GOODLAND, Kan — One Goodland team was able to end a tough losing streak but another could not as the Cowgirls ran past Ulysses 70-29 and the Cowboys fell 60-52 on Friday at the Max Jones Field House.
COWGIRLS 70 LADY TIGERS 29
Talk about a bounce back game. After falling on Tuesday at Colby in a game were the Cowgirls could not buy a bucket and put up a season-low 18 points, GHS shot their way to a dominant 70-29 win over Ulysses.
The first quarter started low for both teams as outside shot weren’t falling for Goodland and no shots were falling for Ulysses but GHS used their size inside to get second chance points and put-backs to lead 17 to four at the end of one.
The Cowgirls went from lukewarm to white hot in the second thought as they buried eight triples, five from Talexa Weeter on their way to a scoring 35 points and outscoring the Tigers by 25 points to lead 52-14 at halftime. That 38 point lead had an impact of Goodland’s start to the second half as they came out sluggish on defense and shots weren’t falling and Ulysses actually won the third quarter 12-10 but still trailed 62-26. The fourth quarter, which a lot of the back-ups played was no where near exciting but Weeter hit her third three of the game and Goodland would coast to a 70-29 win over Ulysses.
Talexa Weeter was seven of nine from three point range and finished with a game-high and career high 27 points and nine rebounds to lead GHS to their first league win of the season. Her sister Taighe made three three’s of her own and finished with 16 points and 3 rebounds. Emma Lehman had 10 points and 6 boards and Lindsey Cure grabbed a career high six rebounds as well in the win. Ulysses was led by Clara Garica who had 12 points.
The win snapped a five game losing streak and also ended a four game slid to the Tigers for Goodland, who hadn’t beaten UHS since 2017. Ulysses still leads the series 11-9 since 2008. Goodland improved to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Ulysses fell to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the GWAC as they lost for the sixth time in a row.
Head Coach Bill Biermann Postgame:
COWBOYS 52 TIGERS 60
After earning their only win of the season last year against Ulysses the Goodland Cowboys thought they might be about to get win number two of their season against the Tigers.
Once again the Cowboys hung around in the first quarter thanks in part to two Henry Cole three pointers. But, once again GHS led an opposing team make a last second shot to turn what would have been a three point game to a five point game heading into the second quarter. Goodland remained close til about one minute left in the half and with Goodland only down one, but, Ulysses would get a three and an and-one in the last sixty seconds to lead 29-22 at the end of first half.
Just like their girls the Cowboys came out struggling to score in the third not scoring until five minutes into the period but would get it together late to score 11 points but still trailed by ten going into the fourth. The final quarter saw Ulysses keep the Pokes at an arms length the rest of the way really never letting GHS get closer than nine thanks to points under the basket and made foul shots down the stretch. In the end Goodland would get it to eight and lose 60-52.
Henry Cole bounced back from tough game at Colby on Tuesday putting up a game-high 19 points, thanks in part to four three’s, to lead Goodland. Leyton Cure and Brennan Brumbaugh each scored 10 a piece and Trevor Daise had nine points and a career high 10 rebounds as Goodland lost for the 7th straight time.
Ulysses was led by a balanced attack with four guys scoring 12 or more points. Lance Walker led the charge with 13 points and seven rebounds. Trey Duran had 12 points & nine rebounds. Jordan Sifuentes and Aaron Galindo each chipped in 12 as well. Ulysses now leads the series since 2008, 15-7 and has won seven of the last 11 meetings.
The loss dropped Goodland to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in GWAC play. Ulysses’ win snapped a three game skid and improved them to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in GWAC play.
Head Coach Mikey Doll Postgame:
Up next, Goodland heads to the Orange and Black tournament in Colby running Thursday thru Friday. Cowgirls get Highland Park. Cowboys face 6th ranked Beloit. Both games on Thursday. Ulysses will head to Valley Center for their January Jam Tournament.