For some it will be a night that will not be forgotten for a very long time as the Goodland Cowgirls upset Hugoton in Hugoton to advance to the sub-state semifinals for the fist time in six years. Winning 29-27.
Goodland was riding high coming into the game after upsetting fourth-ranked Scott City on Thursday night in the regular season finale. And GHS hoped that momentum would carry into Tuesday night even with a three hour road trip.
Initially it did not look like it in the opening period as Hugoton jumped out to a 4-0 lead and would push it to a 16-5 lead with a minutes left in the quarter. Trialing 16-7 at the start of the second quarter the Cowgirls got an offensive sparking three from one of the most unlikely of players in Mikayla Biermann who got GHS back within six. But just 90 seconds later Hugoton would be back up by nine followed by a mini Goodland spurt to only trail by six heading into halftime.
The second half turned out to be a defensive struggle, especially the third quarter which turned out to be quite the “block party.” The Eagles blocked a majority of the Cowgirls attempts but Goodland’s defense was locked in itself forcing eight turnovers out of Hugoton and would win the low scoring period 5 to 2, but would still trail 22-19 going into the fourth.
The Eagles offense would once again come to life early in the final quarter scoring the first five points within the first minute and a half. From that point forward they would not score again. Goodland would close the game on a 10-0 run highlighted by a Talexa Weeter three with 3:40 left which gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the night. Neither team would score again from that point forward leading to the Goodland win.
For the Goodland, the victory ended a 20-game losing streak to Hugoton which dated back to 2011 and it was GHS’ first postseason win since beating Colby in overtime back in the 2014 sub-state first round.
Cowgirls were led by freshman Talexa Weeter who was the only lady to score in double figures with ten. Emma Lehman added seven and Tagihe Weeter had five points in the win. Goodland won the battle of the boards 24-23 and made 5 of 12 three pointers, but was -3 in the turnover margin (20-17).
Hugoton’s Mikyn Hamlin led the Eagles with nine points. Summaya Adigan added eight and Jordyn Beard had six in the loss. Which was just their third loss in their last 16 ballgames.
Goodland will now play Friday at Cimarron against the seven-seed Holcomb who upset the number two-seed Colby, 43-34. Hugoton’s season ends with a 15-6 overall record and a share of the GWAC title going 8-2.
GOODLAND — 7 7 5 10 — 29
HUGOTON — 16 4 2 5 — 27
Goodland: Tal. Weeter 10 & 3. E. Lehman 7 & 3. Tai. Weeter 5 & 1. O. Lehman 4 & 1. Biermann 3 & 6. Rudolph 0 & 6. Lau. Cure 0 & 3. Hahn 0 & 3.
Hugoton: Mi. Hamlin 9 & 2. Adigun 8 & 7. Beard 6 & 8. Mc. Hamlin 3 & 1. Mo. McClue 1 & 5.