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Cowgirls Comeback to Win; Cowboys Fall Again at Cimarron

Ross VolkmerJanuary 9, 2021

CIMARRON, KS— The Cowgirls overcame a rough offensive night to comeback and steal a win while the Cowboys were blasted for the second straight league game as Goodland basketball opened up the 2021 portion of the season at Cimarron on Friday night.

GOODLAND 38  CIMARRON 35

The girls matchup, coming into the game, was expected to be a good one with Cimarron being ranked 10th in 3A while Goodland was on the cusp of being ranked.  The game lived up the billing. 

Goodland, who had been white-hot shooting most the season, struggled to get anything going offensively most of the game and led to them being down 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.  Then after taking the lead momentarily early in the second would relinquish the lead and end up trailing 22-16 at halftime. 

The third quarter ended up being the first quarter of the contest that Goodland won outscoring the Lady Jays, 10-6 but still found themselves down 28-26 going into the fourth quarter.

Cowgirls kept the game within striking distance thanks to great defense and making a few foul shots down the stretch.  Then with under 30 seconds to play and GHS down two sophomore Talexa Weeter finally hit the Cowgirls lone three of the night to give them the lead 36-35. Mikayla Biermann would hit two clutch free throws to push the lead to 38-35 a bit later on to seal the win. 

For the first time this season Goodland (6-1, 2-0) didn’t make six threes only hitting one of ten from deep. Foul shooting woes continued for Goodland as well only converting on 11 of 32 attempts. Talexa Weeter led GHS with 13 points & 8 rebounds. 

Cimarron (4-2, 1-2) was plus 11 in rebounding margin but committed six more turnovers than Goodland in the loss. Star player McKayla Miller was held to just eight points. Jacee Miller led the Lady Jays with 13 points in the losing effort.

GOODLAND — 10  6  10  12    38

CIMARRON — 15  7  6  7     35

Goodland:   Tal. Weiter 13 & 8.  E. Lehman 5 & 5.  Cure 5 & 10.   M. Biermann 4 & 2.   Mitchek 4 & 2.  Hahn 4 & 1.   H. Biermann 1 & 0.  Lehman 1 & 2.  

Cimarron:   Jac. Wilson 13 & 1.  Miller 8 & 12.  Acton 5 & 5.  Sonday 4 & 6.  Carter 3 & 7.   Jantz 2.

Goodland Coach Bill Biermann Postgame:

 

CIMARRON 66  GOODLAND 45

For most of the season the Goodland Cowboys have started slow but Friday night they start fast and took an early lead against Cimarron, unfortunately for GHS it didn’t last long as the Bluejays overcame the quick deficit thanks to three made three pointers from Storm Flores to give CHS the lead 17-11 at the end of the first quarter. 

Goodland would keep the game within single digits in the first half and find themselves down 27-19 at half despite not finding any real offensive rhythm. 

The lack of rhythm would continue in the second half as well the amount of turnovers and it all added up to being down 43-29 at the end of the third and would eventually end with Cimarron winning by 21, 66-45. 

Brennan Brumbaugh once again led Goodland (2-5, 0-2) with 16 points & 6 rebounds, both team highs. Goodland was minus five in turnover margin and only made four of 12 threes.

Meanwhile, Cimarron (2-4, 1-2) had three players score 15-plus led by 19 from Braxton Harrison who had 19. Storm Flores hit six of seven three pointers on his way to 18 points in the game. As a team CHS made eight of 16 triples. 

GOODLAND — 11  8  10  16    45

CIMARRON — 17  10  16  23     66

Goodland:  Brumbaugh 16 & 6.  Linton 7 & 3.  Cure 6 & 3.   Hardy 6 & 3.  Nemechek 4 & 2. Ordonez 3 & 2.  Daise 2 & 1.  Gonzalez 1 & 1. 

Cimarron:  Harrison 19 & 4.  Flores 18 & 2.  A. Ridenour 15 & 7.  S. Ridenour 9 & 1.   Frink 2 & 2.  Marshall 2 & 1.  Cabrera 2 & 1.  

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday. Goodland will host rival Colby while Cimarron at Ulysses.

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