There are times opposing teams have an advantage that is too much to overcome.
The Dodge City Lady Demons faced that dilemma Friday night in their first game back from the holiday break going up against a player on Sunrise Christian's squad more than five inches above the tallest home member of the team. Lady Buffaloes' post player Leashja Grant used that advantage to help Sunrise beat Dodge City 57-45.
Grant scored 25 points, grabbed 17 boards, blocked seven shots and had six assists to lead the Lady Buffaloes in the game, but Dodge City didn't help its cause by giving up 18 points off of turnovers and 14 more at the free throw line.
"We did a better job of handling (the basketball), but it just goes to show that they had the key turnovers that led to lay-ups or us not getting back on defense," said DCHS girls basketball head coach Kelley Snodgrass. "We talk about it all the time to get back. It is a thing that we can correct and get better at."
Katrina Roenfeldt scored 10 points and also grabbed seven rounds plus dished seven assists to lead the Lady Demons (2-4). Alexis Sanchez and Brecknye Pike added nine in the loss. Sanchez also had 10 rebounds in the game. Kaycee Weiser also scored in double figures for Sunrise with 13.
The first quarter showed the Lady Buffaloes' height dominance. Dodge City was 3-of-18 from the field with five shots being blocked (three by Grant). Sunrise was able to take advantage on the other end as well to build a 12-7 lead by the end of the opening stanza. Sanchez had four points and four rebounds for the Lady Demons in the stanza.
The second quarter saw the Lady Demons use an 8-point run to record their only lead of the first half; but the Lady Buffaloes closed out the stanza with a 10-point run to lead 30-21 at intermission.
"When you go on one of your defensively lapses and the other team starts to go on a run, you have to be disciplined enough and aggressive on the offensive end," Snodgrass said. "We really didn't do that. We didn't take the shots that we needed to and we weren't aggressive enough to rebound (the ball)."
Sanchez led Dodge City with nine points, six rebounds and four assists. Weiser scored 11 to lead Sunrise in scoring while Grant added 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Sunrise scored 12 points off of turnovers and 11 more at the free throw line.
The Lady Demons scored the first basket after intermission before Sunrise scored eight straight to build its largest lead of 15 points.
The margin never went under double digits the rest of the game.
Dodge City will open Western Athletic Conference action with a home contest against Great Bend next Friday at United Wireless Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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