Feb 18 2007
Scott Lacefield under Athletics
It usually takes several years for head coaches to secure milestone coaching victories, not for Seward County Community College womenís basketball head coach Toby Wynn. In only his second year at the helm, Toby Wynn recorded his 50th head coaching victory on Saturday night over Butler Community College 84-55, in a dominating defensive effort from his Lady Saints at the Power Plant in El Dorado. Wynn, coaching in his 58th game as the head coach at SCCC, led his No. 3 nationally-ranked team to their 25th victory of the season while containing third-place Butler to only 32 percent shooting from the field. First-place Seward County improves to 25-1 overall and to 11-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Butler falls to 19-8 overall and 7-6 in conference play.
Saturday nightís victory also marked the Seward County womenís basketball programs 14th consecutive season winning at least 25 games. During that span, SCCC has been a consistent national powerhouse tallying an overall record of 426-48 (.895), and a Jayhawk West Conference record of 185-23 (.889).
After the opening eight minutes of play, Seward County jumped out to an early 16-4 lead after. Freshman Audra Binford then hit two 3-pointers, and point guard Chontaye Walter hit a jumper to put the Lady Saints in the lead 28-13, marking their largest lead in the first-half. SCCC led at halftime 37-25.
In the second-half the game got ugly as the Lady Saints continued to increase their lead and absolutely shutdown the Butler Lady Grizzlies. Butlerís frustration was obvious as they committed 27 personal fouls-with one technical foul (coach), sending the Lady Saints to the free-throw line 27 times. Butlerís fouls and Seward Countyís free throws made and attempts were season-highs this season for an SCCC opponent and for the Lady Saints.
Seward County shot 54 percent from the field (13-for-24) in the second-half and held Butler scoreless from 3-point territory (0-for-17) for the entire game. Also this season, the Lady Saints held Hutchinson without a three-point bucket on Feb. 7 in Hutchinson, as the Lady Blue Dragons were 0-for-20 from three-point range.
SCCC freshman Tegan Cunningham continued her Conference MVP caliber season with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Cunningham posted a career-high 11 free throws and chipped in two steals. The 6-foot-1-inch forward has now recorded 12 double-doubles this season, and scored in double-figures in 25 contests. For the week, Cunningham averaged 28 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.
Chontaye Walter also led Seward County with 19 points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists. Binford gave SCCC immediate offense off the bench on Saturday night with 17 points, shooting 4-for-4 from three-point range. Binford is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range during conference play hitting 28-of-56 attempts.
Butler was led by Danae Stuckey (18 points and 11 rebounds) and Lakeshia Levi (15 points and 11 rebounds). In addition, the Lady Saints bench outscored Butler 22-0. Seward County has now won 14 consecutive games against Butler, dating back to the 2000-2001 season.
Seward County will continue conference play on the road Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Cloud County Community College for a 6 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference tip-off.