The Coffeyville Red Ravens returned to their home court this afternoon for the first time in 2019. Both men’s and women’s teams hosted the Dodge City Community College Conquistadors. The men came into this game at 3-0 early through 2019 and 15 and 2 throughout the whole year. The ladies are 1-1 in 2019 and currently 2 and 14 entering the game as they got the afternoon kicked off first. From the beginning it was a defensive battle as both teams had many takeaways but both struggled to hit from the floor. Second quarter struggles continued from the floor as both teams finished just 20% shooting, though the lady Red Ravens led 28-22 at the half. In the third quarter Dodge City looked refreshed and gained momentum but was quickly given up by CCC’s ability to take the ball away. An intense 4th quarter saw 3 lead changes and few very important free throws for Coffeyville, which they were able to hit. Late game strategy and forcing turnovers give the ladies another win and an impressive one at that as they win 55 to 49 to start the double header off on the right foot.
The men played directly after the women’s game, coming in winners of 3 of their last 4 and happy to be back on their home court. You’d think intensity and energy would be on the Red Ravens side though it was Dodge City that came out and surprised everyone, using their speed to break the press, and knocking down an unusual amount of 3s giving themselves a significant distance between them and CCC, and at one point led by 9 points through the first half. After giving up 30 points in the first ten minutes, coach Herkleman rallied the guys with a timeout demanding better defense. Which is exactly what they did, only allowing 8 more point to be scored by Dodge City and hitting timely free throws gave Coffeyville the lead before half by a score of 44 to 40. By the time the second half came around Coffeyville’s offense turned on the jets and gave themselves a decent lead through the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half which they then coasted to victory on. 4 players scored in double digits as the Red Ravens win their 4th straight by a score of 108 to 80 finishing the sweep of Dodge City.
That moves coach Herk to now just 3 games away from being the winningest head coach in region 6 history and Coffeyville to 16 and 2 on the year. Busy week next week starting on Monday as both Men and women teams will host Cowley College on Monday on Jay Herkleman court at Nellis Hall.