BY MACK McCLURE
DODGE CITY — Sometimes it’s hard to get up for a game, especially when it comes to taking on a winless and last-place basketball team in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division.
Sure enough, Barton’s women struggled getting some intensity during the opening minutes at Dodge City on Monday, but quickly pulling away for a 70-55 road win at the Dodge City Civic Center.
It was the fifth consecutive conference win for Barton, which improved to 16-9 overall and 8-3 in Jayhawk Conference play. Dodge, winless in 10 conference games, drops to 7-17 overall.
“It was a hard game to get up for,” Barton head coach Keith Ferguson said. “Our starting point guard (Raven Adams) is out with a sprained left wrist, and we had two real emotional wins at home.”
For BCC, which had beaten Cloud County and Seward County in succession on Wednesday and Saturday, it was a chance for the Cougars to take care of business early and that’s what they did.
Bolting to a 36-23 lead at intermission, the Cougars had their way against the hapless Conquistadors.
“It’s tough with one day of rest to turn around and come to Dodge City and play,” Ferguson acknowledged. “Dodge has been struggling, and it’s tough for our young ladies to get up a little bit.
BCC’s Christina Caddy and Shea Shoemaker combined for 38 points against the Conquistadors. Caddy made 6 of 16 field goals and 7 of 11 shots from the floor for a game-most 20 points. Shoemaker, meanwhile, hit 5 of 8 field goals and converted 7 of 12 free throws for 18 points.
The Cougars’ Cerissa McMillan added 11 points, including 7 of 11 on free throws, and Alisha Fanshier had 10 points.
Kayla Jensen and Treshay Adams led Dodge City with 12 points apiece.
Leading 10-6 at the 13:02 mark in the first half, Barton went on a 15-0 run to turn this one into a laugher.
Caddy started the burst with a basket, followed by McMillan hitting a driving layup for a 14-6 edge with 10:50 left in the half. The run was later capped by Jara Shoemaker’s 3-pointer with 8:42 left in the half for a 25-6 lead.
Dodge finally ended its five-minute, 22-second drought on Kayla Payton’s 3, but the damage was already done.
BCC is back in action on Wednesday night, taking on Garden City, starting at 6.