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Hays upsets Indians 58-55 at Classic

By Joel Jellison

After an 8-0 start to the season, the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team couldn’t make it a ninth straight win on Thursday, getting upset by Hays 58-55 in overtime in the opening round of the Mid-America Classic in McPherson.

Hays came in armed with a 6-3 record, and MHS opened the game playing like the undefeated, highly ranked team with a 23-12 lead after just one quarter.

The Indians knocked down 6-of-11 shots to start the game, including 3-for-4 from the perimeter — all from Onyeka Ehie.

But Manhattan would shoot just 29 percent from the field in the second quarter, missing on a chance to widen the scoring gap even more, as Hays outscored the Indians 5-4 to trail 27-17 at the break.

Hays crept closer in the third quarter by outscoring MHS 10-8 and trailing 35-27 going into the fourth quarter.

In a offensive shootout in the fourth quarter, Hays went on to outscore Manhattan 21-13 to send the game to overtime, where Hays eventually prevailed.

The Indians were led by a trio of scorers as Ehie scored 16, Mari Jo Massanet scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Elayna Spilker scored 10. Nobody’s night could compare to Hays’ Paige Lundsford, who scored 21 points, including 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.

The Indians were scheduled to open today’s tournament action on the loser’s bracket side against Buhler, which fell 43-39 to Andale.

Manhattan can finish no higher than fourth place in the tournament. The Indians had entered the field as one of just three teams with undefeated records. McPherson and Andale remained undefeated with their wins.

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