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 January 8, 2013

HCC Sports Information

Freshman Jamie Patrick had a perfect night shooting from the field, going 4 of 4 from 3-point range to score a season-high 21 points to lead the No. 2 Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team to a 61-46 victory over No. 11 Garden City in a battle of Jayhawk West unbeaten teams on Monday night at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson survived a stretch of 8 minutes, 2 seconds of the first half where it scored only two points. The Lady Dragons were scoreless the final 5:51 of the opening half.

But defense is where the Lady Dragons (16-0, 2-0 Jayhawk West) won the game to extend their homecourt winning streak to 72 games, regular-season winning streak to 57 games, their Jayhawk West winning streak to 30 games and a win streak over Garden City to six in a row and 12 of 13.

The Lady Dragons held Garden City 34 points below their 79.9 point-per-game average, limiting the Broncbusters (15-1, 1-1) to a season-low 46 points. Garden City’s previous low output this season was 62 points. The Busters turned the ball over 25 times and went 1 of 12 from 3-point range. Hutchinson held the Jayhawk West’s leading scorer, Tamara Jones, to seven points.

With Hutchinson’s offense struggling into the second half – the Lady Dragons scored just eight points in the first 9 minutes of the second half – Patrick hit a momentum-changing 3-pointer with 10:22 to play to up the HCC lead back to eight points at 44-36. That shot started a 20-10 Hutchinson run over the final 10 minutes of the game.

Patrick, the Jayhawk West’s leader in field-goal and 3-point percentage, was a perfect 8 of 8 shooting, going 4 of 4 from long range to tie a season high.

Sophomore Chrisstasia Walter finished with 12 points, knocking down 5 of 7 free throws, to finish as HCC’s only other scorer in double figures. Walter added six steals, four rebounds and four assists.

Freshman Jen’Von’Ta Hill hit three big second-half shots for the Lady Dragons to finish with seven points. . Sophomore Aja Sorrells had six points, a career-high six assists and had the primary defensive assignment on Garden City’s Jones.

The Lady Dragons were held to their second-lowest point output and second-lowest field-goal percentage of the season. HCC shot 41.8 percent (23 of 55), but hit 6 of 12 from 3-point range. HCC was 9 of 18 from the foul line. HCC had 18 turnovers and was out-rebounded for the third time this season, 41-36.

Garden City’s Shicole Watts had her second-straight Jayhawk West double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to go with five steals. The 19 points and five steals are opponent highs against HCC this season. Mikell Chinn had 12 points and six rebounds.

The Busters shot 34.0 percent overall (17 of 50) and 11 of 20 from the foul line. The Busters committed 25 turnovers, in which the Lady Dragons cashed in for 24 points.

Garden City led early 9-6 after a long Jones 3-pointer, but the Lady Dragons immediately answered with an 8-0 run on a Jasmine Patterson basket and back-to-back 3-pointers by sophomore Jade Herl and Patrick to give HCC a 14-9 lead with 13:36 to play in the first half. Garden City scored 5 of the next 6 points to cut the Lady Dragon lead to 15-13 on a Watts jumper with 12:35 to play.

Walter and Patrick both buried 3-pointers on the front end of what turned out to be 16 unanswered Hutchinson points over a stretch of 4 minutes, 33 seconds. Two Sorrells’ free throws with 8:02 to play gave Hutchinson a 31-13 lead.

But HCC’s offense dried up for the remainder of the first half. HCC closed the first half 1 of 10, including missing the final six shots of the half, with five turnovers.

Garden City pulled within 31-19 with 6:11 to go before a Kiarra Jones field goal at the 5:51 mark. Garden City then closed the half on an 8-0 run to pull within 33-27 at halftime.

The second half didn’t start much better offensively for HCC, opening the half just 1 of 7 as Garden City continued to charge. Watts hit 1 of 2 free throws with 13:29 to play to pull the Busters within 37-35. Hill then hit two big shots, one a layup and then a 15-foot jumper with 12:05 to play to up the HCC lead back to 41-35.

HCC was just 4 of 13 with six turnovers in the first nine minutes of the second half. Leading 41-35, Patrick buried a 3-pointer with 10:22 to play. Two Walters free throws pushed the lead to 10 again and the closest Garden City – which played a 3-overtime game against Butler just 48 hours earlier – pulled within was eight points.

Hill scored on a reverse layup from a Sorrells’ feed, Herl hit a contested shot in the lane and Patrick and Bri Starks both scored to push the lead to 57-42 with 3:11 to play in the game.

Garden City was just 6 of 25 in the second half, including 0 of 5 from 3-point range and 3 of 18 collectively after Patrick’s 3-pointer. Garden City missed their final 10 field-goal attempts.

The Lady Dragons will travel to El Dorado on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game against a strong Butler Grizzly team at Butler’s Power Plant.

GAME NOTES – HCC is 3-0 this season vs. ranked teams. … HCC’s current 16-game winning streak ties for the third longest in team history. … HCC’s 16-0 start to the season ties for the third-best in team history. … HCC held its 80th-straight opponent to less than 50-percent shooting. … HCC head coach John Ontjes is 20-7 all-time vs. ranked opponents. … This was all-time victory No. 795. … HCC is 3-0 when out-rebounded this season. … Jamie Patrick tied a season high with two blocked shots. … Garden City’s one 3-point goal ties an opponent season low for HCC. … Garden City is the 14th opponent to have more than 20 turnovers against HCC. 

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