Butler powers past Garden City
El Dorado, KS-The first time these two teams met, the Broncbusters played the final four minutes of the game with only two players on the floor.
And while Saturday's contest was much closer than that early December game, the result was the same.
Freddie Wallace had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Dayuna Colvin chipped in 17 points, and Butler held off Garden City, 57-50 at the Power Plant. The loss dropped the Broncbusters to 12-11 overall and 7-11 in conference play.
Butler, which improved to 19-4 overall and 13-4 in conference, dominated the boards, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds and outscoring Garden City, 18-2 in second-chance points. The Grizzlies outrebounded the Broncbusters, 44-37.
Garden City started strong, jumping out to an 8-3 lead after back-to-back buckets by Moultrie. But Butler responded with an 11-2 run and led 14-11 after one.
After Garden City returned the favor with a 9-4 spurt to regain the lead 20-18 on Yancy's transition layup, the Broncbusters went stone cold, failing to score over the final 5:44 of the first half. They trailed 26-20 at the break.
Greg Franklin's team managed to erase an eight-point third quarter deficit and tied the game at 34 when Yancy made 1-of-2 at the line. But they were still down after three, and then lost Sierra Driessen to an ankle injury early in the final period.
Butler took full advantage after that.
Wallace made an easy layup, and Colvin knifed inside for a three-footer off the glass to put the Grizzlies up, 50-43 with 5:43 to play.
Butler won the game despite shooting just 30 percent from the field and 1-of-9 on 3s. But they countered that 27 free throw attempts (20-of-27).