GHS girls defeat Peabody-Burns


Contributing writer

The Goessel High School girls' basketball team scored no points in the third period and needed a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the game to beat Peabody-Burns for the second time this season, 21-20.

After a tied first quarter, the Bluebirds pulled ahead for a five-point lead at the half.

The Warriors only scored two points in the third frame.

Peabody-Burns surged ahead of the Bluebirds in the fourth quarter with two three-pointers and led 20-16.

With 10 seconds to play the Bluebirds rushed the ball across half court and called a timeout, down by two points.

The inbound play ended in the hands of Kendra Flaming who put up a desperation three-pointer.

The ball glanced off the backboard and in at the buzzer to give the Bluebirds their fifth victory of the season.

Scoring for the Bluebirds were: Flaming nine, Jennifer Raymond six, Karina Harvey four, and Jessica Goertzen two.

The Bluebird offense broke out of its winter slumber Thursday against Burrton.

Goessel scored more points in the first half than the whole first game of the tournament.

They led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, and 23-21 at halftime.

However, the Goessel team went through their third-quarter slump again and the Chargers snatched the lead and held on to victory, 47-43.

Goessel scored more field goals, had more rebounds, but made eight less points from the free-throw line.

Leading the way for Goessel was: Flaming 11 points, Raymond nine, Frey eight, Harvey eight, Shanna Klassen three, and Goertzen and Karis Janzen two points.

"Our girls are playing tough. We're getting everyone involved in scoring, we practice hard, but we just are not scoring enough," first year Coach Ryan Hoopes said after a loss to Bluestem this past week.

Goessel stayed close for two quarters and then fell behind Bluestem in the second half.

The Bluebirds trailed 21-14 late in the second quarter and went on a 6-0 run to get the game within one point.

That would be as close as the Bluebirds would get to the Lions, as Goessel could only muster four points in the third period.

Bluestem stretched the lead to 42-31 halfway through the fourth quarter and the Lions scored 12 straight points to finish the game with a lopsided score.

Karis Janzen, the Bluebirds' leading rebounder, and Kendra Flaming the team's leading scorer, were both selected to the all-tournament team.

Scoring for the Bluebirds against Bluestem were: Janzen eight, Flaming eight, Harvey six, Frey four, Raymond three and Goertzen two.

Goessel is now 5-7 on the season. The Warriors played host to Argonia Monday to make up a December postponement, and Tuesday were at Berean.

Friday, they will be at Inman.