 13-2 lead in the first stanza, Pratt’s only points coming from Jenna Fincham at the FT line late in the period.
Lady Green righted the ship, only getting outscored by 4 over the rest of the game, but the damage had been done.
Allisan McGowan did her share to keep the Lady Frogs in it, swishing in six 3-pointers on her way to a 20 point night. Jenna Fincham added 6.
The Lady Indians were just a little bit better at the same style of game PHS likes to play-pressure defense and tempo on offense.
“They pressed and pushed the ball very well,” PHS head coach Dustin Hildebrand said of his opponents. “We struggled on our press to keep in front of them.”
“I thought we looked good on offense,” Hildebrand continued. “Allisan knocked down some open shots.”
There weren’t many positives for Pratt’s boys in the dismantling dished out by Hays. Going into the game, it was known that if the Indians had the 3-pointer working, it was going to be a long night for the Greenbacks. The Indians were, dare I say, en fuego.
Hays poured through 37 points in the first quarter, most of the shots coming from approximately Cullison. From there the rout was on.
The fourth quarter was played with the running clock, as Hays was up 82-39. It was a merciful end to what had been an unmerciful game.
Zachary Shanline (12) and Grant Bolen (11) were in double figures for the Frogs.
“We were outmanned,” PHS head coach Chris Battin admitted. “They were the better team.”
“I told the kids we play these tough games early in the season to get ready for league,” Battin continued. “We just need to keep adjusting and making plays.”
It gets no easier for Pratt as they travel to Andale on Friday.