Despite trailing by as many as six points in the first half, the Seward County Community College women’s basketball used a big second half to defeat ninth-place Dodge City Community College, 87-64, on Saturday night at the Dodge City Civic Center. The victory gives the Lady Saints their fourth straight win, marking their longest winning streak of the season. SCCC All-American Tegan Cunningham continued her impressive sophomore campaign with 23 points, including 19 points in the second half. Seward County freshman Amanda Pierson scored a career-high 22 points (10-of-14 shooting) and freshman point guard Stephani Rhoten scored 20 points (12-of-12). Seward County improves to 16-7 overall and to 7-2 in the Jayhawk West. Dodge City (5-18, 0-9) drops its ninth straight game, including 14 of its last 15 overall.

The Lady Saints and Lady Conqs went into halftime with a tie at 37, after Dodge City held the largest lead of the first half, 26-19, at the 8:53 mark in the first half.

Seward County started the second half on an 18-5 run, getting big production in the paint from Pierson. Pierson scored the first field goal of the second half, and she chipped in seven points in the early second half run. Cunningham, who is currently fourth in the NJCAA in scoring (22.1 ppg.), scored just four first-half points, but found her range in the second half with 11 points in the opening 11 minutes.

Rhoten’s career-high 12 free throws tied her for seventh-place all-time in Seward County history for most free throws made in a single-game. Overall this season, Rhoten is leading the Region VI and is currently seventh in the NJCAA shooting 91 percent (99-of-109) from the free throw line. In addition, Rhoten has now made 19 straight free throws during the past two games. Rhoten also led all players with seven assists and six steals.

Seward County held a double-digit lead during the final 14 minutes of the game. With 2:02 remaining to play, freshman Raegan Broadie made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Lady Saints their largest lead of 27 points (85-58). Broadie scored a career-high eight points, and she equaled a career-high seven rebounds.

Dodge City shot 47 percent in the game (27-of-57), but committed 24 turnovers that led to 24 SCCC points. The Lady Conquistador’s shooting percentage marked the highest opponent percentage allowed by Seward County this season.

The Lady Saints also used a strong performance at the free throw line connecting on 17-of-20 from the foul stripe. Seward County shot 60 percent (18-of-30) from the field in the final period, and they connected on 52 percent during the game.

The victory was the Lady Saints’ fourth in a row against Dodge City, including two straight at the Dodge City Civic Center. Cunningham moved into 14th place all-time in Region VI history for career scoring (1,197) while recording her 23rd career 20-point scoring game.

The Lady Saints will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 6, to host first-place Hutchinson Community College (18-4, 7-1) for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Wednesday night will be “Think Pink” night at the Green House, where the Lady Saints and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association encourage all fans to wear pink to get in free. Fans are also encouraged to make a donation to the WBCA Cancer Fund to help with the fight against breast cancer.