The Dodge City Lady Demons did not come out ready to play in their Western Athletic Conference opener and the host Lady Buffaloes made them pay in a 60-37 setback.
Garden City scored 24 points off 14 Lady Demon turnovers before intermission to build a 27-point halftime lead.
"We didn't come out ready to play but you have to give Garden credit," said DCHS head coach Kelley Snodgrass. "I was very frustrated that we didn't come out with defensive intensity and Garden City got every loose ball.
"We didn't come out and play like we do in practice. We played hard but it is frustrating to not see the girls playing up to their capabilities. We need to find the spark we had in our first three games."
Ciera Lampe led the Lady Demons in scoring with 11 points and Chandra Sain score nine for Dodge City (2-3). Taryn Tempel scored 15 to lead the Lady Buffaloes (5-1), while Johna McClelland and Jaymie Bernbeck added 10 apiece.
The first quarter saw the Lady Buffaloes dominate in every aspect of the game.
Garden City scored seven points off eight Dodge City turnovers and six more off second chances to build a 17-4 lead by the end of the first period. The Lady Demons made only one of their eight shots in the opening stanza, while Garden City was 8-of-16.
The Lady Demons continued to play irratic against the Garden City press in the second quarter and the host team took advantage. The Lady Buffaloes scored 17 more points off turnovers and made 11 of their 14 shots in the stanza to increase the margin to 40-13 by intermission.
The Lady Demons came out of the locker room and clamped down on defense, forcing four turnovers in the third quarter. Dodge City outscored Garden City 14-11 in the stanza to cut the deficit to 51-27 going into the final period.
Dodge City never cut the deficit lower than the final score.
The Lady Demons' next game will be after the holiday break when they host Sunrise Academy at 6 p.m. In the DCHS Fieldhouse.
DODGE CITY (37) -- Breckyne Pike 2, Summer Wilson 4, Chandra Sain 9, Alexis Sanchez 3, Jessica Harshberger 6, Alexis Altamirano 2, Ciera Lampe 11. Totals 12 9-12 37.
GARDEN CITY (60) -- Johna McClelland 10, Kristen Padilla 6, Taylor Lineberger 2, Jessica Carillo 6, Jacksenie Tornero 7, Taryn Tempel 15, Tionna McKee 4, Jaymie Bernbeck 10. Totals 26 5-9 60.
Dodge City 4 9 14 10 – 37
Garden City 17 23 13 9 – 60
Three-point baskets -- Dodge City 4 (Sain 2, Lampe 2), Garden City 3 (Padilla 1, Tornero 1, Tempel 1). Records -- Dodge City 2-3, Garden City 5-1.