To cap off finals week, the Garden City Community College women’s basketball team had its final conference test of 2017.
It was likely the Broncbusters’ easiest test of the week, with one-win Pratt visiting the Conestoga Arena. Yet, the sloppy Busters slogged through a 58-42 win on Saturday evening.
“We were super sluggish,” a head coach Charinee Mitchell said, “but we found a way to get the win.”
The Busters never trailed, and were only even with Pratt once, at 4-all, before opening up a nine-point lead by the end of the first quarter, capped by Kala Jones’ three-pointer and then free throw a possession later.
Then a Shakendra Tilley lay up midway through the second quarter put the Busters up by 11, and Pratt never cut it back to single digits. But just getting the win was not nearly enough for the Busters.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” freshman Abi Green said. “We have to improve every practice and every game, and we’ve got to focus on ourselves.”
The Busters still struggled some on offense, hitting just 35.8 percent of their shots (19 of 53), but they scored exactly .89 points per possession, their fifth best number of the season, which was surprising to Mitchell, considering the overall sloppy feel from the Busters.
Jada Washington led with 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting, while Tilley had 12 points and Green had 11.
“On Thursday, all we did was shoot,” Mitchell said, with a disbelieving laugh about the Busters’ offensive numbers.
Committing just eight turnovers against the zone-heavy Beavers helps the Busters’ offense be efficient, as does dominating the glass, getting 13 offensive boards and winning the rebounding battle, 47-25.
Both Green and Tilley recorded double-doubles with 12 and 14 rebounds, respectively.
“Both of them are high-energy, good basketball players,” Mitchell said. “We almost always count on them to bring energy. We definitely needed it tonight, that’s for sure.”
Pratt, which was held to 26.8 percent from the field — was led by Tianna Tullis’ 11 points — but on 13 shots — and Dakota Smith’s 10. Starter Jada Catlin was 0 for 11 for the offensively challenged Beavers, who scored just .65 points per possession.
The Busters end the 2017 year with a non-conference tilt at Otero, Colo., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, before taking a three-week break, returning to conference action on Dec. 3.