Dodge overcomes slow start to take 5th

By Steve Sell
January 31, 2015
Kendall Shaw

Dodge City entered the Mid America Classic as the No. 5 seed and it exited the same way.

The Red Demons, who entered the tournament as the 10th-ranked team in Class 6A, overcame a slow start in the fifth-place game Saturday afternoon, but settled down for a 47-38 victory over Valley Center.

The Red Demons turned to their defense to erase a 12-7 opening-quarter deficit as they allowed only two second-quarter points to lead 15-14 at the half.

Dodge then turned to its offense to carry the load in the third quarter, racking up 20 points to establish some working capital. Valley Center never made a serious run the rest of the way.

Jessie Harshberger was spot-on for the Red Demons, making 5 of 7 floor shots and 5 of 6 free throws for 15 points to lead Dodge, while Ashley Nelson scored 14 off the bench, 11 of those in the first half. Nelson was 4 of 6 from the field and 6 of 6 at the line.

Taylor Latimer led Valley Center with 14 points.

Dodge City will return to McPherson on Friday to play the Bullpups in a non-league game.

Dodge City (47) — Price 0-1, 0-0, 0; B. Bradshaw 1-8, 2-8, 4; T. Bradshaw 0-1, 3-5, 3; Maple 2-4, 1-2, 5; Harshberger 5-7 5-6, 15; Shelor 1-2, 2-2, 4; Nelson 4-6, 6-6, 14; Nichols 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 14-30, 19-29, 47. 3-pointers — None.

Valley Center (38) — Boese 1-2, 2-2, 4; Weaver 2-10, 0-2, 5; Richter 2-2, 0-2, 4; Reeves 2-8, 0-0, 5; Petrakis 0-1, 0-0, 0; Lawrence 0-2, 0-1, 0; Webber 1-9, 4-4, 6; Kluesner 0-1, 0-0, 0; Latimer 5-10, 4-6, 14. Totals — 13-45, 10-17, 38. 3-pointers — Weaver 1, Reeves 1.


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