LADY DRAGON CLASSIC FEATURES CHALLENGES FOR NO. 6 HUTCHINSONNovember 9, 2012
HCC Sports Information
The sixth-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team puts its home-court and regular-season winnings streaks on the line against two quality opponents in the Lady Dragon Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Sports Arena.
Hutchinson (2-0) will play Marshalltown (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (note the time change) and Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa (1-1) at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be videostreamed live on the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning 15 minutes before tipoff.
The Lady Dragons opened with two decisive victories over the Ottawa JV and Labette in the Quarterback Classic last weekend. HCC averaged 88.5 points per game and shot nearly 50 percent in two wins. Defensively, Hutchinson locked down again, holding both opponents to less than 27 percent in each game.
The Lady Dragons put a 62-game home-court winning streak and a 43-game regular-season winning streak on the line.
Marshalltown lost 71-62 to the Grand View JV on Nov. 1. Northern Oklahoma lost 87-47 to Cowley, but defeated the Oklahoma Wesleyan JV 73-51 on Tuesday.
HCC’s Sports Arena winning streak up to 62 games
An 85-43 victory over Fort Scott on March 6 in the opening round of the Region VI Basketball Tournament extended the Lady Dragons’ team-record home-court winning streak to 62 games.
The current streak started with an 80-26 victory over Pratt on Jan. 28, 2009. The last team to defeat the Lady Dragons at the Sports Arena was Barton.
HCC has won 76 of its last 78 games at home and are 89-3 at the Sports Arena under head coach John Ontjes.
HCC has had 11 streaks of at least 10 or more consecutive home victories.
Scouting Classic Opponents
+ Marshalltown - The Tigers are under new leadership in first-year coach Alison Lacey, an Iowa State University graduate who was the 10th overall selection by the Seattle Storm in the 2010 NBA Draft. Lacey won a WNBA championship with Seattle in 2010.
Marshalltown returns three players from an 11-17 team last season in guards Shantal Tobler and Shana Lee and forward Latrice McMullen.
The Tigers are 0-1 after a 71-62 loss to the Grace Land JV on Nov. 1.
McMullen had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Marshalltown, which shot just 2 of 28 from 3-point range. Tobler finished 0 of 9 from long range and scored 13 points. Mady VanMetre also scored 14 points.
This will be the second-straight season that Hutchinson and Marshalltown will play each other. Last season at the Sports Arena, the Lady Dragons dominated 88-40.
+ Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa - NOC’s first meeting with a Jayhawk Conference opponent didn’t go so well as Cowley devoured the Mavericks 87-47 on opening night.
The Mavericks rebounded for a 73-51 victory over the Oklahoma Wesleyan Junior Varsity on Tuesday night in their home opener. Northern Oklahoma was very balanced in the victory with 13 players scoring, including three in double figures: Deena Manning with 2; Sharon Karungi with 11; and Deborah Means also with 11 points.
These teams haven’t met since John Ontjes’ first season in 2007 when they split a home-and-home series. The Mavericks handed the Lady Dragons their first loss of the 2007-08 season with a 81-73 win at Tonkawa. The Lady Dragons downed NOC 72-64 three weeks later at the Sports Arena.
Lady Dragon program a consistent winner
HCC started women’s basketball in 1974. The Lady Dragons have amassed a record of 781-330.
Victory No. 750 came in an 85-77 double-overtime victory over Johnson County on Nov. 25, 2012 at the Sports Arena. Victory No. 700 was a 63-50 win over Barton on Jan. 20, 2010 in Great Bend.
The Lady Dragons have won Region VI championships in 2012, 1009 and 1977.
HCC has won five Jayhawk West titles in 2012, 2011, 1980, 1978 and 1977.
The Lady Dragons have been consistent winners, posting winning records in 36 of 38 seasons. Hutch has had at least 20 wins in a season 22 times and has won at least 15 games in 32 of 38 seasons. Last season was Hutchinson’s third 30-win season. The 2011 team went 30-3 and the 2009 Region VI champion Lady Dragons had 31 victories.
By going 29-0, the 2012 Lady Dragons also completed their second perfect regular season in team history, matching the 1977 NJCAA Tournament fourth-place Lady Dragons, who were 19-0 in the regular season.
Home cooking good to Lady Dragons
The Lady Dragons are 424-110 all-time in 38-plus seasons at the Sports Arena.
Win No. 400 came in an 81-58 victory over Barton on Jan. 20, 2011. Win No. 350 came in a 67-62 victory over No. 19 Cloud County on March 1, 2008. HCC’s 300th victory at the Sports Arena was a 54-44 win over Neosho County on Nov. 28, 2003.
The 2012 Lady Dragons went 19-0 last season, completing the third-straight undefeated home season and the fifth overall in team history. The 2011 Lady Dragons were 18-0 at the Sports Arena after going 17-0 in 2010. The 1977 (10-0) and 1978 teams (8-0) are the other teams to post undefeated home seasons.
HCC is currently on a 62-game homecourt winning streak.
Lady Dragons look to continue defensive dominance
Over the last decade HCC’s women have been one of the top defensive teams in the NJCAA. This season, the Lady Dragons go after their ninth national Top 10 defensive finish in the last 11 seasons.
They are off to a good start, holding their first two opponents to 43.5 points per game and both under 27-percent shooting.
That runs the Lady Dragons’ streak of not allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better to 172 straight games, which dates back to the 2007 season.
The 2012 national runner-up Lady Dragons finished ninth overall in defense, allowing 50.3 points per game. No opponent shot better than 50 percent and only two shot better than 40 percent. In fact, 17 of 37 opponents shot less than 30 percent.
The Lady Dragons have twice led the nation in scoring defense: 2011 and 2004.
Ontjes now third on HCC coaching wins list
Five of HCC’s six women’s basketball coaches have been at the post for at least 146 games. That means it’s tough to quickly move up the program’s coaching charts.
Sixth-year head coach John Ontjes is doing just that, now ranking third on the list with 152 victories. Ontjes trails Tom Worthing (1982-93) who had 225 victories and Rob Edmission (1993-2002), who has 192 wins.
Ontjes’ 87.4 winning percentage ranks first among HCC’s six head coaches.
He has coached in 174 games, third most in team history.