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Great Bend 8th-grade girls win basketball opener
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Great Bend’s Brecken Carroll drives to the basket.

The Great Bend Middle School 8th-grade girls basketball A-team roared past Dodge City Comanche Middle School 37-9 in its season opener.  

The Lady Panthers led 21-7 at halftime. The Panthers scored off several turnovers with an aggressive press to extend the lead to 37-9 with a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Kyndall Blessing scored 16 points, followed by Brecken Carroll with nine. Kynslee White, Katie Kuhlman, Nayomi Olivas, Valerie Luna, Madelynn Gregg and Ciera Depenbusch each scored two points.

“I was happy with the number of times our press turned into baskets,” said Great Bend coach Kyle Jeffrey. “We ran our offense well for the first game.”