LADY DRAGONS RUN PAST T-BIRDS TO CLINCH TIE FOR JAYHAWK WEST TITLEFebruary 24, 2013
HCC Sports Information
Sophomore Jasmine Patterson tied a career-high point total as head coach John Ontjes celebrated his 200th game on the Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team’s bench and his Lady Dragons clinched a tie for their third-straight Jayhawk West championship after an 80-53 victory over Cloud County on Saturday night at the Sports Arena.
The No. 3 nationally ranked Lady Dragons (27-1, 13-1 Jayhawk West) can clinch the league championship and No. 1 overall seed for the upcoming Region VI when they travel to Pratt at 3 p.m. on Sunday in a game moved twice because of winter weather. Hutchinson also assured itself of playing the first two rounds of the Region VI Tournament at the Sports Arena.
Hutchinson captured its 79th-straight victory on its home floor by using a 21-5 run over the final 7 minutes, 5 seconds of the first half to blow open a close game. The Lady Dragons shot 55.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes (21 of 38) in building a 48-30 lead at halftime.
Patterson scored nine of HCC’s first 21 points and had 17 points in the opening half. She finished with a career-high-tying 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting, hitting 2 of 2 from 3-point range. Patterson also had nine rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Freshman Jen’Von’Ta Hill came off the bench to score 15 points with five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Freshman Jamie Patrick had 14 points and a season-high five steals.
The Lady Dragons finished shooting 45.1 percent (32 of 71) overall, hitting 5 of 14 3-point attempts and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. Hutchinson out-rebounded Cloud County 40-28 and had 23 assists and 23 steals. The only sour note to the game was 22 turnovers.
Cloud County turned the ball over 33 times and shot 35.7 percent from the field (15 of 42), going 6 of 15 from 3-point range and 17 of 21 from the free-throw line.
Jordyn Alexander had 13 points to lead the Thunderbirds (19-10, 9-6). Raneisha Davis had 10 points. Aleesha Coulter, Cloud County’s leading scorer was limited to nine points.
Coulter hit two early 3-pointers to give Cloud County an 8-4 lead just 1 minute, 49 seconds into the game. The Thunderbirds wound up scoring just 45 points in the remaining 38 minutes of the game.
The Thunderbirds led as late as 14-13 with 14:02 to play and rallied from a four-point deficit with a Megan Stagner 3-pointer and Kamika Mason free throw to tie the game at 17-all with 12:32 to play.
Hill scored a transition layup to give HCC a 19-17 lead and send the Lady Dragons on an 8-2 run to build a 27-19 lead with 9:33 to play in the half. The Thunderbirds came back to consecutive 3-pointers from Duncan and Coulter to pull within 27-25 with 7:05 remaining.
Patterson scored eight points in HCC’s first half-closing 21-5 run. She scored the first two buckets of the run. When Patrick hit her only 3-pointer of the game with 3:44 to play, the lead reached double figures for the first time at 38-28. Sophomore Aja Sorrells scored in transition to push the lead to 18 for the first time at 46-28 with 1:54 left.
As hot as Hutchinson’s offense was in the first half, the Lady Dragons’ defense was equally as scorching in the final 20 minutes. The Lady Dragons held Cloud County to 23.8 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers and HCC out-scored Cloud County 33-23 in the final 20 minutes.
Patterson had her second 3-pointer of the game and added two free throws to lift the lead to 24 points at 56-32 with 17:13 to play.
Cloud County went 9 minutes 59 seconds without a field goal and the first 11 minutes, 16 seconds of the half with only one field goal and HCC raced out to a 70-36 lead with 11:23 to play.
The Lady Dragons’ largest lead was 74-39 with 7:44 to play.
With the overhauled schedule, the Lady Dragons enter the final week of the regular season with road games at Pratt on Sunday and at Seward County on Wednesday.
GAME NOTES – HCC held its 92nd consecutive opponent to less than 50 percent shooting. … The Lady Dragons are 20-0 at the Sports Arena this season. … The Lady Dragon 2013 sophomores won their 63rd game in their HCC careers on Sophomore Night. … HCC’s 27th victory of the season ties the 1989-90 and 2001-02 teams for fifth place on the all-time Lady Dragon wins list. … Head coach John Ontjes is 177-23 in his first 200 games at HCC. … HCC is 36-23 all-time vs. Cloud County. The Lady Dragons have won five in a row and 13 of 14 against the Thunderbirds. … Jamie Patrick tied Alysse Barlow (2011) for eighth on the freshman 3-point list with 49. … the Lady Dragons became the seventh team in HCC history to reach 600 assists as a team. … HCC is 14-0 when scoring 80 or more points. … This was HCC’s 19th game of 20 or more assists. … The 23 steals are third most this season. … Cloud County is the fifth opponent to have six 3-pointers in a game vs. HCC this season. … This was the eighth time HCC has forced an opponent into 30 or more turnovers. … Jen’Von’Ta Hill moved into seventh place on the freshman assist list with 109. … Jasmine Patterson’s career-high 10 field goals ties for the team season high with Chrisstasia Walter.