First, the context: this year’s Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team is not quite at the level of a national title contender as they have been in recent seasons.
The Blue Dragons are missing that All-American piece they usually have who ties everything else they do together so well. The Garden City Broncbusters did not beat a previously undefeated Hutchinson squad on Wednesday night. It was the Dragons' fourth loss of the season.
But with that out of the way, here comes the gushing: those Busters still did something that is nigh unthinkable, beating the ranked Dragons inside of the Sports Arena. Hutch has just three losses in the Arena since 2012.
And this was no fluke. The Busters wore the Dragons down, slamming the brakes on their offense with terrifying force.
Their athleticism. Their anticipation. Their discipline. Their effort.
All presented an immovable wall, standing 700 feet tall, and one that these Blue Dragons couldn’t bring down.
It’s not been a rare sight from the Busters this season, especially recently. They’ve held opponents in four straight games to less than 50 points, including a rout of the conference’s previously second-most efficient offense, Independence.
But the Dragons still needed to be slayed. The Busters entered Wednesday 4-37 all-time in the Arena, losing every game there since 2004.
They hadn’t beat Hutchinson at all since 2013, a losing streak of 10 straight games. But they snapped that, and won their fifth game ever in the Arena.
It should not be overlooked. Yes, Cloud County presents another big challenge at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Conestoga Arena, and a game that will, at least momentarily, break the tie between the T-Birds and the Busters for sixth in the KJCCC.
A win there would set the Busters up for a good seed to begin the Region 6 tournament, giving them a great chance to reach Wichita. But, for now, wins like Wednesday’s don’t come around very often.
Enjoy it, Busters and fans.
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