Back on track: Lady Busters rip Barton, 62-44


Back on track: Lady Busters rip Barton, 62-44

Back on track: Lady Busters rip Barton, 62-44


If you want to stop the Garden City Community College women's basketball team, containing Shicole Watts and Tamara Jones is a good place to start.

But that's only a start.

With their two leading scorers largely bottled up for most of the game, the No. 10 Lady Broncbusters didn't skip a beat, getting a game-high 16 points from Jessica Goble in a 62-44 home win over the Barton Lady Cougars on Wednesday at the Perryman Athletic Complex.

The Busters rebounded with a win, two days after Garden City's first loss of the season, on the road to No. 1 Hutchinson.

"I thought we did," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said of bouncing back. "I still felt like we were a little bit of a roller coaster throughout the game in the effort that we played with, but much improved from Monday."

After a slow start, the Busters opened up a 34-17 halftime lead, and expanded it to 21 midway through the second half.

Barton (11-5, 1-2 Jayhawk West) made it tough for Garden City (16-1, 2-1) to feed the ball inside to Jones and Watts, but the rest of the Busters picked up the slack. Deni Jacobs ended up being the most effective player in the paint for Garden City, finishing with 12 points.

The 61-46 loss to Hutchinson helped serve as some motivation for the Busters.

"It was mainly our loss," Goble said. "When we lost against Hutch, Shicole and Tamara were the only people really contributing, so it was just a wake up call to everybody else to come off the bench, come ready, come and help, and stuff like that. So everybody stepped up tonight."

Some early shots from outside fell for GCCC, and Goble went 3-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half. The Busters knocked down some mid-range shots as well, and shot better from outside the paint than they have in some time.

"We've been shooting a lot more in practice," Goble said. "Our whole practices this week — yesterday after the loss — we've just been shooting."

Garden City had its post players step away from the paint, too, leaving lanes for its guards to drive up the middle. Point guard Mikell Chinn had five points, while Kenee Green had six, scoring some layups on backside cuts. Tahlia Pope, playing with a brace on her left knee after tweaking it on Saturday, added eight.

And Goble did a bit of everything, going 6-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers, while grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds and nabbing four steals. Chinn had a game-high nine assists.

Watts finished with seven points, while Jones had eight — although she didn't score her first field goal until almost 26 minutes into the game. The Busters used a zone offense and didn't seem to miss the reduced output from their two post players.

"That's the biggest thing that we teach," Sharp said. "By the style that we play and the motion style of basketball, it doesn't teach them plays — it teaches them how to play. I thought tonight, we just were basketball players. We found the seams, we found ways to attack, to get other people the ball in great scoring position."

Barton shot 24.1 percent from the field, and got 12 points from Blair Bloomfield and 11 from Erin Copeland.

There was a stretch in the end of the game where Garden City's lead shrunk to 55-43, as Barton started hitting some shots and drawing fouls.

Now, after three games in five days, the Busters don't play again until a 2 p.m. Sunday road contest at Colby. Sharp said she's giving the team the day off today.


Barton (44) — Brantner 1-3 0-0 3, Bruner 2-13 3-6 7, Bloomfield 4-12 3-6 12, Phillips 1-6 1-2 3, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Winbush 0-1 0-0 0, Keith 0-1 2-2 2, Bueno 2-6 2-4 6, Mayes 0-5 0-2 0, Copeland 4-10 2-3 11. Totals 14-58 13-25 44.

Garden City (62) — Jones 2-8 4-4 8, Watts 3-6 1-2 7, Green 3-9 0-0 6, Chinn 2-8 1-4 5, Goble 6-10 0-0 16, Jacobs 3-7 6-8 12, Pope 3-5 1-2 8, Chisom 0-3 0-0 0, Maxwell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 13-20 62.

Halftime--Garden City 31-17. 3-point goals--BCC 3-10 (Brantner 1-1, Bloomfield 1-5, Copeland 1-2, Winbush 0-1, Keith 0-1), GCCC 5-16 (Goble 4-7, Pope 1-1, Green 0-4, Chinn 0-2, Chisom 0-1, Jacobs 0-1). Rebounds--BCC 33 (Bruner 7), GCCC 49 (Jones 15). Assists-- BCC 6 (Williams 3), GCCC 20 (Chinn 9). Turnovers--BCC 13, GCCC 15. Total fouls--BCC 16, GCCC 19. Fouled out--none.

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