The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team defeated Barton County Community College 73-63, Monday night at the Barton County Gymnasium in Great Bend, Kan. In Barton County’s last game played, they defeated No. 1 Cloud County C.C. in overtime at the Barton County Gym. The No. 5 nationally-ranked Lady Saints used a 46-point second-half effort to make sure that Barton wouldn’t beat their second consecutive Top 5 team. After trailing by three points at halftime (27-30), Seward County outscored Barton County 46-33 in the second-half, to remain undefeated this season at 17-0 overall and 3-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Barton County falls to 15-3 overall and 3-1 in conference competition.

The game featured the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked scoring offenses in the Region VI, with Barton County averaging 88.9 points and SCCC averaging 87.9 points per game this season. The Seward County defense was able to slow down the high-powered Lady Cougars offense, especially in the second-half where Barton County shot only 28 percent from the field. Barton County committed 24 turnovers and SCCC held Barton County to only 1-of-17 shooting from three-point range.

After intermission, the game went back-and-forth with both teams holding leads until Seward County grabbed the lead for good at the 11:34 mark (45-44) in the second-half. The Lady Saints went on 22-6 run over the next seven minutes, to put the game out of reach and gave Seward County their third conference victory and fourth road win of the season.

Seward County was led by sophomore Chelsea Blackshear, who scored a team-high 19 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line, including 15 of her points in the second-half. Freshmen Tegan Cunningham scored 16 points with eight rebounds and three steals. SCCC point guard Chontaye Walter chipped in 15 points with a team-high four assists and two steals. Freshmen Audra Binford (four steals) and Jennifer Noel (12 rebounds) also had strong performances for No. 5 Seward County.

The Lady Cougars were led by Inga Muciniece (21 points and 18 rebounds) and LaToya Jackson (17 points and six rebounds).

The victory gives Seward County a 13-1 record against Barton County since the 2000-2001 season. Barton County leads the overall series 36-26 and 20-9 in Great Bend. The Lady Saints have now defeated every opponent this season by 10 or more points.

The Lady Saints will host Butler Community College (15-3, 3-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Green House for a 6 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference tip-off.