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 January 3, 2013

Four players scored in double figures as the second-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team defeated Neosho County 81-52 on Wednesday at the Sports Arena to complete a second-straight undefeated non-conference season.

Hutchinson (14-0) completed its sixth unbeaten non-conference season in the program’s 39-year history. HCC, in the process, extended its home-court winning streak to 71 games and its regular-season winning streak to 55 games. The Lady Dragons also defeated Neosho County (4-8) for the 16th-consecutive time.

Sophomore Jasmine Patterson tied a season-high with 16 points to go with five rebounds to lead four Lady Dragons in double figures. Patterson hit 5 of 9 shots from the field and 6 of 11 from the foul line.

Sophomore Aja Sorrells finished with 13 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Freshman Jamie Patrick hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. Freshman Briana Starks scored in double figures for the first time in nine games with 10 points.

Sophomore Chrisstasia Walter had nine points and seven assists, her eighth game of the season and fourth-consecutive game with seven or more assists. Sophomore Kyrsten Crawford added eight points.

The Lady Dragons hit 28 of 61 shots overall (45.9 percent). HCC hit its first five 3-point goals of the game and finished 7 of 18 from long range. The Lady Dragons also hit 18 of 28 free throws.

Hutchinson had a slight 41-40 rebounding advantage. Walter had a game-high eight rebounds. HCC had 22 assists, 10 steals and 14 turnovers.

Alexis Hafenstein led Neosho County with 10 points and seven rebounds. Brandae Carroll and Dena English had nine points, while Shanice Palmer and Danielle Randle had eight points each.

The Panthers shot 30.9 percent overall (17 of 55), including 3 of 11 from 3-point range and 15 of 24 from the foul line. Neosho County is the 12th of 14 Hutchinson opponents to have at least 20 turnovers, committing 21.

Hutchinson had four significant runs to break the game open.

Leading 9-8, Sorrells scored to start a 15-0 run over a 3-minute, 39-second stretch. The burst was capped off by back-to-back inside hoops by Patterson to give Hutchinson a 24-8 lead with 13:49 to play in the opening half. The second run was 11-0 and it helped the Lady Dragons build a 39-15 lead with 7:35 to go in the half.

HCC then went scoreless for the next 6:19 as Neosho County scored 11 unanswered points, cutting the lead to 39-26 with 2:00 remaining in the opening half. HCC led 41-27 at halftime.

A Randle steal and layup with 16:49 to play in the second half pulled Neosho County within 11 points at 44-33, but Hutchinson answered the challenge with a 10-2 run. Sophomore Jade Herl buried a 3-pointer with 12:50 remaining to give the Lady Dragons a 55-35 lead.

Neosho County went through a stretch in the second half of 9 minutes, 56 seconds with only one field goal. The Lady Dragons outscored the Panthers 25-5 over that stretch. Starks’ bucket with 7:12 to play capped a 15-3 run to give HCC a 70-42 lead.

HCC’s largest second-half lead was 33 points at 80-47 with 2:48 left on a Stacey Mgbike basket.

The Lady Dragons will open Jayhawk West play at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Dodge City. The game will be played at the United Wireless Arena.

GAME NOTES – This was the 78th-straight time HCC has held an opponent to less than 50 percent shooting. … HCC is now 18-1 all-time vs. Neosho County, including 11-1 at the Sports Arena. … HCC head coach John Ontjes is now 77-5 in non-conference regular-season games. … HCC posted its 793rd all-time victory on Wednesday. … The Lady Dragons are 11-0 at the Sports Arena this season. … HCC’s seven 3-pointers were the third most in a game this season. … HCC’s six blocked shots tied for the second most this season. … Jamie Patrick tied a season high with two blocked shots. 

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