The Dodge City Conquistadors womens basketall team fell to 4-4 overall this season, losing to Garden City 66-57 Wednesday night.
The Conquistadors lost despite having a better shooting percentage than the Broncbusters throughout the game.
In the first half, the Conquistadors shot 55 percent, while the Broncbusters shot 26 percent. Still, a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer gave them a 28-26 lead. While the teams each hit 10 shots inside the arc in the half, the Brconbusters made two extra 3's.
The resounding difference, however, both in the night and in the first half, was rebounds. Garden City out-rebounded Dodge City 24-13 in the first half, including 16-1 on the offensive boards. In the end, the Broncbusters beat the Conquistadors 41-29 on the boards.
"We didn't do a good job the first half of boxing out and rebounding," Conquistadors head coach Zach Loll said. "We let them be the aggressor and come after it and get it, and that was the difference. That was the difference in the game is the offensive 18 second-chance points that they get."
In the end, Loll said, teams have to finish plays.
"We'd defend well, force them into a tough shot but then give them another life," Loll said. "We've gotta be able to rebound the basketball and give ourselves a(n) opportunity in the game. And we did a better job in the second half, but it's gotta be for four quarters, it can't be two quarters."
Early in the third quarter, the Broncbusters took a 32-30 lead. Those points became the first two of a 13-1 run for the Broncbusters and allowed them to push their lead to 43-31.
Despite the run though, Loll said the team kept fighting in the game.
"The bench did a good job keeping everybody up in things," Loll said. "When we talked we had to come back and get a stop and we fought. We didn't quit. And that's what we talked about, like it's gotta be a stop, you've gotta get a rebound and then you've gotta come back and get a score and you can't quit. And I felt we kept fighting throughout the game."
Dodge City's womens basketball team next takes on Butler. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in the Dodge City Student Activity Center.
Mens team also falls against Garden City
After the women played, the Dodge City Conquistadors mens basketball team lost to the Garden City mens team by a score of 66-64.
Garden City led 29-28 after the first half, out-shooting Dodge City 32 percent to 28 percent in the half and out-rebounding Dodge City 30-25. Overall the Broncbusters narrowly outshot the Conqs 38 to 35 percent in the game.
Like in the womens game before it, the Conquistadors mens team lost the battles on the glass, getting out-rebounded 50-43 over the course of the game.
Dodge City sophomore guard Bruce Hodges had a game high 16 points in the loss.
Dodge City's mens basketball team next takes on Butler. That game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday in the Dodge City Student Activity Center.