Bronco guards push pace for Hastings College offense

Shandra Farmer (4), a sophomore at Hastings College, puts up a floater on Nov. 15, 2017 in a game against College of Saint Mary (KHGI)

The Hastings College women are owners of the second best overall record, 15-2, in the GPAC and tied for second in the standings at 7-2.

The two Broncos losses coming against teams ranked in the Top 20.

A big reason for their stellar play is an experienced and effective backcourt. Three of the top five scorers for the crimson and cream are guards, allowing Hastings to put a collective foot on the gas more often and score more in transition.

"We tried to push it the last couple of years, but this year with our press, that kind of helps because it just gets you into a faster pace, a faster mode," said head coach Jina Douglas.

The game plan has proved to work pretty well as the Broncos have used their speed to their advantage.

"When you have someone like Shandra (Farmer) and Emma (Grenfell), who are pretty little, pretty undersized really for the most part. Shandra's 5'3" and Emma's maybe 5'4", it helps to get them out in the open court a little bit," Douglas says. "They have a little bit more room to score, they're not waiting for (taller) kids to come over and rotate, so we try to emphasize getting up the court and get easy buckets that way."

Hastings College is entering the meat grinder of their GPAC schedule with four of their next eight games against a program ranked in the Top 20.

The Broncos take a seven–game winning streak on the road this week, starting at Doane, Wednesday, 6 p.m. then off to Northwestern on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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