The quest for a fourth-straight Region VI championship begins for the No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team when the Blue Dragons play the Pratt Beavers in a quarterfinal matchup.
Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday from Charles Koch Arena in Wichita.
The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) beginning at 6:50 p.m. The game will also be streamed live by the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning at 6:50 p.m.
The Jayhawk West champion Blue Dragons enter the postseason with a 30-0 record, the third time in the last four seasons and the fifth time in team history that Hutchinson has rolled through the regular season unbeaten.
By virtue of winning the Jayhawk West title, Hutchinson earned the No. 1 overall seed for the Region VI Tournament and received an opening-round bye.
Hutchinson looking for its sixth Region VI championship in the program’s 41-season history. The Blue Dragons have earned NJCAA Tournament bids in 1977, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014,
Pratt is 17-14 entering the Region VI quarterfinals. The ninth-seeded Beavers went on the road to defeat Allen 76-54 on Saturday.
Hutchinson and Pratt will meet in the Region VI Tournament for only the third time ever and first since 1986.
The Blue Dragons swept Pratt in the season series this season. HCC dominated Pratt 93-51 in Pratt on Jan. 21. The Dragons struggled through a slow start on the Feb. 18 rematch at the Sports Arena, but wound up dominating the second half in a 72-46 victory, HCC’s 14th consecutive victory over the Beavers.
Hutchinson will have the Jayhawk West Coach of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year in the line-up on Wednesday. HCC head coach John Ontjes is 21-3 all-time in the Region VI Tournament. Kalani Purcell was named the league’s MVP and Cynthia Petke was recognized as the league Freshman of the Year.
A pair of Pratt sophomores - Karissa Pena and Jazzmen Ortiz - earned all-conference honorable mention selections. After missing five games because of injury, Ortiz returned to the Pratt lineup on Feb. 25. She missed the second game this season against Hutchinson. She scored 10 points on Saturday vs. Allen.
The Hutchinson-Pratt winner will meet the Butler-Independence winner at 3 p.m. on Friday in the second Region VI Tournament semifinal at Koch Arena.
Game 31: No. 1 Hutchinson Blue Dragons vs. Pratt Beavers
Region VI Quarterfinals
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS
Live Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9); KWBW-AM (1450); KWBW-FM (98.5), 6:50 p.m.
Live Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 6:50 p.m.
Live Stats: Blue Dragon Sports Network
HUTCHINSON BLUE DRAGONS
2014-15 Record: 30-0
2015 Jayhawk West Record: 16-0
NJCAA National Rank: No. 1
Head Coach: John Ontjes, 8th season
2014-15 Record: 17-14
2015 Jayhawk West Record: 6-10
NJCAA National Rank: Unranked
Head Coach: Stephanie Thompson, 7th season
Blue Dragon history in the Region VI Tournament
The Blue Dragons are making their 38th appearance in the Region VI Tournament. Hutchinson is 50-32 all-time in the regional tournament.
Hutchinson has won five regional championships 1977, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Last season, the Blue Dragons won the program’s fifth regional title, defeating Butler 54-52 in the championship game and advance all the way to the NJCAA Tournament championship game for the second time in three seasons.
Only three times has Hutchinson failed to appear in the regional tournament. Hutch failed to make the field in 1982 after a 14-11 season and in 1989 after a 17-12 season. Hutch didn’t make the 2001 field because of an NJCAA probation.
Hutchinson is now 27-9 in opening-round games, 11-17 in quarterfinal games, 6-5 in semifinal games and 5-1 in championship games.
About the Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons lead the Jayhawk West and are 10th in the NJCAA in scoring offense at 81.9 points per game. Hutchinson is No. 2 in the nation in field-goal percentage at 49.0 percent, which is currently No. 1 in team history. HCC is shooting 33.1 percent from the 3-point line, averaging 5.0 made treys per game. The Dragons are shooting 72.4 percent from the free-throw line, which is now second in the Jayhawk West and 10th in the country.
+ Defensively, the Blue Dragons are tops in the Jayhawk West and are fifth in the nation in scoring defense allowing 48.3 points per contest. The Blue Dragons lead the league and are No. 2 in the nation in field-goal defense at 29.4 percent. Opposing teams are shooting 25.4 percent, allowing 5.2 made treys per game.
+ Sophomore forward Kalani Purcell has 21 double-doubles and the only triple-double in program history this season. The future BYU Cougar is second in the Jayhawk West in scoring at 18.4 points per game. She leads the league and is eighth in the NJCAA in field-goal percentage at 58.2 percent. Purcell ranks No. 1 in the Jayhawk West in assists at 5.1 per game, No. 1 in steals (5th in NJCAA) at 3.5 per game; No. 1 in rebounding (10th in NJCAA) at 11.2 per game and No. 6 in blocked shots at 1.3 per game. She shoots 75.6 percent at the free-throw line.
