LIBERAL, Kan. – The 12th-ranked Seward County Community College women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to No. 8 Hutchinson Community College, 72-70, on Saturday at a Greenhouse. The loss dropped the Lady Saints into a first-place tie in the Jayhawk West with the Blue Dragons at 13-1. Seward is 18-4 overall and had its home winning streak snapped at 61 games.
The Blue Dragons jumped out to an early 15-2 lead in the 1st quarter and went on a 6-3 lead to end the quarter. Lady Saints started the second half on a 6-0 run to get the game back within single digits, 20-11. With 3:07 left in the quarter, Aquila Mucubaquire knocked down a three to cut the lead down to two, 27-25. Hutchinson took a 36-28 lead at halftime but the Lady Saints outscored them 23-16 in the second quarter.
With the momentum shifting towards the Lady Saints, they would once again get the game back to one-possession game with Leilani Augmon connecting on a pair of free throws to cut the lead down to one at 44-43. The Blue Dragons went on a 6-0 run to keep the lead and hold off Seward from a lead change. Again the Lady Saints outscored the Blu Dragons in the quarter 24-21 but trailed 57-52 to start the fourth quarter.
The Fourth quarter the Lady Saints took the lead with 6:17 left as Augmon created separation to knock down a mid-range jump shot to take their first lead of the game 59-58. Both teams exchanged baskets in the final 5 minutes and with Seward down 70-67 and only 19 seconds to go, Tianna Johnson hit a three to knot the game at 70. The Blue Dragons answered back for the game-winner on Abby Ogle's layup to take a 72-70 with two seconds remaining. Seward had one final possession but could not get a shot off giving Hutchinson the win.
Seward took 17 more shots than Hutchinson, holding a 70-53 edge, but the Blue Dragons were much more efficient converting 47.2 percent, compared to only 38.6 percent for the Lady Saints.
Ogle had a game-high 20 points and Makayla Vannett netted 17 for Hutchinson.
The Lady Saints Play at Garden City Community College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.