Goessel girls nearly topple Moundridge
The Goessel High School girls basketball team scored 22 points in the fourth quarter Feb. 9 to nearly overcome an 18-point deficit against Moundridge. Goessel traded points with the Wildcats during the first quarter, with Moundridge leading, 11-8.
Moundridge jumped out to a 30-15 lead at halftime.
In the third period, the Bluebird defense held the Wildcat offense to 9 points, but Goessel trailed, 38-20.
It would take a big fourth quarter against a state-ranked team to get close. The Goessel fans were not disappointed. Bluebird guards Aspen Frey, Karina Harvey, and Kendra Flaming penetrated the lane and scored baskets from close range. Shanna Klassen, Karis Janzen, and Jessica Goertzen became aggressive in rebounding. When Harvey picked the pocket of a Wildcat guard and went in for a layup, the Moundridge coaches called time out with four minutes to play and only a 9-point lead.
Flaming hit two jumpers as the clock ran out on this league loss, 48-44.
Flaming led the team with 13 points, Janzen had 10, Harvey 8 points, Frey 5 points, Johanna Hoffman sank a 3-pointer, Klassen scored 2 points, Goertzen also had a basket, and Jennifer Van Horn made 1 point.
On Friday night, Goessel traveled to Remington, hoping to pick up another league road victory.
The Bluebirds led 9-8 at the end of one quarter and still held a 13-10 lead with 3 minutes to play in the first half. The Broncos took a 17-15 lead at the halftime break.
Pressure defense allowed Remington to outscore Goessel 12-4 in the third quarter. Although Goessel forced 22 turnovers, the Broncos were able to pick up 14 steals, which led to several baskets. The Broncos pushed their lead to 17 points with 3:30 left to play in the game as Goessel was able to knock down 9 more points before the game ended.
Remington won by a final score of 44-32.
Scoring for the Bluebirds on Friday were Frey with 9 points, Flaming 8 points, Goertzen with a season high 7 points, Janzen 6, and Harvey made 2 points.
Goessel is now 5-4 in the league with two home games this week. The Bluebirds are now 10-8 overall.
The regular season will end this week and pairings for the 2A sub-state tournament should be available next week.