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Hutch women remain unbeaten

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 10:52 p.m.

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Region VI Quarterfinals

Thursday’s Men

At Koch Arena

Independence (17-10) vs. NW Kansas Tech (19-12), 1 p.m.

Butler (22-9) vs. Hutchinson (24-7), 3

Coffeyville (23-8) vs. Pratt (19-12), 5

Neosho County (21-10) vs. Seward (22-9), 7

Hutchinson’s third-ranked women’s team followed a formula in Wednesday’s Region VI opener that has brought the Blue Dragons the past two region titles.

Despite having only four sophomores, Hutch (30-0) made the most of those players’ experience, sprinkling in some key freshman contributions in a 70-53 victory over Independence at Koch Arena that was anything but routine.

Independence led just once, early in the first half, but the scrappy Pirates (17-11) refused to go away. Hutchinson hit 48 percent from the field in the first half and 50 percent for the game, but Independence – which fell 79-49 in the teams’ earlier meeting – remained in the game until a 11-2 Hutch run over five minutes of the second half provided a double-digit lead it would not surrender.

Coach John Ontjes said the jitters are always going to be there.

“This first game, it’s kind of a do-or-die situation, playing on a neutral floor … I felt like our kids played under control and settled down throughout the game,” he said. “We do have great chemistry; our group gets along well. We’re just one of those blue-collar teams that tries to play to our strength, play hard and rebound.”

The Blue Dragons’ four sophomores played key roles.

“They’ve been through this before,” Ontjes said. “They need to continue to give us great leadership the rest of the way out.

“All of our sophomores were really solid (Wednesday).”

Probably the most experienced sophomore is Jamie Patrick, who, in addition to being a part of last year’s third-place finish nationally, got a first-hand look at the program when her sister Laura (Jayhawk West MVP in 2011-12) played for Ontjes’ region champs.

“She’s a winner herself,” Ontjes said of Jamie Patrick. “She’s going to do everything she can to help her ballclub.”

Patrick said there are many contrasts to last year’s squad but the principles remain unchanged.

“It’s a different team, a different location (the region tournament is in its first year at Koch Arena after two years at Hartman Arena in Park City), but I think the environment is still the same,” said Patrick, who had a team-high 17 points. “You want to go hard, and we’re all out there for the championship. We all want to make it to nationals.”

Fellow sophomore Jen’Von’Ta Hill also finished in double figures with 10 points, but she had two steals and layups within about two minutes of the second half that helped Hutch maintain its edge.

Part of the Blue Dragons’ reloading revolves around freshmen Shakira Harding, who hit some key shots late, and Kalani Purcell, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds for her 13th double-double.

The 6-foot-2 Purcell said she was nervous when she first came to the team from New Zealand because of Hutch’s success last year.

“Coming into the team, having a high expectation to maintain that was nerve-racking,” said Purcell, who also had all of Hutch’s six blocked shots and a team-high five assists.

Butler 76, Cloud County 67 — The Grizzlies (31-1) raced to a 43-26 halftime lead but had to hold off a furious Cloud County rally in the second half. Te’era Williams led the Grizzlies with 23 points, and Heights product Ashlee Ivy scored eight of her 11 points in the second half.

Hutchinson 70, Independence 53

HUTCHINSON: Harding 11, Patrick 17, Starks 5, Hill 10, Benoit 7, Dewey 2, Purcell 12. Totals 27-54 (4-11) 12-21 70.

INDEPENDENCE: Barlow 2, Smith 14, Berry 5, Duran 6, Nakas 8, Robinson 10, Cetin 6, Lambrecht 2. Totals 21-55 (8-19) 3-6 53.

Halftime — HC 34, IC 21. 3s — HC 4-11 (Patrick 3, Hill), IC 8-19 (Smith 4, Duran 2, Nakas, Cetin). Rebounds — HC 37 (Purcell 11), IC 29 (Duran 7). Assists — HC 20 (Purcell 5), IC 15 (Nakas 4).

Butler 67, Cloud 67

CLOUD: Aramina 8, Duncan 23, Smith 15, Pagrode 4, Nittler 4, Alexander 13. Totals 21-49 (8-24) 17-20 67.

BUTLER: S. Williams 5, Reid 12, Godwin 14, T. Williams 23, Ivy 11, Gibson 11. Totals 25-57 (4-16) 22-34 76.

Halftime — BC 43, CC 26. 3s — CC 8-24 (Duncan 6, Aramina 2), BC 4-16 (Ivy 2, S. Williams, Reid). Rebounds — CC 25 (Smith 6), BC 42 (T. Williams 12). Assists — CC 14 (Pagrode 7), BC 19 (Reid 8).

Barton 61, Seward 56

SEWARD: Simon 14, Davis 2, Hatchard 3, Chapman 6, Monte 7, Scott 8, Fleming 2, Brooks 14. Totals 22-80 (3-32) 9-17 56.

BARTON: Brantner 9, Bruner 8, Hedrington 4, Lambert 12, Anthony 11, Mayes 8. Totals 18-46 (5-16) 20-30 61.

Halftime — BC 35, SC 27. 3s — SC 3-32 (Monte 2, Scott), SC 5-16 (Rebounds — SC 43 (Brooks 11), BC 52 (Hedrington 12). Assists — SC 9 (Davis, Chapman, Scott 2), BC 11 (Brantner 4).

Garden City 64, Dodge City 50

GARDEN CITY: Horton 5, Morris 15, Chisom 6, Collins 15, Carbonell 2, Davis 2, Spann 4, Christmas 11, Davis 4. totals 25-61 (2-7) 12-18 64.

DODGE CITY: Cramer 4, Patterson 3, Buckner 7, Nave 14, Tolar 15, Hall 3, Williams 4. Totals 17-61 (4-21) 12-22 50.

Halftime — GC 31, DC 16. 3s — GC 2-7 (Horton, Morris), DC 4-21 (Tolar 2, Nave, Patterson). Rebounds — GC 48 (Davis 14), DC 39 (Buckner 10). Assists — GC 14 (Collins 5), DC 7 (Buckner 5).

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