The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team dropped their first conference game of the season, 61-51, to Hutchinson Community College Saturday evening at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan. The victory was just the second for Hutchinson against the Lady Saints in the Sports Arena since 1995. Hutchinson shot 57 percent from long range and outrebounded SCCC 40-29 in the win. Seward County All-American Tegan Cunningham scored 22 points in the loss, marking her ninth 20-plus scoring game of the season, and the 21st in her career. Seward County falls to 10-6 overall and to 1-1 in conference play. Hutchinson improves to 12-3 overall and to 1-0 in the Jayhawk West.

Seward County started the game with the lead, and posted their largest lead (11-5) at the 14:49 mark in the first half. Cunningham netted seven early points, and she was joined by Amanda Pierson, and Jennifer Noel who both recorded early field goals.

Hutch finished the half on a 25-16 run, which gave them a 30-27 lead at halftime. The Lady Blue Dragons are a perfect 12-0 this season when leading at the break. Cunningham led Seward in the first half with 13 points. Hutchinson sophomore Amanda Fessenden scored all of her first-half points at the charity stripe where she was a perfect 8-of-8.

Seward County trailed the final 28 minutes of the contest. Hutchinson grabbed their largest lead, 59-48, with just 1:50 to play.

The Lady Saints shot 33 percent from the field (19-for-58), with only two players recording more than four points. Sophomore post Haley Rogers added seven points on 2-of-4 shooting and 2-of-2 from the line. SCCC is now 0-6 this season when their opponent shoots better from the floor.

Hutchinson was led by Fessenden (15 points, 10-of-10 free throws), Kylee Naccarato (12 points) and Lauren Sparks (10 points). In addition, the Lady Blue Dragons now lead the overall series, 16-15, in games played in Hutchinson at the Sports Arena. Since the series began in 1977, Seward County leads 36-29.

Seward County will be back at the Green House on Saturday, Jan. 12, hosting No. 3 nationally-ranked Barton County Community College (15-0, 1-0) for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.