GCCC men's, women's basketball both pick up wins
By ADAM HOLT
The Garden City Community College women's basketball team kept rolling in its second game of the season, beating Brown Mackie 84-57 Friday at the Pepsi Classic, hosted by Seward County Community College in Liberal.
"We came on the floor and we did what we were supposed to do," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said in a phone interview.
Five Lady Broncbusters scored in double figures for Garden City, led by Shicole Watts with 18 points. Tamara Jones added 16, Jessica Goble had 13, and Deni Jacobs and Kenee Green each had 10 points.
Sharp said the Busters were able to work the ball inside early, which opened up chances shooting from the outside. GCCC hit nine 3-pointers, shot 45 percent from behind the arc, and 55 percent from the field.
Brown Mackie didn't have much of a post presence, and at times ran lineups with essentially all guards, which Sharp said gave Garden City a bit of trouble at times.
Sharp said she liked the defense the Busters played, and after getting in foul trouble Thursday against Midland (Texas) — about the only blemish in that 88-50 win — GCCC did a better job in that area on Friday.
"It got a little bit better, but I'm not sure how much we were challenged, as far as Tamara's play, just because she really wasn't defending a back-to-the-basket player," she said. "I do think we made a conscious effort to do a better job there."
The 2-0 Busters play Oklahoma Baptist's junior varsity today at 2 p.m., also in Liberal. Oklahoma Baptist lost, 120-59 to Seward County.
"It's one of those games where we have to go in and focus on ourselves," Sharp said. "Seward had them down really big, we left just before half. They were about to be up 25 or so. So, just gotta focus on ourselves and gotta really challenge ourselves to play hard, and keep improving and getting better as a basketball team."
Head coach Rand Chappell opened his first season with the Broncbusters with a win, as Garden City beat McCook (Neb.), 84-63, Friday at the Saddler Farms Classic in Colby.
"I thought we had a good opening-night performance," Chappell said in a phone interview. "Played an athletic team, and shot the 3-point shot well."
The Busters opened up a big lead in the second half, and Chappell was able to get 11 players into the game. He credited the team's defense for helping to pull away from the Indians in the second.
"Mainly, our defense," he said. "The first two minutes of the second half, we guarded well. That allowed us to push the lead out."
Sophomore guard Frank Agholor, who scored 15 points, was one of five Busters in double figures, and Chappell said he figured about 10 players had at least 10 minutes of time on the court.
Chappell said the Busters moved and distributed the ball well, and got better as the game went on. While he said everyone played well, Chappell did note that Kyle Hall did a nice job coming off the bench.
Garden City plays Sterling College's junior varsity today at 5:30 p.m., also in Colby.