Scoring droughts doom Bluebird boys
Going nearly three minutes without a score at the beginning of the game Friday in Elyria described the evening for the Goessel high School boys team who lost 52-37.
Goessel was able to get the game as close as 10-8 after falling behind 8-0, but the Eagles scored seven consecutive points to end the first quarter, taking a commanding 19-10 lead.
Again in the second period, Goessel went into a drought for six minutes, and fortunately Elyria only scored 6 points in that span. The Bluebirds trailed at halftime, 28-13.
Goessel tried to get some offense going in the third period as Neal Brubaker scored his first 5 points of the night and Braden Unruh knocked in points from the free-throw line, but again Elyria finished the third quarter with 8 unanswered points, leading 44-21.
A sudden flurry of Bluebird points late in the game was too little to make a significant difference as Nic Buller, Unruh, and Brubaker were able to find the basket. Goessel lost, 52-37, to put their season overall record at 4-5 and the Wheat State League record at 2-2.
The game that was to be played Jan. 11 against Flint Hills was canceled because of inclement weather.
The Bluebird boys will compete in the Burrton tournament this week.
Scoring for the Bluebirds at Elyria were Unruh with 19, Brubaker 7, Nic Buller 6, Trey Schmidt 3, and Corey Buller with 2.