Colby completed the regular season sweep of Goodland on Tuesday night inside Goodland’s Max Jones Field House, Lady Eagles winning 43-29 & Colby boys winning 62-36
LADY EAGLES 43 COWGIRLS 29
Coming into Tuesday night Colby had lost two in a row, dropped two spots to number eight in the KBCA rankings and had lost one of their best players. Goodland was feeling confident after winning three of their last five games and thought they were due to get the Eagles.
The game was played close throughout most of the contest as both teams were tied at the end of the first quarter at ten. Colby would lead going into halftime by two, 20-18. It would have been a five-point lead if Goodland’s Taighe Weeter didn’t get a three with two second left.
The second half would start out as a defensive struggle with Colby going on a 7-0 run to grab their largest lead of the game but Goodland answered with a 6-0 run and play a solid minute of good defense to close out the third quarter at 27-26 still in Colby’s favor.
The fourth quarter did not start well or end well for Goodland who committed four turnovers on their first four possessions of the period. Colbys used long offense possessions milking the clock down and limited Goodland’s offensive chances to get back in the game. The Lady Eagles would use a 16-3 run in the fourth to seal the victory.
Colby was led by Brooklyn Jones who tied her season-high with 16 points. Hallie Vaughn & Kennedy Stanley each chipped in nine. Goodland did not have a single player reach double figures. Emma Lehman led GHS with 9 points, Taighe & Telexa Weeter each had six. Goodland won the rebounding battle (23-18) but lost the turnover battle (11-3) despite only having four giveaways the entire first half.
The win for Colby ended a two game skid and improved them to 15-3 overall & 6-2 in GWAC. It was also their eighth straight win over Goodland. Cowgirls fell to 8-10 overall & 2-6 in the GWAC.
Cowgirl head coach Bill Biermann Postgame:
EAGLES 62 COWBOYS 36
Goodland won the tip and that was about all they would win over the next 32 minutes against Colby as they Eagles controlled the game leading at the end of the first quarter 17-4. Goodland’s offense would wake up in the second period and would outscore Colby by two to trail 30-19 at the midway point in the contest.
After the Cowboys got it down to nine early in the third period Colby would put away Goodland for good, leading by 20 at the start of the fourth quarter and growing that lead thanks to great outside shooting to 26 points when the final buzzer sounded.
Colby, who came into the game only hitting on 28% from three, drained 9 of 17 three pointers in the win. Eagles had three guys in double figures led by Calvin Stapp with a game-high 15. Hunter Vaughn connected on four triples to score 12. Goodland’s Henry Cole was their top scorer with 14 points. Colby won the battle on the glass (25-15) and in turnovers (9-4) and held a good three point shooting team in GHS to a season low 1 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Colby has now won seven of their last eight non-tournament contests to get to 12-6 on the year overall and now 6-2 in GWAC. Goodland dropped to 2-16 on the season and remains winless at 0-8 in GWAC.
Cowboy head coach Mike Doll Postgame:
UP NEXT: Colby hosts Hugoton and Goodland is at Ulysses, both games scheduled for Friday night.