The Seward County Saints scored on their opening possession Tuesday night in their Region VI first round tournament game against KCK and never looked back, quickly dispersing of the visiting Blue Devils 77-54 in the Green House to move on to the second round. Seward dominated the first half of play allowing just 17 KCK shots compared to 33 on their own side. They forced 12 Blue Devil turnovers and drained 6 three pointers to take an 18 point lead into the half. 12 first half Tony Smith points and a solid 6 point 8 rebound first half performance from Thiago Oliveira helped the Saints to that lead that they would never get close to relinquishing. The Saints built their lead to 26 many times during the second half but KCK guard Derrick Denny kept that lead from getting any larger with five second half three-pointers. At the final horn Seward County would have a 77-54 advantage to advance them to the next round of the Region VI Tournament. Five Saints reached double figures on the night, marking the first time since an early January game vs. Cloud County, that the Saints were able to accomplish that feat. Smith led the Saints with 18 points and 4 assists, hitting 4 of 6 field goal attempts and connecting on 7 of 11 free-throw attempts on the night. Marcus James turned in another solid effort, scoring 16 points and ripping down 8 rebounds in the win. Thijin Moses continued his aerial assault on the Jayhawk Conference, splashing home four threeís and finishing with 14 points. Oliveira finished the game with a career high 10 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive end. The win propels the Saints to the Region VI Quarterfinals where they will take on the Cowley Tigers, the team they beat to advance to the National Tournament in last seasonís finals. The Saints and Tigers will square off at 3:00 Saturday afternoon at the Koch Center at Wichita State University with the winner advancing to the semifinals Sunday.

Finishing the regular season with six straight wins and an average margin of victory of 30 points per game, the Seward County Lady Saints seemed primed for the first round of the Region VI Basketball Tournament that opened in the Green house Tuesday night; they were. KCK was the first to score 2:30 minutes into the game but would lose that lead 30 seconds later and never see it again. After a slow start, Seward County got into a groove, extending their first half lead to as many as 19 points. A Blue Devil bucket at the buzzer would send the Lady Saints to the locker room with a 35-18 lead, which is all the scoring they would need for the night. At the break, Megan Lassley and Rachel Barnes combined for more points than the entire KCK team (21-18) while Seward County forced the Blue Devils into 19 first half turnovers. The Lady Saints quickly jumped on the Blue Devils in the second half and built their lead to 25 just four minutes in. Seward then put it on cruise control through the majority of the second half allowing just 16 KCK points while pouring in 41 of their own, stretching their lead to 42 at gameís end. Lassley led the Lady Saints with 16 points and 6 steals while Barnes pitched in 15 and had 6 steals as well. Vaneza Junior scored 12 points while grabbing a game high 7 rebounds and LaNell Taylor celebrated her birthday with a 10 point effort including draining two of her patented three-pointers on the night. The win was the Lady Saints 26th of the year and vaults them into the Region VI Quarterfinals where they will take on Labette for the third time this season at 3:00 Friday afternoon in the Koch Center at Wichita State University. The two teams have met twice this season with the Lady Saints getting the better end of both games 76-58 and 71-55.