+ Freshman Cynthia Petke is Hutchinson’s second-leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, which is fifth in the Jayhawk West. Petke is third in the league in field-goal percentage at 55.1 percent. She is at 68.8 percent from the foul line. Petke has 15 double-doubles this season. She is No. 2 in rebounding in the conference at 11.0 boards per game. She ranks seventh in the league in assists at 2.9 per game.
+ Freshman Clemence LeFebvre is HCC’s third-leading scorer and No. 6 in the Jayhawk West at 13.4 points per game. She is sixth in the league in field-goal percentage at 48.5 percent and is second in free-throw percentage (80.6 percent). LeFebvre is seventh in assists in the league at 3.0 per game.
+ HCC lost sophomore guard and fourth-leading scorer Sydney Benoit for the remainder of the season with an injury. Benoit averaged 8.6 points and had 32 3-pointers. She ranked No. 3 in the league in 3-point percentage (38.1 percent), ninth in assists (2.6/game) and ninth in blocked shots (0.7/game) at the time of her injury.
+ Sophomore point guard Alyx Bloom is averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 assists per game (4th in Jayhawk West). She is shooting 91.4 percent from the free-throw line.
+ Sophomore Shakira Harding stepped into the starting lineup to replace Benoit. She started all 36 games on last season’s national runner-up team. Harding is averaging 6.5 points and shoots 45.0 percent from the floor and 38.0 percent from distance.
+ The Blue Dragons are getting 19.1 points per game off the bench. Sophomore Taylor Jones is HCC’s leading scorer off the bench at 6.8 points per game, shooting 46.3 percent overall and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
+ The Blue Dragons lead the West and are No. 14 in the NJCAA in rebounding at 47.9 rebounds per game. HCC grabs 16.0 offensive rebounds. HCC allows 28.1 total rebounds and 8.9 offensive rebounds per game.
+ Hutchinson is No. 2 in the NJCAA in assists at 21.5 per game. The Blue Dragons have had 20 or more assists in 23 of 30 games this season.
+ In comparison to other seasons, the 2014-15 Blue Dragons aren’t forcing as many turnovers this season at 18.3 takeaways per game. HCC is averaging 16.0 turnovers.
+ Hutch is No. 1 in the league in steals at 10.6 per game.
+ The Dragons are second in the Jayhawk West in blocked shots at 4.3 rejections per game. Purcell is sixth individually in the conference (1.3/game).
+ Pratt went 16-14 in the regular season, finishing fifth in the Jayhawk West. The Beavers defeated Allen 76-54 in the opening round on Saturday in Iola.
+ The Beavers are No. 1 in the Jayhawk West and rank fifth nationally in free-throw percentage at 73.7 percent. They average 15.7 makes and 21.3 attempts per game. Two Pratt players - Jazzmen Ortiz (No. 1 - 82.4 percent) and Karissa Pena (No. 5 - 79.2 percent) - rank in the top five in the Jayhawk West individually.
+ Overall, Pratt finished seventh in the Jayhawk West in scoring offense at 63.8 points per game. The Beavers were sixth in field-goal percentage at 36.3 percent and shoots 28.4 from long range. The Beavers average 4.5 made 3s per game.
+ Defensively, Pratt was fifth in the Jayhawk West allowing 60.3 points per game. Opponents shoot 38.7 percent overall and 30.0 percent from 3-point range against the Beavers.
+ Sophomore guard Lanina Spence is currently Pratt’s leading scorer at 11.6 points per game. She is shooting 38.1 percent overall, 32.6 percent from 3-point range and 74.3 percent from the foul line. Spence averages 5.0 rebounds per game.
+ Pena, a sophomore guard, is averaging 11.2 points per game and shoots 45.7 percent overall.
+ Ortiz, who has played the last two after missing five in a row with an injury, averages 9.8 points per game. She shoots 35.9 percent overall, 28.3 percent from distance. She averages 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
+ The Beavers rank eighth in the Jayhawk West in rebounding. Pratt is 39.0 rebounds per game and is allowing 37.8 boards. The Beavers are aggressive on the offensive glass with 12.6 offensive rebounds per contest.
+ Pratt is seventh in assists (11.1/game) and is seventh in steals (7.8/game).
+ The Beavers are solid at taking care of the basketball, turning the ball over an average of 15.4 times per game. They force 17.6 turnovers.
