BY KEVIN PRICE
GARDEN CITY - With little more than thirty seconds left in the game, Barton Community College's Netanya Jackson dropped the game's final bucket in for two points that put the Cougars up 72-70 over Garden City on Saturday night and gave Barton a 2-2 record in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
Barton (9-8, 2-2) now sit in fifth in the KJCCC Western Division standings.
Barton head coach Keith Ferguson said that the game started in the Cougars' favor, but turned around in the second half.
"We jumped ahead of Garden 12-0 at the beginning of the game," Ferguson said, "and then we kind of hit a drought. Garden made some adjustments and it slowed us down a little."
Ferguson said that in spite of the drought, the Cougars remained ahead going into the locker rooms at halftime.
In the second half, Garden City continued to cut the lead, until the game was neck-in-neck.
Then the Cougars started to find themselves in foul trouble.
"Alisha (Fanshier) and Dionne (Harris) both got fouled out with over four minutes left in the game," Ferguson said. "Netanya (Jackson), Cerissa (McMillan) and Christina (Caddy) each had four fouls."
The Cougars were down four going into the final two minutes, but with 37 seconds remaining, Jackson drained a shot to give Barton its final lead.
Garden City, which had 28 offensive rebounds compared to Barton's 27 defensive boards, traveled down the floor and got a shot on goal, but Jackson was able to reel in the rebound.
Garden City put Jackson on the free-throw line to stop the time with four second left. Jackson missed the free throw. Garden took a shot, but missed.
"I was really proud how the kids battled back from diversity," Ferguson said. "We lost some of our players, but they continued to battle."