Merz to the line
Arkansas City High School junior Brock Merz, left, is fouled by Andover Central senior Shomari Pamela in the second quarter Tuesday night in The Dawg Pound.

If a long Christmas break is what the doctor ordered for the Arkansas City High School basketball teams, the Bulldogs would like to find the nearest gift exchange.

The ACHS boys fell to Andover Central 58-39 in AV-CTL D-II action Tuesday night in The Dawg Pound.

The Lady Bulldogs lost 55-21.

The boys shot just 31.8 percent (14 of 44) in the game, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2 AV-CTL D-II) trailed 18-8 after the first quarter and 28-17 at halftime. They were outrebounded 36-27, and although they committed just one more turnover (13-12) than Andover Central, they lagged behind 17-6 in points-off turnovers.

Doug Stewart finished with 12 points and Jamauri Jordan added nine points off the bench for Ark City, which outscored the Jaguars (3-3, 3-1) 16-2 from the bench.

Xavier Bell led all scorers with a 23-point, 15-rebound double-double for Andover Central. Kaden Wilson (15) and Shomari Parnell (11) also scored in double figures for the Jags.

The Ark City girls were shut out in the first quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs (0-6, 0-3 AV-CTL D-II) trailed 22-0 after the first quarter and 30-7 at halftime.

Espy Daniels drained a pair of 3-pointers in a nine-point effort to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who were 5 of 13 from the foul line.

Brittany Harshaw and Maddie Amekporfor scored 20 points apiece to lead the Lady Jaguars (5-1, 4-0), who went 14 of 19 from the line.

For complete coverage of ACHS basketball, see Thursday's CourierTraveler.

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