The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team celebrated sophomore recognition night with an 81-63 victory over Butler Community College on Saturday night at the Green House in Liberal. Two Lady Saint sophomores, Tegan Cunningham and Audra Binford, combined for 36 points, as Cunningham became the all-time SCCC career field goals leader (518), and Binford recorded five 3-pointers for the second straight game. Seward County committed only 12 turnovers while forcing an opponent season-high 26 turnovers in its 19th straight win over Butler. SCCC improves to 18-8 overall and to 9-3 in conference play. Butler drops to 7-19 overall and to 2-11 in conference competition.

Seward County got off to a hot start shooting the basketball going on a 9-0 run to start the game with three straight 3-pointers from Stephani Rhoten, Binford and LaNell Taylor. The Lady Saints tied a season-high for 3-pointers in a game with 11.

Binford scored 19 points with five assists, two steals, and she tied a career-high five 3-pointers. The past two games Binford is 10-of-16 from 3-point territory and is averaging 17 points per game. Binford’s five 3-pointers give her 122 for her career, moving her into third-place all-time in Lady Saints’ history for career 3-pointers. Binford moves past current assistant coach and former SCCC All-American Kim Ortega-Davis, who recorded 121 in her two-year career.

Butler not only got back into the game, they took the lead late in the first half. The Lady Grizzlies posted their largest lead (28-22) at the 5:32 mark, before Seward County made a rally going into halftime.

Trailing 26-31, Seward County used a 15-2 run in the final four minutes of the first half to grab a 41-33 lead at the break. Seward County’s late spurt was guided by Binford’s three treys and one jump shot, and freshman Raegan Broadie, who made a 3-pointer and two free throws.

Cunningham, the Jayhawk West leading scorer (21.7 ppg.), broke the Seward County all-time record for career field goals with her only bucket in the first half. Cunningham finished the game with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half, and she led the team with nine rebounds and collected four steals.

The Lady Saints’ lead grew to 19 points in the second half as Rhoten led the way with a game-high 20 points and six assists. Rhoten also added four steals in 36 minutes of action. It was Rhoten’s third 20-plus scoring game of the season.

Seward County once again came up short in the rebounding battle as Butler out-rebounded the Lady Saints, 52-31. Over the last two games, Seward County has been out-rebounded 104-58 in contests against Barton County and Butler. Both teams recorded an opponent season-high 52 rebounds against the Lady Saints.

Butler was led by returning All-Conference selection Lekeisha Levi (18 points, 11 rebounds), who in her career (five games) against the Lady Saints has averaged 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Freshmen Phylicia Freeman (10 points, four rebounds, three assists) and Tiffany Stokes (12 points, seven rebounds, seven turnovers) were also double-figure scorers for the Lady Grizzlies.

Seward County will be back at the Green House on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to host No. 21 Cloud County Community College (21-4, 10-2) for a 5:30 p.m. scheduled tip-off.