Days after what the Garden City Broncbusters women’s basketball team felt was a win was ripped from them due to officiating error, the Pratt Beavers were on the receiving end of the Broncbuster frustrations.
The Busters crushed the host Beavers, 71-39, in Pratt on Wednesday evening, racking up their best points per possession performance of the season at 1.11. Their next best was 1.06 on Feb. 3.
“We seemed to play with something on our backs tonight,” GCCC head coach Charinee Mitchell said. “It wasn’t necessarily we had something to prove, but it was a good bounce back opportunity for us from the Cloud game.”
Bounce back indeed, as the 54-53 loss to Cloud County on Saturday is the Busters’ only loss since Jan. 20 — they are 5-1 in the six games since, and are now 16-10 overall and 13-9 in the KJCCC. They nearly had Cloud County beat, if it weren’t for a controversial rescinded technical that took free throws away from the Busters, and two last-minute 3-pointers by the T-Birds. The latter was a buzzer-beater that stunned Mitchell and the Busters, who could have played down to their opponent on Wednesday after the emotional loss.
Instead, they rolled, sparked by Jessica Carrillo’s 17-point, 13-rebound effort, her first double-double of the season. Abi Green led the way with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and five rebounds, two assists and three steals, and Kelcy McHenry added 15 points.
“We played team ball,” Mitchell said. “We shared the ball extremely well. We had great movement all night. Pratt was in a zone most of the night, and we moved the ball real well in and out.”
The Busters had 16 assists on 27 field goals.
Meanwhile, Pratt (3-21, 2-19) managed just .65 points per possession, despite going 8 of 19 from 4-point range. The Beavers had just five 2-point buckets.
The Busters host Coffeyville at 2 p.m. Saturday, as they have just four regular season games remaining.