Taryn Tabor hit a quartet of 3-pointers — one traditional trey — and scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead the Garden City High School Buffaloes to their first 3-0 start since at least 2005.
The Buffs downed Palmer Ridge, Colo., 46-27, Friday night to get there on Day 2 of the Roundball Classic.
“She just shot the ball with confidence,” GCHS head coach Matt Pfeifer said of his senior forward. “We know she can do that, and she wasn’t afraid.”
Tabor hit all three of her treys from beyond the arc from the left wing, and then added her fourth with an and-1 lay up, foul and made free throw. She got the Buffs started immediately with a trey in the opening minute of the game, and the Buffs never looked back.
And while there were shades of the turnover issues that plagued the Buffs the night before in a shaky 39-22 win over Coronado, Colo., the offense also found a rhythm behind Tabor.
“Last night wasn’t our prettiest game, but I think we definitely bounced back tonight,” Tabor said. “I think once we get (offense) going, just passing the ball, we have great teamwork.”
Her coach agreed.
“I think we played more intense,” he said, “and even though we played sloppy at times and turned it over too much, the possessions where we did score we were a lot crisper.”
No other Buff scored in the double digits, but seven got into the scorebook. Felicity Rodriguez had seven points and Symone Simmons added six.
No Palmer Ridge player reached double digits scoring.
Rodriguez and Tabor led the glass attack with six rebounds apiece as the Buffs dominated the boards, 39-22.
“We just kept getting stops and rebounds, so even though they out-sized us, I felt we did a good job pressuring them when they had the basketball, and just finishing possessions by rebounding,” Pfeifer said.
That defensive effort helped the Buffs early, as they struggled to attack Palmer Ridge’s 1-3-1 to begin the game, only managing Tabor’s 3-pointer in the first four minutes. But like the night before, the Buffs’ defense was stingy early, as well, keeping the Buffs in the lead long enough to give their offense time to figure out their game plan.
By the end of the quarter, the Buffs found room inside of the paint and got to the free-throw line.
A Calzonetti 3-pointer also helped the Buffs take a 12-6 advantage entering the second quarter.
Another Tabor 3-pointer from the left wing gave the Buffs a boost in the second quarter, as well, helping them overcome 8 first-half turnovers.
Tabor led the Buffs with nine in the first half as they went into the break with a 26-15 lead. The Buffs pushed that advantage to 14 points entering the fourth quarter, and then to 20 on Tabor’s final 3 of the night with 2 minutes remaining.
“Last night didn’t go so well, so today I was like I’m going to come back and I’m going to do my best, and it’s going to be a better game — and I think it worked,” Tabor said with a laugh.