Scott City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–The month of January can be not only an abnormal month with a mid season tournament, it can also be a grueling month. After Friday night, Scott City played nearly half of their 20 games, and had mixed results. The Goodland Cowgirls pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 48-34 win, while the Beaver boys wasted no time taking care of the Cowboys in a 63-33 romp.
Scott City was looking for that good start, after having slow starts in their previous four games. The Lady Beavers scored the first four points of the contest, only to see the Cowgirls score the games next eight points and never trail. Both teams saw a high-scoring first quarter, as Goodland (7-7, 3-2 GWAC) held a 15-12 lead. Scott City had their scoring woes show up in the second quarter, as they were outscored in the period 10-2 and trailed 25-14 at intermission. The Lady Beavers were unable to get a rally going in the last three quarters. Trailing 33-25 going into the final eight minutes of play, Scott City (4-9, 2-3) pulled to within 33-27, but that was the closest they could get the rest of the way. The Cowgirls went on a 13-2 run over a four-minute stretch and led by as many as 46-28 with 3:09 left. Goodland was led by sophomore Hannah Ferguson with 19 points, while Kaitlyn Daise added 11. Scott City was led by senior Nicole Latta with 12 points. One of the biggest differentials in the game was at the foul line. The Lady Beavers were just 1-6, while the Cowgirls were 12-17.
Coach Sarah McCormick Postgame
Entering Friday night’s boys game, two teams came in on opposite paths in their season. Goodland had lost nine straight after starting 3-1, while Scott City was looking to cap off the month of January with an 8-1 record. From the word “go”, it was all Beavers. They two runs of eight straight points in the first eight minutes, as they led 23-4 after the first quarter. Over a four minute stretch from late in the first quarter to the middle of the second period, Scott City (10-3, 3-2 GWAC) went on a 16-0 run to lead 32-4 with 5:43 remaining in the half. Their lead was stretched to 39-8 at halftime. The Beavers shot 74% from the field in the first 16 minutes, and forced 12 Cowboy turnovers. Scott City led by as many as 34 at 42-8 early in the second half, only to see Goodland (3-11, 0-5) make their first run of the night, using a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to 48-23 with under three minutes remaining in the third frame. The Beavers scored the first points of the fourth quarter to make it 54-23, and forced a running for the remainder of the game. Scott City would outscore the Cowboys 11-10 in the final eight minutes, en route to their 18th win in the last 20 games against Goodland. Three Beavers reached double figures, led by Bo Hess with 19 points, followed by Drake McRae with 14 and Dylan Hutchins with 10. Leading the way for Goodland was Wence Hendrich with 19 points.
Coach Glenn O’Neil Postgame
Scott City will remain at home for a non-league doubleheader against Cimarron on Tuesday, while Goodland hosts Burlington, CO Tuesday.