EL DORADO, Kan. – Seward County Community College falls to No. 24 Butler Community College 69-63 in El Dorado, Kansas, on Saturday night. The Lady Saints battled back from a 17-point deficit to get within one, 62-61, but the Grizzlies finished the game on a 7-2 run. With the loss, Seward County is now 10-10 on the year and 8-6 in the KJCCC. The Lady Saints will return home on Wednesday to take on Colby Community College at 6 p.m. CT in the Greenhouse.

Halima Salat led the Lady Saints with 17 points, two rebounds, and two assists. Tiana Winn had her second career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Alianna Colon provided 10 points.

The Lady Saints took an early 5-2 lead over the Grizzlies with a layup by Keana Coburn with seven minutes left. Seward County extended their lead to 10-2 after Tiana Winn connected on a midrange jump shot with 5:05 on the clock. With one minute left in the quarter, the Grizzles cut into the Lady Saints’ lead 14-10. Salat got fouled as she shot a three with 30 seconds left and made all three free throws to lead 17-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Butler started the second quarter on a 12-2 run to take a 22-19 advantage over Seward County with five minutes left in the quarter. The Lady Saints responded to regain the lead 23-22 after a free throw by Ariana Escalante at the four-minute mark. In the final minute, Seward County went scoreless as Butler closed the quarter on a 4-0 run and led 29-25 at halftime.

The Lady Saints tied the game at 33-33 with seven minutes left in the third quarter after a Winn layup. For the second time, Butler went on a 12-0 run and took a 45-33 with three minutes left in the quarter. Colon stopped the run with a three from the top of the key and cut the Grizzly’s lead down to nine, 45-39. Seward County went into the fourth quarter with a 13-point deficit, 54-41.

Seward County faced their largest deficit of 17 points, 59-42, after a Butler layup with 7:29 left in the contest. The Lady Saints responded to cut the lead down to 10 points, 59-49, with 5:30 on the clock. Seward County closed out a 19-2 run with a three by Halima Salat to trail the Grizzlies 62-61 with three minutes left. The Grizzlies closed the game on a 7-2 run as the Lady Saints fell 69-63.

Seward County will take on Colby in the Greenhouse on January 25th at 6 p.m. CT, and Lewis Automotive is the gameday sponsor.