Garden City women blitzed by Butler in 73-46 loss
By ADAM HOLT
The Butler Community College women's basketball team made sure its last regular season game against Garden City wouldn't end like the previous four.
The Grizzlies scored the first nine points of the game, and the No. 11 Lady Broncbusters never got going in a lopsided 73-46 loss at El Dorado on Saturday.
"We honestly just did not show up and compete at all," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said in a phone interview. "The first five minutes of the game, they got up 7-0, or 9-0. We turned it over our first two possessions on offense. We really just did not show up to play."
After going down 9-0, Garden City climbed back to make it a 9-6 game with 12 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the first. Butler then blitzed GCCC, going on a 22-3 run to make it 31-9 with 7:19 left in the half.
The Grizzlies' athleticism bothered the Busters on both ends of the court, and Garden City (20-3, 6-3 KJCCC) coughed up 13 first-half turnovers en route to facing a 17-point halftime deficit. Compounding matters was point guard Mikell Chinn playing just 22 minutes because of foul trouble. Tahlia Pope took over at the point and ended up with nine turnovers.
The Busters shot just 32 percent from the field and went 0-12 from 3-point range.
"I think obviously we had a hard time getting into our offense," Sharp said. "We just really never could get into a rhythm. Part of that was us, but most of that was really Butler. They really attacked us, they pressured us, they got us really back on our heels. They affected our decision making."
Tamara Jones had 19 points to lead the Busters, and Pope posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The pair combined to make 11 of the team's 16 field goals.
Butler (18-5, 6-3) shot 49.1 percent from the field, getting at least eight points from five players. Jamillah Bonner led the way with 21, while Samantha Satterlee added 15. Tysia Manual and Carly Bettancourt each had 10 points.
Sharp said the Grizzlies "shocked" the Busters with hard, aggressive play, and that it's hard to come back on a team like that.
The loss was the most lopsided decision of the season, and Garden City's 46 points matched its season low in offensive output.
With Butler moving to the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division in basketball next season, this may have been be the last time the teams play for the foreseeable future. After the Busters broke the Grizzlies' hearts in four straight games, including an 86-84 triple-overtime win in Garden City to open conference play last month, Sharp said with as poorly as GCCC came out, there wasn't much it could do against Butler.
"I honestly think that this was one of those games where we beat Butler four times in a row, and they got tired of it," She said. "They were not going to lose this game tonight, and that was their mentality, and we had no answers for them."
Garden City hosts No. 1 Hutchinson at the Perryman Athletic Complex at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Busters suffered their first loss of the season to the Lady Dragons, a 61-46 game in Hutchinson on Jan. 7.
Garden City (46) — Chisom 3-12 1-1 7, Chinn 0-3 0-0 0, Jones 7-14 5-9 19, Jacobs 2-5 1-2 5, Pope 4-9 5-8 13, Green 0-6 0-0 0, Young 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 16-50 14-22 46.
Butler (73) — Ivy 1-7 0-0 2, Satterlee 5-8 4-5 15, Manual 3-4 4-7 10, Bettancourt 4-6 0-0 10, Bonner 8-19 4-6 21, Williams 3-3 0-0 8, Hodison 2-3 0-0 4, Rutledge 0-1 0-1 0, Andersen 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 27-55 12-19 73.
Halftime-- Butler 37-20. 3-point goals — Garden City 0-12 (Chisom 0-4, Chinn 0-1, Jones 0-1, Jacobs 0-1, Pope 0-1, Green 0-4), Butler 7-20 (Williams 2-2, Bettancourt 2-3, Andersen 1-4, Satterlee 1-2, Bonner 1-6). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Garden CIty 31 (Pope 10), Butler 30 (Bonner 9). Assists — Garden City 6 (Chisom 3), Butler 19 (Ivy 5, Bettancourt 5). Turnovers — Garden City 20, Butler 18. Total fouls — Garden City18, Butler 17.