Lady Busters dump Dodge

1/30/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

DODGE CITY — For the fourth-straight game, the Garden City Community College Lady Broncbusters proved to be too fast, too big and too athletic for their opponent as they routed the Dodge City Lady Conquistadors, 83-60, on Wednesday night.

The Busters (12-9, 4-2) have been using fast starts in the first and second halves to gain and stretch leads during the four-game winning streak the Busters have put together in conference play. The Busters came into Wednesday night's matchup having not trailed at any point in any of their previous three games — wins over Colby, Pratt and Cloud County.

And that was no different at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City.

Leading 46-32 at half, the Busters quickly stretched that lead to more than 20 just five minutes into the final 20 minutes. The Conqs' Tara Whipple, former Ingalls standout and a Telegram All-Area performer in 2013, began play in the second with a mid-range jumper 10 seconds in, but the Buster defense locked down after that as they didn't allow the Conqs to score in the next four minutes.

Meanwhile, the Busters seemed to easily penetrate the Conqs' defense to get to the rim. The Busters' balanced offense, with four double-digit scorers, hit on four-straight layups to put the game out of reach, 54-34, after an 8-0 run with 15:34 left to play.

"I think it starts with defense," head coach Nick Salazar said of the Busters' ability to stretch leads quickly. "That's the thing. Through this little run we've shot well, but a lot of the reason we've shot well is because our defense is giving us easier shots."

That proved to be the case again on Wednesday. Sandra Davis led with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, but Shauqunna Collins (12), Jasmine Christmas (11) and Kate Inchun (10) all chipped in.

The Busters finished 34-of-76 shooting (44.7 percent), including 2 of 8 from beyond the arc and 13 of 20 on free throws.

Collins also finished with a double-double with 10 rebounds. Zantaya Davis-Jackson was two points away from her own double-double with eight points and 10 boards. Christmas was only one rebound away from a double-double.

While the Busters' offense was rolling, the Conqs' offense stalled as the usual hot-shooting Kelli Tollar was held to just three points on 1 of 4 from the field. Tollar came into the game averaging 21.4 points per game.

"That's a testament to our defense," Salazar said.

The Conqs were only 20 of 72 (27.8 percent) from the field as a team and 10 of 35 from 3-point range.

But the biggest testament to the Busters' stingy defense may be in their domination of the glass as they out-rebounded the Conqs 67-38.

"That might be a record," Salazar said. "I've certainly never had a team, that I've coached as a head coach anyway, win the boards that heavily."

The Busters started the game quickly again, gaining a double-digit lead at 20-9 just seven minutes in as the Conqs seemed shell-shocked at the athleticism and speed the Busters had on defense. Every passing lane was closed as fast as it opened, while the Busters continued to harass the 3-point shooters for the Conqs.

The Conqs pulled within 38-30 with 2:30 to play, but the Busters went on an 8-0 run with four points from Allegria Chisom and two from Collins and Davis to gain their biggest lead of the first half at 46-30. A tough mid-jumper from the Conqs' Kesha Buckner at the buzzer made the halftime deficit 46-32.

The Lady Busters return home for a 5:30 p.m. Saturday game against Barton at Perryman Athletic Complex.

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Garden City (12-9, 4-2) — Morris 2-9 3-4 7, Chisom 4-5 0-0 8, Collins 5-11 2-6 12, Davis 6-8 2-2 14, Davis-Jackson 3-8 2-3 8, Veleta 0-2 0-0 0, Horton 1-3 0-0 2, S Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Carbonell 0-1 0-0 0, Spann 3-10 3-4 9, Inchun 4-6 0-0 10, Christmas 5-9 1-1 11, T Williams 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 34-76 13-20 83.

Dodge City (14-8, 1-5) — Whipple 1-1 0-0 2, Buckner 4-17 3-6 11, Esparza-Raglin 1-5 0-0 2, Nave 7-18 2-2 23, Tolar 1-4 0-1 3, Whitaker 1-5 0-0 2, Cramer 2-6 1-2 7, Patterson 2-6 2-2 6, Ruiz 0-2 0-0 0, Herrera 0-5 0-2 0, Hall 1-3 2-6 4. Totals 20-72 10-21 60.

Halftime--Garden City 46-32. 3-points goals--GCCC 2-8 (Veleta 0-1, Horton 0-2, Morris 0-1, Inchun 2-4), DCCC 10-35 (Whitaker 0-3, Cramer 2-6, Patterson 0-3, Ruiz 0-2, Buckner 0-8, Nave 7-11, Tolar 1-2). Rebounds--GCCC 67 (Collins 10), DCCC 38 (Buckner 10). Assists--GCCC 19 (Morris 5), DCCC 12 (Buckner 5). Technical fouls--none. Fouled out--none. Total fouls--GCCC 16, DCCC 17.

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