ULYSSES, KS — Both Goodland basketball teams hit the road on an odd Monday night to make up a double-header of basketball with Ulysses.
COWBOYS 44 ULYSSES 37
As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Well the Goodland Cowboy basketball team apparently had finally got tired of waiting for that first win of the 2018-19 season as they defeated the Ulysses Tigers 44-37. The Cowboys (1-15, 1-5 in GWAC) had come close twice this season to getting that first win against Norton & Burlington only to see a win slip through their fingers both times.
Goodland got up early thanks to junior Henry Cole who knocked down his first two three’s and sophomore Brennan Brumbaugh hitting a couple of triples as well to help get GHS lead 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. Goodland would struggle to score in the second quarter only mustering 7 points but would still lead at halftime 23-19.
The Cowboys made a couple defensive adjustments to start the second half and was able to grow their lead to 32-24 by the end of the third quarter. Ulysses (6-9, 3-3 in GWAC) would get it down to three halfway through the 4th quarter but GHS would make some critical layups thanks to Chase Johnson and Henry Cole & Brennan Brumbaugh would each make a pair of free throws to ice the game to help put away Goodland’s first victory 44-37.
Junior Henry Cole led GHS with a career high 19 points thanks to four or five shooting from behind the ark. Goodland grabbed a season high 35 rebounds thanks to three guys setting career high in rebounds. Ulysses was led by Josh Hickman who scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed a team high 8 rebounds.
HEAD COACH MIKEY DOLL POSTGAME:
ULYSSES 52 COWGIRLS 35
The Goodland Cowgirls (4-12, 1-5 in GWAC) knew tehad their hands full taking on the top team in the GWAC Monday night but they were hopeful they could recapture some of the great play they had last week versus Burlington and forget about their ugly loss at Holcomb this past Friday.
Things looked real good at the beginning for GHS as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead all thanks to junior Taighe Weeter. But after that Goodland would go stone cold on offense and the Tigers would go on a 24-0 run before Goodland would score to make it 24-10 late in the second quarter. Goodland would make a little late push in that quarter making it 29-15 at halftime.
The Ulysses (12-3, 5-1 in GWAC) lead would grow to 14 before the start of the fourth quarter and then GHS would make a little push to get it within nine early in the fourth but that would be all the closest they would get as they ended up losing their second straight game 52-35.
Goodland was led by Taighe Weeter who scored 14 points and sophomore Mikayla Biermann had a career high six points to go along with 4 rebounds. Ulysses had two ladies score ten-plus points led by Madison Haney who had a game-high 15 points.
HEAD COACH BILL BIERMANN POSTGAME:
UP NEXT: Goodland will host Hugoton on Friday. Ulysses steps away from GWAC play to play at Dodge City.
PHOTO CREDIT: Leon Volk