Seward County Community College head women’s basketball coach Toby Wynn has announced the signing of Dodge City High School senior Liz Gunther to a National Junior College Athletic Association letter of intent on Tuesday, which was the first official day NJCAA basketball programs could sign incoming student-athletes for the 2008-09 season. Gunther was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2008, and she was a Hutchinson News Class 6-5A First Team All-State selection. Seward County will look to replace five sophomores from its 2008 roster that helped lead the Lady Saints to a 23-9 overall record.

Wynn feels the signing of Gunther is a good start to his recruiting class for this upcoming basketball season.

“We are really excited to have Liz become part of the Lady Saints basketball program,” Wynn said. “We feel that she is the type of student-athlete that will blend into what we are looking to accomplish here.”

Gunther averaged 10 points, four assists and two steals per game last season for the WAC champion Dodge City Lady Demons. She was named to the Topeka Capital Journal Third Team All-State list, and she was a two-time Pratt Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team selection.

Gunther scored in double figures 13 times while leading Dodge City H.S. to a 16-5 overall record in 2008. She scored a season-high 22 points (5-of-5 three-pointers) against Hays High School late in the regular season. Gunther also posted season-highs of 12 assists against Garden City H.S. and five steals against Hays.

She finished her high school basketball career breaking five school-records, including steals in a single-game (8), steals in a single-season (66), steals in a career (193), single-game 3-pointers (5) and career assists (282).

Gunther will be a two-sport athlete at SCCC also competing for the Lady Saints softball team. Entering her senior season, Gunther is a two-time All-WAC selection behind the plate. She holds the DCHS record for most RBIs in a single-season.

Gunther is also a four-time power lifting state champion, president of FCA and ranks first academically among her class of 373 students.

Coach Wynn on Gunther: “Liz is a good point guard who can handle the ball well. She makes good decisions with the basketball in her hands. She is also capable of knocking down shots from the perimeter. Liz is a solid defender, and more importantly, she has been a part of successful teams at DCHS under Coach Briggs.”