Five days removed from a disappointing 1-2 finish at the Hays City Shootout, the Garden City Lady Buffs erased some of those woes Thursday night at The Garden with a 64-24 thumping of the Wichita Trinity Lady Knights on the opening night of the 3rd Clarion Inn Southwest Classic.

It was a night where much of the problems that beset the Lady Buffs in their final two losses last weekend to Great Bend and Newton weren't apparent.

On this night, the Lady Buffs shot the ball well (27 of 53, 51 percent), hit 3-of-6 three-point baskets, and committed just 10 turnovers.

That's some of the good news.

Other things for coach David Upton to smile about included a 20-point output by junior Jaymie Bernbeck as the 5-foot-11 wing connected on 10-of-13 field goals on an array of inside power shots and medium-range jumpers. Senior Taryn Tempel joined her in double figures with 13 points on 5-of-10 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws.

"Our starting five is really, really good," Upton said afterward. "A lot more good things tonight, but we've still got people coming off the bench that need to give us the same kind of effort that our starting five is giving. Overall, I thought we played with more intensity, and we were more focused."

The Lady Buffs employed an aggressive and productive fullcourt press, forcing the Lady Knights into an unseemly 33 turnovers.

"We ran the press well, got some easy baskets and I thought our offense flowed well," Upton said.

The Lady Buffs scored the first nine points of the game, led 18-6 after the first quarter and built it to 30-12 by halftime. When the third quarter ended with another surger of 25-7, the Lady Buffs were comfortably ahead, 55-17, and the running clock, basketball's version of the mercy rule, went into effect for the final eight minutes. That was a blessing as Upton substituted liberally over the last quarter with just 14 points scored between the two teams.

"Sometimes, I just get frustrated when I think we're trying to penetrate too much and don't get the ball to an open player," Upton said. "I thought, overall, we passed the ball more effectively than we did last week."

With the turnover bug causing them all sorts of headaches, the Lady Knights managed to get off just 30 shots, hitting 10 of them for 33.3 percent. They were 2 of 8 from behind the arc and just 2 of 9 at the free throw line. The only upside for Trinity was a slim 28-24 rebounding margin. Ashley West was tops for the Lady Knights with eight boards. Kaleigh Schrag and Grace Linton scored five points each to pace Trinity's scoring.

The Lady Buffs evened their season slate at 2-2, and will play at 6 p.m. today against Denver South at The Garden in the middle game of the three-game Classic. Trinity, 0-2, heads north to take on Scott City at 6 p.m. today.


Wichita Trinity 6 6 7 5 -- 24

Garden City 18 12 25 9 -- 64

Wichita Trinity (24) Schrag 2-2 1-1 5, Guetersloh 0-2 0-0 0, Linton 2-8 0-0 5, Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Billings 1-2 0-0 2, Clinton 1-4 0-4 3, West 2-3 0-0 4, Hollinger 0-3 0-2 0, Ast 0-0 1-2 1, Knocke 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 10-30 2-9 24.

Garden City (64) Padilla 1-1 0-0 3, Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Linenberger 1-5 1-2 3, Hinde 0-1 0-0 0, Tornero 2-3 2-2 8, Brunson 0-2 0-0 0, Tempel 5-10 3-3 13, McKee 3-5 0-2 6, Dreiling 0-1 0-0 0, Bernbeck 10-13 0-2 20, Varela 0-0 0-0 0, Carrillo 4-8 1-1 9, Elliott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 7-12 64.

3-point goals--Trinity 2-8 (Linton 1-4, Miller 0-1, Billings 0-1, Clinton 1-1), Garden City 3-6 (Padilla 1-1, Tornero 2-3, Tempel 0-2). Rebounds--Trinity 28 (West 8), Garden City 24 (Tempel 4, Bernbeck 4). Turnovers--Trinity 33, Garden City 10. Fouls--Trinity 11, Garden City 10. Fouled out--none.