The Seward County Men’s Basketball team jumped out to a 24-7 and then a 32-14 lead in Saturday night’s battle with Butler but gave up a fierce 14-0 run by the Grizzlies before half to cut the Saints lead at the break to 32-28. In the second half Butler continued its pesky full court press that gave Seward County problems all night and grabbed the advantage midway through the period. The two teams traded buckets for most of the half sharing the lead back and forth until the end of the game where the Grizzlies opened up a three point lead with less than a minute remaining. With the ball in his hands, Saints forward Marcus James drove to the basket and was fouled on his shot attempt while Saints fans held their breath to watch the ball roll around the rim and then fall out hoping for the three-point opportunity. While James wasn’t able to get the shot to fall, he went to the line and after knocking down both free-throws the Saints trailed by just one. With just over eight seconds left on the clock the Saints fouled Butlers Maurice Colter where he made the first free throw before missing the second to give the Saints a chance to tie or win with a basket. Marquez Patterson drove to the three-point line but lost the ball while trying to go behind his back on the dribble and so went the Saints chances in the 63-61 loss. The loss drops Seward County to 3-5 in Jayhawk West Conference play and 16-6 overall. The Saints will have no time to dwell on the loss however, as Hutchinson will come to Liberal tonight hungry for a win on their mini road trip after losing to Cloud County in overtime Saturday night. Free tickets are available at both Liberal McDonald’s locations.
The #14 Seward County Lady Saints Basketball team continued its torrent offensive attack Saturday night in the Green House by scoring 91 points against the visiting Grizzlies from Butler. LaNell Taylor and Vannessa Simmons came out in the first half on fire for the Lady Saints as Taylor drained five three-point shots while Simmons connected on seven field goals as the pair combined to score 29 points compared to the entire Grizzlies team who had just 20 at the break. Taking the 45-20 lead into the break, the Lady Saints looked to continue their quality play of late and that is just what they did by putting up another 46 points in the second half, coupled with a fierce defensive attack which forced 29 Butler turnovers, to come away with the 91-46 win. Karen Brown, Liz Ginther, and Taylor all achieved career highs Saturday night as Brown hit all four of her three-point attempts to finish with 12 while Ginther hit on three of six shots including two three’s, good for 8 points, and Taylor ended the night with six three’s and 20 points. The Lady Saints win, coupled with a Cloud County loss on their home court to Hutchinson vaults Seward County into a first place tie in the Jayhawk West Conference after one round of play at 7-1 and 19-3 overall. Tonight Hutchinson will come to town off of their road win over #12 Cloud County with the tip scheduled for 6:00. Tonight will be Amanda Pierson poster night so pick up your free poster and have Amanda sign it at halftime of the Men’s game. Free tickets are available at both Liberal McDonald’s locations.