The No. 3 Seward County Community College women’s basketball team defeated No. 9 Cloud County Community College 76-67, on Wednesday night at Arley Bryant Gymnasium in Concordia. The win puts Seward County in position to win the Jayhawk West Conference with three regular season games remaining, moving ahead of Cloud County by three full games in the conference standings. Seward County led by as many as 21 points and had sensational performances from freshmen Tegan Cunningham and Chontaye Walter, who combined for 44 points and 17 rebounds. First-place Seward County improves to 26-1 overall and to 12-1 in the Jayhawk West. Second-place Cloud County falls to 21-4 overall and to 9-4 in conference play.

The Lady Saints went on the road and never trailed against Cloud County. Seward started the game on a 7-0 run, and led 15-9 after Walter hit a three-point field goal, giving her eight points early in the first-half. Seward County shot 58 percent (18-for-31) in the first period and posted a 45-31 lead at halftime. Cloud County went inside to Stanecia Graham throughout the night and the 6-foot-1-inch post answered with 16 points going into halftime. SCCC was led by Walter (16 points) and Cunningham (14 points) in the first-half.

Seward County built their largest lead of the game (62-41) with 11:43 remaining in the game. Cloud County then went on an 11-0 run, but never cut the Lady Saints lead to less than nine points in the second-half.

Cunningham finished the game with a team-high 24 points and collected nine rebounds and four steals. It was the seventh game this season Cunningham has scored at least 20 points and the 26th game she has scored in double-figures.

Walter shot 7-of-8 from the field, while scoring 20 points with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Walter made a career-best four 3-pointers and scored 20 points for the third time on the road during the conference season. In seven Jayhawk West road games, Walter is averaging 18.1 points and 5.7 assists per game.

For the game, Seward County shot 53 percent from the field and forced 24 Lady Thunderbird turnovers. Graham finished with a game-high 25 points and Kelsey Nelson added 19 points with four 3-pointers for Cloud County.

Lady Saints freshman post Jennifer Noel scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Taushelle Rushing recorded a career-high 11 steals, moving her into second-place all time in Lady Saints history for steals in a single-season with 144. She moves past current assistant coach Kim Ortega-Davis, who had 142 steals during her freshman season at SCCC. Rushing finished with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists to go along with her 11 steals.

Seward County will play their final regular season road game on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Garden City Community College. The Lady Saints and the eighth-place Lady Broncbusters (1-24, 0-13) will tip-off at 6 p.m. at the Perryman Center in Garden City.