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Trinity Valley stops Hutchinson one step from NJCAA title

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.

Hutchinson Community College’s women’s basketball team lost 65-46 to Trinity Valley (Texas) in the championship game of the NJCAA Tournament on Saturday night in Salina, the second second-place finish for the Blue Dragons in three years.

The Blue Dragons’ perfect season was ended at 36 wins by a Trinity Valley team that won its third straight national title. In that same span, Hutchinson is 107-4 with two second places and one third place.

Hutchinson shot a season-low 31.4 percent, missing 9 of 10 three-point shots. The Blue Dragons were outrebouned for the first time this season (36-32) and committed 20 turnovers.

Trinity Valley led 24-9 with seven minutes to play in the first half, though Hutchinson closed to 27-15 at halftime.

Hutch freshman Kalani Purcell had 20 points and 11 rebounds, tying a school record with her 18th double-double. She also finished four rebounds short of the school’s single-season record.

Teammate Jamie Patrick, a sophomore, joined Purcell on the all-tournament team but was held to six points by Trinity Valley. Patrick ended her career as Hutchinson’s single-season and career scoring leader.

HUTCHINSON (35-1): Starks 3-7 1-1 7, Jones 0-2 1-3 1, Harding 2-4 0-0 4, Patrick 2-12 2-2 6, Hill 1-4 1-2 3, Purcell 7-17 5-7 20, Dewey 1-2 0-0 2, Benoit 0-1 3-6 3, Bloom 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-49 (1-9) 13-21 46.

TRINITY VALLEY (36-1): Bulgak 7-7 2-2 17, Spears 4-12 2-2 11, Patton 0-5 1-2 1, Meeks 5-7 0-0 13, Williams 1-3 0-2 2, Allen 2-9 0-0 4, Smith-Gatson 3-7 4-6 10, Grant 2-4 1-1 5, Baker 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-56 (5-17) 10-15 65.

Halftime — Trinity 27, HCC 15. 3s — HCC 1-9 (Purcell), Trinity 5-17 (Meeks 3, Bulgak, Spears). Rebounds — HCC 32 (Purcell 12), Trinity 35 (Bulgak 13). Assists — HCC Trinity 17 (Patton 11). Fouls — HCC 16, Trinity 18.

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