For the second time in three years the Goodland basketball teams had the opportunity to play the very first game in a new gymnasium as GHS took on Scott City inside their new Scott Community Events Center on Tuesday night. Unfortunately GHS could not steal road victory as both team lost their first games of the decade.
Cowgirls 48 Lady Beavers 54
Coming into the game Goodland knew they were going to have their hands full taking on the #3 ranked team in 3A. But head coach Bill Biermann felt good about his team going into it as he thought his team would hang around and that they did.
It didn’t look good early as the Cowgirls trailed 16-6 at the end of the first. All six points coming from junior Sydney Hahn. But they would find their offense in the second thanks to a pair of Taighe Weeter three’s and four points off the bench from freshmen Olivia Lehman & Lindsey Cure. That would help get the game to just five point difference heading into halftime, 24-19.
The second half played a lot like the first in that Scott City pulled away to lead by as much as 14 thanks in part to seven third quarter fouls committed by the Cowgirls. Goodland came to life in the fourth thanks to solid defense and more importantly great scoring from the teams top three scores. Taighe Weeter had nine points in the period. While her sister Talexa added five and Emma Lehman knocked down two three pointers to get GHS back within 6 but would just run out of time as Scott City would hold on for the win.
Tiaghe Weeter led Goodland with a game high 18 points. Scott City’s Lyndi Rumford also had 18 to lead the way for her team. The loss was the third straight for Goodland dropping them to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in GWAC play. Scott City improved to 6-0, 2-0 in GWAC with the win. Scott City has now won six in a row over Goodland tying the all-time series since 1985 at 25 games a piece.
Coach Biermann’s Postgame Comments:
Cowboys 55 Beavers 69
After playing one of their worst games of season to end 2019 the Cowboys hoped to have a better showing against Scott City despite getting beaten badly by them last season. But things did not look good out of the gate as GHS would be down 25-13 at the end of the first quarter with 10 of the teams points coming from Henry Cole.
The sluggish performance would continue into the second period as Goodland would find itself down 17, 35-18, at halftime. Overall it was a sloppy first half with Goodland committing 16 turnovers, just three shy of their season high.
For most of the third quarter neither team could really score the basketball. But with about two minutes left to play in the period Goodland found something thanks in part to Henry Cole getting seven points and the Cowboys found away to cut the lead down to 14. And that trend would continue into the fourth where Goodland would score ten unanswered within the first two and half minutes of the final quarter. Unfortunately for Goodland after a timeout Scott City regrouped and extend their lead for good and would end up winning by 14 thanks mostly in part to making their free throws.
Henry Cole led GHS with a career night scoring 29 points. Brennan Brumbaugh had one of his best performance on his career as well recording his first double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Scott City was led by 19 points from Jackson Lewis. The Goodland loss was their fourth in a row as they dropped to 1-5 on the year and 0-2 in the GWAC. The win for the Beavers improved them to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in GWAC play. The win for Scott improved there all-time record against GHS to 25-2 since 1985.
Up next: Goodland will host Hugton on Friday while Scott City hosts Colby.