Statement win: Broncbusters blowout Lamar in game one
Garden City, KS-Win number 413 was oh so sweet.
Sophomore Stevi Yancy had 20 points, eight assists, and six rebounds, Sierra Driessen scored 20, and the Broncbusters gave Greg Franklin his first victory in brown and gold with a 100-60 route of Lamar on Thursday night at Conestoga Arena.
"I thought we played a good quarter and a half," Franklin said afterwards. "Beyond that, I don't think we played that well. There are a lot of things that we need to clean up."
Antonicia Moultrie notched a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Garden City, which scored 100 points in a game for the first time since a 108-54 victory over Bethel on Dec. 4, 2019.
"You know what's crazy, if we make free throws, this is a 75-point game," Franklin explained. "That's a shame, and you have to take them seriously in practice."
The Broncbusters finished 21-of-34 from the line (62 percent). They were 11-of-28 on 3s and shot 49 percent from the floor. But it was their defense that stole the show forcing 41 turnovers that led directly to 48 points.
"We want to be able extend our press a little more," Franklin said. "We just don't have enough kids right now, and we can't afford to get into foul trouble."
Despite playing with just seven players, Garden City was never challenged. They jumped out to a 22-2 lead on Maya Nieto's long 3-pointer and were up 28-6 after one. They forced 15 turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the contest.
Moultire buried a midrange jumper to open the second, Nieto found Ana Ramos-Pires for a driving layup, and Opal Hardy scored on a second-chance bucket following Driessen's missed layup to give the Broncbusters a 40-10 advantage with 5:18 left in the half. Garden City led 53-19 at the intermission.
"We've got a good group, but we just have to watch out for those ticky-tack fouls," Franklin said. "We have to keep people in the game.
Yancy, who flirted with a triple-double, drilled a 3-pointer with 6:15 left in the third to make it 60-24. She followed that with a perfect bounce pass to Nieto, who canned a trey from the left wing. It was all part of one of the best floor games the sophomore has produced in 26 career games in a Garden City uniform.
"I spoke to Coach G before the season started, and I really liked his mission," Yancy said. "I feel like he can get me where I want to go. I have totally bought into him."
The Broncbusters finished 11-of-28 from downtown and outrebounded Lamar, 36-29.
Darling Harris paced the Lopes with nine points in 33 minutes off the bench.