It was a special night to say the least inside Goodland’s Max Jones Field House on Thursday night as the Cowboys & Cowgirls basketball teams sent their seniors out and ended the regular season with a pair of rare wins against Scott City. It would be the first time since January of 2017 that both the boys and girls teams won a GWAC game on the same night at home.
COWGIRLS 49 #5 SCOTT CITY 46 (OT)
Despite losing in both earlier meetings this season the Goodland Cowgirls had found a way to hang tough with a Lady Beaver team that had been in the top ten of 3A most of the season. That would remained true again on Thursday as Goodland stayed just a step behind SCHS. Freshman Talexa Weeter was the story in the first quarter for the GHS as they carried the team with eight of the teams nine first quarter points to only trail 12-9.
In the second it looked like Scott was going to pull away as Goodland did not score for close to five minutes and the Beavers would go on a 7-0 run to lead by ten. But with three minutes lefts before half the Cowgirls would pull within to one going on a 9-0 run to close the quarter highlighted by a last second three from sophomore Emma Lehman.
Trailing 19-18 to starting the third period once again Goodland would go on a scoring drought again getting outscored 9-0 before finally getting a couple baskets in the final 90 seconds to pull within six before the start of the fourth quarter.
Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the basket for close to four minutes to start the fourth but Scott would lead by ten again this just five and a half minutes left. The Goodland made their run outscoring SCHS 9-3 over the last three minutes and would take their first lead on a Telexa Weeter three from the point with 72 seconds left. Goodland unfortunately would miss a couple of critial foul shots and with one second left in regulation Scott’s Shelby Patton followed a missed Brynn McCormick layup with a put-back as the buzzer sounded to tie it up at 39.
In overtime, Goodland dug in their heels defensively and outscored the Beavers 7-2 through the first 3 minutes of the extra time not allowing the Lady Beavers to score there third point of the OT until the :47 second mark, securing the victory.
Cowgirls were led by senior Taighe Weeter (on her senior night) with a game-high 20 points & her sister Talexa who had 19. Emma Lehman added nine points. For Taighe it was here 13th career Goodland game of going over 20-plus points for the 1,000 point career scorer. GHS won on the stat sheet as well. Winning in rebounding (26-25), turnovers (-2), free throw shooting (11/16) & three point shooting (4/20).
Emily Weathers led Scott with 18 points & eight rebounds. Brynn McCormick added in 12. Scott really struggled from the foul line going just nine of 19 and from long range hitting on only three of seven.
The win for Goodland ended a seven game losing streak to Scott going back to 2017. It improved them o .500 on the season at 10-10 overall and 4-6 finish in the GWAC. The loss for Scott ended a four game winning streak dropping them to 17-3 overall and finished 7-3 in the GWAC. The win also meant that the all-time series is tied once again at 26 games a piece.
Both teams will begin substate action on Tuesday. Goodland playing ta Hugoton & Scott City hosting Southwestern Heights.
GOODLAND — 9 9 6 15 (10) — 49
SCOTT CITY — 12 7 11 5 (7) — 46
Goodland: Ti. Weeter 20 & 1. Ta. Weeter 19 & 6. Em. Lehman 9 & 6. Biermann 1 & 1. La. Cure 0 & 6. Rudolph 0 & 4. Hahn 0 & 2.
Scott City: Weathers 18 & 8. McCormick 12 & 4. Ly. Rumford 6 & 4. Patton 4 & 2. Shapland 2 & 3. Latta 0 & 2. Rose 0 & 1. Holstein 0 & 1.
Goodland Coach Bill Biermann Postgame:
COWBOYS 57 BEAVERS 52 (OT)
Like the Cowgirls, the Cowboys had done a decent job of hanging tough with the Beavers this season but still ended up on the losing side both times. The game play quite similar to the ladies as Scott City held the lead for a majority of the game but GHS kept pace throughout.
Goodland’s offense was on the struggle bus to start not getting its first points until the 4:32 mark and if it wasn’t for junior Brennan Brumbaughs’s two triples in the period Goodland would have trailed by more than just 12-10 at the end of the opening quarter. The offensive struggles continued for Goodland into the second but lucky Scott was missing too as the two teams combined to score just 18 posts in the period and SCHS would lead at halftime 22-18.
Goodland would come out of the half once again unable to surmount the Scott lead as the Beavers kept them at an arms length for most of the third until the end of the period were GHS would go on a mini spurt thanks to a pair of Henry Cole three’s to only trial by one 31-30 heading to the fourth.
Scott would go on a 7-0 run of their own to start the fourth but the Cowboys would find their footing and outscore SCHS 16-9 over the last six minutes of the quarter thanks mostly to the hot shooting Brumbaugh who sunk three, three’s in the final quarter to give GHS a 46-44 with under a minute to play. But Scott would tie it up with :30 second left and neither team could come up with another bucket so they went to OT.
The overtime saw both teams once again trade buckets but another three from Brumbaugh, some clutch free throws and couple of bad turnovers from Scott sealed the win for the Cowboys.
Brennan Brumbaugh led all scorers with 25 points thanks mostly to seven made three’s. Henry Cole on his senior night ended up with 13 after not scoring in the first half. Goodland forced a season-high 24 turnovers out of Scott City and out-rebounded the Beavers 28-18. GHS as team shot 10 of 21 from distance and 11 of 20 from the foul line.
Scott City was led by three guys who each scored 11 points in Hunter Yager, Parker Gooden & Ronnie Weathers. SCHS only shot 5 of 15 from three.
For Goodland, who ended a four-game losing skid to improve to 3-17 overall & finish the GWAC with a 1-9 record, it was their first win over Scott since 2018 but only their second win agains the Beavers since 2000. The loss for Scott City dropped their record down to 10-10 overall & finished GWAC play at 5-5.
Both teams head right into substate action on Monday. Scott City will play at Holcomb while the Cowboys will face the #1-seed Lakin in Lakin.
SCOTT CITY — 12 10 9 15 (6) — 52
GOODLAND — 10 8 12 16 (11) — 57
Goodland: Brumbaugh 25 & 3. Cole 13 & 7. Cure 7 & 6. Wood 4 & 4. Lazo 3 & 0. Daise 2 & 4. Majoral 2 & 3. Mull 0 & 1.
Scott City: Yager 11 & 5. Weathers 11 & 6. Gooden 11 & 3. Lewis 7 & 1. Smith 5 & 2. Cult 4 & 1. King 2 & 0.
Goodland Coach Mikey Doll Postgame:
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