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Goodland Drops Both GWAC Games at Hugoton

Ross VolkmerFebruary 14, 2020

After a week off the Goodland basketball teams returned to GWAC action playing at the conferences basketball leaders, Hugoton. Both teams were handed losses, Cowgirls falling 44-29 & the Cowboys losing 71-47.

COWGIRLS 29   LADY EAGLES 44

Goodland had good momentum heading into the contest winners of two in a row and coming off a nice win over Holcomb last Friday. But the week off seemed to limit the Cowgirls offense as they came out struggling to make shots and found themselves down 14-5 at the end of the quarter. Turnovers did not help matters as 16 first half giveaways help Hugoton expand their lead by halftime, 21-10.

Both teams would come out of half really struggling to make shots an hold on to the ball, combining for 13 points in the third and the Eagles would still lead 29-15 heading into the fourth quarter. Both teams offenses had their best showings in the fourth and with Goodland’s inability to get stop Hugoton would pull away for the win.

Taighe Weeter was the only Cowgirl to reach double figures scoring a game-high 16 points. Mikyn Hamlin led Hugoton with 13 points and seven rebounds and her sister Makenna chipped in 12 points as the only two Eagles to score ten or more on the night. Hugoton won the rebounding batter 27-22 and was plus-eight in turnover margin and Goodland committed 23 turnovers.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Eagles who improved to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in GWAC play. Goodland dips back below .500 at 8-9 overall and 2-5 in the GWAC.

Bill Biermann Postgame Comments:

COWBOYS 47   EAGLES 71

Back in early January the Cowboys had their best offensive performance of the season against Hugoton scoring 71 points but also allowed the most points they had all year giving up 86 in a home loss. The second meeting was not as high school and Goodland did a good job playing with Hugoton in the first half only trailing by four at the end of the first quarter and only eight at halftime, 34-26. And doing it without shooting the basketball that great really while Hugoton knocked in six of 15 three pointers.

GHS was able to hang with Hugoton due to decent defense and more importantly good pace of play in the first half but that all kind of faded as the game rolled thru the second half. Hugoton figured out Goodland’s 2-3 zone and put up 18 points to the Cowboys 12 and led 52-38 and then used its biggest run of the game in the fourth quarter outscoring GHS 19-8 to seal up the win.

Each team had three guys score in double figures. Goodland was led by 15 points & seven rebounds from Brennan Brumbaugh. Henry Cole added 13 points & eight boards and Leyton Cure chipped in 11 points, tying his career high.  Hayden Daharsh & Sawyer Harper each scored 16 points to pace Hugoton. Jayce Korf added 14 points. Harper also had a game-high 11 rebounds recording a double-double. Goodland was minus-five in turnover margin on the night was out rebounded 35-31. Hugoton gat a big lift from their bench as they added 14 points.

Hugoton won it’s fifth in a row to improve to 13-3 overall & remain perfect 7-0 in GWAC. Goodland lost it’s second in a row and dropped to 2-15 overall & remain winless in GWAC.

Mikey Doll Postgame Comments:

UP NEXT: Goodland will hosts rival Colby and Hugoton will host Holcomb. Both games are scheduled for this coming Tuesday.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Leon Volk

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