Goodland headed to Ulysses to put a bow on their GWAC road schedule Friday night and ended up with a split. Cowgirls getting a win while the Cowboys lost to the Tigers.
COWGIRLS 44 LADY TIGERS 24
The first time the Cowgirls and Tigers met this season Goodland put on an offense display for the ages in a dominant 70-29 win in which GHS knock down 12 three-pointers. Friday’s game was nothing like as both teams started out slow struggling to hold on to the basketball as both teams combined for 13 turnovers while only scoring 14 points, but Goodland got the lead in the first 11-3. Cowgirls would find its offense a little more in the second quarter thanks in part to two threes from Emma Lehman and great defense holding Ulysses to just eight points by halftime. Eight points allowed was a season low for Goodland.
The second half Goodland started to pull away mostly thanks to senior Taighe Weeter who scored ten of her 14 second half points in the third quarter knocking in two threes and attacking rim helping GHS to lead by 18, 35-17 going into the fourth quarter. From that point forward Goodland continued to pull away doing a lot of it at the foul line making 8 of 16 free throws. Ulysses’ Clara Garcia kept things somewhat interesting for Tiger fans as she scored seven of her 18 points in the final period.
Taighe Weeter led the Goodland and the game in scoring with 21 points and grabbed a career-high tying six rebounds. Weeter went over 20 points for the 12th time in her career. Emma Lehman was GHS’s next leading scorer with 9 points while getting a game-high and season-high seven boards. Ulysses only had one lady in double figures as Clara Garcia got 18 points, 16 of them in the second half. No other Tiger scored more than two points in the loss. Cowgirls won on the glass as well 31-23, made nine of 18 free throws and six of 18 triples. Ulysses finished seven of 11 from the foul line and made just one three in ten attempts.
The win ended a two game slide for Goodland improving them to 9-10 overall & 3-6 in GWAC. For Ulysses it was their 16th straight loss in a tough season for the defending GWAC champs who are now just 1-18 overall and 0-9 in GWAC. The win snapped a four game winning streak for Ulysses over Goodland. The win also gets Goodland to within one game of Ulysses in the series since 2008, 11-10.
Goodland — 11 11 13 9 — 44
Ulysses — 3 5 9 7 — 24
Goodland: Tai. Weeter 21 & 6, E. Lehman 9 & 7, Tal. Weiter 5 & 5, O. Lehman 3 & 4, Hahn 3 & 1, La. Cure 2 & 2. Rudolph 0 & 5, Biermann 0 & 1.
Ulysses: Garcia 18 & 2, Riley 2 & 3, Kenny 2 & 1, Rojas 1 & 3, Lerma 1 & 2. Nagel 0 & 6, Baeza 0 & 6.
Coach Bill Biermann Postgame:
COWBOYS 48 TIGERS 63
The Goodland Cowboys had made Ulysses’ gym kind of a second home over the last four years beating the Tigers in their own backyard. And with no GWAC wins under their belt yet in 2019-20 GHS was hoping to get a win in the place they got their lone league win last season.
Things looked like the past four times Goodland played in Ulysses with the Cowboys playing solid defense and sharing the basketball on their way to a 19-13 lead at the end of the first. But the Tigers found their offensive legs in the second thanks mostly to the hot shooting of Jordan Sifuentes who buried three consecutive three’s on his way to making five of his first six shots from the floor. Goodland on the other hand was struggling to find their shooting touch but thanks a three from Brennan Brumbaugh before half the Cowboys only trailed by three at the midway point, 32-29.
The second half started out all in favor of Ulysses as the Tigers grew their lead to 13 before Goodland rallied on a 7-0 run thanks to two Henry Cole floaters and a Brumbaugh three before the end of the quarter to only trail by six, 46-40. Unfortunately for Goodland that would be the closest it would get the rest of the way as Ulysses would outscore GHS 17-8 mostly thanks to offensive rebounding and put-backs as well as made free throws to pull away for the win.
Brennan Brumbaugh led Goodland with 16 points and Andy Wood came off the bench to tally a career-high ten. Ulysses had three guys score ten-plus points led by Jordan Sifuentes with a game-high 19 points thanks in part to five made three’s. Lance Walker added 14 points & a game-high 11 rebounds and Aaron Galindo had ten. Ulysses owned the glass, 33-20 and made 13 of 14 free throws. Plus hit of six of 15 triples. Goodland struggled at the line going just 4-14 and made just 4 of 15 three’s in a losing effort. Cowboys did win the bench points 15-12.
The win snapped a four game winning streak at Ulysses for Goodland and handed the Cowboys their fourth straight defeat dropping them to 2-17 overall & 0-9 in GWAC. Ulysses (7-12,4-5) has now won eight of the last 12 meetings and leads the series since 2008, 16-7.
Goodland — 19 10 11 8 — 48
Ulysses — 13 19 14 17 — 63
Goodland: Brumbaugh 16 & 3, Wood 10 & 4, Cole 8 & 3, Nemechek 5 & 2, Majoral 3 & 1, Cure 2 & 3, Lazo 2 & 2, Daise 2 & 2.
Ulysses: Siguientes 19 & 7, Walker 14 & 11, Galindo 10 & 4, Guinn 8 & 1, Duran 5 & 7, Nightengale 3 & 1, Martinez 2 & 1, Alvarado 2 & 0, Scott 0 & 1,
Coach Mikey Doll Postgame:
UP NEXT: Goodland hosts Scott City on Tuesday for Senior night. Ulysses heads to Hugoton next Friday to conclude their regular season.