Hastings High girls basketball coach Greg Mays could only shake his head in disbelief following his team’s 43-31 loss to Columbus Tuesday night at Hastings High.
The Tigers took 17 more shots in the contest and collected a total of 16 offensive rebounds in the game, and Hastings High had just 12 turnovers — yet his team could not come up with its first win of the season.
“We rebounded well, we gave a great effort, we had (more) shots than they did. ... It’s not often you lose when you do that,” Mays said.
Hastings High (0-4) opened the game quickly — scoring the first six points of the game.
But Columbus (2-3) responded with a 17-0 run to take a 17-6 lead — one the Discoverers would not relinquish.
Hastings High still led 6-4 after the first quarter, but Columbus opened the second quarter with 13 straight points. Hastings High would be unable to get any closer than eight points the rest of the way.
“We let them have too many dribble drives, there were leaks on all parts of the ship,” Mays said of the 17-0 Columbus run. “Technically, we could have been better. I don’t think we pressured the ball out on front (when Columbus was on offense) as much as we needed to. We needed to hit a few more shots and get out in transition. But, when you’re having to play the ball out after a made basket, you can’t get out into transition.”