Colby Loses Pair of Heartbreakers in Goodland

Dan LuceroJanuary 12, 2021

In two down-to-the-wire games at the Max Jones Fieldhouse in Goodland, the Colby Eagles and Lady Eagles were bested by their closest rivals on Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles saw an eight-game winning streak against the Cowgirls snapped in a 50-47 loss, while the Eagle boys had their five-game winnings streak against the Cowboys come to an end in a 67-65 overtime defeat.

The girls game saw both teams trade runs early, with Colby’s 10-0 run to take a 12-2 first quarter lead matched by a 10-0 Goodland run that tied the score at 12 after one quarter. The Cowgirls closed the first halve on a 13-3 spurt and led 27-19 at the intermission. Colby gamely chewed into the deficit, halving it by the end of the third quarter and taking the lead back at 39-37 after back-to-back threes from Mackenzie Dodson and Briana Barnett. The Cowgirls responded with a 9-0 run to regain the lead, and though Colby got as close as one point with possession in the final thirty seconds, they were unable to get over the hump, and a pair of Sydney Hahn free throws with seven seconds left iced the three-point win for the Cowgirls.

Brooklyn Jones led the Colby scoring attack with 15 points, while Dodson chipped in 10 and Barnett made three threes for her nine points. Goodland got 19 points from stand-out sophomore Talexa Weeter. The Cowgirls continue on their best start since the 2013-14 season at 7-1 overall, while the Lady Eagles dropped to 3-4.

Hear the postgame remarks from Lady Eagles head coach Tom Stephens:

Thirty-two minutes weren’t enough to decide the boys contest. It was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout, with Colby leading by one after one, (10-9) at the half (22-21), and at the end of three quarters (40-39) with neither team taking a larger lead than six points. The Eagles opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run and took their largest lead of the game at 47-39, but Goodland hung tough and Colby failed to take advantage of opportunities at the free throw line. Down five with 1:45 left, Goodland’s Brennan Brumbaugh hit a three, then stole the ball and scored again to tie the game moments later. Leyton Cure’s layup with a minute left put Goodland in front, and a pair of Brumbaugh free throws gave the Cowboys a four-point edge, 56-52, with eight seconds to play. Colby needed something special, and they got it from Hunter Vaughn, who hit a three with two seconds left to cut the lead to one, and then, after two more Brumbaugh free-throws, beat the buzzer with a half-court heave that swished through and sent the game to overtime tied at 58.

Hear how Vaughn’s heroic game-tying shot sounded:

Colby would ultimately take a 62-59 lead in the extra period, but again would see the advantage slip away, as Goodland took the lead for good on a pair of Cure free throws with fifty seconds to play. Brumbaugh added another free throw to make it 67-65, and Vaughn’s last-second three was blocked by Matt Nemechek at the horn.

Vaughn scored 13 points and was one of three Eagles in double figures, with Peyton Wahlmeier scoring a season-high 18 points and Ryan Myers adding 15. Brumbaugh’s 24 paced the Cowboys. Goodland moves to 3-5 with the win while Colby falls to 3-4.

Hear the postgame remarks from head coach Parker McKee:

The games did not count in the GWAC standings, due to the elimination of the round-robin schedule. When the teams meet again in Colby on February 9th, it will be a league contest.

Colby is back in action Friday night at Ulysses.

BOXSCORES

GIRLS

GOODLAND 50, COLBY 47

Colby          12 — 7 — 12 — 16 —- 47

Goodland   12 — 15 — 8 — 15 —- 50

Colby (3-4) — Barnett 3 0-0 9; Dodson 4 0-0 10; Jones 5 3-3 15; Wright 0 0-0 0; Stramel 0 0-0 0; Stanley 4 0-0 8; Curry 2 0-0 5. Totals: 18 3-3 47.

Goodland (7-1) — H. Biermann 0 0-0 0; Hahn 2 2-2 7; Mitchek 1 0-0 2; Weeter 6 4-4 19; Cure 4 0-0 8; O. Lehman 0 0-0 0; M. Biermann 2 0-3 4; Amthor 1 0-0 2; E. Lehman 3 0-0 8. Totals: 19 6-9 50.

3-point goals — Colby 8 (Barnett 3, Dodson 2, Jones 2, Curry); Goodland 6 (Hahn, Weeter 3, E. Lehman 2). Total fouls — Colby 13; Goodland 11. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none.

BOYS

GOODLAND 67, COLBY 65 (OT)

Colby            10 — 12 — 18 — 18 — 7 —- 65

Goodland     9  — 12 — 18 — 19 — 9 —- 67

Colby (3-4) — Vaughn 4 3-5 13; Wetter 3 0-0 6; Puckett 2 2-6 7; R. Myers 5 1-2 15; Wahlmeier 8 2-6 18; Rush 2 0-4 4; Rosales 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 8-23 65.

Goodland (3-5) — Linton 5 2-2 14; Nemechek 1 1-3 3; Gonzalez 1 0-0 3; Cure 5 3-4 13; Hardy 2 1-1 5; Brumbaugh 7 8-12 24; Mull 0 0-0 0; Ordonez 0 0-0 0; T Daise 2 1-2 5. Totals: 23 16-24 67.

3-point goals — Colby 7 (Vaughn 2, Puckett, Myers 4); Goodland 5 (Linton 2, Gonzalez, Brumbaugh 2). Total fouls — Colby 23, Goodland 20. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Colby: Rush.

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