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Hutchinson, Butler women move onto quarterfinals

Published On: Mar 19 2014 10:10:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 10:15:01 PM CDT
SALINA, Kan. -

The state of Kansas now has two teams headed to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament--Hutchinson, who is on their fifth trip, and Butler who is on their first.

Hutchinson won ,in overtime, against Northern Oklahoma Enid 77-68

Once the Blue Dragons hit their stirde in the first, they appeared to have control of the game leading 34-22 at halftime. However, the Jets heated up outside. Using three-pointers to get back into the game, lead by Breck Clark's game-high five.

"You anticipate the other teams going to make some baskets, but the shots that they were making were just incredible," head coach John Ontjes said.

Hutchinson's Kalani Purcell tried to keep pace inside, however the Jets would take a five point lead with just two minutes left to play, the latest the Blue Dragons had been down all season.

"Being down with two minutes to go, my heart was racing," Purcell said. "I'm pretty sure everyone else's was as well."

A Purcell turnover turned lay-up would later tie it up at 63 to send it to overtime. Hutchinson didn't waste any time. Two back-to-back Jamie Patrick three-pointers gave them momentum that carried them to the 77-68 win.

Purcell ended the night with 23 points, Patrick had 20 and JeVonTa Hill had 17 for Hutchinson. The Jets' Breck Clark and Rylie Swanson both had 22 points and Kori Barrios had 10.

Earlier in the day, Butler beat Shelton State 51-39.

"We're excited," head coach Mike Helmer said. "This is a great team. They are here every year. So it's a chance to continue and move on, I'm very proud of my team"

The Grizzlies opened the game on an 8-0 run. Defense was key for Butler. They forced turnovers and made the Lady Bucs take the outside shot. They held them to 17.4% shooting in the first half.

Butler lead by double digits for most of the second half, Shelton State tried to rally late, but the Grizzlies kept them at bay.

Ashley Gibson lead Butler with 17 points and Kendra Watts had 10 for Shelton State.

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