LAKIN, KS — When Lakin & Goodland met on Friday night fans saw two games that looked very similar. The only difference was that a team from each school earned a win. The Goodland Cowgirls rolled the Lady Broncs, 52-20 while the Lakin men crushed the Cowboys 66-26.
COWGIRLS 52 LAKIN 20
From the very tip the Goodland Cowgirls were locked in defensively. They had their long arms in all the passing lanes and forcing the undersized Lady Broncs into turnovers on almost every other possession.
That led to Goodland jumping out to a 13-2 lead thru the first quarter. Then GHS would do something rarely seen in a basketball game, pitch a shutout in the second quarter while putting up 20 points themselves to lead 33-2 at halftime. Most of the second half saw the Cowgirls play a lot of their bench but they still found a way outscore LHS 19-18 in the second half on their way to the 32 point win.
Goodland’s defensive effort practically shut down one of the High Plains League leading scores in Jaya Esquibel holding her to just eight points, all in the second half. The Cowgirls had two ladies in double figures in Emma Lehman with a game-high 13 and Talexa Weeter with 11. Weeter also had 12 rebounds giving her her second career double-double.
The win improved GHS to 10-2 on the season while Lakin dropped to 7-5. It was fourth win over LHS in six meetings for Goodland.
Goodland Girls Coach Bill Biermann
LAKIN 66 COWBOYS 26
The last meeting between the Cowboys & Broncs turned out to be an easy win for Lakin winning by 20. The most recent meeting had a lot of the same feelings.
Goodland trailed at the end of the first quarter 16-5 and had already committed seven turnovers but Lakin was not hitting their outside shots, yet. They started finding their range in the second quarter and outscored Goodland 22-7 to lead 38 to 12 at halftime.
GHS just never found their groove on offense while Lakin continued to pull away doubling up Goodland’s point total in the second half 28-14 to coast to an easy 40 point win, the worst margin of defeat this season for the Cowboys.
Eleven of GHS’ 26 points came at the foul line in what was their lowest total of points in a game this season. Brennan Brumbaugh was the only Cowboys to get to double digits with 10 points. Devontay Hardy had 6 points & game-high 11 rebounds.
Lakin had three guys in double figures led by Servando Gonzales & Allen Martinez each with 12. Aron Pinter added 11 as seven different Broncs scored five or more points in the contes
The loss ended Goodland brief two-game winning streak, dropping them to 5-7 while Lakin remain a perfect 12-0 on the season.
Goodland Boys Coach Mikey Doll
UP NEXT: Goodland has a quick turnaround playing in less than 24 hours at Scott City on Saturday while Lakin will head to SW Heights on February 1st.