Lady Busters stay perfect
Lady Busters stay perfect
By ADAM HOLT
The Garden City Community College women's basketball team hadn't faced too much trouble in starting the season 5-0.
The No. 14-ranked Lady Broncbusters' two games in the Dodge City Classic over the weekend were their closest of the season. But they were also wins, the latest a 76-70 victory over Allen County on Saturday at the United Wireless Center.
"I feel like these last two games have been really good for us," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said in a phone interview. "It's good to learn how to win when you're not really shooting well from the field, and things weren't really going our way. But I thought we really weathered the storm and showed some toughness today."
Garden City (7-0) had a 12-point lead at halftime, but saw Allen County (3-3) take a lead in the second half before the Busters regained it for good.
GCCC struggled from the floor again, shooting 37 percent from the field and just 23.5 percent from 3-point range. A lot of Garden City's missed field goals came on layups and short shots, and Sharp said the Busters did a good job of not becoming too frustrated by that.
Tamara Jones led Garden City with 18 points on 6-of-18 shooting and a 6-of-6 performance at the free-throw line. Shicole Watts added 15 points, while Jessica Goble had 14, including three 3-pointers.
GCCC made up for some of the missed field goals by getting to the free-throw line 29 times, after just 78 total trips in its first five games. Sharp said earlier in the week that drawing fouls and shooting free throws was a point of emphasis in practice. The Busters went 18-of-29.
"We didn't convert as well as we probably would want to from the free-throw line, and that's been a little bit of a problem for us," Sharp said. "But I thought for the most part, this weekend we did a better job of not settling for so many jump shots, and did a better job of getting the ball into the paint. We just didn't convert."
Garden City also had a decided advantage in rebounding, winning the battle on the glass 59-43. Sharp said she was especially proud of how well her post players rebounded. Jones had 17 boards, Watts had 16 and Nicole Young grabbed seven in just 4 minutes, 23 seconds of floor time.
And after saying that effort was an issue in a win over Trinidad State (Colo.) on Friday, Sharp said that wasn't an issue against Allen.
"I thought we played hard," she said. "We didn't necessarily play well, but I'm just really proud that we overcame the adversity of not really playing well and found a way to win. I think that's what good teams do. You don't always have to play perfect. I thought we played really hard, so I was happy with that. And the fact that we got out of there with one, I can't help but be happy with it."
Sharp said the Busters did a good job of slowing the Lady Red Devils' transition offense. At times, Garden City had some matchup issues when Allen County would use five-guard lineups, and four Devils scored double-figures. But Allen shot just 33.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the arc.
Hannah Blackwell led Allen with 12 points, while Leslie Ware and DeNara Day had 11 each, and Brittney Redmond added 10.
Foul trouble kept point guard Mikell Chinn off the court for chunks of time, but Sharp said Goble and Tahlia Pope did a good job of running the point.
Garden City plays again at the end of the week when it hosts its Thanksgiving Classic. The Busters will get tested by No. 16 New Mexico Junior College on Friday, before playing Trinidad State again on Saturday. Both games tip-off at 5:30 p.m. at the Perryman Athletic Complex.
Getting tested isn't necessarily a problem, Sharp said, and playing in tight games isn't a bad thing either.
"Should we have won by more? Maybe, maybe not," Sharp said. "But we'll be further along in the end from having these close games."
Allen County (3-3)--Jones 3-9 0-0 7, Morton 0-4 1-2 1, Day 2-6 5-6 11, Redmond 3-5 1-2 10, Peel 3-7 0-0 7, Taiciet 1-6 1-3 3, Ware 4-14 3-3 11, Blackwell 4-7 4-6 12, Hall 2-6 4-7 8, Molisee 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-65 19-29 70.
Garden City (7-0)--Jacobs 4-9 0-0 8, Green 3-7 0-1 7, Pope 0-4 2-6 2, Chisom 1-2 1-2 3, Chinn 2-3 4-5 8, Maxwell 0-0 1-2 1, Jones 6-18 6-6 18, Goble 4-11 3-4 14, Watts 7-17 1-2 15, Young 0-2 0-1 0. Totals: 27-73 18-29 76.
Halftime--Garden City 36-24. 3-point goals--A: 7-28 (Jones 1-3, Morton 0-3, Day 2-4, Redmond 3-5, Peel 1-4, Taiciet 0-2, Ware 0-4, Blackwell 0-2, Hall 0-1); GC: 4-17 (Jacobs 0-1, Green 1-3, Pope 0-2, Jones 0-2, Goble 3-9). Fouled out--Day, Redmond. Assists--A: 7 (Peel 3); GC: 8 (Pope, Chinn, Goble 2). Rebounds--A: 43 (Day, Blackwell 5); GC: 59 (Jones 17). Turnovers--A: 14; GC: 15. Total fouls--A: 19; GC: 24.