The Dodge City Conquistadors womens basketball team won their conference home-opener Wednesday night, beating Pratt 44-34 in the Student Activity Center, while the men completed a heroic comeback.
In the womens game, Taylor Lee had a game-high 12 points for the Conquistadors on 4-8 shooting from the field and 4-8 shooting from 3-point range.
“It was really nice because I’ve been really struggling to shoot these last couple of days, so it was really nice to get my shot back,” Lee said.
Her four made 3's were more than all the other players in the game combined on a night when the teams combined to shoot 7 of 39 from 3-point range and 25 of 123 from the field.
The Conquistadors out-rebounded Pratt 54-49, beat them nine to three in blocks, nine to four in steals and shot 26.2 percent from the field compared to the 14.5 percent Pratt shot.
Conquistadors head womens basketball coach Zach Loll said the team was at times good in various areas of the game, but at other times left lapsed in those areas.
“Defensively we were really good at times and did what we wanted to do, there were times when we got away from it and allowed them to do what they wanted to do and we struggled,” Loll said. “They went to the 2-3 zone, I thought we got the shots we want but we gotta knock shots down, and it comes from having some confidence. We’re trying to hurry and get the shot up instead of taking our time and going up, and referees aren’t gonna bail you out whenever you just throw it up there.”
With the win, the Conquistadors womens team 3-1 this season.
The story of the night, however, came in the mens game, where Dodge City battled back from down by as many as 18 points in the second half to pull off a 100-97 victory.
With less than five minutes remaining in the second half, the Conquistadors trailed by as much as nine, and trailed 95-88 with 4:18 remaining.
Slowly however, they cut away at the lead.
A running lay-in made it 97-96 in Pratt’s favor with just 27 second seconds remaining. After a Pratt turnover, Conquistador freshman guard Justice Dixon was fouled driving the basket.
He tied the game at 97-97 when he made his first free throw. He gave the Conquistadors the lead 98-97 when he made the second.
Then, after another foul seconds later, he made two more free throws, scoring the game’s final four points. Overall, Dixon shot 7-9 from the field, 3-5 from 3-point territory and 6-8 from the free-throw line.
Including the last four straight. He ended with a team-high 23 points.
The win moved the Conquistadors to 4-1 overall this season, and 2-0 in conference play.