GOODLAND, KS — After a great finish to the 2020 basketball season and a trip to the state final four in volleyball this fall, Goodland Cowgirl athletics are riding high going into the 2020-21 basketball season.
2020 was certainly a season of ups and down for the Cowgirls (who went 13-11 overall & 4-5 in GWAC to finish in 5th place) as they started the season hot winning their first four before losing in the Topside Tipoff title game to rival Colby by 14 points.
Cowgirls would then start GWAC play 0-4 and then after month of going winless would get their first league win over Ulysses before going 1-2 at the Orange and Black Tournament at Colby.
The season seemed to take a turn on January 28th when the Cowgirls took down top-10 ranked in Colorado, Wray 64-61. GHS went 5-3 down the final stretch of the regular season including a 49-46 overtime win against a ranked Scott City team at home to close the regular season which gave GHS a ton of confidence going into the postseason.
The high-point of the season for the Cowgirls came on March 3rd when they took down Hugoton in the first round of substate 29-27. It was the first win for Goodland over the Eagles in 20 straight tries.
Goodland would then advance into the substate championship game with a five point win over Holcomb which would set up a rematch with Scott City for a shot to go to state. And yet agains the game would need extra time and Scott City would pull away to win 54-45 and end Goodland’s run of four straight wins and their season.
Cowgirls will miss their top scorer from last season in first team all-GWAC guard Taighe Weeter who averaged 15 PPG and was one of their best shooters the past couple of seasons. They will also be without a pair of senior posts in Lauren Cure & Kerrigan Rudolph. Rudolph was top-two rebounder the last two seasons.
GHS does return a lot of real good key pieces from last season highlighted by Taighe Weeter’s younger sister Talexa who returns after finishing second in scoring (9 PPG) & rebounding (4 RPG) and had 3-games of 15-plus points as a freshman and earned second team all-GWAC. Also back is third leading scorer & top rebounder from a year ago in junior Emma Lehman who averaged 8 & 4 plus shot a team-best 40% from three point land. She was a all-GWAC honorable mention player.
Emma’s sister Olivia is back and looks to have a bigger impact with her height after playing a good amount last year as a freshman. Vocal leader & point guard Mikayla Biermann is back as well after averaging over three assists per game last season as is fellow senior guard Sydney Hahn who has play a good amount for three seasons and has become the teams defensive specialist. Also back is sophomore Lindsey Cure who might be the team’s overall best athlete who moves very well for being close to six foot.
“Rebounding, team chemistry & how we transition into this taller lineup are a couple of things I’m really looking for here early in the season,” said third year head coach Bill Biermann who enters this season with a 16-28 overall record.
Goodland will open its season at home against Syracuse on December 4th.
Listen to all the games on 102.5 KKCI-FM, nwksradio.com & the Rocking M App as well as watch online thru the Goodland Voice (https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=ghsvoice#/).