By Bailey Pennycuff / Co-Sports Editor
The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team faced Iowa Western in Great Bend on Saturday, and for the first time this season, was losing at halftime.
However, the Blue Dragons improved in the second half by shooting 57.1 percent (20 for 35) and ended up beating the Reivers 91-70 to close out the Cougar Booster Club Classic at the Barton gymnasium.
Hutch led for most of the first half and, at one point, had accumulated a nine-point lead. With less than three minutes to play in the first half, Iowa Western went on a 10-3 run to end the half at 40-38.
Within the last 20 minutes of the game, the Blue Dragons outscored the Reivers 53-30.
Sophomore guard Saquan Singleton had a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 assists.
Six different Blue Dragons scored in double digits – led by freshman guard Josh Baker and freshman forward Majok Kuath, both with 16 points for the night.
On Tuesday, the Blue Dragons faced Hesston College at the Sports Arena.
At halftime, the Blue Dragons grasped a commanding 42-25 lead over the Larks.
The final score was 87-53, putting the Blue Dragons at 8-0 overall and will play Coffeyville Community College Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Sports Arena.
Women’s Basketball – The Blue Dragons faced Jefferson College on Saturday in Great Bend during the Cougar Booster Club Classic at Barton.
Hutch hit 14 3-pointers, including four in a 24-point run to help the Blue Dragons defeat Jefferson 90-55.
Sophomore guard Makayla Vannett and freshman guard Tor’e Alford hit the first four 3-pointers with two each, as the team’s defense also comes in clutch to leave Jefferson scoreless for the first 24 Blue Dragon points.
Sophomore guard Abby Ogle led the Blue Dragons with 20 points, including one 3-pointer. She also added seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Sophomore center Brooklyn Betham earned her first double-double as a Blue Dragon with 11 points and 14 rebounds.