LARNED, KS — After going through one of toughest seasons in recent memory the Goodland Cowboy basketball team had a chance to extend their season only to fall at to the Indians of Larned 66-47 in the first round of the 3A boys substate Tuesday night.
Goodland got off to one of its better starts of the season knocking down four threes in the first quarter, three, from junior Henry Cole and the Cowboys took an early lead in to the second quarter 15-12. The second period proved to be very entering as both teams went back and forth changing the lead four times and tying seven times. And that is how the half would end, in a tie at 28 all.
The third quarter is where Larned started to look like the number one seed in the substate. The hot shooting Cowboys, who knocked down six of ten three pointers in the first half, cooled off and Larned continued score to pushing their lead to six, 44-38 by the start of the fourth quarter. As the game wore on, Larned knocked down their foul shots and got a couple easy put-backs to seal the victory 55-47.
Goodland was led by Henry Cole who hit six triples on his way to 18 points. Mark Rodriguez, in his final game as a Cowboy, scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 9 rebounds. Larned had three guys score ten or more points. Mason Perez led the way with 18 and Chance Sanger had 16 points.
The loss ended Goodland’s season with 1-20 record, the worst in at least the last 14 years of the program. The win was Larned’s 15th of the season to just 6 losses. They will face Colby on Friday in the substate semifinals at Kismet.
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