Lady Tigers suffer overtime defeat against Dodge City
For the second time this season the Cowley College women's basketball team held a fourth quarter lead against Dodge City but could not come away with the victory. This time, the teams would need overtime to decide the outcome as Dodge City escaped with an 86-85 win Wednesday night inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.
Cowley led 17-9 in the opening quarter before Dodge City scored the final seven points to close within 17-16. The Conquistadors' run would stretch to 12-0 as they scored the first five points of the second quarter to lead 21-17.
Cowley would close the gap to 30-29 as Milena Fromming split the defense to lay in a shot at the halftime buzzer.
The Lady Tigers would then erupt for 29 points in the third quarter and led 58-56 heading into the final quarter of play as all five Cowley's starters scored in double figures through the first three quarters.
Cowley sophomore Martyna Kowalska, who finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, fouled out with 35 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 71-71. The loss of Kowalska would be tough for Cowley to overcome as the teams headed to overtime deadlocked at 71 all.
After falling behind 80-73, Cowley rallied to tie the game at 82-82 following a pair of free throws by Baylee Fincher with 51 seconds left in overtime. The game would be tied again at 85-85 after a basket by freshman Jana Radovanovic with 13.8 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, Dodge City's Samantha Koeberer drove the lane and was fouled with 5.3 seconds remaining. Koeberer would hit one of two free throws to put the Conquistadors up 86-85. With one final chance at the win, Fincher's half-court runner ricocheted off the backboard and rim as Cowley dropped just its second home game of the season.
"We competed, we just did not win the game," Cowley head coach Todd Clark said. "They made one more play than us at the end."
Baylee Fincher led Cowley with 21 points, while Shamahra Henderson and Milena Fromming added 18 and 13 points, respectively. Carson Dean added a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Cowley, which had its four-game winning streak come to an end, falls to 11-6 overall and 7-5 in the Jayhawk Conference.
Dodge City's Bree Stephens scored 17 of her game-high 22 points after halftime, while Jada Burton added 19 points and seven rebounds. The win improves Dodge City's record to 11-6 overall and 6-5 in the conference.
Cowley will open a three-game road trip when they play at Barton Saturday at 2 p.m. The Cougars are 10-9 overall and 7-6 in the Jayhawk Conference.
"We need to rally and be ready to play on Saturday because Barton is playing well," Clark said.
Dodge City (86): Bree Stephens 7-16 5-6 22, Krystina Hagood 5-10 2-4 14, Jenna Rose Mafua 3-9 1-1 8, Jada Burton 7-11 4-6 19, Georgia Gray 2-6 0-0 4, Cailynn Dilosa 0-0 0-0 0, Samantha Koeberer 1-5 1-2 4, Destinee Paulk 3-7 0-0 6, Alexis Dixon 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Sene De Cruz 0-0 0-0 0, Teona Pop Stojanova 3-4 3-8 9. Totals: 31-68 16-27 86.
Cowley (85): Milena Fromming 5-6 0-0 13, Baylee Fincher 5-14 9-10 21, Carson Dean 4-14 4-4 13, Shamahra Henderson 6-9 5-8 18, Martyna Kowalska 5-11 5-7 15, Jana Radovanovic 1-1 2-4 4, Lexi Rose 0-3 1-2 1. Totals: 26-57 26-35 85.
Three-pointers: Dodge City 8-21 (Stephens 3-4, Hagood 2-5, Rose Mafua 1-5, Koeberer 1-5, Burton 1-2), Cowley 7-24 (Fromming 3-3, Fincher 2-7, Dean 1-8, Henderson 1-3, Rose 0-3). Rebounds: Dodge City 31 (Burton, Rose Mafua 7), Cowley 34 (Kowalska 13). Assists: Dodge City 16 (Hagood, Rose Mafua, Burton 4), Cowley 11 (Fincher, Dean 3). Turnovers: Dodge City 11, Cowley 15. Total fouls: Dodge City 28, Cowley 21. Fouled out: Rose Mafua, Paulk, Kowalska. Technicals: none.