The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team used 55 combined points from Stephani Rhoten (22 points), Tegan Cunningham (19 points) and LaNell Taylor (14 points), in its 72-56 victory over Colby Community College at the Green House on Wednesday night. After leading by just one-point at halftime (26-25), Seward County used a big second half to collect its third straight double-figure victory. Rhoten was automatic at the free throw line (7-of-7), and Taylor notched career-highs in points (14), 3-pointers (4), rebounds (5) and assists (8) while Cunningham led the team in rebounding (6) for the 31st time in her career. Seward County improves to 15-7 overall and to 6-2 in the Jayhawk West. Colby drops its fourth straight game and is now 8-14 overall and 3-5 in conference play.

Seward County jumped out to an early 12-4 lead, with sophomore Audra Binford and Taylor making 3-pointers, and Cunningham netting six points in the game’s opening four minutes and 11 seconds. Colby remained close going into halftime as freshman guard Lauren Fortin made a 3-pointer to bring the Lady Trojans within a point (26-25) at halftime.

Despite shooting just 28 percent and being out-rebounded, 25-18, Seward County held the one-point advantage at the break with six players all scoring points in the opening half. Rhoten, who finished with her conference-high 22 points, scored just five points in the first half – all coming from the charity stripe. Rhoten also tallied seven assists and four rebounds in the contest.

In the second half, Taylor scored the Lady Saints’ first eight points, and Cunningham and Rhoten combined to score the next seven points, giving SCCC a 41-34 lead with 14:10 remaining. Taylor added her fourth and final 3-pointer at the 4:33 mark, giving the Lady Saints a 10-point advantage (60-50).

Seward County’s lead continued to grow during the final minutes of the game. Rhoten gave SCCC its largest lead, 72-56, scoring a lay-up with six seconds before the final buzzer.

The Lady Saints committed a season-low 10 turnovers, and they reversed a 28 percent (9-of-32) shooting effort in the opening period into a 52 percent (17-of-33) shooting performance in the second half.

Seward County also had strong outings from Binford (eight points, three blocks) and sophomore Holly Krause (six points, four rebounds).

Colby was guided by Sandra Sormaz (18 points, six rebounds) and Samantha Ciani (13 points, seven rebounds).

Seward County will go on the road this Saturday, Feb. 2, to take on Dodge City Community College (5-17, 0-8) for a 6 p.m. conference tip-off at the Dodge City Civic Center.