GOODLAND, KS — For the second straight year the Goodland Cowgirls & Cowboys placed second and fourth respectively at the Topside Tipoff basketball tournament.
After cruising thru their first four games of the season, including their first two in the Topside against Norton (55-30) & McCook (63-46), the Cowgirls (4-1) faced their toughest test of the season to this point and lost to 6A 8th-ranked Dodge City 58-37.
For the first time this year Goodland got down early due to Dodge City’s hot three point shooting and the Cowgirls inability to knock down shots, especially from the free throw line and GHS trailed 29-14 at halftime.
That would be the story most of the contest as Goodland was held to a season low 37 points in a 21 point loss to the eventual tournament champs.
GHS shot just 9 of 25 from the free throw line and the only player to really have an impact for the Cowgirls was sophomore Talexa Weeter who had a game-high 24 points. Dodge City had three ladies score in double figures led by 20 points Camree Johnson. Weeter was the lone Cowgirl named to the All-Tournament team.
As for the Cowboys they faced a very familiar foe in rival Colby after going 1-1 in their first two games of the tourney, losing to Norton (58-45) but beating McCook(64-59).
For for a good portion of the game it looked as if the Cowboys were going to take game one of multiple meetings between them & the Eagles this season.
After trailing by four at the end of the opening period, 9-5, the Cowboys (2-3) would outscore Colby 20 to 9 to lead by seven at the midway point of the game. Goodland would extend their lead to 11 in the third quarter but would go cold offensively soon after. That would lead to Colby getting back to within two after a last second three pointer from Colby’s Hunter Vaughn to make it 38-36 to start the fourth.
Colby would own the fourth quarter holding Goodland to just eight points while putting up 22 points themselves to win by 12 and hand GHS a 4th place finish for the second straight year.
Cowboy senior Brennan Brumbaugh led Goodland with a game-high 21 points while Ryan Meyers led Colby with 19. Both players were named to the All-Tournament team.
Lakin would end up winning the tournament on the boys side over Norton
After a busy start to the season and playing five games in eight days Goodland will be off until Friday when they open GWAC league play at Holcomb.
Cowgirls Head Coach Bill Biermann Post-Tournament Thoughts: