Loss in first round of sub-state ends Goessel’s season
It was a story of “too little, too late” for the Goessel girls’ basketball team Feb. 27 at Burrton. Only 3 points in the third period doomed their chances, even though they scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Goessel began the stormy evening by falling behind, 6-0, before Alex Hiebert hit a bucket, and Johanna Hoffman stroked in a 3-pointer. The first quarter ended with Burrton leading, 12-5. Hoffman scored twice for the Bluebirds, and Hiebert hit two free throws to cut the deficit to 4 points. The Chargers then outscored the Bluebirds, 10-5, to finish the first half ahead, 25-16.
Hoffman hit a basket, and Jessica Harvey made a free throw for the only points in a frustrating third quarter for Goessel. In the meantime, Burrton had built their lead to 38-19. An outstanding fourth quarter is what Goessel needed in order to win. The Chargers worked their lead to 20 points with six minutes to play, and then the magic began to happen.
Hiebert dropped in a basket, and Hoffman followed with another. D’Ambra Kruger hit a field goal and free throw, and the Bluebirds still trailed, 45-30. Because of storms in the area, the lights literally went out in the Burrton gym. When play resumed, Hoffman hit a 3-pointer, Kruger another basket, Hiebert hit two free throws, Hoffman another goal, and Harvey scored 2. The sub-state game ended with an 18-5 run by the Bluebirds, but Burrton won by a final score of 48-41.
Hoffman ended the game scoring a season high 16 points, Hiebert finished with 10, Kruger hit 9 points, Harvey notched 3 points, Aimee Flaming added 2 points, and Ali Buller made 1 point. The Goessel girls ended the season with a record of 4-17.