By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
While the Redskins continue to learn the system of coach Scott Hinkle, the top-ranked Hays Indians have been a model of stability under long-term coach Rick Keltner.
The comfort level of the players with their system was apparent, and the experienced Hays Indians executed with ease while the Redskins struggled in a 55-22 loss.
Hays wasted no time jumping on top of the Redskins with a three pointer in the first 20 seconds, and by the end of the first quarter Hays had a 20-10 advantage.
Blake Stout kept the Redskins close early with two big threes, but the Redskins never had a chance to get a clean outside shot again the rest of the night.
Hays defenders might as well have been inside the pink uniforms of the Redskins as tight as they played defense, and Liberal committed lethal turnovers, helping the Indians turn the game into a rout.
By half, the Redskins trailed 33-14.
Hays opened the second half with a pair of threes, and the Redskins only managed three points in the entire quarter.
By the end of the period, Liberal trailed 42-17.
Kylan Thomas provided Liberal’s only offense in the fourth quarter, scoring a basket and three free throws, but there was no comeback against the top team in Class 5A, and the Redskins fell 55-22.
Thomas ended the game with six, and along with Stout’s two threes led the team. Nolan Larkin added four.