Goodland Remains Winless in GWAC Play; Drops Two Against Hugoton

Ross VolkmerJanuary 10, 2020

The Goodland Cowboys and Cowgirls hoped to open a new decade inside the Max Jones Field House Friday with a pair of wins against Hugoton but instead dropped both games against two talented teams. Girls falling 65-46, Boys losing 86-71.

Cowgirls 46   Lady Eagles 65

After playing some of their best basketball of the season in a losing effort to Scott City on Tuesday the Cowgirls felt confident going into their Friday night match up against Hugoton and play like it early on. GHS sprung out to an early 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter behind 13 points from star Taighe Weeter. Goodland would continue to play well thru most of the second quarter but Hugoton would find its footing late in the period with a with 10 points coming from freshman Gianna Vos and would take the lead before halftime, 33-26.

Unfortunately for Goodland the Cowgirls came out of halftime slow and did not getting their offense firing like in the first half and the Eagles took advantage of GHS not scoring for close to four minutes. They would go on to outscore Goodland 16-6 in the period and hold 16 point lead heading into the fourth.  Goodland would get the offense going the fourth putting up 13 points but the defense was unable to get stops allowing easy buckets due to pressuring the ball in order to get steals and would fall in the end, the final being 65-46.

Goodland was led by senior Taighe Weeter who went over 20 or more points for the ninth time in her career with 22. Her sister Talexa was the only over Cowgirl to get into double figures with 10. GHS once against shot the deep ball well going 7 or 15 and have now hit 14 threes over the last two contest.

Hugoton got a stellar performance from freshman Mikyn Hamlin would put up a game high 29 points to go along with seven rebounds in the win. Fellow freshman Gianna Vos added 13 points & seven boards as four ladies scored 8-plus points on the night. Hugoton dominated the glass 33-17 which led to multiple more offensive possessions and points.

The loss for Goodland was their 19th straight to the Lady Eagles. Goodland has now lost four in a row after starting the year 3-0, they sit at 3-4 overall & 0-3 in GWAC play. Hugoton is 3-3 on the year and 1-1 in GWAC league play with there three losses all coming to ranked teams and by an average of just 5 points each.

Coach Bill Biermann Postgame:

Cowboys 71   Eagles 86

Goodland knew they were going to have their hands full with 5th ranked Hugoton. A team that has a great winning culture and system but GHS hung tough through the first quarter only being down four at the end of it. The Cowboy offense would find some rhythm in the second quarter behind three made three’s and 11 points from Henry Cole but their defense was not good enough to make a dent as Hugoton hit four three’s of there own and multiple put-backs to extend the lead to 43-32 by halftime.

The third quarter did not look good to start either as Hugoton’s Jayce Korf got white hot scoring 8 points and burying two three pointers ballooning the lead to 20 with about four minutes left in the period. But then the Cowboys did something they did in their last game at Scott City, mounted furious coming cutting the Eagle led to just five with four forced turnovers and shutting down second chance points which help them put up a season high 25 points the period to outscore Hugoton 25-19 in the quarter. With the crowd back into the game and only down five to start the fourth the Cowboys hoping they would be able to pull this one out but ole momentum slowed due to tried legs and the Cowboys missed a couple free throws a couple of easy layups and Hugoton took back control dominated the glass and got multiple put-backs and got a couple easy transitions buckets to seal the win, 86-71.

For the first time this season Goodland had four players in double figures on their way to season high in total points scored, surpassing the previous high of 57. Henry Cole and Brennan Brumbaugh led the way again with 22 & 21 points respectively. 21 for Brumbaugh was career high. Leyton Cure also had a career high with 11. Cowboys shot well from three going 8-19 in the game but still dropped their fifth game in a row.

Hugoton was led by Jayce Korf who hit five three’s in the game on his way to a game-high 28 points. Ivan Valles added 17 before getting injury in the fourth and Wyatt Angell had 16 points. Hayden Daharsh almost ended up with a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. The Eagles won the the rebounding battle 37-28 as they won for the fourth time in a row over Goodland for the 11th time in the last 13 meetings.

Hugoton’s win improved them to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in GWAC league play. Goodland now sits at 1-6 overall and 0-3 to start GWAC league play.

Coach Mikey Dolls Postgame:

Up next, both teams will be on the road as takes on Holcomb & Goodland heads to rival Colby.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jackie Elliott

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