Goodland Offense Struggles; Colby Basketball Sweeps

Ross VolkmerJanuary 15, 2020

COLBY, Kan — Goodland’s offense was a no-show and Colby took advantage on Tuesday night as the Eagles cruised to a pair of wins over their rivals. Girls winning 39-18 & boys winning 53-36.

Cowgirls 18   Lady Eagles 39

After hanging tough in their first meeting this season back in December the Goodland Cowgirls believed they stood a chance against the recently ranked number-five team in 3A.  Both teams came out struggling on the offensive end and if it wasn’t for a couple of turnovers the quarter might have been even more low scoring, but Colby lead at the end of the first 12-2. Goodland hoped they would find their offense in the second quarter but was not able to as shots were not falling and the Cowgirls would trail at halftime, 21-4, their largest halftime deficit of the season. Four points scored was also a season low for GHS. Goodland went 0-2 from the free throw line and 0-9 from three in the first half.

The offense would pick up just bit in the second half but it was no where near enough as Colby held a 34-10 advantage at the end of the third. The fourth quarter Goodland put up more points than did in the entire first half and actually outscored Colby 8-5 in the period thanks in part to Colby playing a majority of their bench. In the end both teams scored their fewest amount of points they had all season as the Eagles prevailed 39-18.

Colby was led by Kennedy Stanley who score a season-high 12 points. Hallie Vaughn & Jill Stephens scored eight & nine points respectably, in what was an off night for them. Goodland’s leading scorer was Emma Lehman who had eight points, all in the second half, and Mikayla Biermann had four. Taighe Weeter, the Cowgirls leader scorer on the season was lead to season low, two points.

The win for Colby was their seventh in a row over Goodland and now lead the series since 2006, 19-9. Goodland has now not beaten their rival since 2017.

Coach Bill Biermann Postgame:

 

Cowboys 36   Eagles 53

The night did not go much better the Cowboys as they too struggled against Colby on the offensive end. The first quarter started slow for both teams and looked to be a three point game at the end of the first until Peyton Wahlmeier hit a three pointer at the buzzer to make it a six point game, 11-5 heading into the second. The second quarter was almost a carbon copy of the first. Colby banged it in the post while Goodland shot a lot of three pointers with limited success and the Eagles led at half time 22-10. Ten points was the season low in a half for Goodland.

In the second half Colby used its size inside to increase the lead dominating the glass and getting easy buckets at point blank range. Goodland’s offense continued to sputter and with shots not falling, the defense struggled as well. Colby led 41-21 at the start of the fourth making it the fourth game in a row that the Cowboys trialed at one point in time in a game by 20 or more points. Goodland would have it’s best offensive quarter outscoring Colby, 15-12 behind two made three’s from Brennan Brumbaugh and three other’s from guys off the bench. But it was too little too late as the Eagles still one easily, 53-36.

Colby was led by junior Peyton Wahlmeier who scored a game-high & season-high 20 points. Calvin Stapp was the only other Eagle in double figures with 13. Brennan Brumbaugh led Goodland with 11 points but no other Cowboy had more than five in the loss. Goodland’s season leading scorer Henry Cole was held to a season-low 2 points and went 0-8 from behind the arc. Colby owned the rebounding battle too 36-21.

Colby has now won three in row over Goodland. Cowboys haven’t had a win over Colby since 2018 but still lead the all-time series since 2006, 16-11.

Coach Mikey Doll Postgame:

 

UP NEXT: Goodland returns home to host Ulysses on Friday, while the Eagles are on the road at Hugoton, also on Friday.

Photo Credit: Leon Volk

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