BUHLER — There was no sluggish start this time for the Great Bend High School girls’ basketball team.
The Lady Panthers scored 25 points in the first quarter on their way to a 74-68 victory over Buhler on Tuesday night.
“The girls got off to a great start,” GBHS head coach Carrie Minton said. “They played really tough defense and got after the ball. We pushed the tempo a bit.”
Buhler came out in a zone defense that Great Bend immediately went to work against.
“They were in a 2-3 zone the whole game,” Minton said. “We knew to expect the zone coming in, so the offense knew that we needed to get the ball inside to Morgan (Harwood) early on.”
That is exactly what they did.
Harwood finished with a team-leading 23 points.
“She was a factor the whole game,” Minton said. “Our guards were factors the whole game. Once they started to pack it in, the girls were able to hit 3s to spread it back out. We had eight 3-pointers — three in the first quarter, three in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.”
Tarynn Stueder and Regan Unruh each finished with 11 points.
Kelsie Doll scored 10 points.
Great Bend, which is 13-2 overall this season, hosts Garden City on Friday night.
— Kevin Price