All it took for Garden City Community College’s women’s basketball team to make up for a lackadaisical first 14 minutes of play — and snap a three-game losing skid — was 11 seconds of extraordinary effort.
Trailing struggling Allen by seven midway through the second quarter at Conestoga Arena Saturday afternoon, the Broncbusters found a spark in sophomore guard Talia Roberts, who jumped an Allen pass at mid-court and cruised the rest of the way for the breakaway layup. Just seconds later, Pajeaud did the same thing, and in matter of 11 seconds the Busters were back within two after a six-plus minute field goal drought for Garden City.
That quick burst helped the Busters eventually take control for an 82-60 win, which evens the Busters’ overall and conference records at 5-5 and 1-1.
“Energy and defense,” freshman guard Jaleah Bellany said of the spark. “Talia, she’s a good point guard, and she looks for people and people feed off her energy, and it has a domino effect.”
Roberts’ effort did not end in the second quarter as she maintained her usual role as the engine for the offense, scoring a game-high 29 points, while dishing out six assists, including a couple of big ones in the third quarter.
After Allen (2-9, 0-2) cut the deficit to its smallest in the second half (36-34) midway through the third quarter, it was Roberts who made a layup, drew a foul and hit the free throw to push the lead back to five. Then Roberts found Alyssa Boyce for a wide open 3 a possession later to make it 42-34.
But the Busters were not in complete control of the game until Roberts picked up another assist on a 3, this time hitting Jaleah Bellany for the first of back-to-back treys to make it 38-35. The Busters pulled away from there.
“Those are huge for her because that’s what we’re trying to get her to do,” GCCC head coach Charinee Mitchell said of Roberts’ assists.
Bellany finished with 14 points, and Boyce had 11. Taneigh Boyd added nine points and Kelcy McHenry eight.
Allen was led by Ariel Walker’s 19 point — the Busters held Allen to just 35.7 percent (20 of 56) from the field and turned the Devils over 25 times. Garden City turned it over 16 times.
The Busters shot just 39.4 percent from the field themselves, but were 20 of 26 from the free-throw line compared to Allen's 17 of 31.
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