Coach Zach Loll saw a ton of improvement from his first edition of Conquistador women’s basketball to his second edition. The Dodge City women’s basketball team win total jumped by seven wins in his second year at the helm of the program. Loll is hoping to see that trend continue this year and believes that he has a group that is very capable of doing that. There will be a core group of eight returning sophomores to go with eight new players that will be added to the mix.
Returners Addison Rowley and Makaela Ewing both averaged over eight points a game in 2017-18 to lead a balanced scoring attack from the Conqs. They are both expected to make an impact early giving the team direction and balance. Rowley brings the shooter’s mentality and is always looking for an opportunity to put points on the board. Ewing became a focal point towards the end of the season last year and is expected to be someone the Conqs can lean on for scoring, rebounding and defense. Ashley Nelson and Kaylyn Maple are both Dodge City natives that return for their second year as well. They should both be contributors in the front court for the Conqs. Nelson creates matchup problems with a very solid inside and outside game and the coaching staff is expecting bigger things from her this year. Maple will be an anchor for the Conqs in the post, as she brings a big defensive and rebounding presence. Kaylee Dale is the final front court returner. Dale brings a very physical style of play and is a great rebounder for DCCC. The other back court returners are Allie Baker, Alec Fitts, and Rylee Burris. Baker brings a solid point guard mentality to the floor, but can also be a scoring threat from either of the guard positions. Fitts is the competitor that can do a little of everything for the Conqs. She brings energy and fire to the floor every time she steps into the game. Burris is a sharp shooting specialist that will be leaned on for a consistent outside shooting threat for the Conqs.
The new players for the Conqs bring a wide variety of looks that fill needs in the program. Fredrionna Adams is a point guard from Evansville, Indian. She will immediately challenge Baker for playing time at the point guard spot and brings athleticism and toughness in a point guard. Ashia Pool is also an incoming guard that will look to see time at both the point guard and off guard spot, and Bridgett Fairbank will be a shooting guard for Dodge City. In the frontcourt Loll made a point to bring in players that could be versatile and fill needs for his squad. Haleigh Hill is a transfer forward from South Plains College. She has the ability to move between the three and the four positions to create matchup problems for the opposition. Faith Cattouse is an athletic wing that will be looked to for explosiveness toward the basket. She is very good off the dribble and will be a defensive stalwart for the Conqs. Alana Busby-Dunphy will be an impact player as a freshman in the post to give depth to go with Dale and Maple. Raegan Crawford and Elizabeth Petrakis round out the front court for the Conqs. Both will be looked to contribute as the season goes on.
The Conqs schedule will test them immediately. They will open the season in Sedalia, Missouri at the State Fair Community College Classic. They will face State Fair on the opening night then NJCAA Div. II No. 2 Kirkwood on the second night. They will then travel to Seward County for a classic where they will face NJCAA Div. I No. 16 South Plains. They will open at home on Nov. 16 for the Conq Classic, then they will return to Missouri as they travel to the Moberly Classic on Thanksgiving Weekend. The Conqs will start Jayhawk Conference play on November 28 when they travel to Independence Community College.
Loll has also added a new assistant to the program in Jordan O’Brien. O’Brien comes to DCCC from Missouri Southern State University where she was an assistant for the Lions. She also has head coaching experience as she was the head coach at Iowa Central Community College for two years. Moe Ptacek will also return to the bench as a volunteer assistant for the Conqs as well.