Despite its bus breaking down en route to Wednesday night’s game at Neosho County in Chanute, the Garden City Broncbuster women’s basketball kept on rolling, easily dispatching the host Panthers, 74-47.
It was the Busters’ third-consecutive win and seventh in eight games, as they improved to 18-10 overall and 15-9 in the KJCCC.
But the rout was not without some adversity, as the Busters’ bus broke down about an hour east of Wichita, and they had to wait for the men’s bus that was following 30 minutes behind. The women did not get to the Neosho County gymnasium until 55 minutes prior to tip-off, and this came after the games were moved up to 3 and 5 p.m. due to incoming weather in the area.
“With us not in our normal routine, the kids still figured out a way to play hard,” GCCC head coach Charinee Mitchell said.
Nine players scored for the Busters, and four were in double digits — Shakendra Tilley and DJ Graves with 14 each, Jada Washington had 13 and Jessica Carrillo had 12. On defense, the Busters held Neosho County (7-21, 4-20) to just 26.7 percent shooting (16 of 60), and 0.64 points per possession, while the Busters recorded 1 point per possession.
And yet, there were a few flaws for the recently red-hot Busters.
“The turnovers for us, I wasn’t pleased with, and the fouls for us I wasn’t happy with,” Mitchell said.
The Busters had 15 turnovers and committed 18 fouls. Still, it resulted in a 26-point win.
“Overall, I’d give the kids a B-plus I guess for getting through some adversity,” Mitchell said.
They showed no signs of struggling early, jumping out to a 21-10 lead after the first period and a 34-21 lead at halftime. The Busters’ biggest lead was 29, which came with 1:40 remaining, as the Busters’ bench was being rotated in with more frequency, getting 35 points from their reserves.
“It’s late in the season, so when you can get more than five people to contribute, that’s beyond awesome,” Mitchell said. “We just need people to continue to step up when other people may not be.”
The Busters host the final two games of the regular season on Saturday and Monday, beginning with Saturday’s 2 p.m. tip against Colby. Monday's 6 p.m. tipoff will be against Seward County, which blasted Colby 130-48 Wednesday night.