The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team had their season come to an end on Saturday afternoon in the Region VI Tournament Quarter-Finals at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita. Seward County was defeated by Labette Community College 62-60, in a game that saw the Lady Saints and Lady Cardinals dominate the game for a period of time. SCCC first-year Head Coach, Toby Wynn, guided the Lady Saints basketball program to another successful season with a 25-7 overall record.

Labette (29-3) entered the Region VI Tournament as the No. 1 seed, after winning the Jayhawk East Conference with a 16-2 conference mark. The Lady Cardinals also have arguably the top player in the Region VI in sophomore point guard, Kizzy Hart (23.0 points per game).

The Lady Cardinals gained control of the game early in the first period and would never trail before half-time, stretching their lead to as many as 10 points over the Lady Saints. Labette led Seward County at half-time, 30-24, scoring 17 points off 14 SCCC turnovers.

Once the second-half began, the momentum of the game shifted to the Lady Saints as they started the second-half on a 27-8 run, taking the lead 51-38 with 9:24 remaining in the game. In the first ten minutes of the second-half, SCCC was led by Amanda McCue (six points), Brio Rode (six points), Sierra Radke (five points), Ilda Chambe (four points), Chelsea Blackshear (three points) and Abby Williams (three points).

Seward County led by 13 points at two different occasions during the second-half, and held their double-figures lead until Labette’s Brittney Coleman hit a three-point basket and Diane Domingos hit back-to-back three’s to cut Seward County’s lead to three points (56-53) with only 4:25 left to play in the game.

In the final minutes of the game, Seward County owned the lead until Cortney Sales converted a three-point play by making a lay-up with a foul and them making the free-throw to give Labette a 60-58 lead.

Seward County then answered back when Taushelle Rushing made a basket with the assists from McCue to tie the score 60-60, with 21 seconds remaining. Labette then scored the final basket of the game after a Labette offensive rebound, Connie Heiniger made a basket with only four-seconds remaining on the clock to give Labette the 62-60 victory over Seward County.

Seward County called a timeout and Coach Wynn drew up the final play of the game and with only four seconds left, Radke took the final shot for SCCC, but the final buzzer had already sounded before the field goal attempt by Radke went in the basket.

Chambe had a standout performance scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Chambe finished her freshman season averaging 10.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Radke scored 12 points with four steals and three assists in her final game at Seward County. The Lady Saints only returning starter from last seasons Region VI Championship team, Amanda McCue, also played her final game for SCCC scoring 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals, playing in 35 minutes of the game.

Seward County did struggle from the free-throw line on Saturday, shooting 52 percent (15-for-29) while Labette shot only three times from the foul stripe connecting on 2-of-3. The Lady Saints shot 48 percent from the field (20-for-42) and were 5-of-15 from three-point range (33 %). In addition, Hart led Labette scoring 24 points and adding six steals.

Labette’s victory prevented a Region VI Final Four made up of all Jayhawk West teams after Barton County defeated Allen County 65-59, Cloud County topped Coffeyville 71-57, and No. 2 seed, Colby defeated Cowley College 79-61 in Region VI Quarter-Final match-ups. In Region VI Semi-Final action on Monday, Labette will play against Barton County (27-5) at 1:00 p.m. and Cloud County (26-6) will face Colby (29-3) at 3:00 p.m.