Hutchinson CC Sports Information
The Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team will enter the Christmas break on a six-game winning streak after blitzing the Cloud County Thunderbirds on Wednesday night at the Sports Arena.
Six players scored in double figures and six posted a statistical career high as the No. 7-ranked Blue Dragons posted the largest margin of victory in series history with Cloud County after a 101-35 Jayhawk Conference victory.
The Blue Dragons go into the Christmas break with a 12-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the Jayhawk West to lead the league by one-half game over Seward County. Cloud County dropped its fourth game in a row and fell to 6-8 and 1-4. Hutchinson returns to action, opening the second semester on Saturday, January 4 with a home game against the Allen Red Devils.
The Blue Dragons shot 58.8 percent and held Cloud County to 2 of 13 shooting in a 26-6 first period. The Dragons led 46-21 at halftime and then outscored the Thunderbirds 55-14 in the second half.
Sophomore Abby Ogle led the Blue Dragons with 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Ogle hit 8 of 11 shots with two 3-pointers.
Sophomore Makayla Vannett knocked down five 3-point goals to finish with 17 points and three assists. Vannett moved past Jamie Patrick into seventh place on the Blue Dragon career 3-point list with 136).
Sophomore Lauren Mapusua scored a career-high 16 points with six assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Brooklyn Betham had 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots.
The Blue Dragons shot better than 50 percent for the third time this season at 56.8 percent (42 of 74), hitting 9 of 21 from 3-point range and 8 of 15 from the free-throw line. Hutchinson had 32 assists, which tied for the third most in team single-game history. Five different players had four or more assists. The Blue Dragons outrebounded Cloud County 57-43.
Cloud County was held to a season-low 18.9 percent shooting (14 of 74), going 3 of 19 from 3-point range and 4 of 13 from the free-throw line. The Thunderbirds committed 21 turnovers.
The Blue Dragons are now 44-27 all-time against Cloud County.