A 3-pointer by Addison Rowley was slightly off, and the the Dodge City Conquistadors women’s basketball team narrowly lost to the Butler Grizzlies Wednesday night by a score of 54-51.
Rowley had a game-high 14 points. Makaela Ewing had 11 and Haleigh Hill had 10 for the Conqs.
The Conqs shot 28.8 percent from the field, slightly bested by the Grizzlies’ 34.7 shooting percentage, but the Conqs only shot 25 percent from the field in the first half, going 6 of 24. The Grizzlies led 33-20 at halftime.
“I saw a lot of toughness and grit and I thought they did an outstanding job battling back, getting themselves back in the game tonight,” Conquistador coach Zach Loll said. “We could have went in at halftime after letting them go on that 12-0 run to end the half and really hung our heads.”
Instead, the Conqs players talked to each other and got refocused at halftime, Loll said, and did a good job getting themselves a chance at the end. It just wasn’t enough in the end.
“It comes down to the first half and just our execution and attention to detail that we didn’t take care of,” Loll said. “We talked about having the pull-up jump shots and we get called for three charges, we don’t rebound the ball well the first half and then the other thing we didn’t do is get back and gave up some transition baskets.”
Those last couple shots in the game are the easy ones to talk about, Loll said, but the team did a good job fixing those things to even put themselves in position for those to matter.
“But if we take care of those others small details in the first half, we put ourselves in a much better position where we don’t have to exert so much energy to come back,” Loll said.
Men’s steam survives despite controversial call
In the late game, the Conquistadors men’s team won 76-74 after a final-second dunk by the Grizzlies was waved off, despite appearing to beat the buzzer in videos and screen-grabs of the play posted on the internet.
The Grizzlies players and coaches appeared irate, and after the post-game handshakes a small scuffle broke out near the visiting benches.
The Conqs trailed 39-33 at halftime, but outscored the Grizzlies 43-35 in the second half to secure the victory.
Jyrus Freels had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Justice Dixon and Kevin Howard had 11 points and 10 points respectively.
The biggest scoring contribution, however, came from UniQue Mency, who rained 3’s, particularly in the second half. He finished with 26 points, including seven 3-pointers, going 7 of 10 from behind the arc.
The Conqs went a combined 11 of 23 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies combined for 5 of 21 shooting from the same.