Hutchinson CC Sports Information
DODGE CITY – A quick nine-point run to start the game set the Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team up for a victory. A huge run over the final 15 minutes clinched season win No. 20 on Wednesday night.
After their initial run, the No. 4 Blue Dragons sputtered offensively, but Hutchinson closed strong for a 65-35 Jayhawk West victory at Dodge City.
The Blue Dragons move to 20-0 overall, going 11-0 in the Jayhawk West. Hutchinson wins 20 games in a season for the 27th time in the program's 45-year history. The Dragons start a season 20-0 for the fifth time in team history. The 20-game win streak is the sixth longest in program history. Dodge City falls to 9-12 overall and has dropped 8 of its last 10 games.
The Blue Dragons started the game on a 9-0 run, the first seven points coming from sophomore Dejanae Roebuck. When Makayla Vannett scored, the Dragons led 9-0 just 3 1/2 minutes into the contest. Hutchinson's No. 4 NJCAA-ranked defense held Dodge City scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes. Hutch led 15-8 after one quarter and 22-9 after a Vannett 3-pointer.
The Dragons struggled for the remainder of the half – Hutch 33.3 percent in the first half. Dodge City went on a 12-4 run to pull within 26-21. Vannett then knocked down her third 3-pointer of the game to give Hutchinson a 29-21 lead at halftime.
Leading 31-26 midway through the third quarter, Roebuck scored and then Vannett hit her fourth 3-pointer to give Hutch a 36-26 lead with 4 minutes to go in the third quarter. Two Jada Mickens free throws gave helped Hutch close the third with a 16-5 run and a 42-26 lead after three.
The Dragons outscored Dodge City 36-14 over the final 15 minutes of the game.
Vannett led all scorers with 15 points on 4 of 6 3-point shooting. Vannett added four steals. Dodge City was held to 4 of 30 shooting in the second half.
Roebuck scored 13 points to be Hutch's only other scorer in double figures. She added six rebounds and three assists.
The Blue Dragons shot 39.3 percent (22 of 56), hitting 7 of 23 from 3-point range and 14 of 19 from the foul line. The Blue Dragons out-rebounded Dodge City 48-39.
Ashley Nelson led Dodge City with six points. The Conquistadors finished 12 of 59 (20.3 percent), going 6 of 25 from 3-point range and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line.
The Blue Dragons next play Colby at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Arena.
GAME NOTES – This was Hutch's seventh-straight win over Dodge City, which is now 67-27 all-time against Dodge City. … This was the 14th time that Hutch has held Dodge City to less than 40 points in series history. … This was Hutch's all-time win No. 963. … Hutch held its sixth opponent this season to less than 40 points and sixth opponent to less than 30 percent shooting.