By RON PRESTON
It was just one of those nights for the Abilene Cowgirls, as they couldn’t get anything to go their way as they lost a non-league contest to the Hays High Indians 51-30 Tuesday.
“They were making shots and we weren’t,” said Cowgirl Coach Janelle Geist following the game.
Although the first quarter started off slowly for both teams, the Cowgirls wouldn’t score until halfway through the period with a Nichole Taylor bucket at the 4:00 mark.
Abilene took their only lead in the game 6-5 with 2:03 left to play in the first period.
April Johnson of Hays quickly put the Indians back in the lead for good with a pair of buckets to end the quarter, 9-6 Hays.
Hays started the second quarter with two quick scores to stretch the lead to 13-6.
Abilene called a time out at the 6:17 mark and following the time out Belle Barbieri hit two inside shots to get within 5 at 15-10.
The Cowgirls had a series of fouls and turnovers that allowed the Indians to widen the lead to 23-11 with 25.0 seconds left to play in the half.
Courtney Geist hit a buzzer beating trey from the corner to trim the Hays lead, 23-14, at half time.
Following the intermission, the Cowgirls used a pair of Kiley Crider buckets to trim the lead to 23-18, Hays.
“I thought our third quarter was good, we had a little bit more fire. We changed up the defense a little bit and that troubled them for a while and they couldn’t make shots,” said coach Geist.
Carly Gassman hit a jumper at the 3:55 mark to bring the game within three points at 23-20, Hays.
Hays took advantage of Abilene turnovers and missed shots and rattled off an 11-point run in the final two minutes of the third quarter to end the period 34-20.
Gassman opened the fourth quarter for the Cowgirls with a traditional three-point play basket off of a Gracie Sexton assist and then hit her free throw from the line to make the score 34-23, Hays.
Following a Katelyn Schoendaller basket and trey from Johnson, Hays widen their lead 39-23.
Crider hit a trey for the Cowgirls at the 4:11 mark for 39-26 Hays lead.
Barbieri hit a pair of free throws and a 2-point basket for the Cowgirls to end their scoring at the 2:45 mark.
Hays scored 12 points in the last two minutes off of pressure defense and Cowgirl turnovers to end the game 51-30.
“Just an off night for the girls, we missed layups, three-point shots and we were passing up shots to shoot,” concluded coach Geist.
Next up for the Cowgirls, 9-7, is a North Central Kansas League contest against Clay Center, Thursday night in the Abilene gym.
Hays 51, Abilene 30
Hays 9 14 11 17 - 51
Abilene (9-9) 6 8 6 0 - 30
Hays: Gagnon 7, Herman 8, Johnson 9, Gulloy 2, Bird 2, Worth 2, Braun 4, Schumacher 17.
Abilene: Gassman 5, Geist 3, Crider 7, Barbieri 12, Taylor 3.