A two-week time frame in late January saw both Garden City and Dodge City High School girls and boys basketball teams jump out of the Western Athletic Conference double round-robin schedule.
Tuesday night, the WAC rivals resume their annual two-game rivalry in Dodge City, with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys to follow at approximately 7:45 p.m., both at the DCHS Fieldhouse.
While the Garden City boys ventured to Valley Center for its annual visit to the January Jam, Dodge City’s boys were hosting the 75th edition of the prestigious Tournament of Champions.
Neither team had much success, the Buffs’ boys going 0-3 at the Jam, while the Demons managed to win the seventh-place game of the TOC against Leavenworth.
That same week, the Garden City girls ended a three-game losing streak by beating Ulysses at home prior to their trip this past Thursday through Saturday to compete in the Newton Invitational Tournament.
The Buffs’ girls, much like the boys, came home winless in three games, two of which came against teams ranked in Class 5A and 4A-I. The last setback, however, came at the hands of Dodge City’s girls on Saturday, 38-24.
Last week, the Garden City boys snapped its three-game skid with a solid 56-39 victory at home over Ulysses, a team that had placed fourth in the same January Jam tournament.
Dodge City’s boys returned to the court this past Friday and defeated Great Bend in a WAC contest, 64-61.
Heading into the first meeting, the Garden boys will bring a 7-6 season record and 2-1 mark in the WAC while the Dodge boys are now 7-5 and 2-0.
On the girls side of the rivalry, the Buffs have dropped three in a row and are now 4-9 overall and 0-3 in the WAC, having just the one win against Ulysses over the past seven games this month. The Red Demon girls, meanwhile, are now 7-5 overall and 1-1 in the WAC.
Following Tuesday’s games, the Buffs will head to Guymon, Okla. on Friday.