Bluebird girls win two more


Contributing writer

The Goessel High School girls' basketball team only scored two points in the first quarter Jan. 8 at home against Peabody-Burns and trailed 10-2.

"We started to play some pressure defense (in the second quarter) and scored about 10 points in one minute," a relieved coach Ryan Hoopes said.

The Bluebirds went on to win 40-33. Easy baskets went in and the Bluebirds snatched the lead at half time with a score of 19-17.

Goessel's lead swelled to 12 points in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors scored six unanswered points, in spite of missing seven straight free throws during that span, and cut the Bluebird lead to 37-31.

Goessel regrouped and held on to win its first league game of the 2008 season.

Unselfish passing from her teammates helped Kendra Flaming to 15 points, Karis Janzen tallied in eight points and nine rebounds, Aspen Frey scored seven, Karina Harvey made six, while Jessica Goertzen and Shanna Klassen each scored two points.

Senior night Friday at Goessel proved productive for the Bluebirds' lone senior, Jennifer Raymond who scored a season-high 15 points in the team's victory against Bennington.

After leaving the Jan. 8 game nursing a hip injury, Raymond found herself on the court Friday.

Goessel trailed 6-4 and 18-14 at the breaks in the first half.

The Bulldogs only scored four points in the third period and Goessel tied the game at 22 the end of the third quarter.

Frey hit a free throw, Raymond a three-pointer, and Janzen canned two free throws to give the Bluebirds a 37-29 lead with one minute to play.

Goessel held on for a 37-32 victory, their second league victory of the season.

Scoring for the Bluebirds were Raymond with 15, Janzen nine (season high), Frey five (four steals), Flaming five, Goertzen two, and Harvey two.

Goessel is now 2-2 in the league, and 4-4 overall.