"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
"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."
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
"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."
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
"I think the best saying about that is, we've had some significant leads, and our bench has got a ton of experience," Sharp
"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."
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.
also hasn't really had to come from behind yet this season, and Sharp
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