The Seward County Lady Saints Basketball team opened their season this weekend in front of a packed house in the Greenhouse on hand to watch the 2009 Pepsi Classic and didnít disappoint the home folks cheering them on to start another successful season. In their first matchup of the weekend the Lady Saints knocked off fellow Jayhawk member Hesston 72-38 before taking down New Mexico JC 72-47 Saturday night to finish up their perfect 2-0 weekend.
Seward pounced all over the visiting Larks and got out to a 10-0 lead on Rachel Barnes third bucket of the games first three minutes. Hesston finally found the bottom of the net 3 and a half minutes in but their glory was short lived as Seward jumped out to a 27-3 advantage after consecutive field goals from Vaneza Junior, Rachel Barnes, and Megan Lassley. Hesston would inch closer as the first half came to a close but the scoreboard still read 41-19 in favor of the Lady Saints as the horn sounded and the teams went into the locker room. The second half was more of the same as the Lady Saints would open the period on a 26-9 run to take their largest lead of the night at 67-28 and would eventually hold the 72-38 advantage as time expired.
Rachel Barnes led the Lady Saints with 21 points while Megan Lassley chipped in with 12. Freshman Kendra Spresser and Morgan Skomal started their Seward County careers with nice nights as Spresser scored 7 to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists while Skomal scored 7 and pulled down 5 rebounds. Vaneza Junior led a Seward County defensive attack that forced 39 Lark turnovers as she notched 5 steals and Nadia Rosario and Sumr Robinett led the Lady Saints with 6 rebounds apiece.
On paper, Saturday nightís contest with 3-1 New Mexico JC should have been a little more of a contest but the Lady Saints showed early that they werenít going to let that happen. The first play of the game would have insight on how the whole night would go for both teams as Rachel Barnes drove through the lane, scored the bucket, and was fouled where she went to the line to finish her three-point play to give Seward an early 3-0 advantage. The rest of the half would belong to Barnes. The Seward County sophomore nearly outscored the entire Lady T-Bird team herself in the first 20 minutes as the gals in green led 43-28 at the break behind 21 from Barnes. Sumr Robinett would give the Lady Saints their first 20 point lead of the evening after sinking a free-throw 2 minutes into the second frame and Vaneza Junior would later help extend that lead up to 28 on a dish from point guard Megan Lassley. Seward would slow down their assault after taking a 30 point lead with 5 minutes remaining in the half and would eventually win 72-47 to move to 2-0.
Rachel Barnes was again the story for the Lady Saints scoring 28 and pulling down 13 rebounds, while guards Vaneza Junior and Kendra Spresser both reached double-digits with 10 points each. Sheila Washington finished 2nd on the team with 8 rebounds and Megan Lassley dished out 4 assists in the game.
The wins push Seward out to a 2-0 start to the 2009-2010 season as they go into a pair of games this week against JV teams from the Sooner State on Thursday and Friday. The Lady Saints will face Oklahoma Baptist University JV Thursday in a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday in Shawnee and will take on Oklahoma City University JV Friday night at 7:00. The Lady Saints return to the Greenhouse November 20th and 21st for the 1st annual Billyís BBQ/Dayís Inn Classic where they will take on Clarendon and Frank Phillips.