Feb 11, 2020 11:01 AM

Blue Dragon Women roll past Pratt for victory No. 1,000

Posted Feb 11, 2020 11:01 AM

STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information

Sophomore Abby Ogle had a huge 27-point effort in a milestone victory Monday night for the Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team.

No. 6-ranked Hutchinson extended its winning streak to 10 games after a 75-41 Jayhawk West victory over the Pratt Beavers at the Sports Arena.

The victory was the 1,000th in the 46-year history of Blue Dragon women's basketball. Hutchinson reached the magical 1K in 1,383 games. The program started in the 1974-75 season.

The Blue Dragons improve to 24-2 overall and 16-1 in the Jayhawk West heading into Wednesday's road contest at Dodge City. Pratt falls to 14-12 and 8-9 in league play.

The start down the road to the milestone was a slow one for the Blue Dragons, playing a Pratt team riding an emotional high of snapping a 54-game losing streak to Seward County on Saturday night.

Only Ogle and Brooklyn Bethem scored in a first quarter that ended in a 16-16 tie. Starting with the final basket of the first quarter, the Blue Dragons used a 12-0 run to lead 28-18 after two Betham free throws with 6:54 to play in the second quarter. The Beavers scored five unanswered to pull within five, but the Blue Dragons finished the second period with eight unanswered points. The Dragons held Pratt to 2 of 12 shooting in the second and led 36-23 at halftime.

Hutchinson outscored Pratt 59-25 in the final three quarters.

Ogle knocked down three 3-pointers and led Blue Dragons with 17 first-half points. Ogle posted her fifth 20-point game of the season with a game-high 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting, 3 of 6 from 3-point range. Ogle added seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Ogle became only the second Blue Dragon in team history to reach 200 career steals (201) and the sixth Blue Dragon to reach 100 steals in a season (102).

Hutchinson shot 26 of 56 overall shots (46.4 percent), going 12 of 29 from 3-point range and 11 of 16 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Lauryn Mapusua finished with 12 points on a career-high four 3-pointer. She added seven rebounds and three assists. Freshman Tor'e Alford had four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Betham had seven points and a team-high nine rebounds. Gelecia Cooper and Sasha Francis has six points each.

The Blue Dragons had 23 assists on 26 made field goals. Francis had a career-high and game-high nine assists. The Dragons outrebounded Pratt 41-39.

No Pratt player scored in double figures. Rachel Tippens had nine points and Tytiana Haamid had seven.

Holding Pratt to 24.2 percent in the first game on January 18 in Pratt, the Blue Dragons' No. 4 nationally ranked defense did even better against Pratt on Monday. Pratt shot only 22 percent (13 of 59), behind held to just 7 of 41 shooting in the final three quarters. The Beavers were 4 of 28 from 3-point range and 11 of 16 from the foul line. Pratt committed 16 turnovers.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are now 80-11 all-time against Pratt, including 40-5 at the Sports Arena. … The only other Blue Dragon with 200 or more steals beside Abby Ogle is career leader Kalani Purcell (259). … This was Ogle's 22nd game scoring in double figures, the 16th consecutive game with 10 or more points scored in a game. … Ogle had her ninth season and 17th career game of five or more steals in a game. … The 12 3-pointers by Hutchinson tied for the third most made 3s this season. … This was Hutchinson's five game of the season with 10 or more 3-pointers.

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Feb 11, 2020 11:01 AM
Men's track team qualifies three more for nationals

Hutchinson CC Sports Information.

WARRENSBURG, MO. – The No. 10-ranked Hutchinson Community College men’s track and field team earned three more national indoor championship qualifiers and Andrew Kibet broke his fourth team record of the indoor season on Saturday at the Central Missouri State Mule Relays.

Kibet won the Mule Relay 1,000 meters on Saturday with a school-record time of 2:26.35. That time broke the 1997 record of Francious Strydom (2:31.47). Kibet also qualified for his fourth individual event with a converted time of 2:24.36, the fastest in the nation this season.

Kibet now owns the 600, 800, 1,000 and Mile run Blue Dragon indoor records, as well as the outdoor 800 and the cross country 8K record.

Blue Dragon distance runners garnered two more national qualifying times on Saturday.

Freshman Teagan Flanagan finished second in the 5,000 meters with a national qualifying time of 15:28.54. That time is the fourth-fastest in Blue Dragon indoor history.

Sophomore Sylvestre Kibarar won the mile run with a national qualifying time of 4:26.75. He is the third Blue Dragon to qualify in the Mile.

Jared Scott had the other Blue Dragon event win on Saturday. Already qualified for nationals in the 60 meters, Scott won the Mule Relays with a time of 6.84 seconds. He posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time of 6.99 seconds.

Sophomore Brett Hillabrand was second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:04.97, the ninth-fastest time in Blue Dragon indoor history. Hillabrand also has a personal record in the 800 with a Mule Relay runner-up time of 2:01.71.

Three other personal records were posted at the Mule Relays by Blue Dragon athletes.

Jordan Hawkins ran 23.61 for a PR in the 200 meters. He finished 10th overall.

Andrew Holt was ninth in the 800 with a career-best time of 2:07.97.

Devin Marx had a PR in the shot put with a top effort of 39-10.50.

The Blue Dragons now have 13 national qualifiers for the NJCAA Indoor Championships in March in Lynchburg, Virginia. Hutchinson will nest compete at the Central Oklahoma Alumni Classic next Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.