DODGE CITY — Perhaps it was the after effects of playing the same team just three days later that had some impact on the score and outcome of Tuesday’s Garden City-Dodge City girls basketball game.
Perhaps that all-too familiar scene of the Buffs-Demons, on the heels of a Saturday 38-24 Dodge win in Newton, also created some uncertainty as to the outcome of the Western Athletic Conference matchup between the two Class 6A rivals.
Whatever it was, the result eventually was the same. This time, though, it was a tough-pill-to-swallow 35-27 setback by the Buffs as the Demons made it two straight within 72 hours.
It was a night when the Buffs put up 19 more shots than the Demons, turned the ball over a dozen fewer times (20-8), yet could manage just one less field goal, making only nine-of-46 attempts for a bone-chilling 19.6 percent.
Dodge, however, hit a respectable 10 of 27 for 37 percent, connected on 11-of-14 free throws and had a 33-28 rebounding advantage, and that combination proved to be the downfall of the Buffs.
“Our press did about the same as Saturday, and it’s something that I thought was effective,” GCHS coach Matt Pfeifer said of the 20 Dodge miscues. “But it was much the same, our lack of finishing plays and not being able to get the inside shots, the layups to go. We’re just in a little bit of a scoring slump.”
After falling behind at the intermission, 11-7, in a freezer-cold first half, the Buffs did warm up in the third quarter, but it was never enough.
On the few occasions, when the Buffs made a mini-run of 4-0, the Demons had an answer. And most of it came from Kisa Unruh, who had a game-high 14 points, including nine-of-10 critical free throws.
Trailing by eight, 23-15, going into the fourth, the Buffs pulled to within five on two different occasions, the last at 32-27.
But there was only 20 seconds remaining on the clock at that point, and the Demons cashed in three-of-four charities at the end to make it the final eight-point margin.
While Unruh was the lone double-figure scorer for the Demons, no Buffs reached twin digits. Annie Gerber, who made five-of-seven charities, and freshman Keyhana Turner, shared high-point honors for the Buffs with seven each.
The Buffs hit the road on Friday and cross into the Oklahoma Panhandle to face the Guymon Tigers in a 6 p.m. tipoff. Dodge will be home Friday for a WAC contest against Hays.