South Gray’s Lady Rebels made clear in the opening minutes of Monday night’s league tourney game why they were top-seeded, handily defeating Haviland’s girls 58-34 at Dodge City’s Civic Center.


   South Gray’s Lady Rebels made clear in the opening minutes of Monday night’s league tourney game why they were top-seeded, handily defeating Haviland’s girls 58-34 at Dodge City’s Civic Center.
   Gray set the tone early with a 17-4 first quarter blitz that didn’t see Haviland get off a field goal attempt until nearly three minutes were gone.  By then the Rebels were already up 8-0.
    Ten of Haviland’s 18 turnovers, in fact, came in the opening period, as LaTasha Trundle’s squad swarmed any and every Lady Dragon with or near the ball.  Haviland’s saving grace in the first half was getting to the foul line fairly often, where they scored half their points before the break.
   Coach Mark Clodfelter’s squad could manage to hit only three of its 16 first half shots for a paltry 18.7 percent from the field.  Haviland finished hitting an even 25 percent for the game on 10 of 40 shooting.
   Amanda Watson led Haviland scoring with 15, the only Lady Dragon in double figures.  Though she finished with only two points, Bailey Rush pulled down nine rebounds, four of them coming in the disastrous first quarter alone.
   Though Haviland pulled to within 30-18 early in the third on the second of Watson’s two triples, South Gray went on a quick 10-0 run to pull to a 22-point lead from which they never looked back.  Watson did her best to keep Haviland in the game after the break, scoring nine of her team’s 12 points in the third quarter.  Hannah Williams finished with nine.
   As a result of the loss, Haviland will finish out the week by facing Spearville in a game slated for 3 p.m. Thursday.  Spearville lost by double digits to Bucklin Monday night in the game preceding Haviland’s.  It will be the third time the Lady Dragons will face the Lancers this year, having lost to them by 13 in early December in the Larned tournament, before bouncing back to win by six at Haviland January 15.