It's a rollover win for Lady Busters

1/20/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Despite getting their first conference win on Saturday, Garden City Lady Broncbuster coach Nick Salazar was not satisfied.

But he was not going to gripe about the Busters' sometimes sloppy, but ultimately dominating, 70-49 victory over the visiting Colby Lady Trojans at the Perryman Athletic Complex, either.

"I made them (his players) a promise a long time ago. I will never be a coach that's satisfied with a win, but I'll never criticize a win," the first-year coach said after the game. "We'll take it any way we can get them."

The Busters (9-9, 1-2) blitzed the struggling Trojans (2-17, 0-3) to a quick 14-2 lead with only five minutes off the clock as six different Busters scored during the stretch.

The Busters increased that lead all the way to 23 at 39-16 with four minutes to play in the first half with a suffocating full-court defense that caused seven turnovers in 11 possessions for the Trojans during a seven-minute stretch. However, the Busters started to get sloppy, as they were almost held without a field goal for the final four minutes of play in the first half. A driving layup by sophomore Shauqunna Collins with 10 seconds left, and then a jumper by Kate Inchun as the buzzer went off after yet another turnover by the Trojans were the only field goals to close out the half. But they left the Busters with a commanding 45-22 lead at the break.

Salazar attributed some of the Busters' sloppy play to the seemingly big rout in progress.

Buster guard Loysha Morris agreed.

"When it's such a big gap (in the score), it's hard to keep our intensity up," the 5-foot-7 freshman said. "That's one of our weakest areas, so I think we need to work on that."

Salazar said it will be easier to work on those areas this week after their first conference win.

"I think (the win) is important to just kind of get us going again," he said. "Winning kind of fuels the fire for practice in a week. It gets everybody excited and enthusiastic.

"And so obviously when you drop the first two — there's no moral victories for us; there's no moral victories when you're 18, 19 years old — practice can be a drag."

But after the win, practice is about continuing the momentum into the next game.

"The win is actually a confidence boost because we played two hard teams (in Seward County and Hutchinson to begin conference play)," Morris said.

Morris also said the game was a confidence boost for her, as she is continuing to improve at point guard when Salazar moves Collins to the shooting guard spot.

With Collins the main scoring threat for the Busters, teams have tried to key on her in an attempt to slow her scoring. To combat that, Salazar has moved Collins between the point and shooting guard spots throughout the game.

"It's been something we go to in stretches," Salazar said of the lineup with Morris at point and Collins at shooting guard. "When we have (Collins) and Loysha in there, we try to split it up evenly and obviously get Loysha an opportunity to run the offense, but also keep moving Shauqunna around.

"I guess it's akin to a great wide receiver, just keep changing the formation, keep putting them in different spots to create opportunities to score."

On Saturday night, it worked perfectly.

Morris had a game-high 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while hitting 8-of-10 free throws. Collins was just behind with 15 points on 7-of-17 from the floor.

Morris says she's still has room to improve.

When asked what is on her mind when she's running the offense, she simply responded with, "fast."

"I've just got to think faster, move faster, do everything faster, but still be a smart player," she said.

Sophomore forward Sandra Davis was two rebounds short of a double-double with 12 points and eight boards, helping the Lady Busters win the rebounding battle, 35-29.

The Busters also forced 19 turnovers — while committing 16 of their own — and held the Trojans to just 17-of-52 (33 percent) from the floor, compared to the Busters' 25-of-60 (42 percent). The Trojans were led by Deandra Williams and Deja Cato, who had 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Busters will stay at home for Wednesday's 5:30 p.m. matchup with Pratt (15-5, 2-2).

Box score in Scoreboard, Page B2.

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