Lady Busters cruise, but not 'sharp' in win over Pratt

2/14/2013

Lady Busters cruise, but not 'sharp' in win over Pratt

Lady Busters cruise, but not 'sharp' in win over Pratt

By ADAM HOLT

aholt@gctelegram.com

PRATT — Since beating No. 1 Hutchinson a week ago, results have been mixed for the Garden City Community College women's basketball team.

Yes, the Lady Broncbusters have won their three games since that upset, the latest a somewhat sloppy 65-49 takedown of the Pratt Lady Beavers on Wednesday. But things haven't been easy, considering those three wins came against teams that are now a combined 33-46 and 6-31 in Jayhawk West play.

"Since Hutch, we just haven't played very focused," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said.

Garden City (24-3, 10-3 KJCCC) popped back into the rankings at No. 16 on Wednesday, but didn't look the part at times against Pratt (15-11, 4-8).

After taking a 22-9 lead with just less than seven minutes to play in the first, the Busters managed just four points and turned it over six times in the final 6 minutes, 51 seconds of the half.

During that stretch, GCCC made some poor decisions with the ball and telegraphed a few passes that were picked off, allowing Pratt to finish the first on a 10-4 run, making it 26-19 at the half.

"We just weren't focused," guard Tahlia Pope said. "We were trying to rush because they were rushing us, so we were trying to pass the ball, make too many things happen, instead of being patient, executing our game plan."

When they were on, though, the Busters looked good. Pope had a game-high 19 points, and Tamara Jones added her fourth straight double-double, with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Garden City jumped out in the second half to a 41-24 lead, but Pratt cut it down to 11 with less than five minutes to go, as neither team could find much of a rhythm on offense or defense. Pratt had some success hurrying Garden City into turnovers, but couldn't do too much with them. The Beavers shot just 25.4 percent from the field, which allowed Garden City to keep the lead around 10 points, although it never felt quite that comfortable.

"Kind of a game that we never really got in flow, really on either end of the floor," Sharp said. "I thought Pratt did a good job of trying to get us sped up and pressuring the basketball."

Garden City was able to finish the game out at the free throw line, going 10-of-14 over the final two minutes. And as it was the previous two games, it was Pope hitting most of them, going 5-of-6 in that span.

Pope had a season-high 21 against Barton on Saturday, and followed up with 15 against Colby on Monday, and this easily marks her best three-game stretch of the season.

"I'm feeling more confident," Pope said. "I'm starting to not think as much. I'm a thinker, so when I think too much, that's when I play bad. So I'm just trying to let it come to me."

Allegria Chisom added 10 points for the Busters, who saw all eight players score. GCCC shot 46 percent as a team.

Maddie Pendry and Hayli Jo Smith had 12 points apiece to lead Pratt, but were a combined 7-of-28 from the field.

Garden City hosts Cloud County (19-7, 9-3) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in a game that could be pivotal in the race for second place in the division.

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Garden City (65) — Jacobs 3-10 1-2 7, Green 1-2 0-2 3, Pope 5-11 9-12 19, Chisom 4-6 2-2 10, Chinn 0-1 2-2 2, Maxwell 2-4 1-2 5, Jones 7-14 2-2 17, Young 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-50 17-24 65.

Pratt (49) — Grant 5-12 2-2 12, Pendry 2-14 2-4 6, Smith 5-14 2-4 12, Strobel 1-5 0-0 2, Broadwater 1-11 6-10 8, Parks 2-5 3-4 8, Stein 0-2 1-1 1.

Halftime--Garden City 26-19. 3-point goals--Garden City 2-6 (Green 1-2, Jones 1-2, Jacobs 0-1, Chisom 0-1), Pratt 1-10 (Parks 1-1, Smith 0-4, Pendry 0-5). Fouled out--Garden City (Maxwell), Pratt (Grant). Rebounds--Garden City 42 (Jones 12), Pratt 41 (Smith 6, Parks 6). Assists--Garden City 12 (Jacobs 4), Pratt 0. Turnovers--Garden City 13, Pratt 13. Total fouls--Garden City 21, Pratt 18.

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