Garden City Community College’s Charinee Mitchell got her first win as head coach of the women’s basketball team Friday night at the Conestoga Arena, where the Busters edged Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College, 52-42.

The win opens the Busters’ season and the Buster Shootout, which concludes Saturday.

Dejanie Graves had 10 points to lead the Busters, while Daz’Monique Johnson and Shakendra Tilley added nine points each. Johnson also added a team-high eight rebounds.

The other two Buster starters, Jada Washington and Abigail Green, had six points each. Jessica Carrillo came off the bench for 26 minutes and had five points.

The Busters led by as many as 19 points, shortly after halftime, while Trinidad State’s largest lead was 3-0 in the first minute of the defensive battle.

Garden City shot 35.3 percent from the field, while Trinidad State was held to 30.6. Mandle Perea led Trinidad with 11 points.

Trinidad falls to 1-1 while the Busters are 1-0 and will play Lamar (Colo.) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Men's basketball

Six players were in double-digit scoring for the Garden City Busters in a 85-66 rout of Cedar Valley College (Texas) Friday night at the Conestoga Arena.

Pierre Johnson led with 17 points for the Busters, who improved to 2-0 early in the season, while Jamir Thomas added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Theo Holloway had 11 points and Russhard Cruickshank had 10 points, while Elvis Harvey and Kendale Hampton came off the bench to add 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Busters shot 50.9 percent from the field again, after hitting 55.4 percent of their shots in a 107-87 win over Sterling in Wednesday’s season opener.

Cedar Valley, an NJCAA Division III team, was playing in its season opener. The Suns were held to 38.8 percent from the field.

The Busters continue the Buster Shootout action at 8 p.m. Saturday, when they host Sunrise Christian’s post-grad team.