Dodge swept by Garden City on road
By: John Zetmeir
Red Demons fall to Buffs
The Dodge City High School girls basketball team were forced to play catch-up from the very beginning against Garden City on Tuesday evening.
After getting a layup 4 seconds into the game, the Buffaloes led until there was just 2 minutes left on the game clock when freshman Chidera Okoro gave the Red Demons their only lead of the game. The Dodge City girls held a 32-31 lead for 55 seconds until the Buffaloes recaptured the lead and did not give it up as Garden City held on for a 35-33 win.
“I think we caused some havoc, they fought back and we had every opportunity at the end,” Dodge City head coach Kelley Snodgrass said during her post game radio interview. “Like I told the girls, you don’t lose the game in the last minute, it was lost way before that when we gave up second-chance opportunities, when we gave (Garden City) run out baskets because we didn’t know who we were guarding. Those are the things I look back at.”
The Red Demons trailed 30-22 going into the fourth quarter but 10-1 run over the first 6 minutes of the final quarter put Dodge City ahead. A pair of free throws from Alexis Ontiberos cut Garden City’s lead to one point before Okoro’s layup put them ahead.
The Dodge City girls, who enjoyed an 18-game Western Athletic Conference winning streak coming into the season, are now0-4inconferenceplay at the midway point in the WAC season. Garden City snapped a five-game losing streak to Dodge City with Tuesday’s win.
The Red Demons (4-9, 0-4) will take on Ulysses next Tuesday.
Garden City girls – 14 5 11 5 – 35
Dodge City girls – 9 6 11 5 – 33
Dodge City – Bradshaw 14, E. Okoro 10, C.Okoro 4, Cecil 3, Ontiberos 2. 9-31, 12-18 FT, 3-11 3PT. 33.
GARDEN CITY 54, DODGE CITY BOYS 43
A promising start couldn’t be sustained by Dodge City in their 54-43 loss to Garden City on Tuesday night.
The Red Demons jumped out to a 15-6 lead early in the second quarter after 10 first quarter points by junior Hunter Heath but the Buffaloes answered with an 18-4 run over the final 7 minutes of the first half to take a 24-19 advantage.
Garden City’s lead grew to 41-32 in the fourth quarter before an 8-0 got Dodge City back into the game with 2:28 to play. A 3-pointer by senior Chris Baker cut Garden City’s lead to 41-40 but clutch free throw shooting by the Buffaloes helped them snap a four-game losing streak to the Red Demons.
Three Buffaloes were perfect from the free throw line as the team finished 14-of-20 from the line.
“We had our chances with free throws but didn’t capitalize,” Dodge City head coach Dennis Hamilton said. “We got forced into fouling them.”
The Red Demons (2-11, 1-3) were led by Heath who finished with 15 points. For Garden City Zac Karlin and Garret Doll carried a majority of the scoring load. Karlin led all scorers with 18 points while Doll added 17.
Garden City boys – 6 18 13 17 – 54
Dodge City boys – 13 6 11 13 – 43
Dodge City – Heath 15, Baker 9, Sowers 8, Sanchez 5, Unruh 4, Rickenberg 2. 15-32, 8-17 FT, 5-12 3PT. 43.