Broncbusters drop second straight; lose at Coffeyville
Coffeyville, KS-The Broncbusters picked a bad day to go stone cold.
Garden City shot a season worst 29 percent from the floor, Kyleigh Ortiz drilled four backbreaking triples, and No. 23 Coffeyville beat the Broncbusters, 54-45 Saturday afternoon at Nellis Hall.
Garden City, which missed 17 of its first 20 shots from the field, lost for a second straight time to drop to 10-4 overall and 5-4 in conference play. Sierra Driessen led the way with 13 points but was just 5-of-17 from the floor. Stevi Yancy clanged 14 of her 19 shot attempts in 39 minutes and finished with 11.
Ivy Fox scored 14 for the Red Ravens, which won for the third time in its last four games to improve to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in league play.
Following Ana Ramos-Pires' layup that gave Garden City a 5-4 lead, Ortiz answered right back with a 3-pointer from the wing to put Coffeyville in front. The Red Ravens never trailed again as the Broncbusters managed just a single bucket over the final 6:30 of the opening quarter.
They trailed by six after one and were down nine once Bailey Layman canned an open 3-pointer following a late Broncbuster rotation to make it 30-21 with 4:43 to go in the half. Coffeyville was up 34-23 at the intermission.
Garden City stayed within striking distance for much of the second half, pulling to within six after Sariah Conley found Antonicia Moultrie for a driving layup to make it 47-41 with 3:17 remaining. But with a chance to trim the deficit to four on the ensuing possession, Driessen threw a pass behind a cutting Moultrie that would have been an easy layup. Instead Ortiz stole the ball and outraced Garden City to the other end, converting an and-1 layup that gave the Red Ravens a 50-41 advantage with 2:10 to play.
Ortiz scored 15 points, and Layman added 10 in 33 minutes for Coffeyville. Natalya Jones grabbed eight rebounds off the bench.
Conley finished with 10 points but was just 3-of-12 shooting for Garden City. Nobody off the bench scored.