The Goodland basketball teams crossed the border Tuesday night for pair of exciting games against the Wray Eagles. Cowgirls held on for a 64-61 win while the Cowboys comeback came up just a bit short, falling 61-58.
COWGIRLS 64 LADY EAGLES 61
Cowgirls were down not just one but two starters going into Tuesday nights match up agains the 10th ranked team in Colorado’s 2A classification with both Kerrigan Rudolph & Sydney Hahn out. So freshman Talexa Weeter made her first career varsity start and Goodland started fast getting out to a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to the Weeter sister, Taighe & Talexa who combined for ten of the teams first quarter points.
Wray would really settle in in the second quarter outscoring Goodland 21-11, mostly coming from transition buckets and points in the paint. The Eagles led 33-26 heading into the locker room with 17 of their points coming from Sophomore Karly Godsey. Taighe Weeter and Emma Lehman paced the Cowgirls with eight a piece.
The third period saw Goodland outscore Wray 18 to 15 but it seemed as if anytime the Cowgirls would get within three to four points, Wray would push their lead back to five or six leading 48-44 at the start of the fourth quarter. The final quarter saw the Cowgirls get some big stop defensively and made the most of their chances at the foul line. Emma Lehman sank all six of her free throws in the fourth and Talexa Weeter nailed a three from the right wing down the stretch and thanks to a missed triple from Tabby Jones & Wray missing 7 free throws helped Goodland squeaked out a W.
Emma Lehman led the Cowgirls with career-best 20 points and added 5 rebounds. Both Weeter girls got into double-figures with Talexa getting 13 & Taighe adding ten. Lauren Cure set a career high in rebound with eight while also contributing nine points. Goodland shot 17 of 21 from the foul line which proved to be the biggest difference in the win. Wray’s Karly Godsey led the Eagles with a career high, 25 points to go along with seven rebounds in the loss. WHS only went 50% from the free throw line.
The win for Goodland (6-7) was just their second over a very good Wray (8-5) team since 2009 and their first since 2014. Eagles still lead the series, 9-2. It was also the 8th time in 11 meetings that the game was decided by ten points or less.
Bill Biermann’s Postgame Comments:
COWBOYS 58 EAGLES 61
Wray came swinging out of the gates forcing GHS to go 0 for 6 on their first six possession and commit five turnovers. Luckily Brennan Brumbaugh nail two three’s to keep the Cowboys within four early on and would only trail 17-13 at the end of the opening period. The second quarter saw Goodland struggle to not only hold onto the ball committing six more turnovers but also not being able to knock in shot as they were outscored by Wray 17 to 5.
Trailing at half time, 34-18, GHS calmed down in the second half to and would cut way down on the turnovers and start climbing out of the hole they had dug themselves into. Cowboys would get Wray in some would trouble and go on a 19 to then run in the third to only trail 44-37 going into the fourth. Brennan Brumbaugh would score 13 points in the fourth quarter alone but it wasn’t enough as Goodland could not get a final shot up in time before the final buzzer to tie the game, losing for the third straight time to the Eagles.
Brennan Brumbaugh led Goodland with a career-high 31 points to go with 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. Henry Cole added 15 points & 5 rebounds as he and Brumbaugh scored 46 of Goodland’s 58 on the night. Wray’s Junior Arambula & Justin Pecar each had 16 points to lead the Eagles. Pecar had 10 rebounds for his 17th career double-double.
GHS knocked down 9 of 23 three point attempts, while Wray went just 1 of 8 in the game from downtown. But Wray got the foul line 33 times making 19 of them in comparison to Goodland who made 7 of 13 from the charity stripe.
The loss was Goodland’s 11th in a row as they slipped to 1-12 on the season. Wray improved to 8-5 with the win. Goodland still leads the all-time series since 2005, 7-4.
Mikey Doll’s Postgame Comments:
UP NEXT: Goodland will head to Norton on Friday to face the Bluejays. Wray stays at face Haxtun on Friday.