Seward County’s longest winning streak of the season improved to five games last Wednesday night with a 60-57 overtime victory over No. 21 Hutchinson C.C. at the Green House. The night was also special for the Lady Saints’ basketball team as they hosted “Think Pink” night and raised $755 for the WBCA Cancer Fund. In overtime, Seward County received five points from Tegan Cunningham, and two free throws each from Stephani Rhoten (16 points, six assists, four steals) and Jennifer Noel (six points, eight rebounds) to secure its fifth victory over an NJCAA Top 25 opponent this season.

Seward County won the first meeting against then-No. 3 ranked Barton County, 68-67, with two game-winning free throws from All-American Tegan Cunningham at the Green House. Cunningham’s two free throws came just before the final buzzer (:00.7) to give the Lady Cougars their second straight loss. Since 2000-2001, Seward County leads the overall series against Barton County, 15-2. In games played at the Barton County Gym the Lady Saints lead 6-1, in contests at the Green House SCCC is 7-1, and Seward County leads 2-0 on a neutral floor. Last season Seward County came away with a 73-63 victory over Barton County in Great Bend.

Barton County hasn’t been defeated since its one-point loss at the Green House on Jan 12, winning seven straight games by an average of 28.4 points per game. The Lady Cougars’ last victory came at home on Saturday night over No. 9 Cloud County C.C. (73-61), which puts Barton County back into first-place in the conference race. Barton County’s five starters all average at least nine points per game, including Courtney Sturdivant (14.4), Ipek Turkyilmaz (13.2), Kristine Silaraja (12.6), Inga Muciniece (10.9) and Jessica Halsig (9.4). In addition, Barton County is a perfect 12-0 at home this season.