Experiencing back to back losses for the first time in over a year, the Seward County Lady Saints Basketball Team was in uncharted waters going into Saturday nights Jayhawk West Conference matchup with Colby. The Lady Saints came out of the gates slow, unable to capitalize on a short staffed Colby team with just seven players the Lady Saints actually went into the locker room at half facing a one point deficit. Colby took advantage of three first half three pointers, 31% shooting from the floor from the Lady Saints, and just 21% shooting from Seward County to take that 27-26 lead into the half. Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, the real Lady Saints team showed up in the second half and turned a first half deficit into a 27 point victory after outscoring Colby 47-19 in the last 20 minutes of play. Seward County had 18 steals on 29 Colby turnovers led by a team high five from Vaneza Junior. Seward County’s defense showed a different intensity in the second half of the game, holding Colby to just four second half field goals on 29 attempts. Five Lady Saints reached double figures in the contest including Junior, LaNell Taylor, Vannessa Simmons, Rachel Barnes, and Amanda Pierson who led the Lady Saints with 17. Reagan Broadie led the Lady Saints with a career high 8 rebounds while Megan Lassley did her job as the point guard distributing 7 assists on the evening. On the night, Seward County had an unheard of 22 assists on 27 field goals. With the win the Lady Saints record their 16th straight 20 win season and improve their record to 20-5 overall and 8-3 in Jayhawk West Conference Play. Their next action will come against Pratt on Wednesday night in the Beaver Dome before heading home for Saturday night’s contest with Cloud County. Saturday night will be “Think Pink” night at the Greenhouse where fans are asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. There will be a silent auction for a team signed game used Lady Saints jersey as well as a team signed basketball. All proceeds from the auctions as well as donations through the night will go to the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund. Free tickets for the evening’s festivities are available at Holiday Inn Express as well as at The Southwest Times.

February 9, 2009
SAINTS CAPTURE THIRD STRAIGHT WIN; MOVE INTO 4TH PLACE
Coming off of their biggest win to date against #9 Barton County Wednesday night in Great Bend, the Colby Trojans were probably hoping for a letdown by the Seward County Saints Saturday night. They got anything but that in a 85-67 Saints victory in the Colby Community Building. Seward County came out relatively slow, but were able to erase a 20-12 deficit early to take a 34-28 lead into the locker room at half. The Saints offense came out clicking on all cylinders in the second half putting up 51 points on the Trojans while knocking down 58% of their field goal attempts. Marquez Patterson had a career night in the win, scoring 27 points, 7 more than his previous career high, as well as grabbing 5 rebounds in the game. Marcus James continued his solid play for Coach Bryan Zollinger on the interior, scoring 18 points and ripping down 13 rebounds to record his second double-double on the season. Thijin Moses knocked down three three-pointers on his way to a 13 point night, his 12th double figure scoring night in the past 13 games. Tony Smith had a solid game in the win scoring 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting as well as adding 5 assists. Steve Hooks had arguably his best effort of the season, giving Coach Bryan Zollinger 19 solid minutes while tallying up 4 points, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds in the victory. The Saints next action will come Wednesday night in the Beaver Dome against Pratt. Saturday night the Saints will honor Tony Sigala, brother of Saints guard Robert Sigala, who tragically passed away last week. There will be an autographed jersey as well as an autographed basketball that will be auctioned off during a silent auction throughout the night to help raise money for the Sigala family. Free tickets for the evening’s festivities are available at Holiday Inn Express as well as at The Southwest Times.