A day after the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team had their 45 game non-conference winning streak snapped, the Lady Saints picked up a 59-56 victory over Eastern Oklahoma State College in the final day at the Barton County Classic in Great Bend, Kan. Seward County was given a scare after trailing by eight points (32-40) with 11:35 left to play. The game was tied (53-53) at the 1:26 mark when freshman Bailey Crandall hit a 3-point basket, the final field goal for Seward County, to put the Lady Saints ahead for good. The victory improves No. 1 Seward County to 3-1 overall and Eastern Oklahoma falls to 2-3 overall this season.

Seward County started with the lead, 5-0, following a 3-point basket from freshman Karen Brown and a lay-up from freshman guard LaNell Taylor. Then the first-half became very interesting with 12 lead changes and six ties before the two teams were knotted up at halftime, 24-24.

Seward County third year head coach Toby Wynn tried to find the right combination of players in the first period with all 13 players entering the game. The Lady Saints committed 17 first-half turnovers that led to eight Eastern Oklahoma points.

In the first-half, Seward County shot 38 percent from the field (9-for-24), while the SCCC defense played well holding the Lady Mountaineers to 9-of-37 (.243) from the floor.

Midway through the second-half, Eastern Oklahoma tried to pull away going on a 10-2 run posting their largest lead of the game, 40-32, with 11:35 remaining. Lady Saints’ freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten helped chip away at the lead by converting on a three-point play and then made a 3-point bucket, cutting the Eastern Oklahoma lead to 40-42. Seward County then tied the score on a lay-up by freshman Amanda Pierson.

Later in the second period, Seward County All-American Tegan Cunningham hit a jump shot with 2:03 left to play, giving the Lady Saints a 53-51 lead. Eastern Oklahoma then tied the game on a jumper from Shaqualla Alexander, with 1:48 left to play. On the next possession, Crandall put the Lady Saints ahead for good with her only basket of the second-half, drilling a 3-point shot, to give Seward County a 56-53 lead with 1:26 to play. Rhoten, Cunningham and sophomore Jennifer Noel each made a free throw down the stretch, while Eastern Oklahoma tried to mount a late rally with a made three-point basket from Kelli Burnette and a missed three-point shot at the buzzer from Alexander.

Seward County outscored Eastern Oklahoma 24-10 in the paint and the Lady Saints bench outscored the Lady Mountaineers 19-7. Seward County committed a season-high 30 turnovers, compared to Eastern Oklahoma’s 13 give a ways.

Cunningham led the Lady Saints with 22 points and 11 rebounds, marking her 20th career double/double in a Lady Saints’ uniform.

Rhoten shot 10-for-11 from the free throw line and scored 15 points with a game-high eight assists and chipped in two steals. Crandall posted five points and three rebounds and Pierson notched five points with five rebounds.

The Lady Saints will be back at the Green House for next weekend’s Wendy’s Classic, Nov. 16-17, in Liberal. Seward County will host No. 23 South Plains College on Friday and Clarendon College on Saturday, with each night’s game starting at 6 p.m.