The Dodge City High School girls basketball team started their season with a 67-35 win over Junction City on Saturday. Dodge City began to find a rhythm offensively in the second quarter that carried them through the rest of the game. After tallying 12 points in the first quarter, the Red Demons averaged over 18 points a quarter for the remainder of the game.
“I thought we did some good things defensively,” girls head coach Kelley Snodgrass said. “We forced quite a few turnovers so I was pleased with their effort on that end and they did a great job on the boards as well.”
In the second game of the night, the Dodge City boys team fell to Junction City 52-44. After struggling out of the gate, the Red Demons scored 27 of their 44 points in the second half.
“We didn’t get off to a very good start and kind of put ourselves behind the eightball there,” boys head coach Dennis Hamilton said. “We continued to battle and dug ourselves out of a hole but we could never get over the hump. I would like to think that what we took from the game was constructive.”
Senior Dayton McGroarty scored a team-high 16 points. Dodge City was 16-of-48 from the field and 9-of-17 from the free throw line. Junction City was 19-of-34 from the field on Saturday.
“We obviously can’t turn the ball over 18 times and shoot 52 percent from the free throw line and expect to win a lot of games,” Hamilton said. “Those are some areas that, in my opinion, are very correctable.”
Both teams will travel to Woodward, Oklahoma on Thursday before returning home to host Manhattan on Saturday.
By John Zetmeir
Dodge City Daily Globe