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Enough of a surprise that when ..., 27 Feb 2013 [cached]
Enough of a surprise that when informed that GCCC hadn't won at SCCC since 1992, head coach Alaura Sharp hurried back into the Busters' locker room to tell the team, eliciting a celebratory cheer.
"Were they even born in '92? You know what I mean? Sharp said.
"Also, it keeps you opposite of Hutch," Sharp said. "Guarantees you those first two round playoff games.
"I thought she handled herself well," Sharp said of Chinn.
"I thought there was a moment in time the offense began to click," Sharp said.
"Obviously, really proud that our team ..., 18 Dec 2012 [cached]
"Obviously, really proud that our team has came together and played together, and competed and played really hard," head coach Alaura Sharp said.
"I feel like offensively, we're executing our offense pretty well," Sharp said. "I felt in the NEO (Northeastern Oklahoma) game and the Seminole (State, Okla.) game, both. As a coach it's - execution becomes really important in conference play. And being able to come out of a timeout and execute what your coach has drawn up on the board, to put us in the best position to score. And we've been doing really well in that area."
Sharp added that the Busters have gotten to the free-throw line - and converted - better as the season has gone on, and they're turning the ball over less.
Still, after a hot start to the season shooting from outside, Garden City has struggled to convert 3-pointers, making 31.9 percent as a team.
On defense, the Busters are holding opponents to 32.3 percent shooting from the field and 52.8 points per game. But after saying preseason that the team's identity would begin on defense, Sharp said there's a lot to work on on that side of the ball.
"But I do feel like we have some chinks in the armor on the defensive end," she said. "I feel like there's some areas that we've almost lost ground on. I don't feel like we're defending the ball as well as we did right away, we're not keeping the ball in front of us as well."
Garden City also fouls too much, and Sharp said a lot of them are silly mistakes that can be avoided.
"Every team that I've ever coached has been phsyical," Sharp said.
"I think the best saying about that is, we've had some significant leads, and our bench has got a ton of experience," Sharp said. "They've had to play in blowout games, and they've had to play major minutes in close games. I feel from top to bottom, from No. 1 player to 11 player, they're all getting really key, significant experience."
Sharp admitted her reserves haven't always come up big, and added that while the Busters have been able to get to the free-throw line, the bench players need to do a better job of getting momentum-swinging field goals.
Garden City also hasn't really had to come from behind yet this season, and Sharp said she's not sure how the Busters might react to that situation.
It's that mindset that has Sharp feeling positive about the start of Jayhawk West play in two weeks - a gauntlet that starts Jan. 5 against 12-2 Butler, then continues with games against Hutchinson and 10-3 Barton.
"It's very easy to try to treat junior college like AAU, and just kind of not prepare yourselves as a team," Sharp said.
And according to head coach Alaura ..., 1 Nov 2012 [cached]
And according to head coach Alaura Sharp, the Busters are about as ready as they can be.
"We've actually had a pretty good week of practice," she said.
Sharp also said sophomore Deni Jacobs, who averaged 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman, will have an expanded role this year.
"With Mikell, we're really looking for her to be a distributor first, and get us into our offense," Sharp said.
Sharp said the Busters are looking to be effective in transition offense and push the pace with the ball. If they can't get going quickly in transition, Sharp said the Busters want to look to get the ball inside to Jones and Watts in the post.
"The three of them have a lot of pull in which direction our team goes," Sharp said. "When they're in a good place, our team's in a good place, and we have to understand the importance of that."
Defensively, Sharp said the full-court defense needs work, but she's happy with how the Busters are playing right now in the half court. Garden City will primarily play man-to-man, but mix in some zone looks when needed.
Sharp said the Busters' chemistry is good, and that they've learned to be accountable and work hard in practice.
"I feel like the overall concept of what we're trying to do - we have a very hungry team, we're very hungry to win and to win fast," she said.
"You know what, today, we just ..., 17 Nov 2012 [cached]
"You know what, today, we just almost looked like we didn't have a lot of interest in going out and really playing our way," head coach Alaura Sharp said in a phone interview.
Sharp said the Busters missed too many layups and easy shots in the point.
Sharp said she wasn't happy with Garden CIty's execution down the stretch, and had trouble finding a rhythm on either side of the ball. She attributed it to effort and focus.
Consistent focus is something Sharp has stressed to her team so far this season. Part of that may be the long layoff between games for the Busters. They haven't played since Saturday, and Sharp said she's noticed some rust after the long layoffs.
Despite the occasional lapses in focus, Garden City is 6-0. Sometimes those lessons don't stick until a team finally loses a game because of it, but Sharp said she hopes it doesn't come to that.
"That's what I told them after the game, I don't want to have to lose for us to learn these things the hard way," she said.
Garden City hasn't played ..., 8 Nov 2012 [cached]
Garden City hasn't played since that big win Saturday, and head coach Alaura Sharp said having a full five days between games can be both good and bad. On the positive side, the Busters got to spend a few days just working on individual skills in practice before moving to game prep later in the week.
But on the other hand, it really is a long time between games.
"That's a lot of days to practice, especially coming off of 3-0, you really weren't challenged, score-wise," Sharp said.
Sharp said the Busters focused on taking care of the ball and improving screen action on offense when they got back to working on team concepts in practice on Wednesday.
And while the Busters have been good at pushing the tempo and getting out in transition, Sharp said she thinks they could be better. Garden City has also shot well from behind the arc this season, converting at a 42.4-percent clip so far. Sharp said she'd like the offense to be less reliant on the 3-pointer, and that shouldn't be a problem with two talented post players in Tamara Jones and Shicole Watts.
"I feel like at some point in time, we're not going to be able to rely on the 3-point ball like we have in the last several games," Sharp said. "So finding other ways to score. I think that I would like to continue to improve our transition offense. I think it's been good, but I think we've missed a lot of easy bunnies."
Sharp said that after a good start to the week in practice, the intensity has slipped, and that she just wants to see the Busters bring good energy to the practice floor.
"If you practice at half-speed, you'll play at half-speed," she said. "So that's the biggest thing, is getting us to practice at that full speed."
Sharp noted that Howard and Frank Phillips both play similar styles of offense, which has streamlined game prep.
Against both opponents, Sharp said the biggest thing the Busters need to work on defensively is limiting fouls. Foul trouble has been an issue for Garden City in its three games, and Sharp said a lot of the fouls the Busters are committing are unnecessary "bailout" fouls.
"There's a difference between an aggressive foul and a silly frustration foul," Sharp said.
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