Talia Roberts scored midway through the third quarter to bring the Garden City Community College women’s basketball team within three points of No. 20 Butler on Saturday afternoon in El Dorado.
But over the next eight minutes of game time, the host Grizzlies went on a 21-1 run to take command of the game en route to a 68-58 win over the Broncbusters.
The loss improved the Grizzlies to 15-2 overall and 6-2 in the KJCCC East, while the Busters fell to 9-7 and 4-3 in the West.
The Busters held Butler to just 37.5 percent shooting (24 of 64) and 13.3 percent from the 3-point line (2 of 15), while also forcing the Grizzlies into 16 turnovers.
But on the other end of the floor, Garden City made just 32.4 percent of its shots (22 of 68) and 26.9 percent of its 3-point attempts (7 of 26). The Grizzlies also were 18 of 26 from the free-throw line, and the Busters were 7 of 14.
The Busters had gotten off to a quick start, with Roberts sinking a 3-pointer to open scoring, and a few buckets later, Alyssa Boyce scored on a layup to make it 8-4 midway through the first quarter.
But like the third quarter, the Grizzlies went on a big run to take command.
From the 4:27 mark of the first quarter through almost three minutes into the second quarter, the Busters managed just a single free throw — the Grizzlies went on a 14-1 run during that time and led 18-9.
The Grizzlies pushed the lead to 28-11 near the end of the period, and had a 30-17 advantage at the break.
To start the second half, Garden City managed to cut the deficit down to single digits quickly on Alyssa Boyce’s layup, foul and ensuing free throw. A few minutes later, Kelcy McHenry got a putback to go to make it 35-30, and then the Busters got a stop and the Roberts layup to make it 35-32.
That’s as close as they would get it, as Butler led by as many as 23.
Garden City made a late run to pull closer, but it was too little, too late.
Jaleah Bellany finished with a game-high 17 points for the Busters. Boyce had 11, Felicity Houston 10 and Roberts 8, on 3-of-15 shooting.
Criste’On Waters had 15 points to lead Butler, which had 11 players score.
Coming off what head coach Patrick Nee called Garden City’s best defensive performance of the season, the Broncbusters allowed Butler to make 50 percent of its shots in a 82-69 Grizzlies' win Saturday afternoon.
The Grizzlies hit 28-of-55 shots on their home court in El Dorado, including 8-of-12 3-pointers. They improved to 11-6 overall and 4-4 in the KJCCC East, while the Busters dropped to 7-9 and 2-5 in the West.
The Grizzlies’ offensive outburst began quickly, when Juwan White — who finished with a game-high 21 points — sank an opening 3-pointer on Butler’s first possession. It was an advantage that Butler would never relinquish.
Nearly 12 minutes into the game, the Busters had just 10 points, and they trailed by 20 after Chiddy Golden’s 3-pointer.
The Busters were able to cut the deficit to 13 by halftime, and then 11 on their first possession of the second half. After some back and forth, the Busters finally got to within single digits when Tony Hopkins made back-to-back layups with 14 minutes remaining.
A few exchanged buckets later, Russhard Cruickshank hit a pair of free throws to make it a 60-53 Butler lead with 8:20 to go. Cheikh Kebe then dunked back an offensive board to pull the Busters within 5, and Jakobi Pearson followed with a transition layup on the next possession to make it 60-57.
But the Grizzlies answered with an 8-0 run to push the lead back to 11, and the Busters could not recover.
Hopkins finished with 12 points to lead the Busters, Pearson had 11 and Cruickshank added 10.