The Dodge City Red Demons boys basketball team won, but the girls team lost Saturday as the two teams played the Liberal Redskins on the road.
For the Red Demons, the night ended on a high note despite at times late looking like it wouldn’t.
The boys team jumped out to an 18-9 lead in the first quarter but were outscored in the second and third by scores of 15-11 each, and 17-16 in the fourth. The Redskins’ comeback sent the game to overtime.
From there, the Red Demons outscored the Redskins 8-7 to narrowly pull out a 64-63 victory.
Adrian Mendoza had a team-high 20 points for the Red Demons. Noah Sowers had 14 and John Johnson had 12.
For Liberal, Syris Dunlap had a game-high 22 points, and Hunter Hatcher had 15.
The Red Demons finished with three more assists than the Redskins, but also three more turnovers. The Redskins had both of the game’s two combined blocked shots and had eight steals to the Red Demons five. The Red Demons had a higher shooting percentage, hitting 47.8 percent of their shots from the field compared to the 41.8 percent by the Redskins.
On the girls side, the Red Demons faced powerhouse Liberal, which entered with a 15-0 overall record.
As has been the case so many times this season, the Red Demons started slow, getting outscored 13-3 in the first quarter before outscoring the Redskins 10-9 in the second. Each team scored 8 points in the third, but Liberal outscored Dodge City 17-15 in the fourth.
In the end, the Redskins won 47-36.
Red Demon junior Chidera Okoro finished with a team-high 11 points for Dodge City, but she was the only Red Demon to break double figures.
Redskin Katie Hornya had a game-high 15 points for Liberal. Machia Mullens had 12.
Dodge City outrebounded Liberal 30-24, but turned the ball over 21 times, compared to the 17 turnovers Liberal had.
The Redskins dominated in both steals and blocks. All six of the game’s blocks came from the Liberal side, and the Redskins had 12 steals compared to just five by the Red Demons.
Dodge City’s boys and girls basketball teams are in action Tuesday against Garden City in the Dodge City High School Field House. The girls varsity game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. with the boys scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.