With Seven new faces on the 2008-09 Seward County Lady Saints Basketball roster, few knew what to expect from this year’s squad. All questions were answered quickly at the Greenhouse this weekend as the Lady Saints dominated the opposition outscoring them 200-77 in their two games with a combination of shut down defense and a potent inside-outside attack on the offensive end of the court.

In their season opener the Lady Saints matched up with the Friends University JV squad and left the Falcons in the dust early outscoring them 51-15 in the first half behind 58% shooting from three-point land and just five field goals allowed to Friends. The second half was much of the same at the Lady Saints came away with a 72 point victory 106-34. Seward’s tenacious defense held the Falcons to just 32% shooting and forcing 41 turnovers while they shot 51% on the evening including knocking down 10 of 20 three-point attempts.

The Lady Saints were led by a spectacular premier showing from freshman Megan Lassley who poured in 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting and also led the team with 6 assists. Rachel Barnes also showed Lady Saint fans what is to come in her Seward County debut tallying a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. LaNell Taylor connected from beyond the arc on four of her 5 chances and was second on the team with 14 points. The Lady Saints recorded 28 steals as a team including 5 from Raegan Broadie and 4 a piece from Lassley and Sheila Washington.

Saturday brought Colorado Northwestern the Lady Saints way and they picked up where they left off against the night before against the Lady Spartans. Despite an uncharacteristic 35% shooting game from the Lady Saints, they capitalized on 34 offensive rebounds and 51 Lady Spartan turnovers to come away with another lopsided 94-43 win.

Vanessa Simmons came up big for the Lady Saints filling up the stat sheet with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals. Amanda Pierson was the second Lady Saint to record double digits in both points and rebounds as she scored 19 on 8 of 16 shooting and pulled down 10 boards in the win. LaNell Taylor matched her game one output with 14 points and also bringing in 7 rebounds, 5 on the offensive end. As a team the Lady Saints controlled the glass with 65 rebounds and found their way to the free-throw line 48 times during the contest.

The 2-0 Lady Saints will next travel to the Mineral Area Classic for contests with Mineral Area College as well as Crowder College before heading home for the Wendy’s Classic November 14-15 where they will face Frank Phillips and Clarendon.