NORTON, KS — It felt like deja vu for the Goodland Cowgirls on Thursday night as a last second tying shot from Sydney Hahn bounced out at the buzzer and the season ended in a 48-46 loss to Hays TMP inside Stull Gymnasium.
Last season in the sub-state championship Hahn just had her shot lip out as GHS could not win in regulation over Scott City and would fall in overtime.
Both TMP & Goodland got off to slow starts as both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket and the Lady Monarchs would hold one point advantage 8-7 at the end of the first quarter. Things would start to open up in the second quarter with TMP starting the period on a 10-2 run before GHS would find a bit more offense but two late threes from Jaci VonLintel & Kyleigh Allen for Hays TMP would give the Monarchs their largest lead of the game going into halftime up ten, 28-18.
The Cowgirls came out firing in the second half and exploded with their best run of the night scoring nine unanswered points to make it just a one point game. TMP then woke up then and would expand their lead back up to eight with a 7-0 run themselves. The quarter would close with Goodland trailing 37-31.
In the fourth Goodland would start the period with another nice little 7-0 run to give themselves their first lead since early in the first quarter. A bit later, trailing 41-39 the Monarchs went on a 9-5 run to make it 48-46. GHS was able to force another turnover, one of 20, out of TMP with just under ten second to play and called a timeout. On the final possession the Cowgirls tried to feed Emma Lehman on the block but the pass went a bit wide but was saved by Lindsey Cure to Hahn whose last second 15-footer from the baseline bounced twice on the rim before falling out as the game ended.
Goodland was led by Emma Lehman who scored 13 points, nine of them coming on three made triples. Talexa Weeter had a quiet night with 12 points, one above her season low. Jaxi Mitchek had a solid game off the bench contributing 6 points. GHS went five of 15 from three but just three of nine from the charity stripe.
Hays TMP was led by Kyleigh Allen who had a game-high 15 points, which was just two points shy of her career high and Jaci VonLIntel added a dozen for the Monarchs. TMP as a team shot five of 15 from three as well which was quite a bit better than their season average of just 25-percent. They also committed 20 turnovers but it wasn’t enough to bite them in the end.
The win for Hays TMP (19-3) advances them into the title game against either Phillipsburg or Norton on Saturday afternoon.
As for the Cowgirls their season ends at 18-4, their best finish in 40 years, and will only lose three players with a good core of their team returning for 2021-22.