GOODLAND, Kan — After three straight days of basketball inside the Max Jones Field House the Goodland basketball teams concluded the 31st annual Topside Tipoff on Saturday; the Cowgirls finishing as runner-ups and the Cowboys finishing in fourth place.
The Cowgirls were dominant in their tournament opener against Burlington, dominating the Cougars by a final of 75-28. Taighe Weeter had her best game of the round season with a game-high 21 points but multiple Cowgirls showed their offensive prowess. Senior Lauren Cure set a career-high in points with ten and freshman Talexa Weeter had a career-high 19 points & six rebounds in the victory.
Unfortunately an easy win in the first round did not help prepare GHS for what came in the semifinals against Norton. Goodland played their worst half of basketball on the young seasons in the first and second quarters and trialed for the first time this season going into halftime. GHS then used a 23-9 run in the third period to take the lead going in to the fourth against the Bluejays and would hold on in the end to win 50-46.
Taighe Weeter once again set another season-high in points with 27 to pace the Cowgirls who really won the game at the foul line knocking down 22 of 29 free throws on the night. The win improved GHS to 3-0 and set up a Saturday showdown with their rivals from Colby.
In the title game Goodland kept it close throughout the first half which was quite the defensive slugfest as both teams only scored seven points in the first quarter and were only separate by two points at halftime, 15-13. Unfortunately for Goodland, Colby’s offense would wake up in the second half while Goodland’s remain stagnant and the Eagles would pull away to win the game and tournament 41-24.
Goodland’s Emma Lehman led the way for the Cowgirls with nine points & five rebounds as no Goodland player scored in double-figures. The loss was Goodland’s (3-1) first of the season as they finished runners-up in their own tournament for the first time since 2015. Both Lehman & Taighe Weeter were named to the all-tournament team.
Coach Bill Biermann Post-Tournament Comments:
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The Cowboys started their 2019 Topside with an intriguing matchup against the Burlington Cougars as well. Goodland once again got off a good start lead by 14 at half but allowed the Cougars to get back in the game by the start of the final quarter only leading 40-35. But the Cowboys would regain control of the game in the fourth and pull away in the end winning 57-45.
Junior Trevor Daise had another solid showing in his second ever start putting up a career high 14 points & six rebounds and Senior Henry Cole & Junior Brennan Brumbaugh would score 12 & 10 respectably in the win.
A first round win earned the Cowboys a semifinal appearance against the Norton Bluejays as well. Norton proved to be a tough, physical test for Goodland who did hang around the entire game but could just never take the lead away from Norton who seemed to just keep the Cowboys at an arms length away in the seance half after being only down one at halftime.
GHS would only lose 60-53 when it was all said and done thanks in part to great three-point shooting by the Cowboys who went 7 of 14 from deep in the game. Henry Cole once again led GHS with a game-high 18 points in the loss.
Going one and one the first two days of the tournament set up a third place against Yuma on Saturday afternoon. Goodland land against hung tough through the first half against a much taller Yuma team. Despite setting a season-high in turnovers in the just the first half with 12, the Cowboys just found themselves down 5 after half.
The second half saw the great three-point shooting from the previous night run dry for GHS as they could not shoot Yuma out of their zone defenses and their defense could not slow the Indian offense as Goodland lost 52-38. Henry Cole for the third straight game led the Cowboys with 13 points & a season-high five rebounds.
For first time since 2014 for the Cowboys (1-3) took fourth at their own tournament. I was still a big improvement over last seasons last place finish. For his great performance over the three days, Henry Cole was named to the all-tourney team.
Coach Mikey Doll Post-Tournament Comments:
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Both Goodland teams will resume their seasons on Friday against Holcomb as they open GWAC League play.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jackie Elliott