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HutchCC will get chance to shake off Region 6 defeat

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team ended last week with a devastating loss to Independence Community College in the Region 6 tournament semifinals.

The Blue Dragons then had to wait almost a full week to find out if their season would continue or end.

However, on Monday, the Blue Dragons got the news the whole team wanted to hear.

Hutchinson received one of the eight at-large bids for the NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Tournament. Hutchinson is seeded No. 18 and is set to face No. 15-seeded San Jacinto-North College, from Pasadena, Texas. Game time is 2 p.m. at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas.

For the Blue Dragons, they will be making their eighth appearance in the national tournament, and seven of those eight are under current coach John Ontjes. However, this is the first time they’ve been as an at-large bid.

Two long winning streaks throughout the season were the key in getting the bid. One was 13-game streak that saw the Blue Dragons not losing in almost two months, the other was a seven-game streak that was important late in the season.

Lucas Barlow

HutchCC women get bid to NJCAA Tournament

Monday, March 12th, 2018

By The Collegian staff

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team’s season isn’t finished after all.

Monday morning, the Blue Dragons learned they got one of the eight at-large bids to the NJCAA Tournament next week in Lubbock, Texas. The Blue Dragons are the No. 18 seed in the 24-team field and will take on 15 seed San Jacinto at 2 p.m. Monday in Lubbock.

This will be the sixth time in seven years the Blue Dragons will be at the national tournament, and the seventh time overall under coach John Ontjes. They were national runner-up in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and they finished third in 2013.

Last year, the Blue Dragons lost in the second round.

Hutchinson didn’t have one of their stronger teams under Ontjes this season, but they still went 27-6 overall and 21-5 in the Jayhawk Conference. That placed the Blue Dragons second, two games behind Seward County.

Hutchinson’s at-large prospects seemed to take a hit with a 70-50 Region 6 semifinal loss to Independence, which then lost to Seward County in the championship game.

But the Blue Dragons still made it.

The Hutchinson-San Jacinto winner plays again at 6 p.m. March 20 against No. 2 Gulf Coast.

Hutchinson Community College- fall to indy

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Tuesday’s game could’ve been Hutchinson Community College’s women’s basketball’s

last of the season.

Played in Park City’s Hartman Arena, the women faced a tough Independence team for a chance to advance to the Region 6 Tournament championship.

However, the Blue Dragons struggled on the offensive side and were plagued by turnovers, as

they lost to the Pirates, 70-50.

The 20-point margin of loss was the worst in five years for the Blue Dragon women, and the last time they had a 20-point loss was in 2007.

After a positive first quarter, where Hutchinson scored 19 points and went 4 for 4 from 3-point range, the next three were inconsistent, shooting only 35 percent from the field. The Blue Dragons committed 29 turnovers, proving to be a game-changer as the Pirates scored 29 points off of Hutchinson’s mistakes.

Independence only committed 12 turnovers.

Tia Bradshaw ended with the most points for the Blue Dragons with 11. Kelsey Brett and Dejanae Roebuck also added eight points apiece. Six other players finished in the scoring column as well.

The Blue Dragons fall to 27-6 on the season. However, with the loss on Tuesday, the season

might not be over for Hutchinson. On Monday, the NJCAA will announce eight at-large bids for

the national tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The Blue Dragons could potentially get one of those

spots.

Mickens was ready for this

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team is once again a top-tier

team in the country, as the Blue Dragons are ranked No. 23. They are currently 22-5

overall and 18-5 in the Jayhawk Conference.

Head coach John Ontjes has put together another solid team by bringing in some quality freshmen – four of whom are from Kansas, including three from small western Kansas communities.

Jada Mickens, who is a great all-round player that can light-up the stat column, is one of those stand-out freshmen from Kansas.

Mickens grew up in Liberal, which is about three hours southwest of Hutchinson, on the Oklahoma doorstep.

She followed the footsteps of her family by playing multiple sports, splitting her time between

volleyball and basketball. As a volleyball player, she received many awards including all-

tournament team recognition, most improved player, and most valuable player. However, after

HutchCC contacted Mickens, her interest in collegiate basketball spiked.

“I didn’t realize how good the school was at basketball, so it was perfect that I had an offer,” Mickens said. “I didn’t have that many other offers, but Hutchinson has been a great blessing, and I’m happy this is the route I chose.”

Playing in the Western Athletic Conference during high school was a challenge for

Mickens, as it featured some of the best teams in Kansas. Although it helped make the

transition into college basketball easier, it didn’t prepare her for the height of the other players.

“In high school, I was taller than a majority of the teams we played against, but playing at the

college level is a whole new world, and I’m small in this one,” Mickens said.

Mickens also stated the speed of the game was faster, and the addition of a shot clock made things different. However, Mickens seems to have adapted fairly well to the college speed as she currently leads the Blue Dragons in multiple stats, including points per game (14.2), field goal percentage (50.7), and minutes per game (30.8) are all held by her.

Mickens also attributes her smooth transition to her fellow Kansas teammates, some of which she knows well.

“Playing next to some Kansas players has actually made this whole experience a lot easier to handle,” Mickens said. “Sara Cramer (Dighton), Tia Bradshaw (Dodge City), and Briana

Bradshaw (Dodge City), are three girls that I had played with on a traveling team, so we know each other pretty well. Also the Bradshaw sisters played at Dodge City High School, which was in the Western Athletic Conference, so we’ve played against each other before.”

For the Blue Dragons, the regular season is just about over and Mickens hopes to end on a high note.

“We have potential to do something great and I know we can do it,” Mickens said. “We have to bring it more than ever now than at the beginning of the season, it matters a lot more now and we can do it. Stay tuned to the Lady Dragons because we’re onto something big.”

Women fall two in a row

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket as she tries to break past a defender during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13. Rogers added 10 points and five steals.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket as she tries to break past a defender during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13. Rogers added 10 points and five steals.

After an impressive 132-game win streak in the Sports Arena for the Blue Dragon women’s basketball, the streak has ended with a loss to Cloud County.

Hutch played Cloud County on Feb. 13 and lost 57-67 after Hutch committed 22 turnovers.

Cloud County was the first opponent to come into the Sports Arena and win a game against the women since 2009.

Their record is now 24-3 overall and 14-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Over the last two weeks, the Dragons beat Dodge City and Colby, but had their second and third losses of the season against Seward County and Cloud County.

The top scorer for the Dragons was Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, with 11 points.

Butina also added 5 assists.
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