Busters 3-0 after 106-26 win over Oklahoma Baptist JV
By ADAM HOLT
Three games into the season, it hasn't mattered who the Garden City Community College women's basketball team has played — or what ball they're playing with.
The Lady Broncbusters played the first half of their game against Oklahoma Baptist's junior varsity using a larger men's-size ball. It didn't matter much, as Garden City shot 63.2 percent from the field in that half, in a 106-26 win, Saturday at the Pepsi Classic, hosted by Seward County in Liberal.
The score was 54-11 at halftime, and Oklahoma Baptist didn't make its first field goal until there were 5 minutes, 35 seconds left in the half.
"I think we just really tried to focus on playing with pride, was the biggest word I kept using," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said in a phone interview. "Play with pride, do things our way, force them to play at your level, continue to play at a high level. There were a few moments in the game we got a bit sloppy, but honestly, for the most part I thought we played really hard and played with some pretty good focus."
The Busters have played tough defense en route to their 3-0 record, and held the Lady Bison to 23.1 percent shooting from the field. GCCC usually plays man-to-man defense, but spent most of the game in zone.
"The nice thing is, we played all zone in the second half, and they did not shoot any free throws," Sharp said. "We rebounded OK, that was a big concern; when you play zone, you worry about being able to rebound. So we rebounded OK, but it was good to work on our zone against somebody beside ourselves."
Oklahoma Baptist was just 2-of-14 from the field in the first half and got six of its 11 first-half points off free throws.
Meanwhile, Garden City's offense, which had scored 88 and 84 points in its first two games, produced six players with at least 13 points. Tamara Jones had 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting and a 2-for-2 performance at the free-throw line. Deni Jacobs had 18 on 9-of-10 shooting from the field. Shicole Watts and Brittany Maxwell each had 14 points, and Tahlia Pope and Jessica Goble each scored 13.
The Busters didn't shoot as many 3-pointers as they had in their first two games, but still converted 5-of-12 — four of them coming in the first half, using the wrong-sized ball.
Charity Jernigan was the lone Bison to score in double figures, getting 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting and 2-of-2 free throws.
GCCC committed 13 turnovers, which Sharp said was probably too many, but Oklahoma Baptist had 35 turnovers, and Garden City was able to get a lot of points in transition.
Sharp said the Busters tried not to worry about the score of the game, or trying to outdo the Lady Saints, who scored 120 points in their win over the Bison on Friday.
Now the Busters get some time to practice, after playing three games in three days.
"I think we've just got to continue focusing on ourselves," Sharp said. "The first two days of practice next week, we're going to focus on individual skills and shooting, and just continuing to work to get to be better players. And then Wednesday we'll get back to our team stuff."
Garden City next plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday, hosting Howard College (Texas) in the Garden City Pepsi Classic.