Harvey, Hiebert, and Hoffman all score in double figures
The Goessel High School girls’ basketball team trailed by 11 points with one minute to play in the third period, and thrilled the home crowd by tying the game 34-34 with 1:10 to play in the game.
Aggressive play by Jessica Harvey, dribbling the ball through traffic for numerous scores, sparked the Bluebirds’ offense. With 16 seconds to play, Solomon rushed several attempts at the basket and the game went into overtime tied, 37-37.
Solomon began placing several defenders on Harvey in the overtime periods and Johanna Hoffman took the leadership role with six points in the first overtime. Alex Hiebert hit a 15 footer. The Gorillas tied the game with 33 seconds to play, and neither team could coax the ball into the hoop to win.
Harvey scored again in the second overtime and then Alex Hiebert swished a basket. Page Hiebert, hit a 3-pointer to give the Bluebirds a 52-48 lead with 1:33 to play. Harvey drove the lane again and dished to Alex Hiebert for another soft shot to go up by six points. With one minute to play, both teams struggled from the free-throw line but neither team could capitalize on opportunities. Two free throws by Harvey with 36 seconds to play sealed the win for the Bluebirds, 56-49.
Page Hiebert and Aleena Cook each scored five points in the first period to give the Bluebirds a 10-7 lead at the end of one quarter. The Bluebirds had a 16-13 lead in the second quarter, but the Gorillas outscored the home team 10-2 to take a 23-18 lead at the half-time break. In the cold third period, Goessel only scored five points as the Bluebirds trailed 32-23 before the momentum changed, allowing for an exciting come-from-behind win.
Harvey led the Bluebirds with a double-double, scoring 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Page Hiebert hit 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc to score 15 and came up with four steals and four assists. Johanna Hoffman added 14 points, Alex Hiebert had six points, and Aleena Cook had five points.
The Goessel girls took their 5-2 record to Argonia on Tuesday for a non-league game and hope to add to their 3-0 League record on Friday at Elyria.