By STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information
Finishing play against the Jayhawk East at 5-2, the Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team opens play against Jayhawk West competition on Monday night at the Sports Arena against the Dodge City Conquistadors. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.
Hutchinson (6-2 overall) enters play on Monday coming off its most impressive victory of the season, an 84-61 victory at Cowley on Wednesday, which was the Blue Dragons' first road victory of the season. The Dragons had a conference bye on Saturday.
K.K. Adams led four Blue Dragons in double figures with 17 points and five assists. The Blue Dragons shot 51.7 percent and hit 10 of 17 3-pointers. Defensively, the Dragons held Cowley to 4 of 36 shooting in the second and third quarters - 27.8 percent for the game - outscoring the Tigers 44-18 in those two quarters.
Hutchinson opens the double-round robin Jayhawk West portion of its schedule in second place in the league, 0.5 games behind Seward County.
Monday starts a three-game week for the Blue Dragons. After Dodge City, the Blue Dragons are on the road in back-to-back games at Northwest Tech on Wednesday and at Seward County on Saturday.
Dodge City opened the season with consecutive wins over the Sterling College Junior Varsity and Neosho County, but has dropped six-straight games since then. The Conquistadors lost 62-58 at home on Saturday to Coffeyville, Dodge City led 53-48 after three quarters, but was outscored by the Red Ravens 14-5 in the final quarter.
Last season, Hutchinson and Dodge City split home games. The Blue Dragons hammered the Conquistadors 89-50 at the Sports Arena, but the Conquistadors caught Hutch on its worst offensive night of the 2019-20 season 69-55, earning a win over Hutchinson for the first time since the 2006 season.
Hutchinson sophomore point guard Tor'e Alford continues to lead the Jayhawk Conference in assists at 5.1 per contest. She is also third in the KJCCC in 3-point efficiency at 48.6 percent. Over her last three games, freshman guard Yana Grassity is averaging 10.6 points per game, shooting 9 of 16 from 3-point range.
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