The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team jumped back into the win column on Saturday night with a 78-59 victory over Clarendon College, at the Green House in Liberal. In the final night of the Wendy’s Classic, Seward County held Clarendon to 25 percent shooting, while SCCC was led by four players who all scored in double-figures. The Lady Saints, who were defeated Friday night against No. 23 South Plains, never trailed in the contest and posted their largest lead, 64-36, midway through the second half. No. 1 nationally-ranked Seward County improves to 4-2 overall and Clarendon falls to 4-3 this season.

In the opening three minutes of the game the Lady Saints started with a 9-0 lead. Seward County sophomore Jennifer Noel started things with a jump shot, and sophomore Audra Binford nailed two free throws and a jump shot before Tegan Cunningham nailed a 3-point bucket to take the early advantage.

The Seward County lead reached double-figures on a three-point field goal by freshman Raegan Broadie, her first basket as a Lady Saints, with 11:46 left to play in the first half (28-16). SCCC went into halftime leading, 47-31, after shooting 53 percent (17-for-32) from the field, and making 7-of-14 shots from long range.

Although the Lady Saints posted a 20 point lead for the majority of the second half, Clarendon was able to force 29 Lady Saint turnovers for the game. Seward County did tally a season-high 55 rebounds, while out-rebounding Clarendon 55-39. In addition, SCCC shot well from the charity stripe hitting 73 percent (16-for-22) of their foul shots.

Part of that dynamic defense was seven Lady Saints who all recorded at least five rebounds. Cunningham led the way with 20 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots, three assists and two steals. Binford had 11 points with a season-high seven rebounds. Freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten collected 15 points, nine assists and three steals. SCCC was led on the boards by freshman Kasia Gawor who tallied a team-high eight rebounds and chipped in 10 points.

Seward County will next be in action on Nov. 23-24 at the Garden City Classic at the Perryman Center in Garden City, Kan. The Lady Saints will play undefeated Northeastern Colorado Junior College (8-0) on Friday at 2 p.m. and on Saturday will take on No. 3 nationally-ranked Midland College (8-1) at 2 p.m.

WENDY’S CLASSIC RESULTS
In the other women’s basketball game on Saturday at the Green House, No. 23 South Plains defeated Pratt 83-53. SPC shot 60 percent from the floor and held Pratt to 34 percent shooting. South Plains, who improved to 5-2 overall this season, was led by Ashley Frazier (15 points), Brittany Blackmon (14 points) and Shaniqa Henderson (14 points, 10 rebounds). Pratt drops to 0-8 overall and was led by Ashley Scroggins who scored nine points in the game.