The Dodge City Community College Conquistadors womens basketball team opened their season with a win Wednesday night, beating the Sterling Community College JV Warriors 88-47.
It was a dominating win by the Conquistadors, who used a combination of defense and careful ball-control to take control of the game early.
In the first half, the Conquistadors shot 43 percent from the field, while the Warriors shot 50 percent, but led 43-25 at halftime by shooting 17-40 from the field versus the 9-18 by Warriors. They also made more 3-pointers in the first half, hitting 5-11 compared to the 2-3 by the Warriors.
The Conqs were also the only team to earn a steal in the first half, stealing the ball 11 times to 0 by the Warriors. The Conqs committed just three turnovers in the first half, versus 20 by the Warriors.
Conquistadors head coach Zach Loll said there was some anxiety entering the game for the team. Even though they had played some scrimmages, there hadn’t been people in the stands for those, he said. With a team composed of almost-exclusively freshman,
“The first couple of minutes, we finally got that first basket and we kind of relaxed a little bit and got going,” Loll said. “First half, I thought we played well, third quarter I thought we played well.”
It wasn’t a completely perfect performance though. Despite only turning the ball over three times in the first half, the Conquistadors turned it over 11 times in the second. They also allowed four steals in the second half. With such a young team, Loll acknowledged the team still has some work to do, particularly in finishing games.
“We get a 40-point win but there’s a lot of things as a coach I see that we’ve gotta improve on,” Loll said.
Loll said he’d be fooling himself if he said there weren’t things the team had to get better at, but Wednesday’s game allows the team to now have more material on which to critique itself.
“Now we’ve got film, we can come back in, we can teach, we can show em things we’ve gotta get better at and how we need to focus on things,” Loll said.
Dodge City’s womens basketball team’s next game is against Bethany Community College next Monday. That game is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. and takes place at the Dodge City Community College Student Activities Center.
In other Dodge City Community College action, the mens team also opened the season with a win, beating the Northwest Kansas Technical College Mavericks by a score of 92-51.
The Conquistadors outshot the Mavericks 16-8 from the field and 4-1 from 3-point range in the first half alone.
Both teams had seven steals, while the Mavericks had more turnovers than the Conqs, but only barely, giving the ball away 18 times to the 15 turnovers by Dodge City.
Overall, the Conquistadors outshot the Mavericks 36-19 from the field and 8-5 from 3-point range.
The Dodge City mens team next plays Saturday against Otero Junior College. That game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. and take place at the Dodge City Community College Student Activities Center.