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

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