GOODLAND, KS — It was a fun night for Goodland fans and players inside the Max Jones Fieldhouse as the Cowboys & Cowgirls won both of their game by their largest margin on victory on the season over former NWKL member St. Francis. Cowgirls winning 73-30 and Cowboys 60-30.
COWGIRLS 73 LADY INDIANS 30
For the second time in the last three games the Cowgirls jumped on an opponent taking a 21-9 lead into the second quarter. Goodland would continue to pull away thanks to their great defense forcing nine turnovers out of Sainty and outscoring them by 20 in the period to lead 47-15 at half.
The second half the Cowgirls continued to pull away with fantastic passing and unselfish basketball to lead by 45, 70-25 at the end of the third. With a running clock in the fourth the game finished quick with Goodland earning the win by 43, their largest margin of victory on the season.
Goodland had four ladies in double figures led by 11 points from Jaxi Mitchek & Talexa Weeter and Sydney Hahn & Lindsey Cure each had ten. In all, ten girls scored for Goodland with two of them setting career highs in Mitchek & Atalee Amthor with seven points. Goodland also had great success from three as they went 7 of 11 with six different Cowgirls hitting one.
St. Francis was led by Jordyn Faulkender who had a game-high 16 points & a game-high 12 rebounds. McKenna Poling had six points.
It was the first meeting between the teams since 2010. Goodland continues to lead the series since 2007, 5-0.
The win improves Goodland to 12-2 while St. Francis dropped to 7-5.
Coach Bill Biermann Postgame
COWBOYS 60 INDIANS 30
The first quarter between Goodland & 4th ranked in 1AD2, Sainty proved to be close with Goodland holding on a slim lead, 10-9. Goodland would start it’s big pull away in the second outscoring the undermanned Indians 16-8 to lead at halftime, 26-17.
All of Sainty’s first half points were scored by Sophomore guard Ben Busse who were without two of their top eight players and played with really only five players for most of the game.
The third quarter proved to be the most decisive quarter as Goodland shut down Busse and didn’t allow the Indians to score as the Cowboys put up 15 points of their own to put the game out of reach at 41-17 at the end of the third quarter. The fourth period saw two other Indians, not named Busse, score but Goodland continued it’s dominance and closed the game out for a 60-30 win.
Goodland’s Brennan Brumbaugh led the Cowboys with 23 points as well as eight rebounds. Devontay Hardy was the only other Cowboys win double figures with ten points & seven rebounds. Goodland hit on seven of 21 threes, four coming from Brumbaugh and were plus-15 in rebounding margin.
Ben Busse was the star of the night for Sainty with a game-high 24 points and a team high five rebounds. Preston Witzel added four & Josiah Sims two.
Goodland improves its record over St. Francis to 5-1 since 2007. It was also the first meeting between the two schools since 2010.
Goodland now sits at 6-8 overall. St. Francis dropped to 7-3.
Coach Mikey Doll Postgame
Up Next: Goodland will remain home to host Holcomb on Friday. St. Francis face Quinter, on Friday as well.