Lady Busters win at Colby
Lady Busters win at Colby
By ADAM HOLT
COLBY âï-- The lineup looked a little different, but the result was sure familiar.
Tamara Jones scored a game-high 31 points to lead the No. 10 Garden City Community College women's basketball team to a 68-47 road win over last-place Colby on Sunday.
Jones, the leading scorer in the Jayhawk West, led a Lady Broncbuster squad that found success attacking the paint.
"That's just gonna be the story of the season as we go, pound the ball inside to Tamara," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said. "She needs to get a touch every time down the floor. If not every time, at least every other time, multiple possessions, back-to-back possessions."
Deni Jacobs added 17 points, and Brittany Maxwell had 10, as the Busters (17-1, 3-1 KJCCC) dominated down low on offense. Garden City didn't stray too much from that formula, and that was enough, even with a short bench.
Four Garden City players, including normal starters Jessica Goble and Shicole Watts, were not with the team for the game. With freshman guard Kristen Heiman done for the season with torn cartilage in her left knee, the Busters were down to seven players.
"I don't think it was more pressure," Jones said. "I just think after everything that has happened, everyone needed to step up. I know I needed to step up in the post because we've only got three players who can play the post right now."
Despite the final margin, the game managed to get interesting for a while, when Colby (6-12, 0-4) pulled to within four points, about seven minutes into the second half. The Lady Trojans knocked down 3-pointers for much of the first 30 minutes of the game, and finished 8-of-14 from behind the arc.
It was 41-37 Garden City with 12:08 to play, but a turnaround jumper by Jones with 7:23 to play pushed it back to a 12-point game.
"I thought we weathered the storm a little bit," Sharp said. "They were making shots, they were shooting a little bit unconscious. But we really didn't have them contested, we didn't have hands up. Once we tightened up, we did a better job of executing our defensive scheme."
Jones stayed out of foul trouble most of the game, but fouled out in the final minute of play. Jacobs and Maxwell picked up the slack, though, as Garden City kept feeding the ball down low.
"That's when Deni really stepped up," Sharp said. "We needed her to. She got some easy buckets."
Linda Pagrode was a pain for the Busters to deal with early, and went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers and led the Trojans with 15 points. Shantydra Arnold added 11 points, while Haley Dinkel had 10. Garden City held Colby to 29.8 percent shooting from the field, as the Trojans were just 6-of-33 on 2-point field goals.
Garden City hosts Pratt (12-5, 1-2) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Perryman Athletic Complex. After a tough week, Sharp said she was happy to see the Busters stay tough and build their lead back up in the win over the Trojans.
"After the course of this week, and playing three games in five days, and already not being just totally fresh, I guess you could say — luckily we had that one day we could take off — and then the course of events leading out throughout the week, I just told the team afterwards, they have no idea how big this win really is," Sharp said. "For us to come back after all of that and win this game by a huge margin is so big for us."
Notes: Four Garden City Community College women's basketball players are not currently with the team.
The Lady Broncbusters got a 68-47 win over Colby on Sunday without starters Jessica Goble and Shicole Watts, and backup Nicole Young. Tracey Scott, who is redshirting, is the fourth player not with the team.
"Just kinda one of those things where we had some internal things that have happened over the course of the last few days." Sharp said after Sunday's game. "We had some players choose to go a different direction, and we had to go a different direction with some kids."
The four are not officially off the team right now, although their profiles have been removed from the roster on the team website as of Sunday. None of the four broke any team rules, and the decision was made based solely on other issues. The issue started last Thursday and Friday in practice.
Sharp had no other comments on the issue.
Watts is averaging 15.4 points per game, while Goble averages 9, and is the team's top 3-point shooter. Young averages 1.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game as a backup post player.
The Busters are down to seven players now, as backup guard Kristen Heiman is out for the season with torn cartilage in her left knee. Heiman subluxed her left kneecap before the season began, and re-injured it after non-conference season.
Garden City (68)--Pope 2-4 0-0 4, Chinn 0-3 1-2 1, Maxwell 4-7 2-2 10, Green 1-4 1-3 3, Jones 12-27 6-8 31, Chisom 1-3 0-2 2, Jacobs 7-13 3-4 17. Totals 27-61 13-21 68.
Colby (47)--Seals 1-5 0-0 3, Hoyt 0-4 1-2 1, Liepina 1-5, 4-4 6, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Arnold 3-10 3-5 11, Pagrode 5-11 2-2 15, Dinkel 4-8 2-2 10, Jonte 0-1 0-0 0, Aramina 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-47 11-15 47.
Halftime--Garden City 28-23. 3-point goals--Garden City 1-7 (Jones 1-3, Green 0-3, Pope 0-1), Colby 8-14 (Pagrode 3-3, Dinkel 2-2, Arnold 2-3, Seals 1-4 Hoyt 0-1, Aramina 0-1). Rebounds--Garden City 25 (Jones 12), Colby 17 (Liepina 5, Dinkel 5 ). Fouls--Garden City 17, Colby 18. Fouled out--Garden City (Jones), Colby (Seals). Assists--Garden City 4 (Jacobs 2), Colby 10 (Arnold 5). Turnovers--Garden City 8, Colby 16.