+ Freshman forward Mattison Dusin is the sister of former Blue Dragon volleyball player Lindsay Dusin.
Series History against Pratt
Wednesday’s matchup will be the 81st all-time meeting between Hutchinson and Pratt in a continuous series that dates back to 1975.
The Blue Dragons have won 14 consecutive games in the series and lead Pratt 71-9 all-time. The Dragons are 26-4 against Pratt at the Sports Arena and 34-5 in Pratt’s Dennis Lesh Sports Arena. Hutch and Pratt have been twice in Region VI play, but not since 1986. The Dragons won both postseason meetings.
HCC’s 71 wins vs. Pratt are the most against any opponent in program history.
(HCC Sports Information)
The Jayhawk West champion Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team swept league honors and placed three players on the first team as the 2015 All-Jayhawk West team was released on Tuesday.
Sophomore forward Kalani Purcell was named the Jayhawk West’s Most Valuable player. Blue Dragon head coach John Ontjes was named the league’s Coach of the Year for the fifth-consecutive year. Cynthia Petke was named the Freshman of the Year. Freshman Clemence LeFebvre was also named to the 2015 first team.
The NJCAA No. 1-ranked Blue Dragons ran the tables in the regular season, going 30-0 and earning the top overall seed for the Region VI Tournament. After an opening-round bye, the Blue Dragons will play Pratt at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Region VI quarterfinals at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita.
Joining the three Blue Dragons on the 2015 All-Jayhawk west first team was Butler’s Ashley Gibson and Seward County’s Kyndal Davis.
JOHN ONTJES – Coach of the Year
For the fifth consecutive season, John Ontjes led the Blue Dragons to a Jayhawk West championship and a 30-win season. The Blue Dragons have a five-year record of 167-7 and a Jayhawk West record of 76-2.
During the 2014-15 season, Ontjes became the program’s career coaching wins leader. He takes a 251-25 overall record into the Region VI Tournament.
The Blue Dragons have been dominant this season, winning 28 games by 10 or more points and 25 games by 20 or more points. HCC’s average winning margin this season is 33.4 points per game.
The 2015 Blue Dragons lead the Jayhawk West in scoring offense (81.9 points per game), field-goal percentage (49.0 percent), 3-point percentage (33.1 percent), rebounding (47.9 per game), assists (21.5 per game), scoring defense (48.3 points allowed per game), defensive field-goal percentage (29.4 percent), defensive 3-point percentage (25.4 percent), rebounds against (28.1 per game) and rebounding margin (plus-19.8).
HCC ranks second in the NJCAA statistical leaders in field-goal percentage and defensive field-goal percentage, third in assists and rebound margin and fifth in defensive scoring average.
Under Ontjes, HCC women’s basketball maintained its home-court winning streak, which is low the third-longest in women’s college basketball history and fifth longest in the college game regardless of level or gender at 117. HCC also has winning streaks of 36 against Jayhawk West competition, 25 in a row against the Jayhawk East, 63-straight regular-season non-conference wins and an overall regular-season winning streak of 64 that dates back to the 2012-13 season.
KALANI PURCELL – Most Valuable Player
Kalani Purcell joins Laura Patrick (2012) and Jackie Patterson (2011) as the only Blue Dragon women’s players to be named a conference Most Valuable Player. Last season, Purcell was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.
Purcell was a unanimous selection as MVP.
The 6-foot-2 forward from Hamilton, New Zealand has had a special season for the Blue Dragons.
She ranks second in the Jayhawk West in scoring (18.4 points per game) and leads the conference in field-goal percentage (58.2 percent), rebounding (11.2 per game), assists (5.1 per game) and steals (3.5 per game), which is fourth in the NJCAA.
Purcell has posted 21 double-doubles this season and had the program’s first triple-double in its history with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Coffeyville in November.
She ranks fifth on the Blue Dragon single-season statistical charts in points scored, second in made field goals, seventh in assists and third in steals.
During the season, Purcell became Hutchinson’s career rebounds and steals leader.
She posted a career-high 32 points against Hesston College and a season high of 18 rebounds against Pratt. She has had 12 20-plus point games, 21 games of 10 or more rebounds, 19 games of five or more assists and nine games of five or more steals.
Purcell was named the Jayhawk Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week six times this season.
CYNTHIA PETKE – Freshman of the Year
A 6-1 freshman forward from Yaoundé, Cameroon, Cynthia Petke is the third Blue Dragon player to receive the postseason conference honor, joining Purcell and Jackie Patterson (2011).
