Going on the road after Christmas break to start your conference season is never easy and is even harder when you have to travel to your rival Hutchinson to do so. Saturday night at the Hutchinson Sports Center, the Seward County Lady Saints made it look a lot easier than it was putting a smack down on a previously 13-1 Hutchinson team. The Lady Saints were white hot in the first half knocking down 9/12 three-point shots led by 5/5 from sophomore LaNell Taylor. Taylor hit one of her five threeís as time expired in the first half to give the Lady Saints their largest lead of the game at 56-32. To start the second half the Lady Saints pressure defense continued to give the Lady Dragons problems causing 23 Hutchinson turnovers and holding them to just 35% shooting in the game. The Lady Saints knocked down 23/33 free throw attempts in the second half to hold the lead paced by 10/11 from Amanda Pierson and 10/15 by Megan Lassley. Pierson ended the game with 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds While Rachel Barnes recorded another near double-double with 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the final horn Seward County took the victory 90-72 to pick up the win in the Jayhawk Conferences opening night. The win moves the Lady Saints to 13-2 on the season and marks their sixth straight victory. Their next action will come against a quality Barton County team at home Wednesday night, who started the season hot but has lost two of their last three games including their conference opener against #15 Cloud Saturday night.
With a big win for the ladies in the early game, the Saints Menís team looked to build on the momentum in the building and open their season with a bang. That however didnít happen as the host Blue Dragons jumped all over the Saints early to take an 18-6 lead just six minutes into the game but Seward County battled back thanks in part to three Drew Jones first half threes to tie the game at 38 at halftime. With some confidence going into the half, the Saints came out of the break playing well, taking a six point lead with less than five minutes left in the game. A late injury to leading scorer Latiq Agard doomed the Saints who were already missing the other half of their top scoring tandem in Thijin Moses who started the game despite an injury but played just the games first three minutes. Seward County was held to just two points and no field goals in the gameís final three and a half minutes and eventually fell to Hutch 76-69. Tony Smith paced the Saints with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and five steals in the loss while Jon Tassin played arguably his best game of the season with 9 points and 9 rebounds. The loss is the Saints second straight after winning their first 13 of the season. The Saints road gets no easier Wednesday night against a 14-1 Barton County team who thrashed Cloud County in Concordia Saturday night 84-68.