By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

SCOTT CITY — After returning from the holiday break, the Scott City Beavers had apparently gone into the doldrums with its offense.

In two losses a week ago, the Beavers just couldn't get untracked.

Monday night, they resolved those struggles, blitzing the Goodland Cowboys, 76-26 in a non-league encounter.

It didn't take the Beavers long to put the game away, racing out to an 11-0 lead in three minutes and owning a 31-8 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.

"We've struggled all year, honestly," O'Neil said after his team lost to Ulysses 47-42 and Pratt 53-38 last week. "We haven't shot the ball well against anybody. We got the same type of shots tonight that we've been missing. Maybe this is kind of a turnaround for us where we can get going and get on a roll."

O'Neil said he was disappointed in his team's performance last week, especially in the loss to Ulysses where the Beavers had a 10-point halftime lead and managed to score just 17 in the second half.

"I was disappointed in all phases of our game," O'Neil said. "I thought we got a little pressure early and had some energy and got after them tonight."

The press employed by the Beavers seemed to energize the team.

"We were pretty determined to come out and play hard," senior Jorden Funk said, who paced Scott City with 19 points. "We wanted to turn our season around and when we're playing good, this is the kind of performance that we get. Alex (Swan) and Ron (Baker) did a good job of getting me the ball."

The Beavers' tenacious defense forced the Cowboys (1-8) into 24 turnovers and provided numerous easy baskets on the other end of the court.

Funk connected on his first eight shots and finished with an 8-of-10 performance and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. He added eight rebounds.

"Starting off a busy week with a victory is good for us," Funk said.

The performance of Funk was not lost on O'Neil.

"We've got a lot of perimeter shooters, but for us to be successful we need to have Jorden play like he did tonight," O'Neil said. "I thought he had some energy and played pretty well."

After the first quarter, Scott City (3-3) kept rolling by scoring the first nine points of the second period en route to a 53-19 halftime lead. Goodland struggled even more in the second half, going scoreless in the third quarter, missing all 14 of its shots.

The Beavers turned the ball over only 10 times, shot 54 percent (33-of-61) from the field, 6-of-7 at the free throw line and had a 39-30 rebounding advantage as freshman Tyler Hess lead the way with nine.

Sophomore Ryan Hillmer scored 10 points to pace the Cowboys. Goodland finished 10-of-46 (21.7 percent) from the floor.

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Scott City 76, Goodland 26

GOODLAND (1-8) — Deeds 0-2 0-0 0, Hillmer 4-9 1-1 10, Luther 0-2 1-7 1, Bellamy 0-2 1-2 1, Brenner 0-6 0-2 0, Wilkens 0-2 2-2 2, Amthor 0-4 0-2 0, Trachsel 1-6 0-0 2, Helton 2-7 0-0 4, Cowan 3-5 0-1 6, Murray 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 10-46 5-17 26.

SCOTT CITY (3-3) — O'Neil 3-5 0-0 8, Turner 3-6 0-0 6, Roemer 3-8 0-0 7, Swan 3-8 0-0 6, Strube 3-4 0-0 6, Baker 4-6 0-0 9, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Hess 2-4 0-0 4, A. Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Funk 8-10 3-3 19, Clinton 2-4 2-2 6, Kite 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 33-61 6-7 76.

Goodland 8 11 0 7 -- 26

Scott City 31 22 12 11 -- 76

3-point goals - Goodland 1-12 (Hillmer 1-4, Brenner 0-3, Amthor 0-1, Trachsel 0-3, Helton 0-1), Scott City 4-12 (O'Neil 2-3, Roemer 1-4, Swan 0-1, Baker 1-2, Robinson 0-1, Hess 0-1). Rebounds - Goodland 30 (Brenner 5), Scott City 39 (Hess 9, Funk 8). Turnovers - Goodland 24, Scott City 10. Fouls - Goodland 8, Scott City 16. Fouled out - none.