GOODLAND, KS — The Goodland basketball teams began their second time thru the GWAC hosting Holcomb on Friday night. The Cowgirls won 49-31 while the Cowboys lost to the Longhorns 47-25.
COWGIRLS 49 LADY LONGHORNS 31
The last time the Cowgirls & Lady Longhorns played in the last game of 2020 Goodland got up early and cruised to an easy win. There Friday matchup proved to be much more competitive early on as Goodland struggled to find the same type rhythm and success they had in Tuesday’s win and in their most recent contests. And that led to poor defensive effort at times.
Goodland and Holcomb were tied at the end of the first quarter 10-10. The second quarter saw the teams go back and forth with three lead changes but Goodland would lead at halftime 24-23 thanks to a great pass from Hailey Biermann to Jaxi Mitchek for a last-second bucket to give Goodland the one point advantage.
Goodland would return to its usual form in the second half turning up the defensive effort and execution and that led to Goodland pulling away to lead 35-27 heading into the fourth quarter and then outscoring the Longhorns 14-4 in the fourth to win by 18. In all, the Cowgirls outscored Holcomb 25-8 in the second half.
Cowgirls were led by Talexa Weeter who scored 13 points. Jaxi Mitchek & Lindsey Cure each had eight point and Mikayla Biermann added seven. Goodland struggled shooting going just 10 of 20 from the foul line and 1 of 9 from three but did force 24 turnovers.
Holcomb freshman Jera Kruleski led HHS with 11 points while Nicole Ruda had eight points & a game-high 11 rebounds.
Goodland, with the win improved to 13-2 overall & 2-0 in GWAC and has now won the last four meetings against the Lady Longhorns. The loss drops Holcomb to 3-11 overall & 0-1 in GWAC.
Coach Bill Biermann Postgame
LONGHORNS 47 COWBOYS 25
Since 2011 the Goodland Cowboys have been beaten by Holcomb by an average score of 65-40 and Friday nights game fell in line with those previous meetings.
Once again Goodland good down big, early. Struggling to hit anything offensively and allowing Holcomb to knock in four first quarter threes to lead after the first eight minutes, 16-3. The second period played out a lot like the first as Goodland was held to a season low eight first half points while Holcomb pushed their lead to 22, 30-8 by halftime.
The offensive struggled for Goodland continued in the second half and by the time the fourth quarter started it was a 30-point and rest of the contest was played with a running clock and GHS would fall by the same amount they trial at half.
Goodland’s shooting was rough all night long making just five of 14 free throws & hitting on just one of six three pointers. Brennan Brumbaugh led the Cowboys with a season-low eight points. Devontay Hardy added five points and was the only other player with more than just 3 points scored.
Zephyn Mason, who didn’t play the last time the two teams meet back in December, led HHS with a game-high 20 points. Cooper Autry & Damon Mesa added seven points each. Holcomb hit nine of 19 threes.
The win pushes Holcomb’s winning streak over Goodland to 23 in a row.
The loss drops Goodland to 6-9 overall & 0-2 in GWAC while Holcomb improved to 10-4 overall & 1-0 in GWAC
Coach Mikey Doll Postgame
Up Next: Goodland will be on the road next week playing at rival Colby on Tuesday and then play at Stanton County on Friday. Holcomb is also on the road on Tuesday at Ulysses then returns home to host Scott City on Friday.