Offense was no issue for the Hays Lady Rebels as they strolled to a 70-43 win over the Akins Lady Eagles Friday at Bales Gym.
Hays (9-9) snapped a three-game losing skid, as well as topped 40 points on offense for the first time in three contests.
Sophomore Lily Guevara nailed an early three-pointer to open the floodgates for Hays, and her team followed suit. Senior Kaiya Ramos was red hot from the field, scoring nine points in the first few minutes of the game. The highlight of the first quarter came when Ramos forced a turnover on defense and went coast-to-coast, finishing with an old-fashioned three-point play. The Lady Rebels held a comfortable 25-6 lead over Akins going into the second quarter.
The second quarter went much like the first for Hays, as the Lady Rebels gained production from various sources. Freshman Tse Morgan, who came in off of the bench, dominated right out of the gate. Morgan racked up four rebounds and four points in the second quarter, setting the tone for the game going forward. Guevara also nailed another big three-pointer, and at halftime, Hays led Akins 40-15.
Coming out of the half, the Lady Eagles mounted some momentum offensively as they began to hit three-pointers. Hays answered, however, as Guevara tallied six points in the third frame, while sophomore Abigail Percy also got involved, dishing out several assists and nailing a three-pointer as well. Hays led 53-32 after three quarters.
The two squads went back and forth to start the fourth frame and Hays kept answering every point the Lady Eagles put up. The dagger came when senior Krystiana Sanchez checked in and scored six straight points for the Lady Rebels. Her contributions and solid defense all around locked down the 70-43 victory for the Lady Rebels. Head Coach Danny Preuss was proud of his team’s offensive effort.
“It takes us three games to score 70 points sometimes,” Preuss said. “I always tell the girls if you hit some shots, the game’s a lot easier. And that’s what we did, we hit some shots.”
Depth shined bright in this game for the Lady Rebels as several Lady Rebels stepped up and played well. Guevara finished with a game high 18 points, 9 rebounds, and two blocks. Ramos recorded nine points, three rebounds and five steals. Freshman Tse Morgan recorded a team high ten rebounds as well as six points and a block.
Hays hosts rival Lehman Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bales Gym.
Girls basketball district standings for 25-6A (as of Dec. 10)
Lake Travis 2-2
Del Valle 1-3
Coming up Dec. 14
Lehman vs Hays
Westlake vs. Del Valle
Anderson vs. Austin
Bowie vs. Akins
Lake Travis is idle