On a day when three Fort Hays State starters were honored with All-MIAA glory, it was the Tiger bench that played the most critical role in helping it advance to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament with an 88-68 win over Nebraska Kearney.
“It’s really tough this is the third time we’ve played Kearney in the last two and a half weeks,” said Tiger head coach Tony Hobson. “You just worry about your kids not being ready to play.”
After what coach Hobson says was a sluggish start, the Tiger bench helped fuel a 15-0 run that would help give FHSU a comfortable lead.
Chelsea Mason led Fort Hays with 18 points off the bench and Beth Bohuslavsky added 14 and Kate Lehman had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
“”We had a great run in the first half that was really the deciding 10 or 12 minutes,” said Hobson. “When we came in with two or three kids off the bench that’s really when we started making our run, when we got some fresh legs in there.”
The Lady Tigers picked win number 20 on the season, the third straight 20 win season. It’s the first time in school history a FHSU women’s team has achieved that streak.
Fort Hays will play Missouri Southern in the quarterfinals of the MIAA tournament Thursday in Kansas City. FHSU lost to the Lions by five in January.
“You’re really going to have to have an intense game against them,” said Hobson. “They are physical and they are very athletic. I don’t know if we’ll have to be flawless, but we’re going to have to be pretty sharp.”