Neosho County left the paint and tried to pressure the Garden City Community College women’s basketball team’s offense in the full court.
It was a mistake.
As the Panthers came out in their 1-2-2 zone pressure defense, the Broncbusters did what they do best — they got out in transition offense and ran the Panthers right off the floor in a dominant 110-75 win Wednesday night at Conestoga Arena.
It was the first time the Buster women had scored in triple digits since Nov. 7, 2014, when they beat Lamar, Colo., 117-87.
It came down to “breaking the 1-2-2 and getting easy buckets,” GCCC head coach Charinee Mitchell said as her Busters improved to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in the KJCCC West. “That was the game plan, and a lot of that (scoring) was a lot of easy lay ups. It was push, push, push, and get back (on defense) of course, because they can get back in a hurry and shoot it.”
Combined, the two teams managed nearly 200 possessions, and the Busters recorded their best points-per-possession number of the season — by far — scoring 1.17 ppp Wednesday, and their previous best was a pair of 1.03 games.
“They just came up and were trapping,” GCCC freshman guard Alyssa Boyce said, “so the backside was always open.”
For Boyce, the offensive explosion was a welcome sight, after the Busters’ second leading scorer was held to just a single point Saturday in the come-from-behind, 76-75 win over Independence.
“I cleared that out of my mind so I could play good this game,” Boyce said.
She did, scoring 21 points with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
“That’s the kind of player she can be every night,” Mitchell said. “She’s just got to realize it and do it.”
Joining Boyce in 20-plus points scoring was Talia Roberts with 24, and Daz Johnson, who recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
It was Roberts’ 3-pointer in transition off a Johnson rebound that put the Busters in the lead for good at 20-19 with 1:27 to play in the first quarter. And it was a Roberts’ fast-break layup off a Felicity Houston steal that put the Busters up by 10 for the first time, 54-44, with 36 seconds remaining in the half.
“I think our defense was pretty good, and our defense usually turns into offense for us,” Roberts said, before adding with a smile, “we also did a lot of shooting today.”
Neosho County was held to 36.9 percent shooting (31 of 84) and had 24 turnovers, while the Busters turned it over just 15 times against the press — and despite 94 offensive possessions.
“We just kept our energy up — our energy and our effort,” Roberts said. “I think we can play like that every game … If we can play like that every night, I think we can blow people out.”
They at least did that Wednesday.
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