GOODLAND, KS — Both the Goodland Cowboy & Cowgirls basketball teams saw their winning streaks come to an end on Saturday night falling to a pair of ranked Hugoton teams at the Max Jones Fieldhouse.
COWGIRLS 43 LADY EAGLES 54
With both teams ranked inside the top five in 3A, Goodland fifth & Hugoton second. And with the GWAC title on the line Saturday’s matchup was much anticipated. But the first half certainly didn’t didn’t look look or play out like a matchup of a couple of the best teams in the state.
Both teams struggled to make shots and GHS struggled with turnovers as they combined to score nine points in the first quarter with Goodland leading 5-4. The second quarter proved to be much of the same but both teams were able to score nine points a piece and the Cowgirl led at halftime, 14-13.
The third quarter saw Goodland play their best ball of the game, doubling their point total from the first half in just eight minutes. Cowgirls would push their lead to nine in the period but would only lead by five, 28-23, going into the fourth. The fourth quarter is where the Hugoton offense, which had been dormant most of the night, came to life. The Lady Eagles would but up more points in the fourth quarter (31) than they had during the other three quarters combined and came from behind to steal the win 54-43.
Goodland only had one lady in double figures in Talexa Weeter who had 18 points & seven rebounds which led GHS is both statistical categories. Cowgirls also struggled from three for one of the rare times this year only making one of nine attempts. Goodland also struggled on the glass losing the rebounding battle, 31-21.
Hugoton had three gals go over ten points led by Mikyn Hamlin who had a game-high 24 points. Jordy Beard added 12 to go along with a game-high 14 rebounds & Gianna Vos added 11 points. Those three combined scored 38 points in the second half alone to capture the GWAC title.
After ending a 20-game losing streak to Hugoton last season in the first round of sub-state, Goodland lost for the 21st time in the last 24 meetings of the two teams. Goodland is now 16-3 overall & 4-1 in the GWAC while Hugoton improved to 17-1 overall and 5-0 in GWAC games.
Coach Bill Biermann Postgame
COWBOYS 46 EAGLES 72
Coming into Saturday’s matchup Goodland had lost five in row to the Eagles and by a wide margin on average.
The game started out looking quite competitive with Goodland able to knock down a coupe of quick and only be down 14-9 going in the second quarter. But after a get the game down to a one point deficit, 21-20, Hugoton stretched their lead and practically decided the game with an 18-5 run to close the second quarter and lead 39-25 at halftime.
The second half looked a lot like the second quarter with Hugoton continuing to pull away despite a great scoring effort from Goodland’s Brennan Brumbaugh who scored nine of the team’s 13 points in the period. And a three pointer before the buzzer to end the third made it a 30 point game (68-38) and the clock ran continually the rest of the contest.
Brumbaugh was the only Cowboy in double figures with a game-high 23 points. Leyton Cure added seven points & eight rebounds in the loss that saw GHS’ three game winning streak end. Cowboys struggled mightily with turnovers committing 23 but continued to find success shooting the three making six of 12 on the night.
Hugoton had three guys in double figures led by 19 from Jayce Korf. Haden Daharsh & Ryle Riddlesperger each added 13 for the Eagle who have now won six in a row over Goodland and back-to-back GWAC titles.
The loss dropped Goodland back below .500 to 9-10 overall & 2-3 in the GWAC. Hugoton has now won 16 in a row and sits at 16-2 overall & 5-0 in the GWAC.
Coach Mikey Doll Postgame
Up Next: Goodland will hosts Scott City on Tuesday for their Senior Night and regular season finale. Hugoton will also play Tuesday at Lakin it what will be the matchup of top ranked teams in 3A.