Lady Buffs roll in opener




HAYS — The season-opening game for the Garden City Lady Buffaloes had little in the way of drama.

That's what you end up with when one team is clearly outclassed, outmatched, outplayed, and outshot. The Lady Buffs cruised to a 66-20 victory over the TMP-Marian Monarchs in the first round of the Hays City Shootout at Hays Middle School.

The victory puts the Lady Buffs into today's 3 p.m. semifinal against Great Bend, a 58-48 winner over Colby. In the other half of the bracket, Riley County routed Hays 56-27 and Newton edged DeSoto 46-44.

The dominance came early, with the Lady Buffs taking a 17-8 first quarter lead and then blowing it open with a 19-5 run in the second quarter to take a 36-13 advantage into the halftime.

"We've got a lot of things to clean up, and we just really had to treat this as a scrimmage," GCHS head coach David Upton said. "It's tough when you go out there and the other team throws some junk defense at you. I thought the girls handled some of that well."

The Lady Buffs finished with a 44 percent field goal effort (25 of 57) while limiting the Lady Monarchs to just 6-of-22 (28 percent).

In fact, TMP had more turnovers than they did shot attempts, finishing with 29 miscues against the tenacious and scrappy Lady Buffs' defense. Garden, meanwhile, limited itself to just 12 turnovers as Upton cleared his bench and utilized his entire roster of 14 players.

Only Jaymie Bernbeck and Taryn Tempel, last season's leading scorers, reached double figures — Bernbeck with 12 and Tempel with 11. But the two combined for 10-of-12 shooting.

"I thought we did a good job in many respects in finding shots," Upton said. "We're gonna have to be a lot better (today), because we know Great Bend and they know us."

Nine different players got into the scoring column for the Lady Buffs.

"We had a number of them with zero varsity experience, so it's nice to get them out on the court," Upton said of his bench-clearing effort. "It gives us a chance to see who are gamers, and what they can do when it counts."

Upton said one of the biggest disappointments despite the blowout, was the lack of communication on defense.

"We've got to talk to each other, help each other," Upton said. "There's just a lot of things for us to improve upon for us to be the team that I think we can be. At the same time, it's the first game of the season — you've always got something that you can get better at."

Kaylor Gottschalk led TMP with eight points.

Box Score in Scoreboard, Page B2.


TMP-Marian 8 5 2 5 — 20

Garden City 17 19 21 9 — 66

TMP-Marian (20)

Younie 0-1 0-0 0, K. Veach 1-2 0-0 2, Koenigsman 0-3 3-4 3, Zimmerman 1-2 1-2 3, Koerner 0-6 2-2 2, Gottschalk 3-3 2-2 8, Pfeifer 0-2 0-0 0, S. Younie 1-1 0-0 2, DeWitt 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 6-22 8-10 20.

Garden City (66)

Padilla 2-4 2-3 4, Butler 0-2 0-0 0, Linenberger 0-1 0-0 0, Hinde 2-5 1-2 5, Tornero 3-8 0-0 7, Brunson 0-7, 0-0 0, Tempel 5-5 1-3 11, McKee 3-4 1-2 7, Varela 0-2 0-0 0, Bernbeck 5-7 2-3 12, Dreiling 1-1 0-0 2, Carrillo 1-2 1-2 3, Elliott 3-6 2-2 8, Telfair 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-57 10-17 66.

3-point field goals--TMP: 0-2 (Pfeifer 0-2); Garden City 1-9 (Padilla 0-1, Hinde 0-1, Tornero 1-5, Brunson 0-1, McKee 1-1).Rebounds--TMP: 19 (DeWitt 4), Garden City 29 (Linenberger, Brunson, Tempel, McKee 4 each). Turnovers--TMP 29, Garden City 12. Fouls--TMP 11, Garden City 12.Fouled out--TMP (K. Veach).

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