By Mike Pilosof
Photo by Connor Pilosof
El Dorado, KS-It was a third quarter to forget for the Broncbusters.
Jada Knight scored a game-high 22 points, Syncere Harrod added 13 off the bench, and Butler turned a 13-point deficit into a 20-point runaway 58-38 Saturday night at the Power Plant. The loss dropped Garden City to 18-10 overall and 13-10 in the Jayhawk.
How bad was that third quarter? The Broncbusters were outscored 28-7, missed eight of their 10 shots from the floor and turned the ball over 10 times, culminating in the worst 10-minute stretch of the season.
And it cost them dearly.
Alexis Smith's 3-pointer with less than a minute to go in the second, gave Garden City its biggest advantage of the night, 24-11. They were up 11 at the break.
But the Broncbuster offense came to a screeching halt in the third. They were held to just two points over the first five minutes of the frame, while the Grizzlies answered with a 16-5 run, polished off by Knight's two free throws that tied the game. Moments later, Jaila Harding converted a three-point play, Kamiyah Lyons drained four straight free throws, Knight drilled a corner 3, and Harrod rattled home two freebies to put Butler up 41-31 after three.
The bleeding didn't stop in the fourth.
Knight added a long 3-pointer; then beat two defenders to the rim for a three-point play, Harrod banked in a three-footer, and the Grizzlies had a 54-33 lead with 5:05 remaining.
Butler won the game despite shooting just 29 percent from the floor. Cymirah Williams added seven points, six rebounds, and five steals in 21 minutes off the bench.
Next up: Garden City vs. Hutchinson-Wednesday, Feb. 23-5:30 p.m.