With Region VI post-season basketball time upon us, Seward County Community College first-year womenís basketball Head Coach, Toby Wynn, and the Lady Saints met their First Round Region VI challenge against Jayhawk East fifth-place, Independence Community College. The Lady Saints defeated Independence 85-53, at the Green House in Liberal, where the SCCC womenís basketball program has now won 13 consecutive First Round Region VI contests.

Seward County (25-6) advances to the quarterfinals of the Region VI Tournament that begins this weekend in Wichita at the Charles Koch Arena (Wichita State University). The Lady Saints will square off against the Tournamentís top-seed, Labette Community College (28-3) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Labette stormed into the quarterfinals with a convincing, 74-60 win over Butler Community College in Parsons, Kan.

Independence finishes their season with a 10-20 overall record and their fifth consecutive season making a First Round Region VI Tournament appearance.

Wednesday nightís game looked like it could be a tight game as Seward led by four points (10-6) eight minutes into the game. The Lady Saints lead slowly grew into double-figures midway through the first-half as SCCC grabbed a 10 point lead, 18-8, with 8:30 remaining in the first period.

Seward stretched their lead to as many as 16 points in the first-half, but led 34-22 at half-time. Taushelle Rushing scored nine first-half points and Ilda Chambe scored four points with seven rebounds. In the first stanza, SCCC shot just 33 percent (9-for-27) from the field and were unproductive from long range, shooting 0-for-6 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes of play.

When play resumed in the second-half, it was all Seward County as SCCC jumped out to a 17-0 run making the score 51-22. Sophomore, Sierra Radke paced the Lady Saints early in their impressive run, scoring seven points in the opening four minutes of the second-half.

The Lady Saints continued to distance themselves from the visiting Lady Pirates, leading by as many as 37 points in the second-half. SCCC had leads of 35 points or more on 11 different occasions in the second period.

Several Lady Saints shined in their First Round Region VI victory, including Radke (14 points, five assists and four steals), Amanda McCue (12 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists), Rushing (11 points, three steals and three rebounds) Alyson Snell (11 points, 2-for-3 three-point field goals) and Brio Rode (10 points, five assists and two three-point field goals). The Lady Saints had 11 players who scored at least one point in their first post-season victory of the season.

Independence was led by Nikina Hill (17 points and seven rebounds) and Danielle Stevens (10 points and five rebound) who were the only Lady Pirates in double-figures scoring.

Coach Wynn and the Lady Saints also continued the SCCC womenís basketball programs history of success winning 25 games this year, marking the 13th consecutive season that the Lady Saints program has won at least 25 games. During that time span that began in 1993-1994, the SCCC womenís basketball program has an astounding 401-46 overall record (.897 winning percentage).