Despite getting beaten in nearly every statistical category Tuesday night, the Garden City Buffaloes girls basketball team beat the Dodge City Red Demons Tuesday night.
Final score: Garden City 46, Dodge City 40.
The Buffaloes bench outscored the Red Demons’ 13-6. From the free-throw line, Garden City outscored Dodge City 20-6, having shot 76.9 percent from the stripe compared to Dodge City’s 54.5 percent. The Buffs also had the game’s only two made 3-pointers (the Red Demons shot 0-9 from the field, while the Buffs shot 2-9).
Still, Dodge City’s starters outscored Garden City’s 34-33. The Red Demons had more steals (12-9), a higher overall shooting percentage from the field (37 percent to 35.3 percent) than the Buffs, more blocks (2-1) and more rebounds (33-25).
“We always try to win the battle of the boards,” Snodgrass said. “We won a lot of the categories tonight. We didn’t end up getting a W on the scoreboard. We’ve got to do a better job of not putting them at the free-throw line.”
The free-throw disparity was one of things that proved tough to overcome.
“I was proud of how they fought back again, we just can’t dig ourselves those holes,” Snodgrass said.
Dodge City, which has tended to start slow in games, didn’t Tuesday night. The Red Demons actually outscored the Buffs 8-7 in the first quarter. It was far from a perfect start though, as after a few possessions the Red Demon offense began to sputter.
“I felt like the girls came out ready,” Red Demon head coach Kelley Snodgrass said. “We scored and executed in the first three possessions of the game, and then I don’t know, we went stagnant on offense, we stopped cutting and moving. I don’t know if we were tired, but credit Garden’s defense. They did a good job.”
Individually, Garden City junior Felicity Rodriguez had a game-high 12 points. Teammates junior Nateara Beasley and sophomore Keyhana Turner each had 10 points apiece. Rodriguez and Turner finished tied for a game-high seven rebounds each.
For Dodge City, freshman Camree Johnson had a team-high 11 points, but she was the only Red Demon in double figures. Junior Chidera Okoro had 9 points, and both freshman Amaya Perez and sophomore Kisa Unruh had 6 apiece.
The Red Demons head to Great Bend to take on the Panthers Friday. The girls varsity game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the boys game scheduled for 7:30 p.m.