Special to the Leader & Times
Seward County Community College won 68-67 over Butler Community College in overtime Wednesday night in the Greenhouse. The Lady Saints are now 13-6 on the season and 9-4 in conference play.
Seward County trailed 52-46 at the end of the third quarter and battled back to force overtime.
To start the game the Lady Saints trailed 6-0 in the first three minutes of action. Seward County responded with a 9-2 run to take the lead 9-8 over Butler with 4:42 left in the first quarter. Zhane Thompson connected on a corner three to give the Lady Saints their largest lead of the game 17-10 over the Grizzlies. Seward County closed out the first quarter with the lead 17-13.
In the second quarter, the Lady Saints had a 25-18 lead over the Grizzlies with 6:11 on the clock after a Halima Salat long-range three-pointer. Butler continued to hang around and after a Grizzlies three, the Lady Saints led 27-23 with 3:26 left in the quarter. Salat connected on another three to give Seward County a 33-23 advantage. It remained a 10 point game as the Lady Saints went into the break with a 39-29 lead over the Grizzlies.
Butler started the third quarter on a 7-0 run to get within one possession of Seward county 39-36. Seward County and Butler were tied at 46 all with 1:49 left in the quarter. The Grizzlies closed out the quarter on a 6-0 run to lead 52-46 after the third quarter.
After a couple of threes to start the fourth quarter, the Grizzles took a 56-52 lead over the Lady Saints with 6:28 left in regulation. Sierra Lynch tied the game at 60 all from the free-throw line with 44 seconds on the clock. Butler would tie it at 62-62 with nine seconds left and both teams had a possession in the final seconds but both fall short to force overtime.
The Lady Saints led 64-62 in overtime after a pair of free throws by D'Arrah Allen but Butler took the lead 65-64 with 2:10 left on the clock. Seward County regained the lead 67-65 with a three-pointer by Sydney Wetlaufer with 43 seconds on the clock.
With the game tied 67-67, the Lady Saints had the ball for the final shot, and Sierra Lynch drew a foul with 2.3 seconds left. Lynch went one of two from the free-throw line to give Seward County a 68-67 advantage. Butler's final possession fell short and the Lady Saints held on to win 68-67 in overtime.
Zhane Thompson led the Lady Saints with 17 points and three assists. Halima Salat added 14 points, and Sierra Lynch had 10 points of her own.
Seward County will travel to Colby Sunday to take on the Trojans at 2 p.m.