In Garden City Community College’s women’s basketball team’s 84-58 rout of Colby on Wednesday night, the Broncbusters forced the Trojans into 32 turnovers and dominated the rebounding battle 43-26, gaining nearly as many offensive boards (19) as Colby had defensive (21).
But GCCC head coach Charinee Mitchell was not pleased with the road effort from her Busters, despite them winning their fifth consecutive game to improve to 10-6 overall and 7-5 in the KJCCC.
“The biggest thing I took to my kids in the locker room was, ‘Do not be proud of how we performed tonight on the defensive side,’” Mitchell said, “and those turnovers.”
Those turnovers she cited were the 23 the Busters committed against Colby’s sit-back 2-3 zone, hardly a defense suited to creating turnovers.
Colby — which fell to 4-12 and 2-10 — shot 44 percent from the field and hit 64 percent of its three-pointers, both well over the Trojans’ season averages of 29 and 21, respectively.
“I don’t know if it was focus,” Mitchell said. “It just seemed like we were out of sorts. We had lackadaisical defensive breakdowns. We didn’t put together 40 minutes of solid effort on defense … We just didn’t have the type of defense we’ve had the past four games for 40 minutes.”
The Trojans even held a lead late in the first quarter, in which they scored 17 points, before the Busters rallied to take a 20-17 advantage. They opened it up to 42-28 at the break, but Colby was shooting 56 percent from the field at that point.
On offense, the Busters had four players in double digits, led by Jada Washington’s 21 on seven of 14 from the field. She also had three rebounds and four assists.
Shakendra Tilley had 15 points and 11 boards for back-to-back double-doubles and her third of the season. Talia Roberts had 12 points and Kala Jones 11. Kaitlyn Guillory led the Trojans with 14 points.
“I think offensively we’re moving in the right direction,” Mitchell said of the Busters’ progress early in 2018, "but defensively, we’ve still got to stay on it. Because we play man defense the majority of the time, it takes a lot of energy and a lot of focus for 40 minutes.”
The Busters remain on the road for a 6 p.m. Saturday tilt at No. 13 Seward County. Seward routed Dodge City Wednesday, 88-53.