Petke is Hutchinson’s second-leading scorer and the Jayhawk West’s fifth-leading scorer at 15.3 points per game. She ranks third in the league in field-goal percentage at 55.1 percent and is the West’s second-leading rebounder at 11.0 boards per game.
Petke has had 15 double-doubles this season. She had a career-high 27 points against Neosho County and a career-high 17 rebounds against Kansas City. Petke has had five assists in eight different games this season. She had a season-high five steals against Butler and has blocked two shots in a game five times this season. Petke has scored in double figures 25 times and reached 10 or more rebounds 17 times.
Petke was named the Jayhawk Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week three times and was recognized as the NJCAA Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3
CLEMENCE LeFEBVRE – Jayhawk West First Team
A 6-1 freshman guard from St. Martin, France, LeFebvre has been a reliable No. 3 scorer for the Blue Dragons this season. She is the eighth-leading scorer in the conference at 13.7 points per game.
LeFebvre shoots 48.5 percent from the floor (seventh in the Jayhawk West), 33.7 percent from 3-point range (10th in the league) and she is second in the conference in free-throw shooting at 80.6 percent.
LeFebvre also averages 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
LeFebvre had two double-doubles this season. She has a season high of 23 points against Midland College and 10 rebounds three times this season. LeFebvre also had eight assists against Neosho county, three steals six times and two blocked shots against nationally ranked State Fair.
(HCC Sports Information)
2015 ALL-JAYHAWK WEST TEAM
Coach Of The Year – John Ontjes, Hutchinson
Most Valuable Player – Kalani Purcell, Hutchinson
Freshman Of The Year – Cynthia Petke, Hutchinson
First Team Ht Yr
Kalani Purcell, Hutchinson 6'2 So.
Ashley Gibson, Butler 5'10 So.
Cynthia Petke, Hutchinson 6'1 Fr.
Clemence LeFebvre, Hutchinson 6'1 Fr.
Kyndal Davis, Seward County 5'9 So.
Second Team Ht Yr
Phikala Anthony, Barton 5'8 So.
Loysha Morris, Garden City 5'8 So.
Brooklyn Artis, Seward County 5'7 Fr.
Katie Palmer, Butler 5'8 So.
Axelle Bernard, Seward County 6'3 Fr.
Honorable Mention Ht Yr
Daniela Galindo, Seward County 5'10 Fr
Deandra Wiiliams, Colby 5'11 So.
Luize' Skrastina, Cloud Co. 6'0 Fr.
Kynadi Johnson, Butler 6'0 So.
Jazzmen Ortiz, Pratt 5'6 Fr.
Karissa Pena, Pratt 5'7 So.
The Hutchinson Community College baseball team announced on Tuesday that its regularly scheduled game at Hesston College on Wednesday has been pushed back to Thursday.
The single nine-inning game with the Larks will be played at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Hesston’s Oswald Field.
Hesston officials wanted to give the field one more day to dry. The original game was scheduled for 5:30 p.m., but Thursday’s contest will be at 2 p.m. because of lighting issues.
Hutchinson will open Jayhawk West play on Friday against Pratt at Hobart-Detter Field. Friday will be a single game, Saturday a doubleheader and Sunday a single game with the Beavers.
(HCC Sports Information)
Sophomore Brittany Olender tossed a two-hit shutout at Garden City in her only action of the week for the Blue Dragon softball team last week. She was named the Jayhawk East’s Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday morning.
Olender (1-1) walked the first batter of the game, but then turned one of the best outings as a Blue Dragons, allowing a career-low two hits. Hutchinson defeated Garden City 4-0 in the second game to split a doubleheader with the Broncbusters.
Olender faced a bit of early-inning trouble. She worked around a one-out error in the second inning and faced a two-one, out-out situation in the third after a double and walk. Olender then retired Garden City’s No. 3 and 4 hitters with a pair of popouts to get out of the jam. From that point, Olender retired eight Busters in a row and 14 of the final 15 batters she faced.
Olender struck out five and walked two in her first complete game of the season. It was HCC’s second complete-game shutout of the season.
(HCC Sports Informatoin)
Poor field conditions after the weekend snow forced the cancelation of Tuesday’s Hutchinson Community College softball team’s doubleheader at the McPherson College Junior Varsity.
No make-up date has been set.
The 5-2 Blue Dragons are next scheduled to meet Dodge City at 2 p.m. on Friday in a doubleheader at Hobart-Detter Field.
Hutchinson will open Jayhawk East play next Tuesday when Cloud County comes to Hobart-Detter Field for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
The Blue Dragons have lost four games because of weather so far this season.
(HCC Sports Information
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