The Goessel basketball teams? bids for state tournament berths fell one game short Saturday at the Class 1A, Division I sub-state hosted by Lebo. The girls lost to Waverly, while the boys lost to Lebo.
Girls?No. 1 Goessel struggled from the field in a 43-34 loss to second-seeded Waverly in Saturday?s sub-state championship game.
The Bluebirds made only around 18 percent of their shots from the field in the game (7-39) and scored 20 of their points at the free-throw line.
In a low-scoring first quarter, Goessel took the early lead when Eden Hiebert scored a minute and a half in. The Bluebirds built to their largest margin after Page Hiebert made a pair of free-throws and Alicen Meysing scored to make it 7-2. Waverly made a three-pointer to bring it within 7-5 at the first break.
The teams played evenly through the second quarter. Page Hiebert led the effort with seven points. Goessel led, 18-16, at halftime.
Things took a turn for the worse in the third quarter when Goessel went 2-for-14 from the field. Waverly scored five unanswered points to kick things off and take the lead for good. The Bulldogs built their lead to 27-21 and enjoyed that same margin at the end of the period, 32-26.
Goessel?s offensive struggles continued, as the Bluebirds were 0-for-8 from the field in the fourth quarter, but were a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Waverly attempted just three shots in the fourth quarter?making two of them?and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 1:30 to seal the nine-point win.
Page Hiebert led the Bluebirds with 16 points. Goessel concludes the season with an overall record of 19-3.
Boys?No. 3 Goessel hung with first-seeded Lebo through three quarters of Saturday?s sub-state finals but lost in the end by a 51-42 margin.
The Bluebirds came out on fire offensively and made their first four attempts from the field. Zach Wiens started things off with a traditional three-point play?the first of two for him in the first quarter. The Bluebird senior scored 12 of Goessel?s 17 first-quarter points. Goessel made seven of nine attempts from the field in the period, which ended with the teams locked at 17.
The Bluebirds enjoyed an 8-3 run to start the second quarter, but Lebo scored five unanswered points to tie the game at halftime, 25-25. Wiens scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the first half.
Lebo?s Drew Ott, who had 11 points by halftime, doubled his point total in the first 4:01 of the third quarter, thanks to a two-pointer and three treys, which left Goessel trailing, 36-30, midway through the period.
Rhett Makovec chipped in two treys for the Bluebirds, but at the end of the period, Lebo led, 38-34.
The Wolves outscored Goessel 8-1 to start the fourth quarter to take a double-digit, 46-35, lead. Chase Flaming made a three-pointer as part of a 5-0 Bluebird run to cut the deficit to six with 1:09 to play. Lebo made five of its final six free-throw attempts. Makovec scored the game?s last basket, bringing the final margin to nine.
Makovec joined Wiens in double digits for Goessel with 11 points. Ott led all scorers with 29 points. Blake Holmes added 11 for Lebo.
The Bluebirds conclude the season with an overall record of 10-12.