It was a night-and-day difference performance between the Garden City Buffaloes bowling girls and boys team Tuesday night, when the Buffs hosted the Great Bend Panthers in a WAC dual at Garden Bowl. The girls continued their dominating conference season, sweeping the Panthers, 11-0, while the boys on the other hand, were not as fortunate. They dropped five of the six total games, losing 9-2.

Head coach Kip Nichols is excited at how his team has performed this season, and is confident his girls team has already picked up some hardware.

“The girls continued their dominance in the league. We probably have enough points already to a claim the conference title, with one regular season match and the postseason still to be played,” Nichols said.

The girls have only given up two points all season long in WAC play.

All three medalists were Buffs, as Angelina Leeper took top individual honors with a score of 639.

“I felt pretty confident, I can't speak for the other girls, but I think we bowled good as a team,” Leeper said.

The Buffs’ pin count was a dominating 3,013 to the Panthers’ 2,229 in the six-match sweep — three 10-pin games and three baker format games.

On the other side of the coin, the boys had a hard time putting anything together, with their only win coming in the third game of 10-pin game, beating the Panthers, 815-803. Garden City nearly won the first baker game, forcing a four-frame replay as both teams bowled a 161. Great Bend not only won the replay, but the next two matches. The Panthers’ overall pin count was 3,400 to Garden City’s 2,900.

“Today, overall, the boys were flat,” Nichols said. “They didn't bowl with a lot of energy and they struggled making good shots and converting spares. It was a hard day for them.”

Nichols thinks that the Garden City boys might be a bit tired from their busy road schedule thus far this season.

“I’m afraid they might be a little road weary,” Nichols said. “We went to Wichita the last two weekends in a row and we’ve down a lot of bowling in the last 10 days.

“I’m hoping they'll get some rest tonight and tomorrow, before we go to Dodge (City) on Thursday and bowl them.”

The best finisher for the Buffaloes was junior Ethan Newberry, who bowled a 623, and finished in third place.

Nichols acknowledges that that the Panthers are always a good barometer for his team during conference play.

“Great Bend has always been our rival, and they have always been the stiffest competition that we have out there, and that wasn't any different today,” he said. “They always come and put it all on the line.”