Lady Buffs notch first win, GCHS boys fall at Pueblo

12/3/2012

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

The Garden City High School girls basketball team didn't let a four-hour bus ride to Pratt and back on Friday, and a four-hour one-way trip to Pueblo, Colo. on Saturday, deter it from securing its first victory of the young 2012-13 season.

The Lady Buffs secured that important first win with a dominating 72-57 victory on Saturday night at Pueblo East to even its record at 1-1 after a tough 50-46 loss at Pratt on Friday.

"I thought we played pretty well both games and was happy that the girls gave that kind of effort," said GCHS coach David Upton. "They showed a lot of determination and did what they were asked."

The Lady Buffs jumped out to an 8-0 lead before settling for a 15-9 first quarter lead and then extended that margin to 37-23 by halftime. At one point in the second quarter, the Buffs were up by 20, 37-17.

"I thought our first group did a good job by going out and recognizing what Pueblo was doing defensively," Upton said.

If there was any hope for the Lady Eagles to make a second-half rally, that was dashed in the first four minutes of the third period when Garden went on a 13-1 scoring spree to go up 50-24. Pueblo, with a young lineup playing in its season opener, did narrow the gap to 16 at one point, but still trailed by 20, 59-39, after the third quarter.

Only an 8-2 edge over the final three minutes allowed the Lady Eagles to pull within the 15-point final margin.

Taryn Tempel led the way for the second straight game, finishing with a game-high 22 points, including 8-of-10 at the free throw stripe. Senior center Johna McClelland was next with 13 and Jaymie Bernbeck chipped in with 10. For the youthful Lady Eagles, freshmen Sisteri Minich and Kasidy Day led the way with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Kelsey Laughlin chipped in with 14.

The Lady Buffs are idle until Thursday when they play at 6 p.m. at the New Garden on the first night of the Southwest Clarion Classic. They open against Wichita Trinity.

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Garden City 15 22 22 13 -- 72

Pueblo East 9 14 16 18 -- 57

Garden City (1-1) — Tempel 7 8-10 22, McClelland 4 5-6 13, Tornero 3 1-2 7, Bernbeck 5 0-0 10, Brunson 1 0-0 2, McKee 1 4-4 6, Linenberger 3 0-0 6, Segovia 0 1-2 1, Padilla 1 0-0 2, Carillo 1 1-2 3. Totals 26 20-26 72.

Pueblo East (0-1) — Laughlin 5 2-3 14, Wortham 1 0-0 2, Fresquez 0 4-4 4, Day 8 2-4 18, Minich 6 6-8 19, Nada 0 0-3 0. Totals 20 14-22 57.

3-point goals--Garden City 0, Pueblo East 3 (Laughlin 2, Minich 1).

Pueblo East boys 73, Garden City 51

One night after holding the Pratt Greenbacks to just 27 points in a season-opeing 46-27 triumph, the Garden City Buffaloes ran into a buzz-saw at Pueblo, Colo. East, falling to the Eagles, 73-51.

"They're a really good team and they shoot the mid-range jumper about as well as any high school team I've seen in some time," GCHS coach Jacy Holloway said. "If you don't have a hand in their face, they're gonna knock it down. And they did."

After trailing just 14-13 at the end of the first, despite Austin Terpstra's two early fouls that put him on the bench for most of the rest of the first half, the Buffs then went ice-cold while the Eagles were red-hot.

The Buffs were still close near the mid-point of that second quarter, trailing 22-17, but then the Eagles finished off the half on a 13-2 run as they got a pair of 3-point buckets from Dylan Gavin and Ty Gavin.

"We just didn't seem to get ourselves in position on defense and many times we didn't get a hand up in their face," Holloway said.

Holloway bemoaned the fact that the Buffs also turned the ball over 20-plus times against the Eagles' defense.

Junior Tristan Nanninga was the bright spot for the Buffs' offense as he poured in a career-high 24 points, including three 3-pointers. He spread out his scoring with 7 points in the first, 8 in the third and 9 in the fourth.

Going 1-1 in the opening weekend with both games on the road gave Holloway a chance to give plenty of his players court time, gaining valuable experience.

Pueblo Easst's balanced scoring was led by Dylan Gavin with 20 points, including three of his own treys. Jimmy Faldez and Ryan Amijo added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Buffs' next action will be at 7:45 p.m. Thursday against Wichita Trinity on the opening night of the Southwest Clarion Classic at the New Garden.

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Garden City 13 7 17 19 -- 51

Pueblo East 19 21 15 23 -- 73

Garden City (1-1) — Delgado 3 0-0 7, Riggs 1 0-0 2, Nanninga 10 1-2 24, Keller 0 1-2 1, Terpstra 4 0-0 8, Parr 2 0-0 5, Love 1 0-0 2, Tramp 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 2-4 51.

Pueblo East (1-0) — Jara 2 1-2 5, Gradisar 3 0-2 7, Amijo 6 0-0 12, D. Gavin 8 1-2 20, Eggert 3 2-3 8, T. Gavi 3 0-0 7, Valdez 6 2-3 14. Totals 31 6-10 73.

3-point goals--Garden City 5 (Delgado 1, Nanninga 3, Parr 1), Pueblo East 5 (Gradisar 1, D. Gavin 3, T. Gavin 1). Fouls--Garden City 13, Pueblo East 11.

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