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Dover too much for Billings

February 14, 2024 - 00:00
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    DOVER JUNIOR Luis Valles wrestles away a rebound during the Longhorns’ victory over Billings. [Photo by Chris Simon/www.simon-sports-photos.]

Jared Reese was visibly upset with Lucas Conrady in the second quarter.

The Dover coach sent his junior guard to the bench during Dover’s 51-21 victory against Billings in the Class B district championship game.

While Dover’s defense had been dominant, the Longhorn offense was sputtering and Conrady’s multiple misses right around the rim had amplifi ed that fact.

As Conrady went to the bench, Nathan Cohee responded with back-to-back treys to push the Longhorns to a commanding 26-6 halftime lead.

Conrady responded as well. He knocked down five field goals - yes, some of them right around the bucket - and scored 11 points in the second half as Dover continued to extend its lead.

Conrady eventually led the Longhorns with 18 points as they won their seventh consecutive game and stayed in the winner’s bracket entering this week’s regional.

“I got after him pretty good,” admitted Reese afterward. “He missed too many shots that he shouldn’t, but I also knew he’d respond well after that…and he did.”

The Longhorns also got 11 points from Casen Buck while Cohee finished with nine.

Their win streak will get its toughest test yet on Thursday. Dover will play No. 1 and undefeated Calumet on the Chieftains’ home court to begin the regional.

Calumet is 26-0 after beating Mulhall-Orlando 71-35 in its district title game.

The remainder of the regional will be played in Okmulgee.