The big test is going to come Tuesday, when the Garden City High School girls basketball team hosts undefeated Liberal.
But the Buffaloes kept the strong play in the fall semester going on Friday to open the 2019 slate, decimating WAC opponent Great Bend, 47-29, on the road. The Buffs improved to 6-1 for the first time since the 2012-13 season — which is also the season in which the Buffs last got a win in Great Bend. They also start WAC play 1-0.
“It feels good to start post-break on a different note than the last two years,” GCHS head coach Matt Pfeifer said during a radio interview after the win.
Last year, the Buffs lost, 46-34, at Great Bend to begin the second semester schedule.
This year, the Panthers’ Candice Smith opened scoring with a 2-pointer in the first minute, but Taryn Tabor answered with a pair of free throws, and then Julie Calconetti made another and Tabor sunk a 3-pointer to spark the Buffs on a 11-0 run and establish a lead they would never relinquish.
Tabor finished with 11 points and Keyhana Turner also had 11 on 3-of-3 shooting and 4-of-5 free throws. Turner added a game-high 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Elyssa Salazar had eight points — including a pair of run-extending 3-pointers — and Calzonetti had seven.
After the Buffs held that early run, the Buffs took a 15-9 lead into the second quarter, and Tabor made a 2-pointer to begin that period, and then Salazar drilled a 3-pointer.
After the twos exchanged a few buckets each, Salazar sunk another trey in the final minute of the first half to send the Buffs into intermission with a 27-15 lead.
Felicity Rodriguez sunk a 3-pointer to open the second half, and the Buffs were off and running. They led by as many as 23.
Now the focus turns to Liberal, which blew out a solid Hays squad, 61-42, Friday evening.
“They’re going to come in and compete. They’re really athletic and really skilled,” Pfeifer said. “We’ve just got to come out and compete and not be intimidated from the start.”