GOTHENBURG – Another edition of the Dawson County rivalry saw both Gothenburg and Cozad each come away with victories Thursday night. The Gothenburg girls survived a late Cozad run, but prevailed 38-27 while the Haymaker boys used a big second half to pull away from the Swedes, 60-37.
The girls game started lopsided as Gothenburg led 11-2 after one quarter and eventually built a 16 point lead in the second quarter. Eventually, the Haymakers would rally and tie the game in the third quarter and take a two point lead in the fourth. The Swedes would take over after trailing for the first time in the fourth and score 13 points, 10 of them coming from Kynlee Strauser to put the game away for good. Turnovers also plagued Cozad, giving the ball away 16 times. Strauser led Gothenburg with 19 points while Clara Evert and Ellarey Harm each scored six points. Cozad was led by Megan Dyer’s 13 points. With the win, Gothenburg pushed their winning streak to five and improved to 9-3 while Cozad fell to 4-9.
The boys game saw both teams trade leads throughout the entire first half with Gothenburg taking a 14-12 lead into the locker room. A second half offensive explosion by Cozad would prove to be the difference as the Haymakers outscored the Swedes 36-12 in the final two quarters. Cozad used a balanced offense as three different players scored in double figures, led by Nolan Wetovick’s 14 points. Cash Chytka scored 12 while Jacob Weatherly finished with 10. Tag Sassali chipped in nine points. Wes Geiken came off the bench to lead Gothenburg in scoring with 13 points. Kooper Koehn finished with 11 and Carson Rhodes scored eight in the losing effort. Cozad improved to 7-5 with the win while Gothenburg fell to 4-8.
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