Through the first nine games of the season, Garden City Lady Buffaloes' head coach David Upton has been searching for another scoring threat in addition to junior Jaymie Bernbeck and senior Taryn Tempel.

The search continues.

Bernbeck scored a game-high 18 points, while Tempel added in 14, 10 of which came in the second half, leading the Lady Buffs to a dominating 69-27 victory over the win-less Hays High Lady Indians at The Garden.

Friday's victory improved the Lady Buffs to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference, while Hays is still searching for that first victory in nine overall games and three WAC contests.

For Tempel, the second-half output provided a sense of relief and optimism as she had been going through an off-shooting stretch of performances.

"I think we're starting to peak at the right time," Tempel said. "Our bench players are starting to come in and play well, and they're filling in just as good as the starters."

After going through an early struggle, the Lady Buffs went on a big run to end the first half; and the second half was as much about getting into a rhythm for the Lady Buffs as anything. Upton cleared his bench, and saw seven others crack the scoring column.

"I thought after the (sluggish) start, we finally started to play with some energy," Upton said. "I asked them at a timeout, what was going on, and nobody had an answer. So I just told them to go back out there and change the score quickly."

The Lady Buffs did just that, seeing a 24-15 lead swell to 39-18 by halftime.

"I think we finally just got in the mode to go out and play," Upton said.

Tempel, the 5-foot-8 guard/forward, agreed.

"Coach just told me to go back out and make that next one," Tempel said of the halftime pep talk. "It's a lot easier when your teammates have your back and they're confident in you."

Bernbeck finished with her fourth consecutive double-double since the holiday break, grabbing 10 rebounds as the Lady Buffs dominated the boards, 45-29. For Hays, Mattison Schlaefli scored 10 points and Audra Schmeidler had five rebounds.

The Lady Buffs forced Hays into 29 turnovers while committing just 14 of their own.

The game started out looking as though it would be a cakewalk for the Lady Buffs, as they scored the first eight points in just over a minute.

But then the Lady Indians began trading baskets the rest of the first quarter and trailed by just six, 14-8, at the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the second stanza, the Lady Buffs were still struggling against the hapless Lady Indians, leading just 24-15. Then, they went on a 15-3 run to close out the final 2:40 of the half to take a commanding 39-18 lead at the intermission.

The Lady Buffs will play host at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against the Ulysses Lady Tigers.


Hays High 8 10 3 6 -- 27

Garden City 14 25 18 12 -- 69

Hays High (27) Smith 1-3 1-2 3, Schlaefli 3-6 4-9 10, Wells 2-5 0-0 5, George 0-1 0-0 0, Kleweno 0-2 0-0 0, Russell 1-7 0-0 2, Dinkel 0-0 1-2 1, Keller 0-0 0-2 0, Schmeidler 3-9 0-0 6, Younger 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 10-35 6-15 27.

Garden City (69) Padilla 2-10 3-4 8, Hinde 0-2 0-1 0, Dart 0-0 0-2 0, Tornero 2-8 0-0 6, Brunson 1-3 0-0 2, Tempel 5-13 14, McKee 3-6 2-2 8, Dreiling 2-5 1-1 5, Bernbeck 9-18 0-1 18, Carrillo 3-7 0-0 6, Elliott 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-73 9-15 69.

3-point goals--Hays 1-4 (Wells 1-2, Kleweno 0-1, Russell 0-1), Garden City 4-15 (Padilla 1-4, Hinde 0-1, Tornero 2-5, Brunson 0-2, Tempel 1-2, McKee 0-1); Rebounds--Hays 29 (Schmeidler 5), Garden City 45 (Bernbeck 10). Turnovers--Hays 29, Garden City 14. Fouls--Hays 14, Garden City 16. Fouled out--none.