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Ravens Split at Home Against Dodge City

 

It was a mixed bag in Coffeyville's return to Nellis Hall on Wednesday, as the women claimed a 60-58 overtime victory over Dodge City while the men dropped a 76-53 contest.

 

The Coffeyville women were fresh off of a 12-point loss to Garden City, but seemed to shake that off quickly. Despite a slow offensive start, the defense kept the game under wraps. Eventually, Coffeyville's shots started falling, and a 21-8 second quarter would give the Ravens a 27-16 halftime lead.

 

Unfortunately, it wouldn't be a runaway victory. Dodge City came out of the break with a 21-10 third quarter of their own, tying things back up for the final quarter. After going even in the fourth thanks to a couple of last minute Amiya Josey free throws, it would be overtime once again for a Red Ravens squad, tied up at 49.

 

Later in overtime, tied at 58, and with a chance for the final shot in overtime, Coffeyville's Faith Simpson was fouled to get to the line with just 3.4 seconds remaining. Both shots fell, and a last-gasp Dodge City heave wouldn't come close, giving the Ravens their eighth win of the season.

 

Simpson led all scorers with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Amiya Josey finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Red Raven women shot 88% from the free throw line, while Dodge City shot just 47%. The team is now 8-1 on the season and 2-1 in Jayhawk Conference play.

 

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The men also faced a tough Dodge City team, and were doing it down several men. Sickness kept starters Dayshawn Wiley and Oluwatimisola ToluOgunokya out of Wednesday's games, and would-be starters Blaise Keita and AJ McBride are still out due to injury.

 

Things started slowly, with both teams unable to create open shots. However, Dodge City got things going for themselves, utilizing its bigger, more athletic players and forcing Coffeyville to guard inside. With just one player over 6'8" available for Wednesday's game, it was a tall task, and Coffeyville slowly fell behind.

 

Dodge City built a 13-point lead heading into the locker rooms, and while Coffeyville would fight for quite awhile into the second half, even cutting the lead back down to 9, the disadvantages were just too much, and the much healther team would eventually pull away and claim the 23-point win.

 

Coffeyville has lost three straight at home, and are now 5-4 on the season. They are 2-1 in Jayhawk Conference play.

 

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The Raven women will be alone for our next broadcast, as they play host to the Colby Trojans this Saturday. The Colby men have postponed both of their games this week due to health and safety protocols. Pregame will start at 1:30PM, with tip-off at 2 PM on US98.1, KUSN.

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