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Heat Before Winter

December 20, 2017

Goessel Girls Basketball      v. Rural Vista Heat      December 19, 2017             @ Hope, Kansas


Goessel’s girls needed a huge team effort tonight as they took on the undefeated and #4 ranked (KBCA  Week 3 - 1A Div I) Rural Vista Heat on the Heat’s home court.    The Bluebirds used a stunning 25 point third quarter to go up by as much as 10, but the home squad came back to tie in the 4th.  With both teams in heavy foul soup, Goessel’s bench came up big on defense, Eden Hiebert pumped in 21, and Brittney Hiebert made some key buckets at the end as the Bluebirds dealt the Heat their first L of the season 52-47.


Rural Vista’s Brockmeier plays a tough low post, Lauren Campuzano handles the wing with Jessyka Barten doing a capable job up front.  No seniors see time on the court for the Heat.  The Heat went up 0-6 to start on nice penetration and post play.  Coach Hoopes called time at 4:40 with nothing falling.  At 2:16 Kara Burkholder finally found the hole on a 7 foot floater.  Off great Stephany Meyer hustle, Eden tossed in another a moment later to close to 4-8 and Brockmeier had to sit with 2 fouls.  Abby snagged an inbounds steal and next time down on an inbounds set it went to Hiebert for the 6-8 close in the desultory first quarter.


Whistles were screaming tonight and Goessel had Hiebert,  Hiebert and Booton on the bench much of the 2nd quarter.   Fortunately, several key Heat players also were at 2 personals and sat as well.  Campuzano went on a personal tear with 5 points.    Off the bench, Marina Bidegain notched some great minutes and put in 5 to match.    With great defensive effort, getting on the floor multiple times after loose balls and scrambling everywhere, Goessel clawed back in it with a 7-1 run to close to 15-15.   Brittney likely should have been wearing volleyball kneepad tonight.   After several tussles underneath and even in the middle circle, this one ended with the Heat up 16-20 at the half.


Brittney shot a bullet pass inside to Eden, who turned for the exquisite finish to start 18-20.  Two fortunate RV rim bounces took it to 18-24 before Brittney cut hard, was fouled and hit both charities.  At 6:10, Abby launched one that chafed the roof overhang and knocked loose some Christmas lights on the Hope City Hall as it found nothing but net.  Down the floor the next time, she stopped, poised on the former mane of the Hope Lion and hit another dazzling trey, causing the icing on the “home baked goods” at the concession stand to melt.  Goessel was getting defensive stops and definitely in offensive rhythm.  Eden coasted end to end to take the lead for the first and last time 28-27.   Marina hit baseline for two more but sat at 3:09 with 4 personals.  Off another great defensive effort, Brittney galloped in for two, then Eden penetrated fast as a hiccup to lead 34-27 and RV took at timeout at 2:28.  Out of the timeout, the Goessel cheering section exploded as Eden put up a near perfect trey from pretty much Abilene to take the largest lead of the night 37-27.  It was a battle back and forth from there to close the 25-14 quarter at 41-34.


Excitement mounted as Rural Vista’s Sanford buried her own three, but Eden answered with a foray of her own.   Kara Burkholder had her best outing of the season, scoring only two points but showing huge on defense, throwing the RV front-court out of rhythm.  Brittney dazzled with an impressive jump stop move to the bucket to lead 45-38.   Fans felt a jolt of panic as Brittney sat with her 4th and #4 was called on Eden a moment later at 5:34.   With these two key players sitting, Goessel had to rely on tough defense and was able to hold the home team to a 3-1 impasse and at 46-44 (3:09) both Eden and Brittney were back in.  Campuzano brought the home fans to their feet at 46-46 and RV went into a press.  Timeout Goessel 2:05.    On a gorgeous inbounds set to Brittney, the Blue went up by 2, 48-46 and after breaking the press next time Wuest found Brittney unguarded underneath for two more.   Now in the double bonus with 18 ticks left, Brittney hit the back end of two to lead 51-46 and RV called time with 14 seconds left.  Brittney fouled out with 10 seconds left and Sanford hit one of two.   RV had to foul and Eden hit the front end as Riedy fouled out.   Rural Vista was unable to convert at the buzzer and Goessel got the huge win 52-47 in the exciting confines of the Rural Vista Coliseum.   The RV gym has been improved immeasurably with the change to incredible new lighting.


Eden Hiebert hit for 21 (50% from 2FG and 100% from 3FG) including a huge 11 point third quarter.   The Senior also pulled down a huge 11 boards (8 defensive) for the double/double.  Brittney Hiebert put up 15 (60% from 2FG), increasing her output every quarter (solve that one you math whizzes) and stepped up huge on defense leading in steals with 4; fans have never seen her on the floor diving for loose balls as much as tonight.  Abby (The Cannon) Hannon hit for yet another two huge treys that helped turn this one around tonight and finished with 7.   Marina Bidegain came off the bench big with 5 (75% from 2FG land) in the 2ndquarter and 7 total on the night.  Kara Burkholder finished with 2 points, was key on defense, pulled  5 rebounds, and led the team in assists with 6 in one of her best games ever.   Also seeing action in what Coach Hoopes described as “a total team effort”  tonight were Madi Smith, Stephany Meyer, Jenna Nightingale, Savanna Wuest and Leah Booton.  Wuest had 5 huge defensive rebounds.  Goessel was only 9 for 19 from the line tonight but it was enough.  Congratulations to the Bluebird for this huge win against the team that has been a Wheat State League nemesis, will definitely challenge for the league title, and will no doubt have a good shot at going to 1A state.


Goessel definitely showed heat before winter.



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