By Mike Pilosof
Liberal, KS-When Omega Tandy was first hired, her message was clear: this is a process. Well on Saturday, that process took the first step in the right direction.
Garden City shook off some early shooting struggles with a 15-0 run, turning an early three-point deficit into a 20-8 advantage once Hidaya Thornton knocked down a midrange jumper with 9:56 to play in the second. Boyce added back-to-back buckets, Corina Suarez-Tudela hit her fourth 3 of the young season, Tyla Happer connected on a triple, and Garden City had a 38-19 lead going into the locker room.
The Broncbusters kept the pressure on in the second half.
Deborah Ford splashed home a 14-footer, igniting a 12-0 surge that stretched Garden City's lead to 31, 56-25 with 1:17 to go in the third. In the fourth, seven straight points, punctuated with Suarez-Tudela's bucket, put the Broncbusters up by 33. Jaleah Bellany then nailed a 3, Happer hit a layup, and Donetria McGee put home a 10-footer to give the road squad their largest advantage of the game, 71-33 with 3:10 remaining.
Garden City finished the game 9-of-38 from 3 (24 percent) and 30-of-78 from the field (39 percent). They forced 27 turnovers, their second straight game with 25 or more. Their bench outscored Bethany's 47-8.
Next up: Garden City vs. Trinidad State-Friday, Nov. 8-5:45 p.m. pregame; 6 p.m. tip on 99.9 FM; westernkansasnews.com/kwkr and KWKR mobile app