The No. 3 (D-II) nationally-ranked Johnson County Community College womenís basketball team defeated No. 12 Seward County Community College, 79-67 on Friday evening, giving SCCC its first loss at the Jayhawk Shootout in over nine years. Seward County entered this seasonís shootout with an 18-0 record dating back to 1998, but was dominated on Friday evening by the Lady Cavaliers in the opening day of the shootout at Nellis Hall in Coffeyville, Kan. In a game Seward County never led, sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham tried to single-handedly keep the Lady Saints in the game recording a season-high 33 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Seward County falls to 6-3 overall this season and Johnson County improves to 6-2 overall.

The first half belonged to the Lady Cavs who shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from three-point territory, and held the Lady Saints to 32 percent (11-for-34) from the field. Johnson County led the entire half until Cunningham hit a jump shot to even the score at 20-20, with 8:54 left to play in the opening period. Johnson County followed with a 13-0 run during the next six minutes, holding SCCC scoreless until the 3:02 mark. Johnson County led at halftime 37-26.

Cunningham and sophomore Audra Binford opened the second period combining for the Lady Saintsí first 19 points, as SCCC cut Johnson Countyís lead to 45-51, at the 11:02 mark. The Lady Cavs then countered with back-to-back three-pointers and a lay-up to increase their lead to 14 points (45-59) with 9:18 remaining to play.

With 2:06 remaining to play, Seward County received two free throws from Cunningham to trim the Johnson County lead to 64-70, which was the closest the Lady Saints would get as JCCC finished the game on a 9-3 run.

Cunningham scored 22 of her 33 points in the second half and Binford chipped in 11 of her 12 points in the final 20 minutes of play, as Johnson County edged the Lady Saints 42-41 in the second half. SCCC freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten scored six points with a team-high four assists and four steals.

The Lady Cavaliers collected three-pointers from four different players and shot 7-for-17 (44 percent) from long range, and held Seward County to just 40 percent shooting overall. Johnson County was led by four players who scored in double figures including, Meghan Waggoner (17 points, eight rebounds), Heather Rourk (15 points), Misty Stone (12 points) and Bethany Schwab (13 points).

Seward County is now 0-3 this season when allowing opponents to shoot for a higher percentage from the field. Friday night also marked the most points scored against the Lady Saints this season (79) and the most rebounds allowed by SCCC (44). In addition, the Johnson County bench outscored Seward County 21-12.

The Lady Saints will finish competition at the Jayhawk Shootout on Saturday afternoon against Independence Community College (6-4) at 3 p.m. at Nellis Hall in Coffeyville.