With a home court playoff game already secured and first place out of reach, Saturday nightís game for the Seward County Lady Saints was one that is sometimes hard to get motivated for. Well, the 25-5 Lady Saints didnít seem to have much trouble getting up for their Saturday night affair with Butler as they jumped on the Lady Grizzlies to the tune of a 42-22 halftime lead before running away with a 26 point win when the horn sounded. Seward Countyís defense came out fierce, holding Butler to just 22 first half points on 7 of 27 shooting from the floor. The second half didnít get much better for the 14-16 Lady Grizz as they finished the night shooting just 32%. Seward County on the other hand came out of the gates with all pistons firing, shooting 51% on the night. Every Lady Saint scored in the game with eight players scoring 7 or more points. Vannessa Simmons connected on 6 of 9 shot attempts and finished the game with 13 points while Rachel Barnes scored 13 to go along with 9 rebounds. Seward County won nearly every statistical category on the night including field goal percentage 51-32, rebounding 47-33, assists 17-7, turnovers 19-24, and steals 17-7. One stat column that jumped out on the night was that Seward County got to the free-throw line just five times on the night and made just one while Butler reached the charity stripe 18 times, making 9 of them. By virtue of a Hutchinson win over Cloud County, Seward County wrapped up 2nd place in the Jayhawk West with the win pitting them against Kansas City Kansas Community College in the first round of the Region VI Tournament to be played in the Green House Tuesday night at 6:00. The winner of the Seward County/KCK game will take on the winner of the Labette/Butler game on Friday, March 6, at 3:00 at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University. Free tickets for Tuesday nightís Region VI Playoff game are available at the Bank of Beaver City, Stu Emmertís, Seaboard Foods, and both Liberal Pizza Hut locations.


Saturday night at the Power Plant, Seward County had a chance to move into a second place tie in the Jayhawk West with Butler, if they were able to knock off the Grizzlies on their home court. The Saints were arguably the hottest team in the Jayhawk Conference going into Saturday nights affair, but their fire was quickly doused by a Butler team that wanted second place all to themselves. Seward Countyís offense was dismal against the Westís top defense in the first half as they were able to connect on just 7 field goals and 1 of 9 three-point attempts, falling into a 15 point deficit at the half. Sewardís offense vastly improved in the second half as they were able to score 40 points on 47% shooting but the Grizzlies countered with a 55% shooting effort in the final 20 minutes to hold onto their 15 point lead as they came away with a 77-62 win on their home floor. Just two Saints managed double figure points Saturday night as Tony Smith scored 18 and Thijin Moses followed up his 23 point effort Wednesday night with 14 Saturday. The Saints were outrebounded 47-20 on the night and had no players with over 3 rebounds in the game. The game had virtually no impact on the Jayhawk West standings as Butler would have remained the second seed even with a loss while Seward County would have only fallen to the 4th seed if Pratt was able to upset Barton on their home court. So as it stands, Seward County comes out of Jayhawk West regular season play as the 3rd seed and will square off with Kansas City Kansas Community College Tuesday night at 8:00 for the first round of the Region VI Playoffs in the Green House. The winner of the Seward County/KCK game will move on to the Region VI Tournament in Wichita Saturday afternoon at 3:00 to face the winner of the Cowley/Cloud County game in Arkansas City Tuesday night. Free tickets for Tuesday nightís Region VI Playoff game are available at the Bank of Beaver City, Stu Emmertís, Seaboard Foods, and both Liberal Pizza Hut locations.