Garden City blown out in El Dorado
El Dorado, KS-Freddie Wallace scored 16 points, Kaylee Nero and Syncere Harrod combined for 26 off the bench, and Butler blew out Garden City, 86-47 Wednesday night at the Powerplant. It was the Broncbusters third straight loss, dropping them to 7-10 overall and 3-8 in conference play.
Garden City was two steps slow all night. They were outrebounded 40-22 and they turned the ball over 21 times resulting in 27 Butler points. They shot just 34 percent from the field and trailed by as many as 43 points late in the fourth quarter.
After a strong start had the Broncbusters up four following Cayanna Stanley's made free throw with 4:36 to play in the first, Antwain Scales' team went off the tracks. The Grizzlies responded with an 11-5 run to end the first to take a 17-15 advantage.
Then the wheels really fell off.
With Butler leading 22-19 early in the second, the Broncbusters went ice cold. Randi Harding made a layup, J'Unti Franklin swished a 26-footer from the right sideline, Nero beat Sidney Scruggs off the dribble for 2, and Jada Knight completed a three-point play, polishing off an 18-2 surge that had the Grizzlies up 40-21 with 40 seconds to go. Butler led 40-23 at the break.
Things really snowballed in the third. Wallace opened the period with a 3, Jaila Harding followed with a three-point play, and Butler scored the first 12 points of the quarter. They led by 37 after three and were up 80-37 after Harding grabbed a Stevi Yancy missed 3-pointer and raced to the other end for a layup.
Yancy scored a season-high 11 points in 10 minutes off the bench for Garden City, which shot just 4-of-18 (22 percent) from beyond the arc. Dayshawna Carter added 11 but missed 10 of her 15 shots. Scruggs had 10 points and two boards.
Maycee James tallied 11 points and eight rebounds for Butler, which shot 53 percent from the field. They had 16 offensive rebounds turning into 16 second-chance points.