Garden City High School’s basketball teams started 2020 with mixed results Friday, hosting Junction City. The girls squad claimed a victory in the nonleague contest 68-23, while the boys’ fourth quarter comeback fell short, 41-49.
In the girls game, the Buffaloes led throughout the game, racking up 26 points in the second quarter, while the defense held the Bluejays to one free throw in the quarter, to take a 43-6 lead in to halftime. Garden City extended the lead to 44 points after three quarters as the defense continued its domination through the game.
GCHS had a balanced scoring attack, with 10 players scoring in the game.
The Buffaloes’ Nateara Beasley led all scorers in the game with 12 points. Amaya Gallegos and Symone Simmons each added nine points toward the victory.
Junction City 5-1-9-8 — 23
Garden City 17-26-16-9 — 68
In the boys game, maybe it was the holidays or just being winter, the Buffaloes suffered from ice-cold shooting through the first three quarters. GCHS only scored five points in the first quarter and four in the second quarter, to head into the locker room at halftime down 22-9. The third quarter was no better for Garden City, only tallying six points to the Bluejays 19 points.
The Buffaloes came to life offensively in the fourth, outscoring Junction City 26-8 to pull within eight points, but ran out of clock in the comeback.
Junction City’s Qua’vez Humphreys led all scorers with 21 points. Garden City’s Caleb Wiese and Aaron Guevara each had eight points to lead the Buffalo scoring.
Junction City 11-11-19-8 — 49
Garden City 5-4-6-26 — 41
The Buffaloes will begin Western Athletic Conference play on Friday, when GCHS hosts Great Bend. Game tipoffs will be at 6 p.m. for the girls game, and 7:45 p.m. for the boys game.