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GBHS opens postseason tonight
Class 5A Sub-State Basketball Tournament
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It's comparison time tonight, when the Great Bend High School Lady Panthers take on Maize South in a first-round Class 5A sub-state basketball tournament game.

It tips at 7 inside Panther Fieldhouse.

"They're similar to us in that they like to get up and down the floor," Great Bend head coach Carrie Minton said of the Lady Mavericks. "From what we understand, offensively, they push the tempo of the game a little bit."

The parallels probably end there.

• Upstart Great Bend (13-6) is the No. 3 seed.

• Maize South (11-9) is the sixth seed.

• The Lady Panthers like pressure the ball full-court.

• The Lady Mavs like to sit back in a zone defense, and make a team beat them from the perimeter.

"Defensively, we have a little bit different mind-set," Minton said. "We haven't seen a lot of full-court pressure out of them. They play zone for most of the game, if not the entire game. … offensively, once they get ahold of the ball, they like to get down the floor.

"Our girls take a lot of pride in defense. They know when we have good defensive pressure, we can create a turnover, and that's boded well for us this season."

Because of the weather cancellation of their regular-season and Western Athletic Conference finale with Hays, GBHS, which finished No. 2 in conference play with a 5-2 record, hasn't played since Feb. 16.

No matter.

"I think the girls are ready to go," Great Bend's first-year coach said. "I think the best thing for us is that we're playing them at home. That gives us a little bit of an advantage."