Demons take both games at Great Bend, face off against Cimarron next
By John Zetmeir
Dodge City Daily Globe
The Dodge City High School girls basketball team, last season’s Western Athletic Conference champions, showed why they are the favorite to repeat as conference champions in their first game of WAC play.
The Red Demons (4-2, 1-0) beat Great Bend 72-31 in a game that was never in doubt after a strong start propelled Dodge City past the Panthers.
A 10-0 run helped the Red Demons jump out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter.
After taking a 37-22 lead into the halftime break, Dodge City locked down the Panthers in the second half, allowing just nine Great Bend points after the halftime break. Great Bend was just 9-of-38 from the field in the game.
“It tells us that we can defend,” head coach Kelley Snodgrass said during her post game radio interview. “I said all along that we have to hang our hats on defense and we won the battle of the boards by close to 20. Those are two things that we can do day in and day out.”
Dodge City shot 31-of-65 from the field and outrebounded the Panthers 46 to 28. Four Red Demons tallied double-digit points with senior Jessica Harshberger leading the team with 23-points.
DODGE CITY BOYS 63, GREAT BEND 50.
The Red Demons used a strong third quarter performance to dig a hole that was too deep for Great Bend to climb out of in their WAC opener.
Dodge City won their conference opener 63-50 over the Panthers on Tuesday night.
The Red Demons outscored Great Bend 14-4 over the first six minutes of the third quarter to give Dodge City a 39-23 lead.
After cutting Dodge City’s lead down to 56-46, the Panthers ran out of gas down the final stretch of the fourth quarter.
The Red Demons (3-3, 1-0) were led by senior Noah Williams The 6-foot-6 senior forward finished with a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Dayton McGroarty was not far behind, finishing with 19 points.
The battle for the boards was fairly one-sided in Dodge City’s favor on Tuesday night.
The Red Demons outrebounded the Panthers 39-17. Their 17 offensive rebounds lead to 15 second chance points for Dodge City.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday when they square off with Cimarron at the United Wireless Arena.