Published 11/26/2012 in Sports
Lady Busters on a roll, improve to 9-0 with thumping of Trinidad
By ADAM HOLT
Brad Nading/Telegram Garden City Community College's Brittany Maxwell, right, is congratulated by teammates Tahlia Pope, center, and Deni Jacobs after being fouled as she makes a basket and prepares to head to the free throw line Saturday against Trinidad State, Colo., during the Thanksgiving Classic at Perryman Athletic Complex.
A week ago, the Garden City Community College women's basketball team escaped the Dodge City Classic with an eight-point win over Trinidad State (Colo.)
The Lady Broncbusters weren't happy with the result. They said they could do better than that.
They were right.
In a game that was never really a game, Garden City thrashed Trinidad State (Colo.) 89-43, Saturday in the Thanksgiving Classic at the Perryman Athletic Complex.
The Busters shot well, defended well and never let up, even after holding a 49-19 lead at halftime.
"I thought we played well tonight," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said. "I thought we really came out and guarded them really well, and did a really good job. I thought we really shared the ball well. We've been asking for them to play with patience on the offensive end, and I think that we were a lot more patient tonight, which is why we were able to build on our lead."
Sharp said Garden City (9-0) didn't play especially well in a 20-point win over No. 14 New Mexico Junior College on Friday. There weren't any of those problems against Trinidad State (6-4).
The Busters started the second half on a 14-0 run to push the score to 63-19. Garden City got 3-pointers (9-of-20 for the game), tough play down low from Tamara Jones and Shicole Watts and aggressive drives to the basket from Tahlia Pope. At one point, Garden City's lead was 50.
It's one thing to say you should beat a team by more; it's another to actually get the chance and do it.
"Yeah, last week we didn't finish plays like we needed to," Pope said. "This week we came out and just buckled down and focused, and finished plays, and beat them how we should have beat them the first time."
Jones led GCCC with 16 points, one night after scoring a career-high 36. No such effort was necessary against the Lady Trojans, as the Busters had five players in double figures, and two others with nine.
Jessica Goble had 15 points, coming on five 3-pointers. Pope added 13, Deni Jacobs had 12 and Brittany Maxwell had 10. Shicole Watts and Allegria Chisom each scored nine.
On the other side of the ball, Garden City played some of its best defense of the season. Trinidad State shot 31 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from 3-point range, and leading scorer Destiny Bragman was held to 11 points. The Trojans turned the ball over 26 times, and fouls weren't a problem, as they attempted just six free throws.
It was quite a different game compared to Garden City's 69-61 win on Nov. 16, when the Busters couldn't make a layup and didn't play with much intensity.
Credit GCCC for realizing it needed to make some changes in practice this past week.
"I think that they really responded the right way," Sharp said. "For them to do that on a vacation week, when everybody else in the country is home and relaxing, they were here practicing twice a day. Really proud that they were really rewarded with two solid victories."
"I feel like everything actually came together on the offensive side and the defensive side," Pope said.
Trinidad State was within one point with 15 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first half, at 7-6. Garden City pushed it out to a 24-8 lead in less than six minutes. It was a 20-point game by the 3:24 mark, and from there, the Busters scored another 12 points before halftime.
Garden City played patient like it did in the second half of Friday's win over New Mexico JC, and shot 49.3 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent at the free-throw line. The Busters had 25 assists to 10 turnovers, and committed just 12 fouls.
Sharp and Pope both praised the team for keeping up its intensity the entire game, no matter who was playing. Every player on the roster aside from starter Shicole Watts played at least 10 minutes.
Saturday was the best the Busters have looked since a season-opening win over Midland (Texas), Sharp said, and might have been Garden City's most complete game all season.
Next up at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday will be Lamar, Colo., at Perryman Athletic Complex.
Trinidad State (6-4)--Gallegos 1-5 0-0 2, Herrera 1-2 0-0 3, Knowels 2-7 0-0 4, Becker 3-10 0-0 7, Bragman 5-11 1-4 11, Lucero 1-2 0-0 2, Salaz 1-7 0-0 3, Mitchell-Gonzales 1-2 0-0 3, Myles 0-1 0-0 0, Cartwright 0-4 0-0 0, Davis 1-1 0-0 2, Gamboa 1-4 0-0 3, White 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 18-58 2-6 49.
Garden City (9-0)--Jones 7-12 0-0 16, Watts 3-7 3-4 9, Pope 6-8 1-1 13, Chinn 1-4 0-2 2, Goble 5-9 0-0 15, Jacobs 5-7 2-2 12, Green 1-6 0-0 3, Chisom 3-5 2-2 9, Maxwell 3-5 4-7 10, Heiman 0-2 0-0 0, Young 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 34-69 12-18 89.
Halftime--Garden City 49-19. 3-point goals--TS 5-21 (Gallegos 0-1, Herrera 1-1, Becker 1-6, Bragman 0-1, Lucero 0-1, Salaz 1-7, Mitchell-Gonzales 1-1, Myles 0-1, Gamboa 1-2); GC 9-20 (Goble 5-7, Jones 2-4, Green 1-5, Chisom 1-2, Heiman 0-2). Fouled out--none. Rebounds--TS 36 (Knowels 7); GC 44 (Jones 8). Assists--TS 10 (Salaz 3); GC 25 (Chinn 6). Turnovers--TS 26; GC 10. Total fouls--TS 14; GC 12.
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