No. 2 Lady Dragons stifle No. 11 Lady Busters, 61-46


No. 2 Lady Dragons stifle No. 11 Lady Busters, 61-46

No. 2 Lady Dragons stifle No. 11 Lady Busters, 61-46


Special to The Telegram

HUTCHINSON — The Garden City women came Monday to the Sports Arena undefeated, ranked No. 11 and featuring one of the most dynamic offenses with the Jayhawk West's top scorer.

Hutchinson Community College was indifferent to Garden City's shiny credentials. The second-ranked Blue Dragons put on one of their best defensive performances in years by handcuffing the Broncbusters ,61-46.

The 46 points were by far the fewest Garden City has scored this season. Garden City's previous low was 62, and it averages 79.9 points a game.

"Any time you can hold a team to 46 points when they average 80, you are defending for 40 minutes," HCC coach John Ontjes said.

Garden City forward Tamara Jones came into the game averaging 21.5 points a game. Jones mustered only seven points and six shot attempts, as Hutchinson's forward Aja Sorrells provided most of the blanketing defense.

"We wanted to be aggressive with their main players," said Sorrells, who also contributed six points and six assists. "(Jones) uses her body well, and she gets space by being aggressive. We just wanted to be aggressive with her."

And of course, Hutchinson's defense had 15 steals out of 25 Garden City turnovers, leading to 24 points.

"Twenty-five turnovers was the difference in the game," Garden City coach Alaura Sharp said. "They do a good job in the half court. You can't de-convert a turnover. They're too good of a team to turn the ball over like that. We'll have to cut that in half the next time we play them."

Garden City's defense wasn't bad, holding Hutchinson (16-0, 2-0 Jayhawk West) to its second fewest points of the season. But Hutchinson used a sizzling offensive start to build an 18-point lead, and then got key baskets from several players in the second half after its lead was cut to two points.

Hutchinson looked like it was going to run away with the game early. When Sorrells sank a pair of free throws with 8 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first half, the Blue Dragons led 31-13.

But Hutchinson managed only six points in the next 15 minutes, which helped Garden City come back.

"I thought we got a lot of quality shots out of our offense, when you talk about the that late run in the first half," Ontjes said. "We may have gotten tired a little bit. Other than that stretch, we did some good things offensively."

It got to the point where no Blue Dragon could score. The 33-27 halftime lead was nearly gone when Shicole Watts hit a free throw with 13:29 left in the game, making it a 37-35 game.

Hutchinson's next four points came from an unlikely source — reserve point guard Jen'Von'Ta Hill, who averages 4.5 points a game. Both field goals came on Hutchinson's two possessions after it was 37-35.

"Jen's a kid who doesn't have great percentages, but the bigger the game, the more she steps up and makes baskets when we needed her to," Ontjes said.

Garden City never found the energy to make another surge, which is understandable. Two days before, the Broncbusters beat Butler in triple overtime.

"I don't want to make excuses," Sharp said. "You can say fatigue was a factor. I thought we played lifeless, but credit Hutch. They played well defensively."

Garden City (15-1, 1-1) hung around for awhile, but Hutchinson's Jamie Patrick showed the kind of clutch shooting her sister Laura did last season. Leading 41-36, Patrick sank a 3-pointer with 10:23 left. She made another with 7:16 left, giving Hutch a 49-38 lead.

"Most of them are on fastbreaks, and coach always says to stay on the 3-point line," Patrick said. "My teammates drive the lane and just find me. If they can drive it, they can drive it, or if they see me and Jade (Herl), they can find us. My teammates create well for us."

Patrick finished perfect from the field, hitting all eight shots and finishing with a game-high 21 points, and Garden City had 19 points and 12 rebounds from Watts.

The Lady Busters are right back in action at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when they host Barton at Perryman Athletic Complex.



GARDEN CITY (15-1, 1-1)

Jacobs 1-4 0-0 2, Green 0-3 0-0 0, Pope 2-6 2-4 6, Chisom 0-0 0-0 0, Chinn 3-7 6-8 12, Jones 3-6 0-3 7, Goble 0-4 0-0 0, Watts 8-20 3-4 19, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-50 11-20 46

HUTCHINSON (16-0, 2-0)

Sorrells 2-4 2-2 6, Walter 3-11 5-7 12, Patrick 8-8 1-2 21, Starks 1-8 0-0 2, Hill 3-5 1-5 7, Crawford 0-2 0-0 0, Herl 2-6 0-1 5, Patterson 2-9 0-1 4, Jones 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 23-55 9-18 61

Halftime score: Hutchinson 33-27. 3-point goals: Garden City 1-12 (Jones 1-1, Pope 0-1, Jacobs 0-3, Green 0-3, Goble 0-4). Hutchinson 6-12 (Patrick 4-4, Walter 1-3, Herl 1-4, Patterson 0-1). Rebounds: Garden City 41 (Watts 12), Hutchinson 36 (Starks 8). Assists: Garden City 8 (Chinn 3), Hutchinson 16 (Sorrells 6). Turnovers: Garden City 25, Hutchinson 18. Total fouls: Garden City 18, Hutchinson 19. Fouled out: Hutchinson (Sorrells).

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