Hayfield boys basketball team falls to ByronPublished 10:07pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014
HAYFIELD —Everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Hayfield boys basketball team against Byron in Hayfield Gym Tuesday.
The Vikings struggled on both ends of the court as they fell short by a score of 59-39. Hayfield now trails Byron (11-3 overall, 9-0 HVL) by a game and a half in the HVL Gold Division.
The Vikings (12-2 overall, 7-1 HVL) started the second half on a decent note as they scored the first four points to get within 23-15. But after Hayfield’s Jeremy Stuart missed a pair of free throws, Byron rallied to a quick 8-0 spurt in a span of just a few minutes to go back up 31-15.
“t’s been a long time since we played and I was worried about that coming in,” Hayfield head coach Chris Pack said. “We’ve had ten days off and you don’t want to have a lay-off like that before a big game. They just dominated in every area. We just didn’t do anything. They beat us in every area of the game. It’s frustrating.”
The Vikings trailed by as many as 26 points in the second half, but they also struggled in the first half. The game was tied 9-9 hallway through the first frame and the Bears closed the half on a 14-2 run.
“We can’t play like we did in the first half,” Pack said. “We were passive and nobody wanted to make a play. We just didn’t attack.”
Hayfield, which had won six straight games, was hoping to make its move early in the second half as it trailed 23-11at the break. It wasn’t able to keep pace with the hot-shooting Bears.
“We talked about getting off to a quick start and i even said a 6-0 run would be huge,” Pack said. “Good teams smell the blood and they put you away. We’ll chalk it off to one of those nights and hopefully if we play them again, we’ll play better.”
Byron 23 36 — 59
Hayfield 11 28 — 39
Hayfield scoring: Cole Kruger, 13; Jeremy Stuart, 12; Cameron Rutledge, 6; Carter Pesch, 4; Drew Streightiff, 4; free throws: 44 percent (4-for-9); rebounds: 20 (Stuart, 10); turnovers: 10