July 12, 2024

Turnovers doom Lady Busters


Audio Highlights: GCCC at Lamar, CO

Lamar, CO (westernkansasnews.com)-Mass chaoes-that’s how first-year Lady Busters’ Coach Nick Salazar described Lamar’s up-tempo, Grinnell-College mirroring philosophy. What he didn’t expect is how his team responded to it. 

12 different Lady Lopes found their way into the score book, including three in double figures as Lamar beat Garden City 72-57 Tuesday night at the Community Wellness Center. 

“Hats off to Lamar-first off,” Salazar said. “They run this system and it works,”

That system forced a program-worst 58 Buster turnovers, 31 coming before intermission. In fact, Garden City (0-3) did not run one, half-court, offensive set. 

“We have far better players,” Salazar said. “That turnover total is embarrassing.”

Part of Garden City’s problem was they were without sophomore point guard Shauqunna Collins-who missed the game because of an illness. 

“We’re not going to make excuses because it’s about who’s on the floor,” Salazar said. “But the two girls backing her (Collins) up tonight weren’t very good in the first half.” 

After Garden City scored the game’s first two points, Lamar (1-2) blitzed the Lady Busters with a 19-4 run. By the time the two teams rolled into the locker room, the Lopes had a 2-to-1 shot advantage. 

It wasn’t until midway through the second half that Salazar’s bunch finally made the adjustment to Lamar’s full-court trap. The Busters trimmed a 20-point deficit all the way to two with under seven minutes to play. But Allison Gordon’s three sparked a 10-0 Lopes run and put the game out of reach. 

Zantaya Davis, who fouled out with 10 minutes remaining in the game, finished with a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds. She was one of three Garden City players in double figures. 

Notes: After shooting under 30 percent in their first two games, the Busters responded with a 19-for-48 showing (.400) from the field…Sandra Davis fell victim to the new hand-check rule–fouling out with 10 points and nine rebounds…Lamar has fired up 290 shots in three games (No. 1 in the country)

Next up: GCCC vs. Howard College-Friday, November 8-5:15 pm pregame; 5:30 tip on AM 1030 KBUF

Final Game Stats: GCCC women at Lamar


Other Scores

Women’s Results Men’s Results
Tue. Nov. 5
Coffeyville lost to Northeastern Oklahoma 55-46
Cloud County def Northern Okla-Tonkawa 84-62
Garden City lost to Lamar CO 72-57
Labette at Crowder MO 6:00
Dodge City def Northwest KS Tech 79-64
Pratt def Hesston 84-62
Allen def Cottey MO 94-89
D2#8 Highland def St. Mary-Leavenworth JV 89-47

Tue. Nov. 5
Barton def Sterling JV 105-76
Cloud County def Central Nebraska 90-82
#15 Coffeyville def Northeastern Okla 73-71 OT
Dodge City def Northwest KS Tech 78-56
Pratt def Hesston 100-59




Volleyball (Region VI Tournament)

1st Round: Seward County (23-14) def (8-22) Garden City 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-10

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