By BRETT MARSHALL
The Garden City High School boys and girls bowling teams ran into a buzz saw on Tuesday when the Buffaloes traveled to rival Great Bend for a Western Athletic Conference dual match.
And that buzz saw came in the form of the home-standing Panthers, defending WAC champions, who rolled over both the GCHS girls and boys squads.
In fact, the Buffs didn't make much of a showing at all against the Panthers, losing all 11 points in the girls matches, while the boys managed to win two of the final three points in the Baker format after losing all the points in the three-game series.
"It was not fun at all," said a downcast GCHS coach Kip Nichols Tuesday night in a telephone interview. "We knew going in the lanes were going to be oily and that it would be a tough shot for the kids. But we didn't make that adjustment, and Great Bend took advantage of being at home."
Great Bend's girls were paced by Miranda Hejny's impressive 673 series on games of 255-225-193. In the first game of the three-set series, the Lady Panthers had an 898 total using the best four scores of the six bowlers.
"That just kind of took the sails out of us and we never recovered," Nichols said. "We're going to have to make the adjustments because we go right back there for the league tournament next week."
Amanda Deihl was the lone Garden City girl to eclipse the 500-pin total in the three-game set, finishing at 501 (183-154-164).
On the boys side, the Buffs never got untracked in the 3-game series, totaling 757-723-718 after compiling their highest score in program history last week at Liberal.
Great Bend won those three games with totals of 831-789-744. In the Baker format, the boys won two of three games with scores of 181-150-205 to Great Bend's 179-197-159.
Tristan Funk's 578 topped the boys totals as he rolled games of 201-200-177. Two of the boys were unable to reach the 500-pin series total.
"Our spare shooting was terrible today as it probably cost us 100 pins," Nichols said. "We're going to have to improve on that the next time we go there."
The Buffs still have a 10-point lead over Great Bend in the season standings for the WAC, while the Lady Buffs now trail Great Bend by 10 points.
The Buffs will get a home match at 3 p.m. on Thursday when Dodge City comes to town for a dual match at Hard Rock Lanes.
Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.