Goessel girls pick up experience
By DELBERT PETERS
Goessel High School girls' basketball team jumped out to a 12-0 lead Dec. 4 in its first game of the Bluebird Classic.
The quick lead was extended in each quarter as the Bluebirds led at halftime 29-12, and at the end of the third period, 39-18.
The game ended in favor of GHS, 50-19.
Goessel was led in scoring by freshman Kendra Flaming with 18 points.
Aspen Frey scored 13 and led the team with five assists and three steals.
Karina Harvey also had three steals and scored six points.
Karis Janzen led the team with nine rebounds and scored five points.
Jennifer Raymond had five points, Jessica Goertzen two, and Justine Plenert one.
This was the first victory of the season for the Bluebirds.
Veritas Christian 37, Goessel 35
Friday's game was nerve-wracking for the players and fans alike.
Goessel enjoyed a 10-point lead in the third period, but the Eagles from Veritas Christian School at Lawrence began to chip away at the lead.
With four minutes to play in the game, the Bluebirds had a one-point lead, and from then on no points would be scored from outside of 10 feet, including free throws.
The Bluebirds were able to score close to the basket as buckets by Janzen, Frey, and Flaming, kept the Bluebirds close.
Veritas scored a basket with nine seconds to play and the Bluebirds could not bring the ball down the floor for the final points.
Goessel missed six free throws in the final four minutes, which could have changed the complexion of the game.
The scoring leader for the Bluebirds was Harvey with 10 points and five steals.
Frey laid in eight points, five steals, and two assists, Flaming six points and six rebounds, Janzen six points and five rebounds, and Raymond five points.
"This was a good game for us," first year coach Ryan Hoopes said. "We had less than 20 turnovers, we just missed too many shots in the fourth quarter. We are such a young team, and we will learn from games like this."