Demons fall short of Championship game


Cody Ibarra, 12, drives the ball to the basket. Photo by Karen Marquez

Victoria Garcia, Editor in Chief

The Dodge City Red Demons endured a tough-fought game against Junction City falling short of a spot in the Championship game. The final score was 73-58.

The game started intense. Junction City won the tip-off and scored within the first minute of the game. Dodge responded with a 3 pointer made by Adrian Mendoza, 12. However, Junction City was right behind them bringing the score up to 4-3. Five minutes into the game Dodge City executed a smooth play, putting them in the lead 5-4. Noah Sowers, 12, scored his first three of the night, closely followed by a basket bringing the score up 10-4. At the two minute mark, Junction City tied up the game, 10-10. Dodge City faced turn-over after turn-over, losing various vital rebounds. This allowed Junction City to take the lead 15-10. Dodge City started to fight back, with Matt Friess, 10, scoring a three pointer. At the end of the quarter Dodge was down 17-16.

With a full house and a high intensity game, the Demons jumped into the second quarter full force. After a free throw from Junction City, Sowers returned the point with a basket tying the score 18-18. The game continued with it’s back and forth play, with each team making basket after basket. With four minutes left in the half, the Blue Jays took the lead 27-22. After a successful screen set by the Demons, allowing both Sowers and Mendoza too score, bringing the score up to 29-30. With 40 seconds left in the half, the score was 36-31. the Demons made a last attempt to tie the score, however they fell short and ended the half at 38-34.

The second half brought some more challenges with both teams determined to secure their Championship spot. One minute in, Beau Foster, 11, scored making the score 38-36. At the five minute mark, Sowers stole the ball and allowed John Johnson, 11, to score, tying the game 40-40. Junction City continued to fight back and at the end of the quarter the score was 50-49, making it a tight entrance into the final quarter.

Neither of the team lost their momentum as they continued to fight for the win. Sowers started the quarter will a solid rebound record, however the team continually missed their shots. Many important free throws were missed by the Demons, allowing the Blue Jays to take a larger lead. Dodge continued to fight, but in the end it was not enough and the team.

This qualified Junction City for the Championship game against Bishop Carroll, which will be played tomorrow at 5 p.m. Dodge City will play against Shawnee Mission South for third place tomorrow at 3 p.m.