June 23, 2024

Loll picks up milestone victory; Conq men fall

(Courtesy of Dodge City Community College Athletics)

DODGE CITY, Kan. — The Conquistador Women were back on home court Wednesday night for the first time in the new year. They faced a tough welcome back challenge in the Cowley County Tigers, who sat atop the KJCCC East standings with a conference record of 4-2 and overall record of 14 wins and only 2 losses. Those only 2 losses coming from fellow KJCCC West opponents Seward County and Pratt. The game started promising for Conq starting forward Alana Busby-Dunphy making two solid post moves inside to make consecutive field goals. It was later in the first frame that she went down with a foot injury at the 4:50 mark and did not return to the game. Forward Sydney Thurwalker then proceeded to take over the game from there. The lead never got more than 3 points for Cowley in the first half and the Conqs lead at the break 17-15. The second half was much of the same with a mix of good ball control, interior scoring, and sharp shooting from beyond the arc. The second half lead for the Conqs would dwindle down to 1 point at times but Cowley never managed to take the lead in the second half and the Conqs ended up putting it away when Cowley came within 5 points with :47 seconds on the clock. Ashia Pool sealed the game with a steal with :34 seconds left and sinking one of two free-throws putting the Conqs up 8 with :29 seconds left, too little time for Cowley to mount a comeback. 

With the win last night, Head Coach Zach Loll achieved a milestone in college coaching by getting his 300th career college coaching win (Kaskaskia, Wabash Valley, Dodge City). With :30 seconds on the clock in the 4th quarter, Coach Loll knew that win number 300 was guaranteed as he proceeded to exclaim, “300 BABY! 300 BABY!”. 

The Conqs improve to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play pulling them into a tie for second place in the West with Pratt behind 6-0 Hutchinson and Seward County. 

Next Game: The Conqs host Coffeyville this Saturday in the Student Activity Center for their next KJCCC matchup. Game time is scheduled for 1:00PM. 

DODGE CITY, Kan. — There was a shootout in Dodge City last night! Not the one that you would typically think of when considering it was in Dodge City. This shootout occured inside the Student Activity Center as the Conqs welcomed the #20 Cowley Tigers to the SAC in the first home game of 2020. The Conqs were faced with a very tough challenge with the Tigers as they came into the game nationally ranked in multiple categories, including being #1 in the nation in shots attempted and steals. Not to mention putting up 47 three’s a game as well. Well, last night was no different for the Tigers but what was surprising is that the Conqs matched them for most of the game! The Conqs came out firing on all cylinders and holding a lead on the Tigers all the way to the 10:57 mark of the first half when Cowley tied the game at 28 off one of their 11 made three’s of the game. Freshman Forward Myron Washington lead the Conqs in first half points with 12 and 13 rebounds. The Conqs went into the locker room at the break only trailing the #20 Tigers by 10 points, 57-67. 
The second half saw the Tigers pull aways with a 14 point lead early but the Conqs stayed poised to come within 5 points at the mid-way mark of the second half. It would stay at or around the 10 point deficet the remaining 10 minutes with multiple missed layups and close shots being missed by the Conqs down the stretch that would have pulled them closer to the Tigers. 
With the close loss, the Conqs fall to 8-7 overall and 0-6 in KJCCC play. 

Next Game: The Conqs will next host Coffeyville CC this Saturday inside the Student Activity Center. Game time is scheduled for 3PM