State Colleges

Hutchinson heats up for spot in women's semis

Give Heather Robben credit for great timing.

Without it, Friday's Region VI quarterfinal basketball game against Independence may have meant curtains for Hutchinson Community College's season.

"It's not just this game and being here, I'm always kind of nervous before I play," Robben said. "I've just got to learn to let that go."

Robben shook off a bad case of nerves — and a 1-for-8 start from the field — and scored 21 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Blue Dragons won 66-54 at Koch Arena.

Robben hit her last six shots, including four three-pointers.

Hutchinson, trying for a second straight Region VI title, will play Labette County in Sunday's semifinals.

Naudia Campbell carried the Blue Dragons in the first half, scoring 10 of her 15 points as Hutchinson bounced back from an early deficit to take a 25-23 lead at halftime.

"We came out with the mindset that this was going to be a battle, and it was," Campbell said. "We did what we had to do at both ends of the floor."

Aside from Robben's shooting woes in the first half, the Blue Dragons also turned the ball over eight times. In the second half, Hutchinson turned it over twice.

"I thought turnovers were a huge difference, the kids followed through on the game plan in the second half," Hutchinson coach John Ontjes said. "I thought Naudia really carried us in the first half, and then Heather when she got hot."

Independence took the lead back at 31-30 four minutes into the second half, but a basket by Campbell followed by Robben's first three gave the Blue Dragons a 35-31 five minutes in and Hutchinson (29-3) never relinquished its lead.

Robben scored all 21 of her points in the final 15 minutes and her fourth three of the game gave the Blue Dragons a 60-48 lead with 3:45 to play.

"I could tell when I finally got right because all of the shots just started to run together," Robben said. "But even if I hadn't come around, I feel like somebody else would have stepped up for us. I have a lot of confidence in my teammates."

Ariella McGhee added 10 points and two blocks for Hutchinson. Liene Priede scored 14 points to lead three Independence (22-9) players in double figures. The Pirates hit shot 28.9 percent.

HUTCHINSON (29-3): Hirsh 0, Robben 23, Dreiling 3, McGhee 10, King 3, Uba 7, Campbell 15, Sander 2, Nuzum 3, Punch 0. Totals 25-57 10-17 66.

INDEPENDENCE (22-9): Bird 11, Hines 2, Plowman 0, Tastove 0, Poteete 1, Halvorsen 6, Priede 14, Flippovica 0, Webb 10, Johnson 4, Bunde 0, Floyd 6. Totals 15-52 20-25.

Halftime: Hutchinson 25, Independence 23. 3's: Hutchinson 6-14 (Robben 4, King, Nuzum); Independence: 4-16 (Bird 3, Priede). Rebounds: Hutchinson 35 (Uba 6, Campbell 6); Independence 39 (Halvorsen 9). Assists: Hutchinson 16 (Uba 5); Independence 10 (Hines 4).

Cowley 54, Garden City 46 — Cowley rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half in a game where neither team shot above 35 percent.

The Tigers had lost 4 of 6 games headed into Region VI play.

"I felt like we'd lost some of our toughness the last couple weeks of the season," Cowley coach Todd Clark said. "And I think we got some of that back tonight."

Jasamyne Saunders and Maylisa Johnson led Cowley with 14 points each, and Kaneesha Lee added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Cheree Freeman led Garden City with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers play Seward on Sunday in the semifinals.

GARDEN CITY (17-15): Freeman 11, Gonzalez 0, Robins 4, Troup 6, Abbot 9, Rodriguez 7, Naylor 7, Mays 2. Totals 21-60 2-10 46

COWLEY (21-10): Saunders 14, Silva 1, Lee 10, Allen 0, Gonzalez 0, Johnson 14, Angell 0, Sonka 5, Woods 10. Totals 19-59 15-20 54.

Halftime: Garden City 24, Cowley 17. 3's: Garden City 2-18 (Abbot, Naylor); Cowley 1-7 (Sonka). Rebounds: Garden City 46 (Rodriguez 12); Cowley 39 (Lee 13). Assists: Garden City 12 (Naylor 5); Cowley 10 (Johnson 4).

Labette 72, Fort Scott 62 — Kellindra Zachery led Labette with 22 points and nine assists in the quarterfinal victory. Jayhawk East MVP Satoria Bell added 17 points and five rebounds for the Cardinals.

FORT SCOTT (13-18): Bloodworth 0, Teich 3, Hampton 9, Mattox 2, Demery 14, Kelly 28, Hathaway 0, Okonronkwo 0, Jackson 6. Totals 23-62 10-14 62.

LABETTE (29-3): Bell 17, Zachery 22, Sunde 3, Smith 2, Kelly 17, Henderson 1, Andrews 2, Pledger 6, Johnson 2. Totals 30-64

Halftime: Labette 36, Fort Scott 25. 3's: Fort Scott 6-24 (Kelly 4, Hampton, Teich); Labette: 2-8 (Henderson, Sunde). Rebounds: Fort Scott 37 (Demery 10); Labette 42 (Pledger 7, Kelly 7). Assists: Fort Scott 11 (Hampton 4); Labette 17 (Zachery 9).

Seward County 80, Coffeyville 69 — Jayhawk West player of the year Rachel Barnes led Seward with 27 points and 12 rebounds. South product Megan Lassley added 18 points for the Saints.

SEWARD (30-2): Junior 10, Skomal 0, Washington 0, Ginther 0, Lassley 18, Spresser 16, Barnes 27, Robinett 0, Rosario 9. Totals 28-60 14-16 80.

COFFEYVILLE (22-10): Boyd-Redmond 12, Rolls 0, Sims 0, Longstaff 5, Primo 7, Hileman 6, Smith 8, Cannon 19, Foster 12. Totals 27-65 13-23 69.

Halftime: Seward 35, Coffeyville 33. 3's: Seward 10-22 (Lassley 4, Spresser 4, Barnes, Junior); Coffeyville 2-5 (Longstaff, Primo). Rebounds: Seward 37 (Barnes 12); Coffeyville 40 (Cannon 13). Assists: Seward 23 (Junior 12); Coffeyville 11 (Sims 4).

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