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Another Dominant 2nd Quarter Powers No. 15 Dragons


By Hutchinson CC Sports Information


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The second quarter has been very good to the Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team this season. Sunday afternoon was no different for the No. 15-ranked Blue Dragons.

Leading Colby by eight points after one quarter, the Blue Dragons broke the game open by outscoring the Trojans by 17 points in the second stanza. Hutchinson then rolled to an 86-46 KJCCC victory on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons improved to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the Jayhawk Conference. Hutchinson travels to Independence on Wednesday. Colby dropped its third in a row and fell to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in league play.

Hutchinson outscored Colby 28-11 in the second quarter and built a 47-22 lead at halftime. The Dragons were 9 of 16 shooting (60.0 percent) in the second period, hitting three 3-point goals. The Blue Dragons used a pair of 13-0 runs in the quarter to build a 43-15 lead after an Akaysha Muggeridge 3-pointer with 2:42 to play in the second quarter.

The Blue Dragons have outscored 7 of 8 opponents in the second quarter and are a plus-74 in scoring margin in the second period this season.

Hutchinson shot a season-high 52.5 percent (31 of 59) shots and hit a season-high 12 3-point goals in 23 attempts on Sunday. The Blue Dragons had five 3-pointers in the first quarter and eight in the opening half with six different players connecting from distance.

Freshman Kiki Smith hit a season-high four 3-pointers to score a game-high 19 points for the Dragons. Smith was 6 of 9 shooting overall.

Freshman Hailey Jackson connected on a pair of 3-pointers and was 6 of 8 from the floor to finished with 16 points and four rebounds.

Sophomore Journey Armstead scored 11 points and finished with a season-high nine assists and six rebounds. Monae Duffy and Askayska Muggeridge had seven points each, while Peyton MosleyKahlen Norris and Brynn McCormick had six points each.

Colby shot 34.7 percent for the game (17 of 49), going 4 of 17 from 3-point range and 8 of 12 from the line. Stella McIntyre had 13 points to lead the Trojans.

The Blue Dragons forced 26 Colby turnovers.

GAME NOTES – Journey Armstead had her fifth game this season with five or more assists. … Kiki Smith has scored in double figures in all eight games this season. … Monae Duffy surpassed the career 500-point mark. She now has 503 points. … The Blue Dragons are 58-14 all-time against Colby, including 30-7 at the Sports Arena. … With 23 assists on 31 made baskets, this was Hutchinson’s third game of 20 or more assists this season. … This was the second time this season the Dragons shot 50 percent or better in a game.