The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team dropped its second straight game at the Jayhawk Shootout with a 54-53 loss on Saturday afternoon against Independence Community College in Coffeyville at Nellis Hall. The Lady Pirates earned the victory shooting 54 percent in the second half and were able to edge SCCC by a point after the teams were tied (23-23) at halftime. Lady Saints’ sophomore Tegan Cunningham averaged 29 points in the two-day Jayhawk Shootout, and scored 25 points on Saturday afternoon. Seward County drops to 6-4 overall and the Lady Pirates improve 7-4 this season.

Independence made the opening basket of the game and then Cunningham scored six points and sophomore forward Holly Krause connected on two free throws to give the Lady Saints their largest lead (8-2). The Lady Pirates came right back and took the lead on back-to-back three-pointers from Robertson Olanya, giving Independence a 12-11 lead. The Lady Pirates posted a four point advantage on two occasions and made the final shot of the first half to tie the score (23-23) at the break.

At halftime, Cunningham led all players with nine points and seven rebounds, while the Lady Saints shot just 27 percent (7-for-26) in the low-scoring first half. Indy’s offense was also held to a low scoring total in the first period on 9-of-30 shooting from the field (30 percent).

Seward County jumped out to a 34-29 lead in the second half with scoring from five different players. Independence followed with an 11-0 run taking a 34-40 lead with 11:38 to play.

SCCC freshman Amanda Pierson then scored a lay-up and Raegan Broadie and Tegan Cunningham combined for 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to cut the Indy lead to one point (39-40).

The lead went back-and-forth several times over the following minutes until the Lady Pirates went on a 10-4 run to take a 47-52 lead with 2:07 remaining.

Seward County answered with Cunningham hitting a jump shot and then grabbing a steal and making another lay-up, bringing the Lady Saints to within one point (51-52 ) with 1:15 remaining.

Seward County finished the game committing two turnovers in the final minute of the game. After an Independence free throw gave the Lady Pirates a three point lead (51-54) with five seconds remaining, Cunningham grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw and went the length of the court making a two-point field goal as the buzzer sounded to bring SCCC within one-point, 53-54, and the game coming to an end.

Cunningham scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, collecting her sixth double-double of the season and the 24th of her career. Seward County freshman Amanda Pierson had her best game of the season scoring a career-high 12 points (6-for-7 field goals) and tying a career-best seven rebounds. Lady Saints’ freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten made 6-of-6 from the free throw line and posted eight total points.

The Lady Pirates were led by Rhea Codio (14 points, eight assists), Ashley Gladden (13 points, five rebounds) and Olanya (10 points).

Seward County shot 35 percent from the field, while Independence connected on 41 percent of their field goals. In addition, the Lady Saints shot 14-of-17 (82 percent) from the free throw line.

The Lady Saints will be back at the Green House next weekend hosting the Pizza Hut Classic, Dec. 7-8, in Liberal. Seward County will play No. 17 Northeastern Colorado on Friday night at 6 p.m., and on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Labette Community College (7-2).