The Dodge City Conquistadors womens and mens basketball teams both lost to the Butler Grizzlies Saturday.
On the womens side, Dodge City fell in part due to the work of Butler sophomore guard Erika Mattingly, who had 22 points, eight assists and six steals, all game-highs.
“She’s a good player,” Conquistador head coach Zach Loll said.
At 5 feet and 8 inches tall, Mattingly wasn’t even one of the two tallest players on the Grizzlies’ squad.
“She just does a lot of good things,” Loll said. “I mean she manages the game for em, she shoots it well, she has rebounds and has eight assists and only two turnovers, she’s a complete player.”
For Dodge City, freshman forward Makaela Ewing had a game-high eight rebounds. Freshman guards Francheska Aguino and Allie Baker both shared the lead for the Conqs in assists, recording four each.
Freshman guard Addison Rowley led the way on the scoreboard, recording 16 points. She ended the game having shot 6-10 from inside the arc and 4-5 from outside of it, but that was only after she cooled down a bit in the second half, having shot 4-5 from the field in the first one with 3-4 shooting from the perimeter.
Dodge City as a whole cooled off from inside the arc in the second half. In the first they hit 37.9 percent of their shots on 11-29 shooting, while in the second they hit 35 percent on 7-10 shooting. At halftime though, they only trailed Butler 34-30.
“I thought we came out and we did a good job of doing what we needed to do,” Loll said. “(We) really did a good job of rebounding in the first half, which we talked about after the Garden (City) game.”
That helped give the Conqs an 11-2 advantage at halftime in second-chance points. During halftime though, the team talked about the importance of coming out strong in the second because they knew Butler would press the attack more in the second half.
Which is exactly what happened.
The Grizzlies held a 5-3 advantage in steals at the half. After halftime, they expanded that, finishing with 14 steals to the Conquistadors’ four. They also got more second-chance points in the second half than the Conqs, allowing only two themselves while getting 14 points of them in the combined third and fourth quarters.
“We gave up offensive rebounds, let them have 14 second-chance points in the second half of the game,” Loll said. “We can’t do that against good teams and turned it over 13 times (in the second half). We’ve got to put a complete game together.”
On the mens side, the Conquistadors lost to the Grizzlies 84-78 Saturday night.
Butler led the entire game except for a stretch in the first half after the Conqs took a 17-14 lead. The Grizzlies reclaimed the lead at 25-23 and never gave it back despite a strong comeback attempt by the Conqs in the final seven minutes.
Part of the reason that comeback failed was missed free throws.
Assistant coach Chris Hagan said the coaches thought the team had a good couple of days in practice coming off their Wednesday loss to Garden City. Even in Saturday’s loss, Hagan said he thought the team played hard.
“The effort wasn’t the issue,” Hagan said. “Execution-wise we know we’re gonna have to improve because we’re a young team. But just, free throws. I mean (we) miss 20 free throws (and) lose by six. I mean that’s self-explanatory.”
Butler sophomore forward Ketarrious Bouchum led all scorers with 22 points. Dodge City freshman guard had a game-high eight assists and shot 3-6 from the field, 2-3 from the perimeter and 5-8 from the free-throw line.
The Conquistadors basketball teams next head out on the road to play against Barton Community College on Wednesday. The womens game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. while the mens game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.