Hay Springs couldn’t overcome a rough first half and ended their season with a 55-40 loss to Hyannis in the D2-3 district championship game on Tuesday night.
Unforced turnovers and missed layups allowed the Longhorns to jump out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and head to a 33-13 halftime advantage.
The mistakes were cleaned up in a 2nd half that Hay Springs outscored Hyannis 27-22, but couldn’t hit enough shots to mount a comeback.
Gage Mintken carried the Hawks with 12 points and Liam Kostman had 20 for the Longhorns who clinched their first state tournament appearance since 2002.
Hay Springs ends the season with a 14-11 record.