Great Bend, KS (www.westernkansasnews.com) – The Garden City Community College Lady Busters Basketball team back-up their upset of No. 1 Hutchinson last Wednesday with a 66-61 road victory Saturday night at Barton County. The Buster men dropped their 7th consecutive game on the season with a 73-56 set-back at the hands of the Cougars.
For the Lady Busters it was a back and forth game all the way holding on to the lead for most of the game, however the score was tied 10 times and the lead changed 12 times during the 40 minute span. Garden City was getting balanced scoring from five of their eight players on the bench and took a 5 point lead into the locker room 39-34 at halftime. The Lady Busters also had some foul trouble in the first half, with Mikel Chinn on the bench with 3 fouls, and Deni Jacobs had 2. Wichita sophomore Tahlia Pope led the scoring for the Lady Busters with 9 first half points, she added 12 in the final 20 minutes and finished the game with 21. Garden City had three other players reach double figures, as Deni Jacobs chipped in 13, freshman Allegria Chisom added 10 and sophomore Tamara Jones collected another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds on the night, helping the Lady Busters to their 22-3 record and 8-3 in the Jayhawk West.
NOTE: With her 10 points in the Barton County win, Tamara Jones became the all-time leading scorer in Garden City Community women’s Basketball history with 1005 points. Jones broke the previous record of 1000 points set by Jasmine Irving from 2002-2004. Jones is also the first player Coach Alaura Sharp has coached that has broken and all-time record.
The Garden City men struggled again from the field and lacked that focus in running a solid offensive plan and had touble in stopping the Cougars with their outside shooting at 37.7 percent from beyond the 3 point line. The Cougars had four players knock down 10 treys in the game and had three players in double figures. The Busters had only two players in double digit scoring, led by freshman Jade Cathey with a double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Hall added 15 points and freshman Arkeen Joseph chipped in 9. The Busters seemed to be in the hunt early in the game, but down the stretch of the first half the Cougars took control to own a 44-25 advantage at the break. It was pretty much the same in the second half with the Busters outscoring Barton County 31-29 in the final 20 minutes and they lost their 7th game in a row in Jayhawk Conference action 73-56. The Busters are now 10-15 on the season 2-9 in Conference. Coach Rand Chappell made these comments about his teams performance in the post game wrap-up.
With a very busy week coming up, the Garden City teams will entertain Colby on Monday night at Perryman Athletic Complex. It all starts with the 5:00 pm women’s pre-game show on the Live Video Webcast at www.westernkansasnews.com, followed by the men’s game at 7:00 pm on AM 1030 KBUF and the Video Webcast. Be sure to join Jerry Jones, Tony Hill and Donette Brown with the call.