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 November 10, 2012

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The sixth-ranked Hutchinson Community College held a third-straight opponent to less than 30-percent shooting  and limited the Marshalltown Tigers to only three second-half field goals as the Lady Dragons rolled to an 85-41 victory on Friday night in the Lady Dragon Classic at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson’s defense overwhelmed Marshalltown, holding the Tigers to just 29.4 percent shooting for the game (10 of 34). HCC also forced an opponent-high 38 turnovers that the Lady Dragons (3-0) converted into 41 points. Marshalltown (0-2) had just three field goals in the second half, hitting just one shot over the first 17 minutes, 43 seconds of the second half.

Hutchinson led 21-15 with 6:15 to play in the opening half. HCC broke the game open with a 16-2 run that was snapped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Shantal Tobler as the Lady Dragons led 37-21 halftime lead. Hutchinson opened the second half on an 18-0 run to complete a 34-5 stretch over a 13-minute, 29-second stretch to lead 56-21 with 13:46 to play in the second half.

Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Dragons led by freshman Jamie Patrick, who had a season-high 17 points, hitting a season-high-tying three 3-point field goals.

Sophomore Kyrsten Crawford came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points, hitting a career-best 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Sophomore Chrisstasia Walter had eight of her 10 points in the second half. Freshman Briana Starks hit 5 of 7 shots to score 10 points with six rebounds and three steals. Freshman Tahniya Sweatt had nine points and sophomore Aja Sorrells had seven points.

After shooting only 32.4 percent in the first half, the Lady Dragons improved to 54.1 percent in the second half and finished the game with a season-low 42.5 percent shooting (34 of 80). HCC posted a season-high 10 3-point goals, going 10 of 21 from long range and 7 of 13 from the free-throw line. The Lady Dragons had a 44-33 rebounding advantage.

Tobler had 14 points to lead Marshalltown and Latrice McMullen had 12 points, hitting only 1 of 3 from the floor, but 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.

HCC held a third-straight opponent to less than 30-percent shooting. The Tigers were 3 of 8 from 3-point range, 0 of 3 in the second half, and were 20 of 25 from the free-throw line.

Hutchinson got off to a 10-2 run and Patrick’s second 3-pointer of the half gave the Lady Dragons a 15-8 lead with 11:27 to play. A pair of Tobler free throws pulled the Tigers within 17-14 with 9:35 to play.

The Lady Dragons started using its half-court press to spark an offense that was struggling to 27 percent shooting over the first 10 minutes of the half. Back-to-back steals led to transition layups by Walter and Patrick to put HCC of 21-14 with 7:34 to play.

Leading 21-16, Hutchinson scored five in a row to build a 10-point lead with 5:06 left after a Sorrells steal and layup. MacKenzie Gott hit a baseline jumper with 4:41 to play before the Lady Dragons reeled off rolled off 11-unanswered points to lead 37-18 with 24 seconds left in the opening half.

HCC scored the first 18 points of the second half to lead 55-21 with 13:46 to play in the Marshalltown didn’t score for the first 6 minutes, 14 seconds of the half and had only over the first 17:37 of the half. The only offense the Tigers mustered in the second half was 16 of 21 from the free-throw line.

The Lady Dragons will play Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday to close out the Lady Dragon Classic. Marshalltown will meet the Tabor College JV at 3:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES – The Lady Dragons extended home-court winning streak to 63 games and regular-season winning streak to 45 games. … HCC is now 90-3 at the Sports Arena under John Ontjes. … HCC is 4-0 all time vs. Marshalltown. … This was HCC’s 173rd-straight game of holding an opponent to less than 50-percent shooting. … HCC’s bench outscored Marshalltown 42-0. … HCC had a season-high 27 assists with a game-high six from Jen’Von’Ta Hill. 

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