The Dodge City Conquistadors men’s and women’s basketball teams both fell to the Independence Community College Pirates Saturday.
In the women’s game, the Conquistadors fell 58-47, having never led.
Freshman forward Kaylee Dale led the Conquistadors with 15 points, and freshman forward had a team-high five rebounds.
Dale was the only Conquistador to reach double-figures in points.
The women’s team held it close early, but the Pirates slowly pulled away.
“We came off and I thought we had a good start, and then we got in a scoring-drought there late in the first quarter and then it carried on into the second quarter, and you’ve gotta be able to score some points to keep up with the pace of play,” Dodge City women’s coach Zach Loll said. “The last two games we haven’t had shots falling and we’ve got to work and get shots up and work on that.”
The hardest part right now isn’t getting those shots, but rather making them, Loll said.
“I think we’re getting good shots, but we’re not ready at times to shoot it or it’s an afterthought, so we’ve got to get in and we’ve got to put the ball in the basket,” Loll said. “And it’s not just one person, it’s everybody collectively.”
In the men’s game, the Conquistadors fell 91-79, and never lead.
The Pirates jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Conqs finally got on the board with a pair of free throws by freshman forward Kevin Howard made it 9-2.
Dodge City trailed 40-36 at halftime. They tied the game in the first half at the scores of 15-15 and 17-17, but they could never overcome the slow start.
Howard and freshman guard Ishawn Murphy each had 16 points. Freshman center Jyrus Freels and Howard tied for the team-high in rebounds, with five each.
“We always play hard, and that’s kind of our calling-card,” Conquistadors men’s head coach Steve Tucker said. “We’re just not doing the things you gotta do to win basketball games. It’s like the guy standing in front of a dam, you know you get one hole plugged up, (and) another one pops open.”
The Conqs are next in action Wednesday when they take on the Seward Saints in the Dodge City Community College Student Activity Center.
The women’s teams tip off at 5:30 p.m., while the men’s teams start at 7:30 p.m.