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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Lady Conqs win, but working on intensity

  • Lady Conqs win twice in Conqs Classic
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  • Usually when a team scores over 90 points and wins by a double-digit margin, then it was a good game for that squad. But the Dodge City Lady Conquistadors had times when they were just too relaxed in their 95-77 victory over the Tabor junior varsity that concerned head coach Mark James. "We're not very happy with this win," James said. "We told the kids after the game -- and we really mean this -- that we're going to enjoy the win, but we've got a long way to go, especially on defense. "I thought we played O.K. on offense at times. We hit some shots and got to the basket at will sometimes; but we sometimes settled for outside shots when we probably didn't have to. When we attack, good things seem to happen to us." Tabor scored the first four points of the game before the Lady Conqs (6-1) went on a 17-point run and never lost its double-digit lead the rest of the way. Guards Azaria Nave (17 points) and Kelli Tolar (11 points) pushed the charge as Dodge City led by as many as 21 points in the opening stanza and had a 51-33 cushion at halftime. The Lady Conqs were 8-of-13 from three-point range after 20 minutes of play. "We were just faster and more athletic than they were," Nave said about their start. "We shouldn't have let them get two baskets to open the game." However, the Lady Bluejays were able to grind down the margin, cutting the margin down to 68-57 midway through the second half and scored 44 points after intermission as they were able to find cracks in the Dodge City defense. "I am not taking anything away from Tabor because they played hard, but we shouldn't give up 44 points in a half to that team," James said. "We are going to give up points because we are going to have more possessions than most teams in America; but if they had 77, then it should have been one of those games where we scored 130." Tolar led the team in scoring with 27 points, while Nave added 22, Keiwanna Patterson 13 and Kesha Buckner 11. Dani Dowell led Tabor with 29 points, with Jesse Ramos scored 17 and Taylor Janzen 10 for the Lady Bluejays. The Lady Conqs will return to action Tuesday night against the Lamar Lady Lopes in a chance to avenge their only loss so far this season. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at United Wireless Arena. TABOR JV (77) -- Begay 1-9 0-0 2, Burns 2-8 3-3 6, Dowell 12-28 3-6 29, Clark 1-2 0-0 3, Janzen 3-6 4-7 10, Anderson 0-2 2-2 2, Ramos 6-8 5-8 17, Freeman 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 29-70 16-26 77. DODGE CITY (95) -- Whitaker 4-8 1-3 9, Cramer 2-4 0-0 5, Whipple 0-0 0-0 0, Patterson 5-11 1-2 13, Ruiz 0-4 0-0 0, Buckner 3-6 0-0 11, Nave 8-15 3-3 22, Herrera 2-11 4-4 8, Tolar 9-15 5-5 27, Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-76 18-23 95. Halftime -- Dodge City 51, Tabor 33. Three-point baskets -- Tabor 3-18 (Begay 0-7, Burns 0-1, Dowell 2-9, Clark 1-1), Dodge City 11-28 (Whitaker 0-2, Cramer 1-3, Patterson 2-6, Ruiz 0-1, Nave 3-6, Tolar 4-9). Rebounds -- Tabor 44 (Anderson, Ramos 7), Dodge City 50 (Whitaker 12). Assists -- Tabor 12 (Clark 4), Dodge City 16 (Nave 6). Fouled out -- Tolar. Total fouls -- Tabor 20, Dodge City 23. Records -- Dodge City 6-1. Friday night Dodge City 98, Bethany JV 50 The Lady Conqs quickly built a double-digit lead and continued to build on it throughout the game in recording their victory over the Lady Swedes. Bethany shot only 24 percent from the field for the game with Dodge City outscoring the Lady Swedes 55-25 in the second half after building a 43-25 halftime lead. Kesha Buckner recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Conqs. Kelli Tolar led Dodge City in scoring with 19 points, while Kelly Cramer added 11 and Shakiyla Williams 10. Hannah Whitaker led the team in rebounds with 17 (13 in the first half). Danica Casey scored 16 to lead Bethany, while Afton Lutters added 15 and Jyil Gamboa 10 in the losing cause. BETHANY JV (50) -- Casey 3-16 9-9 16, Madden 0-0 0-0 0, Gamboa 2-16 6-10 10, Dietz 1-9 0-0 3, Lutters 7-10 0-0 15, Bledsoe 2-7 2-5 6. Totals 15-62 17-28 50. DODGE CITY (98) -- Whitaker 4-14 0-0 8, Cramer 3-8 2-2 11, Whipple 0-2 2-2 2, Patterson 2-7 1-2 6, Ruiz 3-5 0-0 8, Buckner 7-10 2-4 16, Nave 3-5 0-0 7, Herrera 3-9 0-0 6, Tolar 7-21 1-2 19, Hall 2-3 0-0 5, Williams 5-9 0-0 10. Totals 39-93 8-12 98. Halftime -- Dodge City 43, Bethany 25. Three-point baskets -- Bethany 3-17 (Casey 1-6, Madden 0-1, Gamboa 0-4, Dietz 1-4, Lutters 1-2), Dodge City 12-38 (Cramer 3-8, Whipple 0-1, Patterson 1-6, Ruiz 2-4, Buckner 0-2, Nave 1-1, Tolar 4-15, Hall 1-1). Rebounds -- Bethany 39 (Casey 7), Dodge City 70 (Whitaker 17). Assists -- Bethany 5 (Casey, Gamboa 2), Dodge City 26 (Tolar 6). Fouled out -- Lutters. Total fouls -- Bethany 11, Dodge City 22. Records -- Dodge City 5-1.
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