COLBY,KS — After three straight days of tournament basketball the Goodland basketball teams would both end up finishing 2-1 with the Cowgirls finishing runner up while the Cowboys would take 4th at Colby’s 36th Annual Orange & Black Classic.
Garden City 57 Goodland 45
The Cowgirls, who came into the tournament ranked 8th in 3A, really showed they were deserving of the ranking. They cruised to easy wins in the first two rounds of the tournament, beating Hays 54-41 and and then crushing to an easy 57-18 win over Ulysses in the semifinals.
GHS would face 6A Garden City in the finals. It was the second time this season the Cowgirls faced a 6A opponent in the finals of a tournament. The other being in the Topside Tipoff against Dodge City, the only loss for the Cowgirls this season.
For one of the few times this season Goodland found themselves down early. After taking the lead right away on a Talexa Weeter triple Garden City took the first quarter lead 16-9.
Goodland would get down by double figures in the second period but found its footing late in the quarter to be down only five at halftime.
The second half turned out to be a lot like the opening quarter where Goodland could just not go on a big enough run to get the game any closer than eight points as Garden City had an answer for every Cowgirl attempt to tighten the contest.
Garden City would end up winning 57-45 to capture the Orange & Black championship.
Goodland was led by Talexa Weeter who had 19 points and six rebounds and Jaxi Mitchek added a career-high 9 points off the bench as Goodland fell to 9-2 overall.
Amaya Gallegos led three ladies in double figures for Garden City with 19 points as the Lady Buffs improved to 7-1.
Cowgirls Head Coach Bill Biermann’s Postgame:
Goodland 53 Osborne 40
The Goodland boys might have played some of their best basketball of the season over their three days in Colby. After struggling mightily and committing a season high 25 turnovers in a 49-33 loss to Garden City in the first round GHS rebounded to beat Ulysses on day two, 53-47.
Saturday the Cowboys had a chance at finishing 4th if they could top tenth-ranked Osborne and after another slow start Goodland would find it’s footing late in the first quarter and that would continue into the second as GHS would lead by three at halftime.
The Cowboys continued their solid play in the second half thanks to hard nosed defense and timely baskets. That led to Goodland pulling away down the stretch and ending up with the win, 53-40.
The 13-point win was the largest marching of victory for the Cowboys this season.
Senior Brennan Brumbaugh led Goodland with 16 points while Cole Linton added 13 and Brock Mull added a career high eight points off the bench as Goodland improved to 5-6
Osborne, who fell to 5-5 with the loss, was led by Brody Walters who had a game high 23 points thanks to seven made three pointers.
Members from both the Cowboys & the Cowgirls rolled in the post-tournament accolades. Cowgirls, Talexa Weeter & Sydney Hahn each made the girls all-tournament team. Jaxi Mitchek won the “Off The Bench” award. Cowboy, Brennan Brumbaugh was the only Goodland player selected to the boy all-tourney team. Leyton Cure and Atalee Amthor were named to the tournament all-academic teams.
Goodland will be back in action Friday at Lakin and then again on Saturday at Scott City.