Rollin' along: Lady Busters dominate Colby
Lady Busters dominate Colby.
Lady Busters dominate Colby.
By ADAM HOLT
For a while, it looked like the Garden City Community College women's basketball team was in for another fight against a struggling Jayhawk West opponent, in Colby.
But unlike Saturday's grind-it-out win over Barton, the Lady Broncbusters pulled away comfortably from the Lady Trojans in a 63-37 win Monday at the Perryman Athletic Complex.
"Overall, I think we did what we needed to do," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said. "We could have played better, but we took care of business."
Garden City (23-3, 9-3 KJCCC) struggled much of the game making easy shots, missing layups and open shots within 5 feet of the basket. GCCC went cold early in the game, too, as the Busters made two field goals in the first 1 minute, 27 seconds of play, then just two more in the following stretch of almost 10 minutes, starting 4-of-19 from the field.
The Busters finished the half 9-of-17 to take a 31-19 lead into the half.
"We didn't finish plays very well, but I think at the end of the day, we did what we had to do," Sharp said. "We were a little bit sloppy. Hopefully we got that out of our system."
The Busters jumped out to a 37-19 lead in the second half, but the Trojans (6-20, 0-12) cut it to 10 before GCCC closed the game on a 27-10 run.
Garden City wasn't great in the latter part of the second half on layups and short looks from the block, either. But the Busters got their share of good looks, even if they didn't convert on as many as they would have liked.
"I thought we took care of the basketball, and we made good plays, and we got the ball where it needed to go," Sharp said. "But we just didn't play very tough in the lane and finish plays."
Two days after setting the GCCC career scoring record with an uncharacteristically low 10 points, Tamara Jones scored 23 to go with 12 rebounds. All her points came before the second-half media timeout, as Garden went to its bench for the final stretch of the game, giving Brittany Maxwell and Nicole Young some extended minutes.
Tahlia Pope had a second straight good outing, with 15 points, including 7-of-9 at the free throw line. Pope had a season-high 21 on Saturday, and this marks her best two-game stretch of the season.
"Tahlia's playing well for us right now," Sharp said. "It took her longer than I expected for her to come off of sitting out nine months last season from an injury. I think she was kind of rusty to start the season, and now she's finding her niche. She's doing a better job of tight cutting, getting set going to the rim, which is her strength."
The Busters' struggles on offense early were offset by the Trojans' penchant for turning the ball over — 23 for the game and 14 in the first half alone.
After a close battle on the boards in the first 20 minutes, Garden City held a 25-15 rebounding advantage in the second half, and Young was especially strong, grabbing nine of her 10 boards down the stretch. The sophomore added seven points in her strongest game since returning to GCCC after a brief hiatus.
"I thought she really attacked the glass," Sharp said of Young. "In the past, it's kind of been, the ball had to come right to her for her to get it. I thought it was good to see her today really pursue the ball and hunt it down."
Garden City plays at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pratt.
Colby (37) — Hoyt 0-2 0-0 0, Liepina 3-6 0-0 6, Aramina 4-12 2-2 12, Arnold 2-8 0-2 4, Seals 2-6 0-0 5, Gaines 1-2 0-0 2, Pagrode 2-4 0-0 4, Dinkel 2-11 0-0 4. Totals 16-52 2-4 37.
Garden City (64) — Jacobs 3-9 0-0 6, Chisom 4-8 0-1 8, Jones 8-16 6-7 23, Pope 4-12 7-9 15, Chinn 0-3 0-0 0, Green 1-4 0-0 3, Maxwell 1-7 0-0 2, Young 3-6 1-3 7. Totals 24-65 14-20 64.
Halftime--Garden City 31-19. 3-point goals--Colby 3-20 (Aramina 2-7, Seals 1-3, Arnold 0-5, Dinkle 0-2, Pagrode 0-1, Gaines 0-1, Liepina 0-1), Garden City 2-9 (Jones 1-3, Green 1-3, Chisom 0-1, Chinn 0-1, Pope 0-1). Fouled out--none. Rebounds--Colby 33 (Aramina 9), Garden City 47 (Jones 12). Assists--Colby 9 (Pagrode 3, Hoyt 3), Garden City 11 (Chisom 3, Chinn 3, Pope 3). Turnovers--Colby 23, Garden City 11. Total fouls--Colby 16, Garden City 7.