Pulling rank: GCCC women grab upset of No. 10 Seward Co.
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
LIBERAL — Garden City Community College Lady Broncbusters head coach Nick Salazar called Zantaya Davis' game against No. 3 Hutchinson on Monday her most complete of the season.
Davis' game at No. 10 Seward County on Wednesday night in the Greenhouse was even better.
After leading for the last 38 minutes of the contest, the Lady Busters found themselves down 56-55 with only nine seconds left. Salazar called a timeout and drew up a play that he hoped would work. As expected, he put the ball in his best player's, Shauqunna Collins, hands.
She drove the floor in less than four seconds, entered the lane and the Lady Saints' defense collapsed around the star point guard.
Collins, known for her scoring, showed off her passing skills to find a wide-open Davis under the basket, who then put it up and in to give the Busters a 57-56 victory.
"I would say that she raised the bar considerably today," an exhausted, but happy Salazar said of his 6-foot-2 forward Davis after the game.
The Lady Saints (22-4, 7-3) took a 46-45 lead nine minutes into the second half, their first since leading 4-3 two minutes in, on an off-the-backboard 3-pointer from Korina Chapman. The Busters (14-11, 6-4) took the lead back on a fast-break layup from Sandra Davis a minute later and then led for the next eight minutes.
But with 2:45 left on the clock, the Busters turned the ball over on four-straight possessions. The Saints took advantage, turning a 55-50 Buster lead into a 56-55 Saints' edge with only nine seconds on the clock when Chapman hit 1-of-2 free throws.
Salazar called a timeout and drew up a play for Collins, though Salazar said he was relying on his 5-foot-5 point guard, Collins.
"We said 'Shauqunna, make a play,'" Salazar said.
Collins took the ball out of bounds, passed it in and then took it right back to drive the length of the floor. She split a pair of Saints' defenders at half-court and drove into the lane to find Davis.
"I just knew to get it to one of my post players," Collins said. "It just happened to be Zantaya, and she made a tough play."
That tough play was something Davis struggled with early this season.
"My whole season was a drought in scoring layups, scoring at all," Davis said. "So for me to step up in a big game like this is really awesome."
Her coach echoed those sentiments.
"For someone like Zantaya, who has just struggled over and over — I keep saying I think she's getting there — is just the perfect ending for tonight's game. It's a great way to beat Seward."
Davis finished with a team-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and six rebounds, but it was the final two that gave the Lady Busters their second-straight win in the Greenhouse after 22-straight losses.
"We made a play," Salazar said. "We made enough plays to win. I was really proud of how tough we looked down the stretch because we could have quit and gone home three or four times. We just really earned it."
The Lady Saints took an early 4-3 lead two minutes in on Briana Scott's pair of free throws, but Collins answered with back-to-back fast breaks as she sliced through the Lady Saints' scattered defense. The latter of the two gave the Lady Busters a 7-4 lead.
The Saints tied it at 21 and 23 midway through the first 20 minutes, but never led again in the first half.
Collins recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards for the Busters, while Sandra Davis dropped in 10 points, as well.
The Lady Saints were led by Shanise Brooks' game-high 15 points, followed by Chapman's 14 and Alana Simon's 11.
"When we play well, we're the second-best team in the conference," Salazar said, when asked what the win over the 10th-ranked Lady Saints meant.
The Lady Busters return to the Perryman Athletic Complex at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for a matchup against Cloud County (15-10, 6-4), which beat Dodge City 69-48 on Wednesday night. The Lady Saints meanwhile travel to Dodge City for a 6 p.m. contest Saturday.
GCCC (14-11, 6-4)--S Davis 5-14 0-0 10, Z Davis 4-6 4-6 12, Morris 0-2 0-0 0, Chisom 3-6 1-3 7, Collins 3-7 4-4 10, Carbonell 0-1 0-0 0, Spann 0-1 4-6 4, Inchun 1-3 0-0 3, Christmas 4-6 0-0 8, T Williams 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 21-48 14-20 57.
SCCC (22-4, 7-3)--Chapman 4-9 5-9 14, Brooks 5-10 5-6 15, Simon 4-10 2-2 11, Monte 1-5 0-0 3, Scott 0-6 0-0 0, Davis 0-4 0-0 0, Hatchard 2-6 0-0 6, Fleming 1-6 0-1 3, Tammen 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 19-59 12-18 56.
Halftime--Garden City 32-31. 3-point goals--GCCC 1-6 (Davis 0-3, Morris 0-1, Inchun 1-2), SCCC 6-23 (Chapman 1-2, Simon 1-2, Monte 1-4, Scott 0-5, Davis 0-1, Hatchard 2-4, Fleming 1-4, Tammen 0-1). Rebounds--GCCC 44 (Collins 11), SCCC 31 (Chapman 9). Assists--GCCC 8 (Collins 4), SCCC 13 (Tammen 3, Scott 3). Technical fouls--none. Fouled out--none. Total fouls--GCCC 22, SCCC 16.