The Great Bend High School girls’ basketball team kept the pressure on Scott City.
The Lady Panthers were able to force a large number of turnovers on their way to a 50-23 victory on Saturday night at Panther Fieldhouse.
“The girls, I felt like they stayed focused,” GBHS head coach Carrie Minton said. “They really executed. We tried to really focus on making sure defensively, they weren’t careless.
“We really wanted to get up and down the floor tonight, and push the ball.
The Lady Panthers had a slow start, falling behind 6-4 with 4:28 remaining in the first quarter.
That’s when things started clicking for Great Bend, and just fell apart for Scott City.
Using a full-court press, GBHS got multiple turnovers and started a 34-0 run in the first quarter that ended at halftime.
Regan Unruh started with a driving layup, followed by Kylee Spray rattling home a 3-pointer.
Kelsie Doll got a steal and layup, Hannah Hildebrand put in a basket from the paint and Unruh recorded a three-point play.
Kelsie Doll got another layup after Spray stole a Lady Beavers inbounds pass, and Tarynn Stueder closed out the first period, making one of two free throws.
The Lady Panthers scored 19 unanswered points in the second period, getting four points apiece from Stueder and Kaylie Doll.
Spray knocked down another 3, and Unruh, Hildebrand and Kelsie Doll each scored two points before intermission, giving the Lady Panthers a commanding 38-6 lead.
Kaylie Doll led Great Bend with nine points, making a 3-pointer in the second half and going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Kelsei Doll and Spray each finished with eight points, and Unruh and Stueder scored seven apiece.
“We wanted to get the ball inside to Morgan (Harwood) a little more, but at the same time, we also wanted our shooters to take the open shot when they get it,” Minton said. “It was nice to see the balanced scoring tonight, and knowing that from top to bottom, everybody got involved.”
Great Bend faces Dodge City on Friday night for its final home game of the regular season.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
At Great Bend
Great Bend 50, Scott City 23
SCOTT CITY (3-14)
Holly Wilcoxson 0 0-1 0, M. Thornburg 0 0-0 0, Shanaya Hoeme 1 0-0 2, Kelly Wycoff 3 4-4 11, Bailey Nickel 2 0-0 4, Marissa Morris 0 0-0 0, Nicole Latta 2 0-2 4, Janessa Lowenthal 1 0-2 2. Totals 9 4-8 23.
GREAT BEND (11-6)
Kacee Kasselman 0 0-0 0, Lauren Welsch 0 0-0 0, Hannah Hildebrand 2 0-1 4, Kelsie Doll 4 0-0 8, Kylee Spray 2 2-2 8, Regan Unruh 3 1-1 7, Kaylie Doll 2 4-4 9, McKenna Mauler 1 0-0 2, Tarynn Stueder 3 1-3 7, Morgan Harwood 2 1-2 5. Totals 19 9-13 50.
Scott City 6 0 11 6 — 23
Great Bend 19 19 7 5 — 50
Three-point goals — Scott City 1 (Wycoff); Great Bend 3 (Spray 2, Ka. Doll). Total fouls — Great Bend 15, Scott City 15. Fouled out — None.