West 7th graders fall in title tilt
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:10
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
The future looks bright for the Dodge City Red Demons, and his name is Z’Quan Hogan.
Hogan scored 24 of Dodge City’s 39 points to almost single-handedly down West Middle School 39-27 to win the Ark River League seventh grade championship on Tuesday night in front of a packed house at South Middle School.
West is pretty good, too, and hung with the Cardinals for the first half. Liberal Redskin fans, watch out for Jared Hasik. Hasik scored 12 points to lead the Warriors charge, and has been one of West’s dominant players his seventh grade year.
Dodge City appeared ready to run away with it from the beginning, jumping to an 8-2 lead after the first quarter. After Stevie Lira tied the game at 2, Dodge City ended the quarter on a 6-0 run led by Dayton McGroarty, Gideon Wells and Hogan.
But West wasn’t about to roll over and play dead.
Quick baskets by Tim Fitzgerald and Hasik cut it to 8-6, then a steal and basket by Ryan Doll tied it for the Warriors.
Then Hogan took over, knocking down three consecutive baskets to give the Cardinals a 14-8 lead in a 58-second span.
After Noah Williams made it 16-9, Hasik drained one in to cut it to 16-11 at halftime.
Dodge City began to pull away in the second half as Hogan took the Cardsinals out to a 20-11 lead before West could get back on the board.
Down 22-12, the Warriors got four quick free throws in a row — two by Lira and two by Hasik. Lira’s freebies came courtesy of a Dodge City technical foul that came after Hasik was fouled in the lane.
But that would be as close as West would get the remainder of the game as Dodge City took a 29-18 lead entering th final frame.
The teams played evenly in the fourth, with Dodge holding a 10-9 advantage in the final six minutes as West could never get enough momentum.
In addition to Hasik’s 12, Fitzgerald scored five and Kaiden Long four.
• The West seventh grade B team also finished third, falling to Dodge City 31-13. It was an all-Garden City B-team championship as Abe Hubert edged Kenneth Henderson 30-25 for the B-team title.