Conquistador women move to 2-0 with 65-31 win.
The Dodge City Conquistadors womens basketball team moved to 2-0 Monday night, beating Bethany College junior varsity by a score of 65-31.
Dodge City fell behind a couple of points early, and trailed 4-2, but the Conquistadors tied it up at 4-4 with 5:58 left in the first.
Conquistador head coach Zach Loll called a timeout anyway.
“I just told them liked we’d missed some layups, we hadn’t been sharp and just they had to get themselves together,” Loll said.
It wasn’t a perfect performance, despite the 34-point win.
“(In) the first half I thought we defended really well, we went over their stuff that they’d done, I thought we defended, but we left a lot of points out on the floor tonight, and the thing is, you can’t leave points like that out on the floor against better teams because you’re gonna get beat.”
Loll said the team is getting the opportunities, they just need to do a better job of capitalizing on them. The ability to do that comes from the team’s focus and their mentality.
“You gotta put the ball in the basket, it’s as simple as that,” Loll said.
The Conqs eventually put the ball in the basket, taking they lead and eventually expanding it. They lead 16-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Bethany scored to make 20-10 in Dodge City’s favor. Then, Dodge City went on a 14-2 run that lasted the remainder of the half. They took a 37-12 lead in to halftime.
Halftime didn’t necessarily help though.
“We talked about their mental-focus and just execution, and we come back the second half and we turn it over the first three possessions,” Loll said. “That’s now you come out of a halftime.”
Loll said the team played well in the third, but played better in the fourth. During the break between the two, Loll said he told the team the third quarter was a bad quarter and it was up to them to decide whether or not the fourth quarter would be as well.
“I thought they did a better job, rebounded and pulling it together there (in) the fourth quarter,” Loll said.
Statistically, the Conquistadors out-rebounded the Swedes 61-37, including 24-5 on the offensive glass alone.
“I think we really did a nice job on the offensive glass and on some of the misses being able to stay with (it) and get second, third chances, which is good,” Loll said. “And I thought we defended well. Lost in all of it, we did only give up 31 points. You’re doing something right to only give up 31. I mean they’ve played some other conference-opponents, and they’ve scored 40, 50 points, so I do think our girls defended well.”
The Conquistadors never looked back after halftime, leading 49-21 at the end of the third quarter before winning the game 65-31.
Loll said if he had to choose one most valuable player in the game, it’d be Kaylyn Maple.
“I thought she got it done on the boards, she had 12 rebounds, led us,” Loll said. “But the big thing that she does for us on the floor: She really does a nice job off the ball, helping our guards on penetration, and that’s something you don’t get credit for (in the statistics). But she did a nice job of getting into the gaps, where she needed to be, stopping the ball and helping our guards on penetration.”
Dodge City next takes on Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas this Saturday at 6 p.m. before returning home Nov. 15 to take on Pratt Community College.
That game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the Dodge City Community College Student Activity Center.
Conqs mens team moves to 2-1 with win vs. Bethany College JV
The Dodge City Conquistadors mens basketball team was also dominant Monday night, improving its record to 2-1 after beating Bethany College JV 118-66.
It was a dominating performance from the start.
The Conquistadors led 59-31 at halftime, in part due to outstanding shooting in the first half. While the Swedes shot about 41 percent in the first half, the Conquistadors shot 71 percent from the field. They also hit 4-8 from 3-point range and were 5-7 from the free-throw line.
Overall, the team shot 64 percent from field-goal range and 68 percent from 3-point range.
Jyrus Freels led all scorers with 20 points. Kevin Howard had 11 rebounds to lead both teams in that stat and Justice Dixon had a game-high eight assists.
Dodge City next takes on Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas this Saturday at 8 p.m. before returning home Nov. 15 to take on Pratt Community College.
That game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the Dodge City Community College Student Activity Center.