State Colleges

Mitchell, Hutchinson roll on in Region VI

Saturday at Koch Arena, there was Joe Mitchell and then there was everybody else.

The Hutchinson Community College freshman left no doubt about the identity of the best player on the floor — maybe in the whole tournament — by scoring a season-high 32 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Blue Dragons advanced to the Region VI men's semifinals for the first time since 2004 with an 80-72 win over Garden City, the defending Region VI champion.

The Blue Dragons, trying for their first Region VI title since 1997, will take on Coffeyville in the semifinals.

"It was the Joe Mitchell Show tonight," said Garden City coach Kris Baumann. "I told our guys if we could hold him to 20 or less I thought we could win... he scored 32."

Mitchell, the Jayhawk West freshman of the year, did a little bit of everything for Hutchinson (27-5), going 12 of 14 from the field and sparking a 10-0 run in the first half with a pair of three-pointers that hit the back of the rim, bounced high into the air and then fell through the net.

After hitting the second one, Mitchell couldn't help but crack a smile.

"Shooter's touch, God smiling down on me, you call it," said Mitchell, a freshman from Wichita Southeast who has scored in double figures in 31 of 32 games. "I still feel like I could have played better... nobody played the perfect game or anything."

Hutchinson guard Dylan Frantz was the perfect complement to Mitchell with nine points, eight rebounds and the defensive play of the game when the 6-foot-1 guard tracked down Garden City's Avery Jirmnson on what looked like a breakaway layup, going above the rim to block the shot.

Frantz got up so high and so quickly that Jirmnson pleaded with officials for a goaltending call, to no avail.

"It looked like he was going to try to lay it in right over the front of the rim so I thought I had a chance," Frantz said. "I try to do all the little things; hit the open man, hustle, box out on rebounds."

Trailing 43-40 at halftime, Garden City made several runs in the second half, cutting the Hutchinson lead to 76-72 with 32 seconds left following a Chris McHenry three. Bruce Reed and Leon Flowers both hit two free throws in the double-bonus to close out the victory. Reed finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

McHenry led the Busters with 22 points and Vince Banks added 21.

The Blue Dragons won the rebounding battle 36-35 after being outrebounded 48-20 in a 67-54 loss to Garden City on Feb. 6 at Hutchinson.

"I didn't show our guys the tape of the last Garden City game until this past week," said Hutchinson coach Steve Eck. "I put it in and told them to stop it when they felt like they'd seen enough. They were embarrassed."

HUTCHINSON (27-5): Stewart 1, Frantz 9, Barrett 2, Mitchell 32, Reed 13, Flowers 9, Barnes 4, Holloman 3, Davis 7, Wade 0. Totals 24-44 27-34 80.

GARDEN CITY (17-15): McHenry 22, Morales 1, Wesley 4, Jimnson 10, Griffin 6, Brown 0, Banks 21, Burley 3, Jackson 5. Totals 25-66 15-26 72.

Halftime: Hutchinson 43, Garden City 30. 3's: Hutchinson 5-9 (Mitchell 2, Frantz, Reed, Davis); Garden City 7-21 (McHenry 4, Banks 3). Rebounds: Hutchinson 36 (Mitchell 10); Garden City 35 (Burley 9). Assists: Hutchinson 13 (Frantz 5); Garden City 6 (Wesley 5).

Seward County 79, Cowley 75 — Seward County rallied from a six-point halftime deficit behind 23 points and nine rebounds from Marky Nolen. Latiq Agard added 20 points for the Saints. Canon Fields led Cowley with 23 points and five assists.

SEWARD COUNTY (24-8): McCarter 15, Sigala 7, Thaw 2, Moore 0, Nolen 23, Sturanovic 0, James 8, Tassin 4, Agard 20. Totals 32-62 13-19 79.

COWLEY (21-11): Fields 23, Rhone 5, Barber 0, Schuck 0, Russell 4, Rosario 0, Wakefield 0, McGee 18, Cornelius 12, Marshall 6, Copeland 0, Lankster 7. Totals 28-62 10-13 75.

Halftime: Cowley 40, Seward 34. 3's: Seward 2-6 (McCarter, Sigala); Cowley 9-21 (McGee 3, Fields 3, Cornelius 2, Rhone). Rebounds: Seward 39 (Nolen 9); Cowley 29 (McGee 9). Assists: Seward 11 (McCarter 4); Cowley 13 (Fields 5).

Coffeyville 84, Dodge City 80 — Coffeyville survived a late surge by Dodge City to hold on for the quarterfinal victory. Justin Johnson and Kevin Broussard scored 19 points each to lead four Red Ravens in double figures. Richard Townsend-Grant added 18 points.

Mykael Thompson led the Conquistadors with 18 points and six assists, including three three-pointers in the final minute.

DODGE CITY (21-11): Heydman 2, Coley 12, Wilcox 8, Massey 16, Guguai 8, Thompson 18, Salazar 8, Barnes 8. Totals 32-74 7-8 80.

COFFEYVILLE (21-11): Hardyway 2, Johnson 19, Wilson 15, Broussard 19, Bransford 4, Peterson 1, Townsend-Gant 18, Bowlin 0, Biggers 6. Totals 29-56 14-22 84.

Halftime: Coffeyville 44, Dodge City 27. 3's: Dodge City 9-31(Thompson 3, Salazar 2, Wilcox 2, Coley 2); Coffeyville: 12-23 (Townsend-Gant 4, Broussard 4, Wilson 3, Johnson). Rebounds: Dodge City 37 (Guguai 10); Coffeyville 40 (Johnson 8). Assists: Dodge City 15 (Thompson 6); Coffeyville 16 (Peterson 5).

Butler 82, Cloud 69 — Leading 60-58 with 7:45 left in the game, Butler outscored Cloud 15-4 over the next four minutes, capped by a one-handed alley-oop dunk by Jayhawk West player of the year Caleb Walker.

Dushawn Brooks led Butler with 21 points and seven rebounds, including eight straight points in the Grizzlies' game-winning spurt. Walker added 19 points and six rebounds. Ben Steinlage led the Thunderbirds with 23 points.

The Grizzlies will play Seward County in one of today's semifinals.

BUTLER (27-5): Cousin 5, Hilyard 13, Morgan 0, Pierce 5, Sloan 3, Brooks 21, Walker 19, Gibbs 9, Ingram 7. Totals 24-51 25-29 82.

CLOUD COUNTY (16-15): Modupe 2, Herrera 10, Steinlage 23, Ray 9, Fall 0, Green 7, Newton 0, Marshall 7, Schulte 7, Stewart 4. Totals 24-45 16-20 69.

Halftime: Butler 34, Cloud 25. 3's: Butler 9-18 (Brooks 3, Hilyard 3, Walker 2, Sloan); Cloud 5-15 (Herrera 2, Steinlage, Ray, Schulte). Rebounds: Butler 26 (Brooks 7); Cloud 25 (Ray 6). Assists: Butler 14 (Cousin 5); Cloud 14 (Ray 6).

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