The Dodge City Conquistadors women’s basketball team beat the Barton Cougars 55-51 Saturday night, coming back from as much as nine down in the third quarter.
Freshman guard Allie Baker had 24 points in the win. Three of those came at the end of the third on a 3-pointer. Then, after a quick turnover in the quarter’s final few seconds following that shot, Baker got a shot off just after the buzzer had gone off. The shot fell, but the points didn’t count.
That didn’t mean the bucket wasn’t impactful, it just wasn’t on the scoreboard.
“Even though they don’t count the one at the buzzer, which was probably the right call, it just lifted our spirits and kinda gave us some momentum even though we didn’t get the three points on the board,” Conquistador head coach Zach Loll said. “(It) gave us some momentum coming back in there, and we got focused defensively again.”
In the fourth quarter, the Conquistadors slowly ate away at the Cougar lead, cutting it to 50-49. Then, with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter, freshman guard Rylee Burris hit a 3-pointer to give the Conqs the lead 52-50. They never relinquished the lead again.
“Fourth quarter we got back in there and really started defending well and offensively we just started moving the ball better,” Loll said. “I thought Makaela Ewing gave us a big lift there, got us an and-1 there, kind of lifted us. But everybody contributes in a game. We handle the basketball well, we get some good stops, and everybody just does a little bit of something to help us.”
Burris’ 3-ball was a good example. It was the only shot she made that night, but came after she got her own rebound on a missed layup earlier in the play.
On the men’s side, the Conquistadors held their own throughout the game but weren’t able to keep up despite hitting five more 3-pointers than the Cougars.
Each team recovered 37 rebounds, and the Conqs had three fewer turnovers: Seven to the Cougars’ 10. In the end though, the key statistic was free throws. Barton took 24 more, and made 20 more, than the Conquistadors. Overall, the Cougars shot 32 of 38 from the free-throw line, while the Conqs shot 12 of 14.
“It befuddles me to understand how a team can come into your house and shoot 38 free throws, you shoot 14, they outscore you from the line 32-12 and you lose by five, and we score five more field goals than they score,” Conquistador men’s head coach Steve Tucker said. “Explain that. Somebody please explain that to me.”
Both Conquistador teams are in action Wednesday when they head to Arkansas City, Kansas to take on Cowley Community College.