The Goodland Cowgirls late season run came to an end on Saturday evening as they lost to Scott City in the 3A girls sub-state semifinal at Cimarron, 54-45 in overtime.
Just nine days earlier the Goodland Cowgirl basketball would upset fourth ranked Scott City by three in overtime and that would begin a late-season run for GHS that would ultimately put them up against the Beavers once again this time playing with a shot at state on the line.
Scott City would get out to the early advantage but Goodland would come back take their lone lead of the first half on a Talexa Weeter triple to lead 10-7. But Scott would end the first period on a 8-0 run to lead 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The Beaver run would continue into the second period and when it was all said and done it was 14-0 run for SCHS while Goodland was scoreless for just shy of seven minutes. With just under half the quarter remaining Goodland would fall behind even more and find itself down by their largest deficit of 11 with 70 second left in the half.
Then the craziness began, in the last minute Talexa Weeter fired a three from the right wing and knocked it in and was fouled. She would hit the free throw for the four point play to make it 28-21. Then after the Beavers made one of two free throws with four second left Mikayla Biermann would nail a half-court buzzer-beater to put GHS only down five going into the locker rooms, 29-24.
The third period saw Goodland just continue to stay within striking distance, getting down it down to one, 33-32 with 76 seconds left in the third. But Scott would once again go on a mini 7-2 run to close the quarter and lead 40-34 going into the fourth.
The fourth saw the pressure start to get to the Lady Beavers, and the Cowgirls seemed to thrive off of it as they out score Scott City 8-4 over the first six minutes. Then with just 97 seconds left Talexa Weeter would get a steal off the pressure from her sister Taighe and take it to the basket only to make the lay-up and get fouled. She would complete the three point play to give GHS their first lead since midway thru the first quarter.
Scott would make one of two free throws to tie the game up just seconds later and from that point forward no team would score. Even though Sydney Hahn got a great look from the baseline for GHS as the buzzer sounded but it just missed to the right.
So tied at 45, both teams would play another overtime period after doing it just nine days earlier in Goodland. Unfortunately for the Cowgirls they would not be able to put the ball in the basket and Scott City would score nine unanswered points, five of them free throws, to seal the 54-45 win.
The win was the third this year for Scott City over Goodland. The Beavers advance to state for the fifth straight season. Scott City now also takes the series lead since 1985, 27-26.
Goodland was led by freshman Talexa Weeter with 18 points. Emma Lehman was the only other Cowgirls with ten-plus points with 11. GHS’ leading scorer Taighe Weeter was held to just 7 points, all in the second half. Goodland went 11 of 13 from the foul line and five of 14 from deep in the loss. They also committed 16 turnovers, one less than Scott but were out-rebounded by the Beavers, 21-19.
Scott City got another great performance out of senior Emily Weathers who led the game in scoring with 19 points. Amber Latta added 11 for SCHS as she was the only other Beaver able to get into double-figures. SCHS went 18 of 23 from the free throw line and was six of 12 from three in the win.
Goodland saw its fourth game winning streak come to an end and ends its year with an 12-11 record, their best finish since 2016, and will return a plethora of key pieces for next season.
Scott City (20-3) earned their 20th win of the season, first time doing so in program history, and will head to Hutch next week to compete in the 3A state tournament. Beavers have done the last four years to state but have not won a game there since 2016.
GOODLAND — 10 14 10 11 (0) — 29
SCOTT CITY — 15 14 11 5 (9) — 27
Goodland: Tal. Weiter 18 & 3. E. Lehman 11 & 4. Tai. Weeter 7 & 0. Biermann 5 & 2. Hahn 3 & 1. O. Lehman 2 & 1. Lau. Cure 0 & 4. Rudolph 0 & 3. Lin. Cure 0 & 1.
Scott City: Weathers 19 & 4. Patton 11 & 3. Ly. Rumford 7 & 9. McCormick 9 & 3. Shapland 4 & 1. Holstein 1 & 2. Rose 1 & 2.