Lady Busters improve to 5-0

11/10/2012

By ADAM HOLT

By ADAM HOLT

aholt@gctelegram.com

Despite the final score, the Garden City Community College women's basketball team was not consistently crisp in an 80-56 win over Frank Phillips (Texas), Saturday in the Pepsi Classic at the Perryman Athletic Complex.

The 5-0 Lady Broncbusters shot 51.7 percent from the field and 64.3 percent on 3-pointers, and had four players score at least 12 points. And they still weren't pleased with their performance.

"I just think there was a lot of little things we didn't do well," GCCC head coach Alaura Sharp said. "I didn't think we were very tough and strong with the ball. I thought we just kind of approached the game in survival mode, instead of with a little grit and high-level play. So I'm a little disappointed with that."

The Busters led 37-24 at halftime and the lead never dipped below 10 in the second, but the game still felt closer than the score indicated. Garden CIty didn't pull away until the final five minutes, going on a 17-8 run to close the game.

Jessica Goble and Shicole Watts led the Busters with 16 points apiece, and Tamara Jones added 14, while Deni Jacobs had 12. Goble was 4-of-4 from 3-point range, and made some big threes to help Garden City start the game on a 15-0 run.

While the Busters struggled from outside early in Friday's win over Howard, they worked the ball well both outside and in the post to Jones and Watts in a more balanced effort.

"It really was," Sharp said. "I think Jessica Goble was big opening things up. But I thought we did pound the ball inside."

"We're the type of team where, we're on, we're on, we're off, we're off," Goble said. "Tonight, it was a mismatch down low, so we were getting the ball inside, we were feeding off the post, so we were just rolling with the momentum of the game. And so we came out and hit a couple shots tonight."

Garden City looked unstoppable in building its 15-0 lead, but an inconsistent effort turned it into a 15-7 game, forcing Sharp to call a timeout with 13 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first.

"Our spark plugs off the bench were a little bit missing today," Sharp said. "I thought we got a good start, and we didn't have much lift, so we played in spurts."

Goble agreed that the early lead might have made the Busters reserves let up a bit.

"It's hard to keep our bench focused; our bench has to come in with the same intensity that we're playing with," she said. "Sometimes when they come in, they don't play with enough energy, and it's hard for us to keep momentum going."

Frank Phillips shot just 30.6 percent from the field, but went 15-of-20 at the free-throw line. Natasha Thomas led the Plainsmen with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Akwar Obong added 14, and Shakirra Smith had 10, powered by a 5-of-6 performance on free throws.

Still, it could have been a bigger win for Garden City. The Busters forced 18 turnovers, but gave the ball away 19 times themselves.

Goble and Sharp agreed that Garden City needs to stay more focused.

"Our team has some focus issues," Sharp said. "We kind of get bored. We're like that a little bit in practice, too. We've got to do a better job of putting the hammer and continuing to drop the hammer more consistently, and keep ourselves involved in the game."

After cruising through their first three games, the Busters were challenged in their two wins this weekend, which isn't a bad thing.

"It's always good to have a little bit of challenge," Goble said. "You don't want to just come through here blowing teams out and stuff like that. So we really worked our post players tonight, and our guards laid good together, swinging the ball and getting everyone looks. I mean, it's good for the challenge; we like that, we like running the transition, and we like hitting big shots and big-type plays inside."

Garden City is off until playing two games in Dodge City on Friday and Saturday, first against Trinidad State (Colo.), then against Allen.

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Frank Phillips (1-4)—Campbell 0-8 0-0 0, Griggs 2-5 0-0 4, Thomas 7-14 3-4 19, Obong 5-8 4-4 14, Smith 2-7 5-6 10, Swoopes 1-6 0-0 2, Sullivan 2-7 1-2 5, Bohlar 0-1 0-2 0, Judd 0-3 0-0 0, Hale 0-1 2-2 2, Jeffries 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-62 15-20 56.

Garden City (5-0)—Jones 5-9 1-2 14, Watts 8-18 0-0 16, Pope 3-6 2-6 9, Chinn 0-2 2-2 2, Goble 4-5 4-6 16, Jacobs 5-7 2-4 12, Green 0-3 0-0 0, Chisom 1-1 0-2 2, Maxwell 2-4 0-0 4, Heiman 1-1 0-0 3, Young 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 30-58 11-22 80.

Halftime—Garden City 37-24.

3-point goals—FP 3-12 (Campbell 0-1 Thomas 2-5, Smith 1-2, Sullivan 0-1, Bohlar 0-1, Judd 0-1, Jeffries 0-1), GC 9-14 (Jones 3-5, Pope 1-1, Chinn 0-1, Goble 4-4, Green 0-2, Heiman 1-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—FP 28 (Sullivan 5), GC 44 (Jones 9). Assists—FP 10 (Campbell, Griggs, Obong 2 each), GC: 25 (Chinn 7). Turnovers—FP 18, GC 19. Total fouls—FP 21, GC 19.

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