In a rare Sunday afternoon affair, the Seward County Lady Saints and Saints both took care of business, albeit in drastically different ways, against the Conquistadors of Dodge City. The #14 Lady Saints hit the court first for the 2:00 tip and immediately took control of the game and never looked back. Opening up an early 21-5 advantage and cruising on their way to a 51 point first half, Coach Toby Wynn and the Lady Saints took a 30 point lead into the locker room. After playing nearly flawlessly in the first half to open up their lead, Seward County set the bar high for their expectations in the second half and lived up to those expectations by holding the Lady Conqs to just 18% shooting and 18 points in the second half to secure their third 40 point win in four tries. In the victory, all 11 Lady Saints scored at least five points and grabbed two rebounds. Leading the way on the stat sheet were Rachel Barnes who had a team high 14 points to go along with 6 rebounds while Amanda Pierson pitched in 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Vannessa Simmons notched five a piece in the points, rebounds, assists, and steals category and Megan Lassley went 3-6 from the field, good for 7 points and had 6 assists without a turnover. The win brings Seward County to 17-3 overall and 5-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Their next contest will pit them against Garden City on the road Wednesday night, who has picked up two conference home wins in four tries so far this season.
The Seward County Men’s team returned to action in a Sunday afternoon matinee contest after a much needed eight day layoff. The Saints were on the road to face the Dodge City Conquistadors in a key midseason matchup between the two regional rivals. Coming into the game, Dodge was 2-1 in conference play at home and was just six points away from being 4-2 in Jayhawk West Conference action after a four point road loss to Butler and a two point road loss to Pratt earlier in the month. The game lived up to its billing as both teams exchanged the lead in the first half time and time again and were deadlocked at 33 going to the break. The second half brought much of the same as both teams opened up their own six point leads at times but were not able to hold onto them as each team found a way to battle back to even the score. With the game tied at 63, the Saints Thijin Moses missed a contested runner in the lane and Dodge grabbed the rebound with two seconds left. After a Conq timeout, a Mykael Thompson full court pass attempt was picked off by the Saints Marcus James which sent the game to overtime. Nobody was able to put the ball in the basket in the first two and a half minutes of overtime and the game remained tied at 63 when the Saints offense kicked into high gear. Seward County was able to score seven points in the final 150 seconds while holding Dodge to just two baskets and coming away with the 70-67 thriller win at the Civic Center. Marcus James completely took over the game late in the second half, finishing the contest with career highs in both points (29) and rebounds (14). Thijin Moses drilled six of seven free-throw attempts to finish the game with 18 points and Marquez Patterson hit two key three-point attempts in the second half and came away with 10 points to go along with his four assists on the afternoon. Rodney Clinkscales single handedly kept the Conqs in the game scoring 27 points by connecting on six shots from beyond the arc in the loss. “Against our style of defense, guys are going to have big games if they can knock down open shots when they get them” Coach Bryan Zollinger said. “But as you can see, one player can’t win you a game (looking down the stat sheet to see that only one other player was in double-digits). Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50 points a game one season and his team didn’t win the championship, so as long as we can contain the team as a whole, we are going to have a good chance to win those games that one guy goes off in.” The win brings the Saints to 16-4 overall and 3-3 in Jayhawk West Conference play. Their next action will come Wednesday on the road at Garden City in a pivotal conference matchup between two teams log jammed in the middle of the standings at 3-3.