Goodland, Kan — The Goodland basketball squads began their second time thru the GWAC slate hosting Holcomb Friday night inside the Max Jones Field House. Cowgirls won their second league game 57-40 while the Cowboys lost for the sixth time in GWAC league play, 60-55.
COWGIRLS 57 LADY LONGHORNS 40
After dropping their GWAC opener at the end of December to Holcomb in a game the Cowgirls did not play well, they were out for revenge Friday. Goodland took the early lead leading 11-7 at the end of the first half and despite allowing Holcomb’s Madi Ruda to keep the Horns in the game with a first half high of ten points, would still lead at halftime 23-18.
The third quarter turned out to be the best quarter of basketball the Cowgirls had put together all season as they would prevent Holcomb from scoring a single point until just a minute left in the quarter. GHS would outscore Holcomb 21-3 in third and lead by 23 heading into the fourth. Goodland would let off the gas a bit in the final period allowing Holcomb to get the differential inside of 15 but the Lady Longhorns would run out of time and Goodland would win 57-40.
Senior Taighe Weeter would lead three Cowgirls in double figures with a game-high 23 points in the victory. It was the 11th time in Weeter’s career that she went over 20-plus points. Taighe’s sister Talexa added 13 points & Emma Lehman had 11. Holcomb’s Madi Ruda was the only Holcomb player to reach double figures with 16 points. Blair Holliday had nine thanks to three made three’s. Goodland won the rebounding battle, 25-21 and finished plus-seven in turnover margin forcing 21 turnovers out of Holcomb.
The win was just the third out of the last nine for meetings for Goodland against HHS who improved to 8-8 on the year and 2-4 in GWAC. Holcomb is now 4-11 overall and 2-4 in GWAC as well as they fell for the sixth straight time.
COWGIRLS HEAD COACH BILL BIERMANN POSTGAME
COWBOYS 55 LONGHORNS 60
When Goodland and Holcomb met for the first time this season Holcomb took the Cowboys to the cleaners in the first half and unfortunately for the Cowboys it happened again and when the first quarter ended GHS found itself down 28-8. Goodland would find their offense in the second period but the defenses wasn’t good enough and they would trail Holcomb by 19 at halftime, 41-22. Holcomb lit it up from the outside hitting on 8 of 22 threes in the first half and would win the battle of the boards, 17-13.
The second half was an entirely different story as Goodland’s defense finally showed up and slowed the Longhorns to just seven points scored in the quarter while Goodland would score 14 points to get back within 12 heading into the fourth quarter. The Longhorns would continue to miss shots and free throws in the fourth allowing Goodland to get the ead down to four at its closest but GHS would run out of time and fall 60-55 despite out scoring Holcomb 33-13 in the second half.
Henry Cole led Goodland with 16 points. Brennan Brumbaugh added 14 and Leyton Cure had nine points with a team-high eight rebounds. Holcomb was led by a double-double from Jackson Stoppel who had a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. Kobe Hands had 15 points thanks to five made three pointers. Goodland came back to win the rebounding battle, 34-28 but would only shoot three of 12 from deep while Holcomb would connect on ten of 33 three point attempts.
Holcomb has now won 21 straight over Goodland dating back to 2006. Cowboys are now 2-14 on the year overall and remain winless in GWAC play Holcomb ended a two game slid with the win improving them to 10-5 overall & 3-3 in GWAC action.
COWBOYS HEAD COACH MIKE DOLL POSTGAME
UP NEXT: Goodland is off til next Friday when they play at Hugoton. Holcomb is back on the floor Tuesday at Lakin.