No. 11 Lady Busters roll to 13-0; GCCC men beat Beacon Prep
By ADAM HOLT
A lethargic first half didn't end up mattering against an overmatched Bethany College JV team, as the Garden City Community College women's basketball team picked up an 85-39 win Friday in the Hutch Clinic Classic.
Deni Jacobs had a career high 25 points, along with 12 rebounds, to lead the No. 11 Lady Broncbusters to a 13-0 mark this season.
"She played really well," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said of Jacobs. "She came in and sparked us. We were very lethargic to start. She came in and sparked us off the bench — we even started her in the second half because she was playing with a lot of energy."
The Buster defense held Bethany to 30.2 percent shooting, and the Swedes turned the ball over 39 times, leading to 41 GCCC points.
"We actually got a lot of layups off of our defense," Sharp said. "They had several turnovers in the first half."
Shicole Watts added 16 points, while Tamra Jones and Tahlia Pope had 12 each.
Vicke Dolan led the Swedes with nine points.
A slow start today at 1:30 against No. 25 Northeastern Oklahoma could be trouble. NEO lost to No. 2 Hutchinson, 65-48 in the late game Friday.
"We've gotta turn the switch," Sharp said. "We've got to come out and compete, we've got to better defensively. We didn't fly around, we didn't rebound, we just weren't that kind of high energy team we've seen in the past."
The Garden City Community College men's basketball team won its second in a row, an 83-48 victory over Beacon Prep in the Pizza Hut Classic, hosted by Seward County Community College in Liberal.
The Busters (8-5) took a 38-15 lead into halftime.
"I thought we did well, particularly in the first half, we came out and really defended well," GCCC head coach Rand Chappell said. "Shut them down more or less completely in the first half. I thought our guys shared the ball well. We had some balanced scoring. Saw some things that would bode well for us in the future, if we can keep doing it."
Four Busters scored in double figures, with Arkeem Joseph and Reuben King leading with 13 points each, and Terry Webb and Jamez Jones adding 12 apiece.
Garden City shot 50 percent from the field and 10-of-25 from behind the arc, just a couple games after shooting under 33 percent from the field in losses to Lamar (Colo.) and Otero (Colo.).
GCCC has a 4 p.m. game with Murray State College (Okla.) today.
"We visited afterward, we've got a great oppportunity to try to get us two this weekend, we play a good Murray State team tomorrow," Chappell said. "Right now, the vibe is good, the spirits are good, so I expect a really, really good effort from us tomorrow, and hopefully we can get another one."