Shakendra Tilley scored 18 points, Talia Roberts had 22 points off the bench and the Garden City Busters women’s basketball team scored its most points of the season.
And yet, it wasn’t enough, and the Busters fell 84-72 to Cowley in Arkansas City on Saturday evening. The loss drops the Busters to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the KJCCC.
But there’s no moral victory for the Busters in a loss, even if the offense performed well and it came on the road.
“Honestly, it’s one of those things, it’s just something to me as a coach, you don’t pay attention to how many points you scored because it came in a loss,” head coach Charinee Mitchell said. “We want the win.”
The Busters shot 41.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from deep — both season highs — but the host Tigers were slightly better in both, hitting 43.5 and 35.0 percent, respectively. That was the theme of the game — the Tigers being just slightly better.
Cowley hit 17 free throws to Garden’s 13. The Tigers had 41 rebounds to the Busters’ 36. Garden City committed 22 turnovers and Cowley just 16.
All totaled, and the undefeated Tigers got the win, improving to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the KJCCC.
“I don’t really feel like we really came to play,” Mitchell said. “We’re just kind of inconsistent right now as to when we play hard and when we don’t.”
Cowley’s Kaitlyn Potter continued her hot start to the season with a 35-point effort Saturday, going 11 of 27 and 6 of 15 from deep. She leads the conference with 23.9 points per game.
But it was her post sidekick, Brenda Silva, who may have given the Busters the most trouble. The 6-foot-2 freshman scored a season-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
“They posted us up pretty well,” Mitchell said. “I think that was the key factor in them being able to stretch the floor a little bit, because they were able to go inside a little bit. I think that’s what really beat us up.”
The Tigers got just 10 points from their bench, but Potter and Silva was enough to propel the attack. The duo also chipped in 10 rebounds each.
“As a staff, we saw coming out of the gate they we were not doing what needed to be done,” Mitchell said. “We’re with these girls every single day, and we’re working on things, so it’s disappointing to let the little things like talking and defensive breakdowns get us beat.”
The Busters return home to host Allen County at 6 p.m. Tuesday, a day ahead of the usual schedule because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.